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Let There Be Hype: Marvel United X-men

Let There Be Hype is a new series of articles where I take a look a board gaming news or information based off of Kickstarter announcements and games announcements. I want to find those games that I am super excited for that are coming out. This will be a different from the Back or Brick which are for Crowdfunding that is already out. To kick it off, we have a big one, Marvel United X-Men.

What is it?

Marvel United is a cooperative game from Spinmaster Games and CMON. You take Marvel superheroes and face them off against villains. The game itself plays the villain so everyone gets to be a hero. The players each get a hero and you play down cards chaining off of what the other characters have done before. Can you defeat the villain prior to them getting to their ultimate scheme is the question. This was a massive Kickstarter in 2020 that I got basically everything for. The figures are cute at chibi and the game play for the base game is super simple, in fact maybe a little bit too simple. It’s fun, but it is meant to be sold at Target or Wal-Mart. The expansions are supposed to add more.

But now we are getting a second season for Marvel United for lack of a better term. We are getting the X-Men. There were basically no X-Men in the first game. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were there, and technically they are X-Men, but they are also Avengers as we’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And a lot of people are going to think of that prior to thinking of them as X-Men if they are just casual fans not comic fans.

This version of the game, it sounds like, is going to add some more twists and possibly more challenge to the game. I expect that the base box will be much like the original game where it will be a very family friendly easy game. But, like the original, the expectation will be that the expansions add in more complexity to the game play and more challenge.

Why Am I Hyped?

Well, it is Marvel and I love Marvel. While I am more invested in the Avengers side of things because that’s been that is in the MCU, in the comics, the X-Men are often better. Plus the X-Men have a ton of exciting characters. In particular they have one of my favorite superheroes, Gambit. Now they haven’t officially said Gambit is going to be there, but I fully expect that he will. Plus there are a lot of other cool characters. I’m going to be interested to see what they do with the likes of Professor X and Magneto. It seems like Magneto will be a villain, but could we get a hero version as well?

Also, they have teased that there is going to be a difference in the games, that this one will add in something. I have no idea what that might be which is really exciting. If I were to guess, I would think it’ll give someone the option of playing a villain in the game. So if you are going up against Magneto, that person would have a hand of cards and pick what Magneto is playing. Which would be cool and would add challenge to the game because that player could optimize the villain versus the flipping of a card and random that we got in the original. Also, did I mention Gambit?

When And Where Do I Find It?

Like the first game, this one is coming to Kickstarter. CMON has just announced that it is coming “soon” but I’m guessing quite soon because they sent a copy of the game for the Dice Tower crew to play during their Spring Spectacular. CMON did just wrap up another Kickstarter, Zombicide: Undead or Alive, so I’m thinking at at the end of this month or beginning of April for this one.

Hype Level

Let me explain the hype level which I am making up. It is a scale of 1 to 5. 1 being that I am hyped, 5 being that I am super hyped for it. I’m not going to hype something up that I’m not interested in, which is why it doesn’t go lower than hyped.

4 out of 5

I know some about this game so there is less mystery about it. Plus, it is a lighter game, but I am still really hyped for it. Have I mentioned that it will likely have Gambit?

Does this game register for you on the hype meter? What character hero or villain do you want to see?

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