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Marvel vs. Capcom (マーヴルVSカプコン Māvuru tai Kapukon?) is a series of fighting games created by Capcom in which characters created by Marvel Comics and Capcom's own characters appear together. While it was the first vs. series involving Capcom, the name Marvel exists to distinguish it from Capcom's other vs. series with SNK (Capcom vs. SNK), Tatsunoko Production (Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars) and Namco (Namco × Capcom, Street Fighter X Tekken).

The Marvel characters depicted in these games were often based on their incarnations in various early 1990s animated series (particularly X-Men), and were often voiced by the same voice actors.

Many of the characters and fighting mechanics used in these games were first developed and refined in two other fighting games Capcom had developed earlier, serving as precursors to the series: X-Men: Children of the Atom, which featured characters strictly from the X-Men universe, and Marvel Super Heroes, which gleaned characters from Marvel's entire roster (X-Men included).

Although the tag-team fighting concept was not new, it was refined with this series (although fans would argue whether this was for better or for worse). New fighting game terminology, such as "Aerial Rave" (the act of performing a combo on an opponent while the opponent remains airborne) and "Variable Combination" (the act of having two or more characters on the same team to perform their hyper combos at the same time) were added to the fighting game vernacular with this series.

Games

Story

There does not appear to be a concrete story behind each game in the series, although several plot points run across the various games of the series. However, various pairs of characters - typically one Marvel and one Capcom, were often partnered with each other during gameplay (although later games randomized the partnerships so that it was possible to complete the game facing all Marvel or all Capcom teams). There has been confirmation that in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, unlike previous installments, the subtitle, Fate of Two Worlds, will actually tie into the game storyline and plot.[1]

However, several interesting (but obviously non-canonical to both Marvel and Capcom continuities) side-plots did emerge throughout the series, some of which contradict the others:

