Disney adds Marvel heroes to game

LOS ANGELES — Buzz Lightyear, meet Captain America.

Walt Disney Co. is adding several Marvel superheroes to its toys-meets-games series ‘‘Disney Infinity.’’ The company announced plans Wednesday to add more than 20 such characters — beginning with ‘‘The Avengers’’ members Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Thor, and Hulk — in a new installment of the franchise.

‘‘Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes’’ is set for release this fall for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U, as well as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The new version of ‘‘Infinity’’ will include several updates, including more ways to upgrade characters, new moves, and vehicles like motorcycles.


Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis is writing original stories featuring the Marvel characters for the game.

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‘‘Infinity’’ utilizes real-life toy figures to depict Disney personalities in sprawling virtual lands where those characters can do things like race vehicles, create and play games, and construct locales — solo or cooperatively — as well as embark on adventures in their own realms. Each toy figure stores and transmits the character’s history through a reader connected to a game console.

A starter pack for the new version will feature the game, three figures — Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow — an ‘‘Avengers”-themed play set and two discs, which can be used to upgrade or customize characters and lands in the game. Additional figures and discs are sold separately.

The Marvel superheroes will join such Disney characters as Buzz Lightyear from ‘‘Toy Story,’’ Sorcerer Mickey from ‘‘Fantasia,’’ and Elsa from ‘‘Frozen.’’