What if Games for Marvel’s Avengers had Been Released on the Atari 2600?

The 1980s were a magical time for blockbuster films. Sadly though, when it came to comic book movies, we had just a few Superman sequels and of course Batman in the late 1980s. So I was chatting with Vic Sage the other night and we started wondering what the pop culture landscape might have been like if they had released the Avengers in the 1980s. Would they have done the same release schedule? Would it have been a hit? Eventually we started talking about tie-ins and that got us thinking about video games.

Now neither of use are designers, but thanks to some great templates and the art of King Kirby, we were able to mock up what the game boxes for the solo Avengers titles (and the Avengers) might have looked like if they had been released for the Atari 2600 and in the case of the Avengers, the Atari 5200.

First we will kick off with Iron Man, which starred Bruce Boxleitner as Tony Stark…

Iron Man for the Atari 2600

Second came the big budget Hulk, with beloved Bill Bixby as Bruce Banner…

Hulk for the Atari 2600

Treat Williams took on the role of the Star Spangled Avenger…

Captain America for the Atari 2600

Schwarzenegger was already a growing star, so when he took on the mantle of the Mighty Thor, everyone was very excited…

Thor for the Atari 2600

Finally they all came together, with the addition of Michelle Pfeiffer as the Wasp and Rutger Hauer as Loki, in the biggest film of the 1980s, The Avengers. By this time, the Atari 5200 was in stores. Some say it was the high quality Avengers title that saved that system and prevented Atari from going under.

The Avengers for the Atari 5200

3 thoughts on “What if Games for Marvel’s Avengers had Been Released on the Atari 2600?

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Hopefully, this post will somehow alter the past and these games will become actual playable titles for the Atari 2600.

    Just the awesome box art alone should power this retro magic.

    I’m sure someone is currently working on The Avengers as a movie tie-in for the 5200, unaware of the discontinued nature of the system.

    Excelsior!

  2. Kamdan says:

    Treat Williams as Captain America? YEAH RIGHT! He told Christopher Reeve NOT to play Superman and look where he ended up… XANDER DRAX.

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