There are a handful of missions in Marvel’s Avengers’ campaign that allow you to have friends drop in for some fun. It’s always nice to have some buddies virtually swing by to enjoy the game with you, but if that’s not your thing, you don’t have to worry. These multiplayer missions can be played alone as well.
If you decide to tackle these missions without any real-life players at your side, the game will add in some computer-controlled AI for you. All you have to do is turn off matchmaking, and the game will do the rest. There’s no way to tackle these missions without some help, but there’s no reason to have real people join you if you’d rather keep all the fun to yourself.
While Marvel’s Avengers has a lengthy solo campaign, there’s simply not enough for you to fight your way through to level up your characters to their fullest extent. Marvel’s Avengers is very much built to be a game you keep going back to grind away, earn new loot, level up abilities, and so on. The good news is that completing the single-player will definitely give you a nice leg up on the multiplayer, should you do decide to give it a whirl. Just do yourself a favor and go on the multiplayer adventure with some friends, as it’ll make things much more palatable.
Square-Enix has gone out of their way to make people think that Marvel’s Avengers is a multiplayer-centric experience, and while it is, that messaging does a real disservice to the solo campaign. This single-player content can take anywhere from 12 to 18 hours to complete depending on how much you like to explore, the side missions you tackle, and so on. There really is a lot to enjoy here, even if you don’t plan on ever setting foot in multiplayer. Don’t let the online component dissuade you from what turns out to be a well-written, story-rich solo adventure.