Exploring the Olympia Archives offers us not only some interesting references, but also a first glimpse into the new Marvel Avengers continuum.
One of the Marvel Avengers̵7; first major missions in Beta, “To Find Olympia”, was a treasure trove of references. Hulk and Kamala Kahn make their way to Tony Stark’s Olympia Archives to search for JARVIS, whom Banner believes can help them find Tony.
After some fighting, Kamala found the storage room out of a series of locks. Inside the storage room, she found some Avengers treasures, mentioning characters and legends of the newly created universe for Marvel’s Avengers.
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One of the first items Kamala will likely encounter is Thor’s mug. Thor, in various incarnations, has one main consistent tendency: he loves his pasture. The God of Thunder can often be found in bars or grassland corridors after his biggest battle, throwing back the cool guys and regaining teammates with stories of his adventures.
So what’s with this cup? It’s an antiquity, maybe some kind of magic cup that never runs out? Alas, as Kamala notes, it appears to be just a simple mug. Still, quite interesting to see.
Gold Stark first
Not far from Thor’s Mug is “the First Stark Gold”, a harmless lump of gold. It is very likely that this lump is somehow related to the Stark estate, although Kamala’s conversation suggests it may be fake gold, such as pyrite. Most likely this is a reference to the sly Iron Man.
In the original continuity, Tony’s original armor retains the bulky design he created in the cave. However, in order to appear more likable to the public, he painted it a dazzling yellow. This block of gold could be a sly nod to that original Iron Man design.
Mark 01 Repulsor Prototype
It is plausible that Tony will keep a few Iron Man pieces in storage. Deeper into the archives, Kamala finds Tony’s prototype for the original fighters. Kamala even speculates that Tony might be coming back for these things, though it’s unlikely given how modern Tony’s clothes have become.
In particular, this is one of the few Storage items that can appear in the game. Tony has an alternate Prototype Armor, which includes him in a makeshift suit, complete with combat suits.
Hidden behind a removable bookshelf is this electric guitar, which reads “To Pepper, From Tony”. Kamala did not say it was a gift of thanks or a gift to Pepper, whom Tony is in a relationship with in this ongoing relationship, but is clearly happy to see it.
Tony has always had a fondness for rock and roll music and a love for electric guitars. It could also be a subtle nod to his comic successor mother, Amanda Armstrong, a moonlit rock musician as a secret agent of SHIELD.
Captain America Heater Shield
Two of Captain America’s shields are on display in the Beta: his classic disc-shaped shield is seen on the Chimera, which serves as a temporary monument to the fallen Avenger. Stored in the storage, however, is Cap’s old fireplace shield.
Whether it’s a comic book, the MCU or any other form of media, Captain America has not traditionally debuted with a disk shield. He brought along a traditional fireplace shield with striped & sunken star motifs, has come back a few times. The shield appeared in some early editions of his WWII-era original story before being replaced by a modern shield.
Architectural model of Avengers West Coast Headquarters
Hidden behind the archive is an architectural model for the Avengers headquarters on the West Coast. The design is relatively similar to the traditional Avengers Tower design and can hint at the history of the Avengers in the game.
From the Beta we know that Avengers Day is taking place in San Francisco and it looks like the team might be stationed there. However, there was a true West Coast Squad, with multiple team iterations over the years. With a West Coast Avenger emblem, Hawkeye, coming soon in the game, we could see a matching squad of this team.
Avengers group photo
The final nod in the archive, hidden under a cardboard wall, is a large photo of The Avengers. The picture highlights the team during happier times, dresses modestly and enjoys happier times.
This is the first glimpse into the Avengers game as a human, not a superhero, not to mention Hawkeye’s first in-game appearance (at least according to the Beta). The photo is not just a nod to where the Avengers have been, but also a hopeful nod to where the Avengers can go after the game’s “Reassemble” campaign.
Developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix, Marvel’s Avengers arrives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia and PC on September 4.
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