Update: 'Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite' (4) has now been officially announced!
"Mutants. They're gone now."
A grim quote from the movie trailer to #Logan that might apply to something else come summer, 2017. As multiple sources seem to confirm that Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is on its way, with Marvel's roster containing a lot less #XMen and a lot more characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Sources also claim that Marvel vs. Capcom 4 will be officially revealed at Sony's #PlayStation Experience event, scheduled to take place this weekend in Anaheim, California. While we await the official announcement, let's speculate as to whether any of these rumors hold water.
Marvel Vs. Capcom 4: Why Now?
Both #Marvel and #Capcom are two giant companies, so the creation of video games with shared licenses across the board likely involves a headache-inducing amount of legal administration. The 2011 Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultimate editions were a commercial success. However, once the licensing contract between Capcom and Marvel expired, the game was pulled from all digital stores.
A lot has also changed with both companies, one of the biggest being #Disney's acquisition of Marvel. With the House of Mouse now calling the shots, the already murky future of the franchise became even murkier. Fortunately, it seems that the future for MvC is looking brighter and much of this can be attributed to the ever-growing popularity and success of Marvel's superhero films, including the #Avengers, #IronMan and #DoctorStrange.
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Disney and Marvel are cashing in on the success of the superhero genre, with countless games having already been released on mobile devices and consoles. With that in mind, it is a no-brainier that both studios would be keen to continue with another installment of an already popular gaming series.
Although, as already stated, things have changed. Marvel has a new status quo under Disney, which is likely to influence the direction of Marvel vs. Capcom 4. And if the rumors are true, it's already been revealed that the #Xmen, whose movie rights are owned by Fox, will not be present in Marvel vs Capcom 4.
No More X-Men For Marvel Vs. Capcom?
Marvel's X-Men characters have been instrumental in the series, kicking off with X-Men vs. Street Fighter in 1996, and with #Cyclops and #Ryu acting as the faces of their respective sides. As the series expanded and grew its roster with future installments, it was rebranded as Marvel vs. Capcom.
However, the X-Men remained a big part of the series, with #Wolverine becoming the face of Marvel’s team through to Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Despite the mutant roster decreasing with each installment in order to make room for new characters such as #SpiderMan, it seems highly unlikely that the X-Men will be completely omitted from the franchise.
Regardless of movie rights, X-Men characters such as Wolverine and #Deadpool have enough star power to draw in a crowd, while still being familiar faces for longtime players. During Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Fox was busy with X-Men films, but this did not prevent Marvel from introducing new X-Men characters such as X-23 and Deadpool.
With the decreasing X-Men roster, along with Marvel's high likelihood of focusing on the #MCU, Marvel vs. Capcom 4 might contain the least amount of X-Men characters to date. While the likes of Wolverine and the insanely popular Deadpool are safe, others like Storm and #Magneto risk being left on the cutting room floor.
Could It Be A Case Of MCU Vs. Capcom?
Not quite, but whether we get the next Marvel vs. Capcom in 2017 or 2027, the MCU will have a profound effect on the game. This would be great for MCU characters who have yet to make an in-game appearance, like Black Panther, Loki and Black Bolt, but potentially bad for the likes of the X-Men and the #FantasticFour (although, the number four in the leaked image bears a suspicious similarity to the "FF" logo).
Hopefully, all will be revealed at Sony's #PlayStationExperience event, which kicks off on December 3. I for one hope that more X-Men characters are included (we need Gambit back, dammit!).
What do you think about the latest MVC4 rumors? Think the X-Men stand a chance? Sound off in the comments below!