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Go read this CNET story about the Avengers game that wasn’t

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In 2011, before the Marvel Cinematic Universe became an unstoppable box office and cultural force, THQ Studio Australia was hard at work on a video game tie-in for an upcoming movie called The Avengers.

Not the Destiny-esque Marvel’s Avengers game that’s being released tomorrow — an Avengers game that never saw the light of day.

A first-person superhero brawler, instead of the traditional behind-the-character perspective.

A game on a deadline so stressful that one developer beat up his filing cabinet with an umbrella, and another decided to repeatedly stab his desk with a giant kitchen knife.

That’s the story from Mark Serrels at CNET, and it comes chock-full of testimony and juicy anecdotes from the developers and publishing execs who tried to make it a reality — some of whom moved their lives across the world only for the game to eventually be canceled. There’s even never-before-seen footage of the game.

If you’re at all curious what could have been, go read it here.

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