Marvel vs Capcom 2 is still regarded as one of the best fighting video games out there, despite the fact it was released about ten years ago. When Capcom announced the sequel, Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, it was met with a lot of fanfare. Slowly, Capcom has released information on the characters that will be playable in the game. While there are a number of more famous characters in the lineup, such as Wolverine, Spider-man, Ryu, and Chun-Li, there are a lot of less known characters. With so much comic and gaming history to draw from, I didn’t know about many of the characters and their histories, so I set out to research them a bit. The following summarizes all the characters in Marvel vs Capcom 3 with some background information on where the character came from.
Spider-man needs little introduction. He’s the face of Marvel comics and possibly the most popular character on the Marvel roster (Wolverine being the only challenger). Most readers probably are aware of his origin story as it’s been told so many times since his introduction in the 1960s. Spider-man came into being when Peter Parker was bit by a a radioactive spider, which granted him additional strength, agility, the ability to cling to surfaces, and the ability to sense danger. Originally Spider-man created his famed web-shooters in a laboratory, but modern day reinterpretations have given him organic web-shooters coming from his arms.
Wolverine, often referred to by his real name of Logan, is a classic anti-hero which has made him one of the most popular characters in the Marvel and X-men universe. He’s a mutant with an adamantium skeleton, advanced healing factor, and retractable claws. Unknown to me until doing some reading, he’s a relatively new character in the Marvel universe (compared to those below), getting introduced via the Incredible Hulk comic series in 1974.
Iron Man, the robotic powered alter-ego of Tony Stark, has been a mainstay in the Marvel universe since his introduction in the 1960s. Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit gives him near nearly invincible and with a variety of weapons. He’s also one of the original members of the Avengers. While he was popular enough to have his own comic book series, he never seemed to break into the mainstream until the hit Iron Man movie was released in 2008.
Captain America is one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel universe. He was originally created during the 1940s as a patriotic hero fighting Nazis during World War II. Possessing incredible strength and speed, he’s known for always fighting with his iconic shield. While his popularity has waned in the last several decades, he’s still a mainstay in the Marvel universe as the leader of the Avengers.
The alter ego of Bruce Banner has been another mainstay in the Marvel universe since his creation in the 1960s. Bruce Banner transforms into the super humanoid Hulk as his adrenaline rushes. Although not the most famous character in the Marvel universe, the Hulk is well known in pop culture. A Hulk television series ran in the late 1970s with Lou Ferrigno. The Hulk also has had two movies in the past decade featuring Eric Bana and Ed Norton as Bruce Banner.
She-Hulk is a relatively new character to the Marvel Universe, appearing in 1980 after the success of the Incredible Hulk television show. She obtained her Hulk-like powers after a blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner. She possesses many of the same strengths and powers of the Hulk, but at reduced levels. Personally, I find her introduction into the game a bit interesting, as lately she has been prominently used a lawyer in the Marvel Comic Universe.
Magneto is the arch-nemesis of the X-men. He’s been involved with too many X-men storylines to name since first appearing in X-Men #1 in 1963. He has strong magnetic powers allowing him to create magnetic force fields and manipulate metal objects. Magneto is amongst the greatest villains in comic book history, as readers identify with his cause. Many of his actions are meant to protect or further the mutant race, rather than cause harm to humans for no apparent reason.
Storm is one of the most famous X-men since appearing in Giant-Size X-Men #1 in 1975. She has appeared in almost all incarnations of the X-men comics, animated shows, and movies. She’s also been the leader of the X-men at some times. Her ability to control the weather also makes her one of the most powerful mutants in the Marvel universe.
Phoenix is the X-men character Jean Grey bonded with the powerful Phoenix Force, transforming Jean Grey from a one of the weakest members of the X-men to one of the Marvel universe’s most powerful. She was introduced during the The Phoenix Saga storyline in the 1970s, but is more famous for The Dark Phoenix Saga storyline in the 1980s. The Marvel universe story on whether Phoenix is or is not the real Jean Grey is long and confusing. Most casual fans may simply think of Phoenix as a powerful alter-ego of Jean Grey.
