'Smash From The Heart': Hulk and Avengers Become Mentors in 'Superior Seminars' Campaigns
Leading-edge video game developers Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have assembled an all-star team, led by BBH NY, to promote the release of a brand-new third-person action-adventure game with an original Avengers storyline in their launch of Marvel’s Avengers. BBH enlisted RSA Films’ Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the award-winning filmmaker behind the blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, to direct the CG trailer campaign.
The game debuts on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia. Next-generation versions for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are also planned for later this year.
Super Heroes have always played influential roles in times of crisis. They have since they were first introduced in the wake of the Great Depression and have inspired generation after generation through the 20th century. Their role in the 21st century is unchanged, giving us hope even in difficult days.
In the midst of a new crisis that forced us all to isolate and go indoors, there couldn’t have been a better time for the Avengers, with a one-of-a-kind game underscoring the point that we’re stronger together.
Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix selected BBH NY as their agency partner after a highly competitive pitch process, charging them to create a campaign that puts the release of Marvel’s Avengers in a league of its own.
Although the whole team was physically spread apart due to Covid-19, the story inspired them to come together and make something truly memorable.
Featuring the iconic characters in an original and evolving Avengers storyline, the supporting global campaign showcases the Avengers trademark teamwork and wit, as well as what it feels like to play, for the first time, as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
BBH NY assembled world-class talent to work in collaboration with the creative and marketing teams at Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix, and Marvel:
- RSA Films’ Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the award-winning filmmaker behind the blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, translated Crystal Dynamics’ unique take on Marvel’s Avengers’ iconic superheroes from the videogame to this fully CG animated trailer
- Storied VFX company Industrial Light & Magic brought their decades of experience with Marvel characters.
- Finally, the team at Skywalker Sound was enlisted to give the CG trailer their trademark cinematic sound design.
The global campaign includes a thrilling animated CG trailer along with a content series called Superior Seminars, which introduces what it’s like to play as the new characters in a way that only the Avengers could pull off.
- Hulk teaches how to Smash
- Ms. Marvel demonstrates how to embiggen
- Iron Man teaches the beam, and more
“Marvel’s Avengers is a massive, ground-breaking game featuring the world’s most-popular Super Heroes,” said Shaun Escayg, creative director for Marvel’s Avengers at developer Crystal Dynamics. “BBH NY identified the creative team that would be required to bring these characters and new stories to life the way our game and the Avengers deserve.”
“We selected BBH NY because of their deep knowledge and love of gaming,” said John Heinecke, chief marketing officer, Square Enix. “They reminded us of how the Avengers are the perfect Super Heroes for this moment, bringing to life the value of teamwork and proving that no threat is too large when we fight as one.”
“This was a true team effort. In such a difficult time, the whole team had to rally together every day to give this game an Avengers-worthy launch. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have partnered with ILM and Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who brought an unmatched level of love, energy, and enthusiasm to this project. We are equally grateful to our clients at Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics for the opportunity,” said Jonathan Mackler, executive creative director, head of creative, BBH NY.
Chief Creative Officer: Rafael Rizuto
Executive Creative Director: Jonathan Mackler
Group Creative Director: Lucas Bongioani
Creative Director: Diego Fonseca
Creative Director: Scott Cooney
Associate Creative Director: Hora Somani
Associate Creative Director: Bruno Francino
Senior Copywriter: Ben Cascella
Designer: Lukas Weber
Head of Production: Brooke Kaylor
Managing Partner: L Parker Barnum
Group Account Director: Ali Cornford
Account Supervisor: Dylan Roley
Account Manager: Becky Tanner
Head of Planning: Tom Callard
Strategist: Dylan Fauss
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Executive Producer: Buddy Brakha
Executive Producer: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Producer: Julien Lemaitre
Associate Producer: Bryan Chojnowski
Industrial Light & Magic
Senior Producer: Katherine Farrar Bluff
Associate Producer: Karen Kelly
VFX Producer: Jeff White
Animation Supervisor: Scott Benza
CG Supervisor: Bruno Baron
Production Manager: Lauren Fong
Associate Production: Nick Johnson
Editor: Ian Mackenzie
Assistant Editor: Cooper McLane
Executive Producer: Gina Pagano
Sound Design: Al Nelson
ADR: Gwendolyn Whittle
Audio Engineer/Mix: Sound Pete Horner
Audio Engineer/Record: Rob Difondi
Sound Design: William McGuigan
Iron Man: Nolan North
Captain America: Jeff Schine
Kamala Khan: Sandra Saad
Original Composition: Sizzer Music
Category: Gaming , Sports and Leisure
Genre: Action , Dialogue