So last time I talked about future sets and I think I’ve fallen into the decision of “whatever feels right is what it should be.” Not an exciting answer, but an answer.
So let’s talk about something that is exciting: variants. Every hero comes with a character card usually referred to as “the base version” by the game fandom. But (at least in the core set of heroes) each hero also has a set of alternate character cards that can be used in place of the base version called variants. Many heroes only have one but at least one (Bunker) has 5 variants (admittedly I think part of that was attempts to “fix” Bunker who is seen as one of the clunkiest heroes in the base game).
These variants can represent anything, versions of that hero from another universe, versions of that hero from different points in their storyline, or even versions of that hero from what-if-style stories. Hell, the Cauldron released a set of Halloween-themed variants for several of their heroes in 2020.
With this in mind, let’s run down the list of our heroes and what I have in mind for them, variants-wise. Several of these have themes that I’ll talk about at the end but I’m sure you’ll pick up on them on your own.
Menagerie Charade: Charade as part of the Menagerie, going into the final battle with Clockwork.
MIA Charade: Charade as leader of the MIA. Probably more focused on team leading than damage.
Secret Origin: Alycia Chin: Alycia on the run from AEGIS/the Division before becoming Charade.
Menagerie Concord: Concord as part of the Menagerie, going into the final battle with Clockwork.
Keynome Kid: Teen Adam from the Keynome storyline (but needs a new name).
Kid Concord: Concord before he had the adult super form and also early in his run, so probably a lot more spotty than normal Concord.
Menagerie Ghost Girl: Ghost Girl as part of the Menagerie, going into the final battle with Clockwork.
Ghost Girl Pandemonium: Ghost Girl from the Quillverse who became Pandemonium.
Ghost Girl, Spirit of the Solstice: (already done) Ghost Girl with the Solstice Candle.
Magus Ghost Girl: (already done) Charlotte as the Magus.
Menagerie Mercury: Mercury as part of the Menagerie, going into the final battle with Clockwork.
Quillverse Mercury: Older Mercury who was trapped in the bubble from the Quillverse. Not super excited about this one, but it was the only thing I could come up with for Harry.
Menagerie Radiance: Radiance as part of the Menagerie, going into the final battle with Clockwork.
Secret Origin: Numina: Holographic Summer action as team overwatch.
Princess Radiance: (already done) Radiance in the role of Princess of the Fairy Kingdoms.
Boy Adventurer Jason Quill: Young Jason, not as experienced but makes up for it with zeal.
Quillverse Jason Quill: A repentant adult Jason with the Quillverse after Leo reintroduced himself to himself.
Link, Otto, and Pnuma
I haven’t thought too hard about these because I’m still trying to decide how interconnected these need to be, but at least one thought is that Big Bill and Mo could be variants of Otto, but that is a very early idea. Also if Link is his own character and not part of a shared deck with Pneuma, I’m sure berserker Link from phase three will probably be one of his variants.
MIA Agent R: Nono as a member of the MIA.
MIA Comrade X: Alex as a member of the MIA.
Secret Origins: Agent 1337: Alex during their time with AEGIS/the Division.
MIA Firebrand: Emma as a member of the MIA.
Secret Origins: Hot Mess: Emma as an anti-villain in training.
MIA SNOWMAN: John as a member of the MIA.
Irregulators A10: Andi as a member of the Irregulators.
Irregulators Alloy: Alloy as a member of the Irregulators.
Irregulators Armiger: Will as a member of the Irregulators.
Secret Origins: Superchica: Keri while she still had the ‘tude.
Irregulators Telekinetian: Nate as a member of the Irregulators.
I don’t know for her yet. Still super early days here.
Halloween Space Bug: Space Bug cosplaying as Ash from the Evil Dead. Who gave that Moth a chainsaw and boomstick?!
So broad strokes on some of the themed variants.
Team Variants: (Menagerie, MIA, Irregulators) Exactly what it says on the tin. Variants with powers that make them work much better on their team than normal or makes them slot more into the role they played in that team (for example, Menagerie Charade is a loner, MIA Charade is a leader).
Secret Origins: These are callbacks to the hero’s previous heroic/villainous/etc identity.
Holiday Themes: Ghost Girl has Christmas and Space Bug has Halloween. I’m sure we can fit a few more in (or just throw in more Halloween themed ones because those are always fun).
I’m sure I’ve missed some obvious ones, but what are your thoughts on this?