Colossus has two of the cheapest alternate costumes of all characters in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. The only comparable hero is Hawkeye and he is given free to all players near the start of the game. Low cost is a reflection of minor benefits, which actually makes the decision of whether to purchase any of these costumes more difficult, rather than less. The following guide to Colossus alternate costumes in Marvel: Avengers Alliance will help you make that decision.
Phoenix Five Colossus – Scrapper, 38CP / Bruiser, 27CP
Limited Availability – Phoenix Five Colossus was only available for purchase during Special Operation 3. She has gone on sale at least once since then and will likely become permanently available, much like the Avengers alternate costumes eventually became permanently available, at some later date.
Special Ability: Phoenix Potential: Guardian Force – The randomness of this ability is frustrating, but when it activates, it is one of the better special abilities in the game. At the start of every ally’s turn that ally has a chance to regain stamina and health and take reduced damage for the round. On most allies this is nice boost. When this activates on Colossus, it usually brings him to full health and makes him downright immortal while Steel Curtain is active.
Team-Ups – Phoenix Five Colossus seems to demand to be teamed up with the biggest glass cannon you own. And while that can work, he is actually better when teamed up with an incredibly durable hero. Heroes like Wolverine or Sabretooth, who are already really hard to kill, simply cross the line to nearly invincible when Guardian Force activates. The longer a battle runs the more opportunities for this ability to activate, so team Colossus with tough heroes that will survive.
Overall – While Phoenix Five Colossus and his team are really hard to kill, battles with him also tend to take a long time. As such, it isn’t clear what his purpose is in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. Long battles are basically never fun for anyone. Arguably this means you want to throw him on your defensive PvP team and just frustrate an opponent, but that is pretty bad sport. The best use for this alternate costume is to make the heroic battle with Cyclops and Storm significantly easier.
Modern Colossus – Bruiser, 32CP / Scrapper, 42CP
Special Ability: Steel Fortress – Steel Fortress grants Colossus the effects of Steel Curtain for the first three rounds of combat. This is a good benefit in PvE, but completely worthless in PvE where buff removal is far too common. Once the effect runs out, Colossus gains no other benefit from this costume unless he has the scrapper version.
Team-Ups – Now this version of Colossus is the one that you team up with a glass cannon. Do you have a high damage hero that simply can’t take a hit? If so, Modern Colossus is a perfect teammate. Unfortunately area attacks are still a problem, so you will want to make sure any enemies use primarily single target attacks. Since you shouldn’t be using Modern Colossus in PvP anyway, you can always see what enemies are in a fight and plan accordingly. Probably the best teammate for Modern Colossus is Kitty Pryde. He will always defend her until she gets time to phase and she can take advantage of the exposed that he puts on enemies.
Overall – The main reason to purchase the Modern Colossus alternate costume is to get a moderately viable option for this hero. It isn’t a great outfit, but it is better than his original outfit. The reason that this matters is that there are a few bosses in the game that basically demand you include a hero who is immune to bleeding attacks. Colossus is the best option among a rather bad set of heroes with that immunity. Modern Colossus makes him just a big better and possibly gives you the option to play as a scrapper rather than a bruiser.