Marvel vs. Capcom is one of the most important fighting game franchises of all time. Hype is something that this franchise brings to the table upon each new release. Recently, however, it hasn’t been in the best of states and it’s been that way since 2017.
The lastest entry, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, is a very controversial title. Many people agree that it’s gameplay was the best thing about it. Everything else was disappointing. Both Capcom and Marvel seemed to have dropped the ball in every other aspect of the game.
However, Capcom went through an in-house restructure in it’s fighting game division. Noticeably, Yoshinori Ono has recently left the company. This is a big deal as he was the guy behind the fighting game division before he was demoted. And we’re already seeing results of this. Street Fighter V recently announced Akira Kazuma from Rival Schools as a DLC character.
With this being the case and the recent arcade ports of the series, Marvel vs. Capcom actually has a bit of hope. Here are a few reasons as to why the series needs a new entry.
Disney Now Owns Fox
Yeah, this one is a pretty big reason. Disney infamously bought FOX in 2019 and now holds all their properties. This includes the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Meaning if Capcom or Marvel would approach the other, they are actually allowed to use them now and everyone wins.
For the MvC series, Disney acquiring FOX is a positive for it as they are now free to use them without fear of royalties. With iconic MvC characters like Wolverine, Magneto, Deadpool and Sentinel, this is a boon for the series and makes them likely to come back.
With the X-Men likely coming back in a scenario like this, you can even expand a story with it. I know Infinite made a story idea in this series taboo, but the possibility is there. And with the Fantastic Four, villains like Dr. Doom can make for at least entertaining time with the heroes and other villains.
Capcom is Killing it….Except With Their Fighting Games
Capcom in the 8th generation of consoles really brought them back as a quality game giant. Games like Devil May Cry 5, Resident Evil 2 & 7, Mega Man 11 and Monster Hunter World show how much Capcom improved. Many people consider this Capcom’s “redemption arc” and 2019 was the biggest example of it.
Yet Capcom’s fighting games aren’t on the same caliber. In the 8th generation, Capcom only had 2 fighting games released purely for it: Street Fighter V and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. And both of these titles released with plenty of controversy.
While Street Fighter V has been trying it’s best to improve since it’s release, Infinite couldn’t. This lead to the game dying it in less then half a year and before Infinity War released. With how big of a juggernaut both these companies are, for that game to fail as hard as it did says something…
Capcom is currently going under major revisions with their fighting game divisions so hopefully they can get back on track. Which leads me to…
The Next Generation is on the Horizon
Capcom is already looks pretty promising with Resident Evil 8 for next gen. But Capcom really needs to get their fighting game division on track. Like stated previously, Capcom is revising said division and this gen can prove the results of said revision.
Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 are on the horizon. They both release this holiday and the next generation officially starts. Now imagine the quality of a game like Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 in a new game for next gen. The improvements to it’s visuals and rosters would be immense. If they want to risk another story, they can now that they can flex their muscles with the X-Men. Or even new gameplay mechanics not yet thought off.
Possibilities all over the place for the franchise known for making the impossible possible. Capcom has been trying to get into the fans good graces and they have been for most of the 8th gen. But Marvel vs. Capcom is a franchise that needs to come back for it. Many fans want to see it’s return. It came close this year with EVO but…things happened let’s put it that way.
Heck, even Marvel and Capcom wants to see it back in a way. The recent arcade releases of the franchise’s titles gives a hopeful look for at least a collection of sorts. All we can do is hope that it comes back as it deserves a better send off.
What do you all think? What other suggestions, reasons or ideas can you suggest for this series return? Let us know in the comments below.