  • In X-Men vs. Street Fighter,
    • Psylocke is the one who rescues the amnesiac Cammy, who lost her memory after the battle with Apocalypse, from The Hand and its leader, Matsu'o Tsurayaba. Three years later, she joins the British special forces unit, Delta Red.
    • Wolverine seeks Akuma in Japan as he believes Akuma has information about his own past. However, in order to get the information from Akuma, he must win a fight to the death.
    • Jubilee greets Wolverine and Ryu. Wolverine, then, teaches her about Ryu's honor and has found respect for him.
    • Sabretooth engages in a final battle with Wolverine, after defeating everyone he has come across. Ryu, Chun-Li, and Charlie were among those Sabretooth have beaten.
    • Zangief and Colossus defend Russia against Omega Red.
    • Storm and Gambit rescue Forge, Dan, Sakura, and the rest of the X-Men and Street Fighters. As Storm was about to rekindle her relationship with Forge, Shuma-Gorath breaks free and all five of them do battle against him, putting Storm's love for Forge on hold.
    • M. Bison gives Rogue an offer to become human but declines, refusing to be under his control. This lead to her questioning her mutant powers. Chun-Li dismisses her by responding that she can throw fireballs. Later on, Gambit approaches Rogue and consoles her, appreciating the way she is.
    • Chun-Li was made an honorary member of the X-Men, despite the lack of mutant powers on her part. Ryu is also offered membership in both the X-Men and Avengers, but turns it down both times, preferring to continue on his own path.
    • Magneto and M. Bison team up, intending on betraying each other at a later time. In Magneto's ending, Magneto eventually manages to get the upper hand and kills Bison, with the Shadaloo Grand Masters (Balrog, Vega, and Sagat) joining him afterwards, fearful of Magneto's power. The opposite happens in M. Bison's ending.
    • Charlie is kidnapped by M. Bison, who uses Shadaloo's technology to transform him to a super-soldier henchman known as Shadow. This prompts Guile to seek revenge against M. Bison.
  • In Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter,
    • Apocalypse captures Akuma and turns him into Cyber-Akuma.
    • Confirming Charlie's ending from the previous game, Shadow appears as a selectable character. In M. Bison's ending, a completely mechanical Charlie (built with the technology behind Cyber-Akuma) follows Bison's orders to spread fear and destruction in the name of Shadaloo.
    • Ryu reunites with Cyclops and they both take down Cyber-Akuma.
    • In a follow-up from X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Wolverine and Akuma continue their rivalry. This time, Akuma stalks Wolverine, who defeats Cyber-Akuma, and is ready to reveal his past if Wolverine concedes to a duel with him. Therefore, Wolverine accept Akuma's ultimatum.
    • In the Hulk's ending, he initiates a conversation with Blanka and agrees to help find Blanka's mother.
    • In Omega Red's ending, he apparently kills Ryu, prompting Ken to also seek revenge.
    • In Chun-Li's ending, she reports to Interpol with the capture of various Marvel characters and Street Fighters, including Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Shuma-Gorath, Ken, Zangief, and Sakura.
    • In Dan's ending, Akuma is hinted to be his father. However, this ending, much like Dan himself, is a parody of the Art of Fighting series. In this case, the ending to the first game.
    • In Dhalsim's ending, he welcomes Shuma-Gorath to his home in India.
    • In Akuma's ending, Dan is turned into Cyber-Dan by Apocalypse. He is very easily defeated by Akuma, though.
    • In Ken's endings, the events of the games never actually happened. In X-Men vs. Street Fighter, he was playing the game itself with his son Mel, while the events of Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter appear to be a dream. He wakes up and continues his training with Ryu.
  • In Marvel vs. Capcom,
    • When Onslaught emerges, Charles Xavier subconsciously calls the Capcom heroes to help stop himself.
    • After the demise of Onslaught, Captain America gathers the Capcom heroes and transported them back to their world.
    • Shadow turns on M. Bison, who then tries to subject Chun-Li to the same fate.
    • In Shadow Lady's ending, Jin Saotome is attacked by M. Bison and left near death. Shadow Lady and fellow cyborg Shadow find Jin and to prevent his death, they modify him into a being like themselves.
    • In Jin's ending, he disappers after defeating Onslaught, with Ryu vowing that one day he would return.
    • In Ryu's ending, Ken takes his protégé Sean to see him to continue his training.
    • In the Hulk's ending, Captain America sacrifices himself to destroy Onslaught (in a scene similar to the canonical Onslaught Saga).
    • In Zangief's ending, he, in his Iron Body form, battles Jin's Cyberbot, Blodia.
    • In Gambit's ending, he flirts with Morrigan until Rogue intervenes and takes him away.
    • In Morrigan's ending, she doesn't find anyone who can provide a challenge for her. Ryu, then, steps up to accept her challenge in a game of Puzzle Fighter.
    • An unspecified accident causes Morrigan's mind to be transferred into the body of her sister, Lilith, and vice versa. When the two attempt to return their minds to their rightful bodies, Zangief interrupts. It is heavily implied that this results in Morrigan and Zangief's minds trading bodies.
    • Roll defeats Onslaught before Mega Man does and is given enhanced powers by Dr. Light, leaving Mega Man in disdain.

Marvel Characters

This is a list of all the Marvel characters that have appeared in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, most of which have appeared in various Marvel comic books:

Characters from The Avengers

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Captain America Voice Actor: Cathal J. Dodd No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Death No No No Cameo Unknown
Hulk Voice Actor: Andrew Jackson Cameo Yes Yes
(Secret character: Orange Hulk)
Yes Yes
Iron Man Voice Actor: Chris Britton No No No Yes Yes
Thanos Voice Actor: Andrew Jackson No No No Yes Unknown
Thor Voice Actor: Rod Wilson No No Assist No Yes
U.S. Agent Voice Actor: Cathal J. Dodd No Yes Assist No Unknown
War Machine Voice Actor: Wayne Ward No No Yes
(Secret character: Gold War Machine)
Yes Unknown

Characters from Daredevil

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Daredevil No No No No Cameo
Elektra No Cameo No No Unknown
The Hand Cameo No No No Unknown

Characters from Doctor Strange

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Doctor Strange No No No No Cameo
Dormammu No No No No Yes
Shuma-Gorath Voice Actor: Franck Perry Cameo Yes No Yes DLC

Characters from Fantastic Four

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Doctor Doom Voice Actor: Lorne Kennedy No No No Yes Yes
Mr. Fantastic No No No No Cameo
Human Torch No No No No Cameo
Invisible Woman No No No No Cameo
Super-Skrull No No No No Yes
The Thing No No No No Cameo

Characters from Ghost Rider

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Blackheart Voice Actor: Jaimz Woolvett No Yes No Yes No
Ghost Rider No Cameo No No Cameo
Mephisto Voice Actor: Jaimz Woolvett No Yes No No Cameo

