No, you can't be Iron Man, I'm Iron Man.
Sadly, you're not gonna be able to break canon with a full Hulk smashing party. Lead designer Philippe Therian explained that superheroes will be locked down to one player online to maintain the Avengers fantasy.
"You have to play as different characters while online. The Avengers all have different skills and talents and we want people to have a fully-fleshed out team. It wouldn't be the Avengers otherwise."
Therian also dived into the unique design challenges present in the Avengers cast. Marvel's roster ranges from man-with-bow and woman-with-gun all the way up to cyborg super suits and literal gods. With that range, how do you make sure everyone feels valuable?
"You have everything from the grounded humans with amazing abilities to gods, effectively. So, coming up with ways for them to feel strong but have - because it's a game - some form of balancing.
In Therian's own words: "Black Widow can kick as much ass as Thor."
Together with senior producer Rose Hunt, the pair talked more on how each hero will have differing experiences. Some levels or areas will be specially tailored for a certain skillset. Playing a hero in a zone built for them might also reveal some juicy extra story.
The pair also confirmed that you can play the entire game solo. Likewise, you can jump straight in with pals from the get-go and ignore the introductory story.
Marvel's Avengers launches on May 15, 2020