Update 2: Now includes Rise of the Phoenix DLC X-Men characters - Cable, Iceman, Gambit and Phoenix.

Update: Now includes unlockable and DLC Curse of the Vampire Expansion Pack characters - Thanos, Loki, Cyclops, Colossus, Blade, Punisher, Moon Knight and Morbius.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order features a large cast of super heroes and villains that even non-fans of comics have come to know (if not love) over the years. These larger-than-life figures have starred in dozens of Hollywood blockbusters over the past two decades or more, culminating recently with the cinematic crossover extravaganza Avengers: Endgame, which we're sure you probably caught wind of earlier this year.

We received some lovely promo art from Nintendo for many of the playable characters in the Switch exclusive, so we've collected them here for your enjoyment. There are even more characters in the game, with an update unlocking Cyclops and Colossus and a host of bosses and non-playable characters, too. More playable heroes are available in the three DLC packs, the first of which arrived contained Moon Knight, Blade, Punisher and Morbius (all included in the updated roster below). The second pack features four X-Men and releases on the 23rd December, with the final pack promising to include the Fantastic Four.


As a bonus we've also included a comparison picture of each character's most recent/famous live-action incarnation. We'll let you decide for yourselves if Team Ninja has taken inspiration from the live-action versions or stuck squarely to the source material, but some of the results are interesting, especially considering the criticism Square Enix's Avengers game has come in for over its depictions of Marvel's finest.

Without further ado, we kick things off with the King of Wakanda. Excelsior!

Black Panther

Black Panther (MCU)

Black Widow

Black Widow (MCU)

Captain America

Captain America (MCU)

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel (MCU)


Crystal (Inhumans, ABC)


Daredevil (Netflix)


Deadpool (20th Century Fox)

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange (MCU)


Drax (MCU)


Elektra (Daredevil, Netflix)

Elsa Bloodstone



Falcon (MCU)


Gamora (MCU)

Ghost Rider

Ghost Rider (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC)

Groot and Rocket

Groot and Rocket (MCU)