Characters from Spider-Man

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Aunt May No Cameo No No Unknown
J. Jonah Jameson No Cameo No No Cameo
Man-Thing No No No No Cameo
Mary Jane Watson No Cameo No No Unknown
Robbie Robertson No Cameo No No Unknown
Spider-Man Voice Actor: Patrick Chilvers No Yes
(Secret character: Armored Spider-Man)
Yes Yes Yes
Venom Voice Actor: Rod Wilson No No Yes
(Secret character: Red Venom)
Yes Unknown

Characters from X-Men

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Apocalypse Voice Actor: Lorne Kennedy Yes Yes No No Unknown
Archangel Cameo No No No Unknown
Beast Cameo Cameo Cameo No Unknown
Birdie Cameo No No Cameo Unknown
Cable Voice Actor: Lawrence Bayne No No No Yes Unknown
Colossus Voice Actor: Dan Hennessey Cameo No Assist Yes Unknown
Cyclops Voice Actor: Norm Spencer Yes Yes Assist Yes No
Deadpool Voice Actor: Nolan North No No No No Yes
Forge Cameo No No No Unknown
Gambit Voice Actor: Tony Daniels Yes Cameo Yes Yes Unknown
Iceman Voice Actor: Dan Hennessey Cameo No Assist Yes Unknown
Jean Grey Cameo No No No Unknown
Jubilee Voice Actor: Alyson Court Cameo No Assist No Unknown
Juggernaut Voice Actor: Rick Bennett Yes No Assist Yes Unknown
Magneto Voice Actor: Lorne Kennedy Yes No Assist Yes Yes
Marrow No No No Yes Unknown
Matsu'o Tsurayaba Cameo No No No Unknown
Omega Red Voice Actor: Len Doncheff Cameo Yes No Yes Unknown
Onslaught Voice Actor: Maurice Dean Wint No No Yes No Unknown
Professor X Cameo No Cameo No Unknown
Psylocke Voice Actor: Catherine Disher Cameo No Assist Yes Unknown
Rogue Voice Actor: Lenore Zann Yes Cameo Assist Yes Unknown
Sabretooth Voice Actor: Don Francks Yes No Cameo Yes Unknown
Sentinel Voice Actor: Dan Hennessey No No Assist Yes Yes
Silver Samurai Voice Actor: Yasushi Ikeda No No No Yes Unknown
Spiral Voice Actor: Catherine Disher No No No Yes Cameo
Storm Voice Actor: Catherine Disher Yes Cameo Assist Yes Yes
Wolverine Voice Actor: Cathal J. Dodd Yes Yes Yes Yes
(Bone Claw Wolverine)
Yes
X-23 No No No No Yes

Capcom Characters

This is a list of all the Capcom characters that have appeared in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, most of which have appeared in other Capcom games:

Characters from Captain Commando

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Baby Head (Hoover) No No Cameo Cameo Unknown
Captain Commando Voice Actor: Takashi Nagasako No Cameo Yes Yes Unknown
Ginzu the Ninja (Sho) No No Cameo Cameo Unknown
Mack the Knife (Jennety) No No Cameo Cameo Unknown

Characters from Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Dave No No Assist No Unknown
Devilotte No No Assist No Unknown
Jin Saotome Voice Actor: Yuji Ueda No No Yes Yes Unknown
Xavier No No Assist No Unknown

Characters from Devil May Cry

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Dante Voice Actor: Reuben Langdon No No No No Yes
Trish Voice Actor: Danielle Burgio No No No No Yes

Characters from Darkstalkers (Vampire)

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Anakaris Voice Actor: Kan Tokumaru No No No Yes No
Anita No No Assist No No
Baby Bonnie Hood (Bulleta) Voice Actor: Miyuki Matsushita No No No Yes No
Felicia Voice Actor: Kae Araki No No No Yes Yes
Lilith Aensland No No Cameo Cameo No
Lord Raptor (Zabel Zarock) No No Cameo No Cameo
Morrigan Aensland Voice Actor: Yayoi Jinguji No No Yes
(Secret character: Lilith-Mode Morrigan)
Yes Yes

Characters from Final Fight

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Cody No Cameo No No Unknown
Haggar No No No No Yes
Jessica No Cameo No No Unknown