Sentinel isn’t a specific character in the X-men universe, but rather a collection of mutant killing robots. Originally appearing in 1965, they have played a regular role in the Marvel mutant universe. The X-men are regularly thrown into battle with them.
Another founding member of the Avengers, Thor is the God of Thunder, appearing in the Marvel universe in the 1960s. He possesses super human strength and fights with his hammer Mjolnir. Similar to some characters mentioned above, while popular and with his own comic series, he failed to achieve some manner of mainstream success.
Victor Von Doom, otherwise known as Doctor Doom, is the arch-nemesis of the Fantastic Four. He’s been battling the Fantastic Four for quite some time, originally appearing in issue #5 of the comic series in 1962. He wears a metal armored suit that gives him super strength and he also has various mystical powers.
Dormammu is one of the characters most fans may not be aware of. He’s been around since the 1960s, predominantly as a mystical nemesis of Doctor Strange. He hasn’t had many encounters with more popular characters within the Marvel universe, which really limits the recognizability of this character.
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Shuma-Gorath is another Marvel universe villain many fans may not be aware of. Created in 1967 by Robert E. Howard, Shuma-Gorath was originally a demon in the Conan the Barbarian universe. Later he become an enemy in the Doctor Strange line of comics. Shuma-Gorath is an extremely powerful being with super human strength and strong magic. Like Dormammu above, he hasn’t had a lot of interaction with other famed Marvel heroes.
Another lesser known character in the Marvel Universe, Deadpool is a mercenary with healing powers, expert marksmanship, and skill with swords. He was part of the same Weapon X program Wolverine was involved in. Deadpool’s popularity was at its peak in the 1990s, but has waned a bit since then. Many fans enjoy Deadpool’s continual breaking of the fourth wall in the comics. This trait of Deadpool’s will apparently be carried into the video game, as it’s been confirmed that he can grab and use his health bar as a weapon.
Taskmaster is a relatively new character that appeared in the early 1980s. He’s a skilled mercenary and nemesis of Deadpool. He has regularly played the role of a trainer who works on training criminals, however has trained superheroes as well. Taskmaster has the ability to mimic other superheroes moves and is subsequently an expert multiple fighting styles.
Super-Skrull is a classic enemy of the Fantastic Four, appearing very early on in issue #18 of the comic series. He’s most well known for having all the super-powers of the Fantastic Four. He has pyrotechnic abilities like the Human Torch, telekinesis like the Invisible Woman, strength like the Thing, and the ability to stretch like Mr. Fantastic.
Older X-Men fans (such as myself) may not be aware of X-23. She’s a relatively new character and was actually introduced in the X-Men Evolution Animated series, before appearing in comics in 2004. She’s a clone of Wolverine and similarly possesses a mutant healing factor and claws. Unlike her genetic father, she only has two blades per hand instead of three, but also possesses a single blade per foot. She was created through a government program attempting to duplicate Wolverine.
M.O.D.O.K. is an acronym for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. He’s a supervillain that first appeared in the Marvel Universe in 1967, battling Captain America and S.H.E.I.L.D. He has strong psionic abilities enabling him control others and generate force fields. The hoverchair he rides in also has a number of weapons at his disposal.
Ryu is the most recognizable character in the Capcom lineup. He’s virtually the face of Capcom (with MegaMan being the only challenger). Ryu has been a fighter in every Street Fighter game to date and his design with the white karate gi and red headband has been virtually unchanged since his introduction in 1987. Some of his supermoves, such as the hadouken, have been around since the first game. You can find a montage of Ryu in almost all his Street Fighter incarnations here.
Chun-Li first appeared as a fighter in Street Fighter II, and quickly became one of Capcom’s most beloved characters. She’s one of the first female characters in video game history that could “kick-ass” with the men. She’s famed for her thunder thighs that allow her to beat her opponents with powerful kicks.
Akuma first appeared in Super Street Fighter II Turbo. He is often considered an antagonist of Ken and Ryu, as he is the brother of their master Gouken.
Crimson Viper is the newest character that will appear in MVC3. She was first introduced into the Capcom universe in 2008’s Street Fighter IV.
Chris Redfield is the main protagonist in several Resident Evil games, most prominently in the recent hit Resident Evil 5. If you haven’t played Resident Evil before, you can see Chris Redfield in action in this Resident Evil 5 trailer.
