While Disney Infinity NEXT brought all kinds of fun and exciting announcements about the future of the game, it also brought some bad news and a dash of reality to the fans hopeful for the inclusion of certain characters. John Vignocchi (JV) indirectly hinted that Scarlet Witch and other select characters are likely never to appear in Disney Infinity.
Infinity has always been proud of their impressive line up of female characters included in their game. Excluding only a handful of early playsets, we’ve seen strong female characters in almost every franchise Infinity has featured. So it was no surprise when the community responded so harshly at the leak of the initial Battlegrounds line up. The all male starting line up of the new Marvel playset was a departure from the normal lady friendly formula.
Immediately after the leak, the community began hounding Infinity, specifically John Vignocchi about the absence of females in Battlegrounds. His response to the angry tweets and messages were nothing but kind reminders to hold on tight and wait for some great new characters to be announced.
While we hold onto the promises of females coming to Marvel’s 3.0 Playset, we got a heavy dose of reality during the live Twitch stream that followed the big NEXT announcement. When asked about the possibility of Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver, JV had this to say:
I’ve seen a lot of questions about a lot of different characters. I can’t go into detail about what…first of all, we wouldn’t go into details what [about] characters we’re going to be releasing because we want to make a big, special event with you guys and try to make it a big reveal.
I think it is important to be transparent with you guys, though, and let you know that there are certain legal restrictions around certain characters that we can bring into Disney Infinity and that we can’t. Even some games are allowed to, because they’re just standalone video games, have those characters appear inside of them.
Because we have the toy and the game element, it’s very difficult for us to do both because of existing partnerships that those companies might have. I’m trying to be transparent and not give you too much detail. That’s what that is. If you’re ever wondering, like, “Well, it just seems so ‘duh’, you should do this character or that character,” I would say don’t think that we haven’t thought about it.
Here is the clip of JV from the quote above:
Many of us will never know the true details and reasoning behind the characters not being able to join Infinity but it’s clear that there are many levels that these decisions go through before being made and JV’s team wasn’t able to crack this one.
The combination of the physical toy element and a digital game component draws in two lines of merchandising and IP rights that are probably close to impossible to fully iron out. Ownership of the mutant twins was a huge topic of contention during the X:Men First Class / Avenger’s Age Of Ultron filming. And while a cease fire was drawn up to allow both franchises to use the characters under extremely specific conditions, the fight over who controls the likeness, IP, character, background, powers, ect… for a video game featuring a real toy might just have been too big of a battle for Infinity to deal with or sort out.