As if the hype for Avengers: Infinity War wasn’t already enough, Cosmic Book News reported on a new board game based on the movie. Thanos Rising – Avengers: Infinity War is a cooperative dice and card game from Marvel and USAopoly, Inc. Two to four players have to recruit a team of heroes to face Thanos and his forces before he carries out his master plan of using six Infinity Stones to alter reality.

The board game features 190 game components, including a 120mm sculpted figure of Thanos, 6 Infinity Stones, 1 Infinity gauntlet, 17 die, 42 cards that consist of heroes, villains, and ships, 4 team deployment tokens that represent the Avengers, Wakanda, Kamar-Taj, and the Nova Corp, and a lot more.

Thanos first appeared on the big screen in the after credits scene of Avengers (2012), and has since remained an ominous and mysterious force working behind the scenes while the rest of the Marvel movies play out. Infinity War finally saw him step into the spotlight, as he attempts to collect Infinity Stones. It was interesting to see his character develop onscreen, as many criticize Marvel villains to be subpar.

Before Thanos, perhaps the only other villains who have managed to break the mold are Black Panther‘s Killmonger; and Thor’s brother, Loki. The latter still remains one of the MCU’s most memorable villains, and if anyone can topple him from the spot, it would be none other than Thanos.

The latest Avengers movie is the culmination of every Marvel film that has been released so far, and little is known of what will take place in the Marvel cinematic universe after this. Naturally, the board game would have to provide the same epic journey. Entertainment Weekly spilled the details on the board game’s contents, which include Iron Man, Captain America, Rocket Raccoon, Black Widow, Black Panther, Hulk, Gamora, and Doctor Strange as hero cards. On the other side of the fence, villains like Cull Obsidian and an Outrider general are also included in the deck.

The board game is not the first collaboration between Marvel and USAopoly, Inc., as the two are also working on a Deadpool-themed card game in line with the release of Deadpool 2. ScreenRant covered the details on Deadpool Vs. The World, which is an adult-oriented card game based on Cards Against Humanity. It’s slated to be launched sometime after the Avengers board game. This ties in nicely with the continuous expansion of Marvel-related projects. With the success and attention Infinity War is currently garnering, it’s logical for the studio to push for growth in other mediums, most notably their small-screen releases. Netflix continues to add great titles to its roster, and they join well-received shows from Marvel such as Daredevil, The Punisher and Jessica Jones. It won’t be surprising if characters from these programs also appear in future board games. Taking into consideration the track record of the Marvel-USAopoly team up, it’s safe to say that the doors are not completely closed regarding additional board games that will use Marvel elements. For now though, players can enjoy trying to beat the Mad Titan and his allies.

Thanos Rising – Avengers: Infinity War has a starting price of £18. The film is now showing in theatres worldwide.

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