EA will be dressing some of the most famous footballers of the past in tight spandex as part of an upcoming Marvel and FIFA 23 crossover.
A handful of FIFA 23 players will be reimagined as Marvel superheroes for the game’s Ultimate Team mode. Your FUT Hero Cards – in-game collectibles that first appeared in FIFA 22 and feature iconic moments from players’ careers – will be illustrated by Marvel artists in the style of classic superhero characters.
EA has revealed five of FUT’s special hero cards so far, including those from North American Landon Donovan, Ivory Coast Yaya Touré, Portuguese Ricardo Carvalho, South Korean Park Ji-sung and Italian Claudio Marchisio.
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Each player has been illustrated wearing a Marvel costume, though the inspirations behind some are easier to identify than others. Donovan’s image is very reminiscent of Captain America, while Ji-Sung’s new strip looks like Iron Man’s armor. Touré’s design mentions Wakanda’s palace, The Citadel, though his costume doesn’t look directly inspired by any characters from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
While Marvel is busy bringing more of its classic characters to Disney Plus, EA is getting a little more creative. Could a superpowered Landon Donovan take on She-Hulk in a fight? Probably not, but I would probably score a few more goals on the field.
According to frequently asked questions about EA, the special designs will be released on November 11, when the post-launch FIFA 23 World Cup mode is released. Two FUT Hero Cards will be available to each player – a base version, which includes a standard photo of the player and will be included in the game at launch; and the special World Cup version that features better player stats.
Marvel FUT Hero Cards will only be available to 21 players, however. We can expect to know which other players will get the superhero treatment before the game launches on September 23. Other in-game items will also be included in the collaboration, including typhus, kits, and balls. A tie-in comic will be released to the end of the line.