Ubisoft linked to Avengers website

Earth's Mightiest Heroes could be returning to games as publisher's name surfaces in domain name registration for avengersbattleforearth.com.

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Ubisoft may be looking to capitalize on the recently released Marvel film The Avengers, according to a domain name spotted by Fusible this week.

The Avengers in their first appearance, in 1963.
The Avengers in their first appearance, in 1963.

The site reported that the domain name "avengersbattleforearth.com" was registered on May 3, 2012 (a day before the film's release in the United States), through the brand-protection company MarkMonitor. The domain name was registered by Marvel Characters Inc. but is currently listed on Ubisoft servers.

Speculation of a video game adaptation of Marvel's The Avengers began with the news last September that THQ's now-defunct studio, THQ Studio Australia, had been working on an unannounced game based on the Joss Whedon film.

Marvel later announced that it had taken back the rights to the game, based on its Avengers intellectual property, and would be "exploring potential publishing and licensing opportunities."

As far as video game outings go, the Avengers have previously been featured in 1996's Data East arcade fighter Avengers: Galactic Storm, as well as the 1991 arcade beat-'em-up Captain America and the Avengers, which received a number of console ports in the following years. Individually, the main characters of the Joss Whedon film--Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, and Iron Man--have all starred in their own feature films and accompanying game adaptations in recent years.

However, the only confirmed video game based on Whedon's The Avengers is Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. The downloadable content for the Xbox 360's Pinball FX 2 and the PS3's Marvel Pinball features a four-pack of new pinball tables and a virtual machine based on the film. It will be released this spring.

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