Characters from Mega Man (Rockman)

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Beat No No Hyper Move for Mega Man Hyper Move for Mega Man Unknown
Bon Bonne No No No No Cameo[2]
Dr. Light (Dr. Right) No No Cameo Cameo Unknown
Dr. Wily No No Cameo No Unknown
Eddie (Flip Top) No No Special Move for Mega Man Special Move for Mega Man Unknown
Grinder No No Cameo No Unknown
Mega Man (Rockman) Voice Actor: Kaoru Fujino No Cameo Yes Yes Unknown
Met No No Cameo No Unknown
Roll Voice Actor: Kaoru Fujino No No Yes Yes Unknown
Rush No No Cameo Cameo Unknown
Servbot (Kobun) Voice Actor: Chisa Yokoyama No No No Yes Cameo[2]
Teisel Bonne No No No No Cameo[2]
Tron Bonne Voice Actor: Mayumi Iizuka No No No Yes Yes

Characters from Resident Evil (Biohazard)

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Albert Wesker No No No No Yes
Chris Redfield No No No No Yes
Hunter No No No No Cameo
Jill Valentine Voice Actor: Catherine Disher No No No Yes Unknown
Licker No No No No Cameo
Tyrant No No No Hyper Move for Jill Cameo

Characters from Star Gladiator

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Ele No No No Cameo Unknown
Hayato Kanzaki No No No Yes Unknown
June Lin Milliam No No No Cameo Unknown
Saturn Dyer No No No Cameo Unknown

Characters from Street Fighter

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Akuma (Gouki) Voice Actor: Tomomichi Nishimura Yes Yes
(Secret character: Cyber-Akuma)
Cameo Yes Unknown
Blanka Cameo Cameo No No Unknown
Balrog (M. Bison) Cameo Cameo No No Unknown
Cammy Voice Actor: Susan Hart Yes No No Yes Unknown
Charlie (Nash) Voice Actor: Toshiyuki Morikawa Yes Yes
(Cameo)</br>(Secret character: Shadow)
Assist Yes Unknown
Chun-Li Voice Actor: Yuko Miyamura Yes Yes Yes
(Secret character: Shadow Lady)
Yes Yes
Dan Hibiki Voice Actor: Osamu Hosoi Cameo Yes No Yes Unknown
Dhalsim Voice Actor: Yoshiharu Yamada Yes Yes No Yes Unknown
Eliza Cameo No No No Unknown
Guile Voice Actor: Tesshō Genda Cameo Cameo No Yes Unknown
Ken Voice Actor: Tetsuya Iwanaga Yes Yes Cameo Yes Unknown
M. Bison (Vega) Voice Actor: Tomomichi Nishimura Yes Yes Cameo Yes Unknown
Rose No Cameo No No Unknown
Ryu Voice Actors: Toshiyuki Morikawa, Katashi Ishizuka Yes Yes Yes
(Complete Change version)
Yes Yes
Sagat Cameo No No No Unknown
Sakura Voice Actor: Yuko Sasamoto Cameo Yes</br>(Secret character: Dark Sakura) No Yes Unknown
Sean No No Cameo No Unknown
Vega (Balrog) Cameo No No No Unknown
Zangief Voice Actor: Wataru Takagi Yes Yes</br>(Secret character: Mech-Zangief) Yes</br>(Secret character: Mech-Zangief) Yes</br>(Secret character: Mech-Zangief) No

Characters from Strider

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Strider Hiryu Voice Actor: Tomomi Fuube No No Yes Yes Unknown
Ton Pooh No No Assist No Unknown

Characters from Ōkami​

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Amaterasu No No No No Yes
Issun No No No No Cameo

Characters from Viewtiful Joe

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Viewtiful Joe No No No No Yes
Sexy Silvia No No No No Cameo

Other Capcom characters

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Arthur No Cameo Assist No Yes
Lou No No Assist No Unknown
Michelle Heart No No Assist No Unknown
Pure & Fur No No Assist No Unknown
Saki No No Assist No Unknown
Unknown Soldier 1P No No Assist No Unknown

Original characters

Character Appears in
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Marvel vs. Capcom Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Abyss No No No Boss No
Amingo No No No Yes No
Norimaro No Yes (Japan only) No No No
Ruby Heart No No No Yes No
Sonson No No No Yes No

References

External links


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