Wesker is the antagonist of several Resident Evil games. While not appearing in several of the games, he’s had a role in most. In fact, he has made more appearances in Resident Evil games than any other character. While he was originally just a scientist, he gained a number of superhuman abilities after injecting himself with a virus. You can see a bit of Wesker in this Resident Evil 5 trailer.
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Jill Valentine was the main protagonist in the original Resident Evil and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. She’s also made appearances in several other titles in the Resident Evil universe. If you’ve never seen her in action before, you can find her in the Resident Evil 3 trailer here.
Dante is the protagonist in the Devil May Cry series of games. Dante is a demonslayer and battles with both guns and blades. If you haven’t played a Devil May Cry game before, you can see Dante in action in this Devil May Cry 4 trailer.
Trish is another character from the Devil May Cry series. She appeared in the first Devil May Cry game and appeared in the most recent one, Devil May Cry 4. She possesses super human strength and lightning abilities, although she hasn’t been a playable character in the Devil May Cry series (discounting a bonus feature not central to the plot).
Mike Haggar is a classic Capcom character from the Final Fight series. He is beloved for his somewhat ridiculous background as a former professional wrestler, turned mayor, turned brawler trying to save his girlfriend. He has had cameo appearances in many Capcom fighting games, however this will be his first entry as a fighter himself.
Morrigan is a succubus from the Darkstalkers series of fighting games. If you’re not familiar with the Darkstalkers series, it may be because the last entry in the series was released in 2000 (although some re-releases have been made as recent as 2005). In this video, you can see Morrigan in action in Darkstalkers 3.
Felicia is another character from the Darkstalkers series of fighting games. She’s the cat-like character that’s been in the series since the original release. In this video you can see her in action in Darkstalkers 3.
Hsien-Ko is the third character in the lineup from the Darkstalkers series of fighting games. She’s known for her ridiculously large hands that she uses to crush her opponents.
Zero is the main protagonist in the Mega Man Zero series of games. He has also appeared as a sidekick or optional playable character in several several games in the Mega Man X series. You can see him in action in the trailer for the Mega Man Zero Collection.
Tron Bonne is amongst the lesser known characters in the Capcom lineup. Tron Bonne comes from the Mega Man universe, where she is a member of the Bonne family of air pirates. The family is regularly causing problems for Mega Man Volnutt in the Mega Man Legends games. She’s been been amongst the main antagonists in the series. She also stared in her own game, “The Misadventures of Tron Bonne”, released in 2000 for the PS1 (trailer).
Amaterasu is the wolf star of the video game Okami. Okami was released on the PS2 in 2006 and Wii in 2008. Okami was a huge critical success, achieving aggregate review scores north of 90% on both the PS2 and Wii. Somewhat sadly, it only achieved moderate sales success of around half a million units worldwide. So there are a lot of video game fans that have probably never played as Amaterasu before. You can check out Amaterasu in the original Okami trailer here.
Viewtiful Joe is the star of a series of platforming games, first released on the GameCube in 2003 (trailer). However, he hasn’t had a game released since 2006, so some fans may not have ever seen him in his own title. It’s unknown if any additional Viewtiful Joe games are planned for production.
Nathan “RAD” Spencer
Nathan Spencer is the star of the 2009 Bionic Commando video game. With his robotic arm, he’s capable of grabbing heavier items for attacking and scaling obstacles. The game was a reboot of the Bionic Commando franchise, which had not seen a new game since 1999’s Bionic Commando: Elite Forces (not counting a remake of the NES classic released in 2008). You can check out Spencer in the Bionic Commando trailer here.
Sir Arthur is the star of the Ghosts ‘n Goblins series of video games. The first game staring Arthur was Ghosts ‘n Goblins released back in 1985 in arcades. The game port to the NES is the version most fans may be familiar with. It was adored for its gameplay but is also known for its epic difficulty. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a new game for Arthur in store for the future. He was recently in Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins for the PSP in 2006, but the game sold a pitiful 60 thousand units stateside. If you haven’t seen Arthur in action, check out this incredible speed run through the original game here
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