Disney shutting down 'Marvel: Avengers Alliance' games

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Dave Hollis, executive vice president of theatrical distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, discusses the studio's Marvel brand of films during their presentation at CinemaCon 2016.

Dave Hollis, executive vice president of theatrical distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, discusses the studio's Marvel brand of films during their presentation at CinemaCon 2016. (Photo: Chris Pizzello)

Disney announced plans Thursday to shut down the "Marvel: Avengers Alliance" online game series at the end of the month.

"Marvel: Avengers Alliance" originally launched on Facebook in 2012 alongside the first "Avengers" film.

The popular turn-based role-playing game spawned a sequel and versions for mobile devices. The games featured Marvel superheroes such as Iron Man, Black Widow, Cyclops, Spider-Man and She-Hulk.

Disney said in a statement it was ending the game because it is shifting its "development focus towards other online and mobile play experiences."

The games will go offline Sept. 30.

-AP

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