Heads were turning and hearts were racing at this year's PlayStation Experience in San Francisco when the sizzling hot reveal trailer for Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite dropped. Finally, Mega Man will take on Iron Man in the ultimate nerd fantasy deathmatch.
We only know a few things so far, such as that it's going to feature a 2v2 format, and the use of infinity stones as powerups. When it comes to characters, so far the trailer has shown Ryu and Megaman versus Iron Man and Captain Marvel.
The extended trailer below also confirms Captain America and Morrigan:
One of the most appealing facets of #MarvelVSCapcom games is the whole playground discussion aspect of it, a kind of 'who will win in a fight, Superman or Goku' type of argument that plenty of kids hashed out at school.
In the case of MvC: Infinite, both companies have huge potential rosters and there's a lot of speculation about what the full range of fighters will look like, especially with the rumors that the Marvel side will be limited to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, for a moment, let's imagine the fighters we'd love to see most in Marvel Versus Capcom Infinite.
X-Men, Please, For The Love of God (Marvel)
X-Men characters featured heavily in previous Marvel VS Capcom titles, and were some of the most fun (and often hilariously broken) fighters to play as. Their inclusion in Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite seems so obvious as to not be worth mention, but here's the kicker: the game is slated to be a crossover with the Marvel Cinematic Universe specifically, and the X-Men are not a part of that (their rights are owned by 20th Century Fox).
For a longtime MVC fan like myself, a new title without the X-Men will feel gutted and hollow. It's not just about the lack of killer MVC mainstays like Magneto or Cyclops. Limiting characters to MCU appearances will also mean no Deadpool, and no Fantastic Four.
Demitri Maximoff (Capcom)
The extended trailer shows off Morrigan from Capcom's Darkstalkers (think Street Fighter with Halloween monsters), and it would be great if the Darkstalkers roster was given a little more love by also including Demitri. A mighty Romanian vampire lord who plays as a kind of Akuma-meets-Dracula, Demitri is one of the better video game vampires around, but is typically overshadowed by his more fanservice-y rival Morrigan.
What really makes him stand out among fighting game characters though, is his debonair style—he's no bland, ascetic wandering warrior, but a suave man of wealth and taste. His signature move, Midnight Bliss, plays on a classic vampire trope: Seduction. Maximoff's magic power makes him an equal-opportunity seducer. If he captures a male opponent, he simply transforms them into a swooning damsel version of themselves, revealing his own monstrous form in the process.
Black Widow (Marvel)
In Marvel VS Capcom 3, Natasha got the shaft, failing to appear alongside her male teammates. While it's true that Black Widow is the least 'super' of a gang that includes Hulk, Thor and Iron Man. But Marvel Vs Capcom has always involved balancing (or failing to balance) superheroes against the relatively low powered characters from Capcom's #StreetFighter series. In an environment of characters with such a diverse range of power, Black Widow can hold her own using her lightning reflexes, martial arts and high-tech spy gadgets. Iron Man is in, and if we're going to have the Avengers, let's not only have the boys.
William Birkin (Capcom)
Specifically, William Birkin in the form above. Birkin as an antagonist was one of the creepiest (and best) things about Resident Evil 2. No doubt his G-Virus enhanced strength and shape-shifting abilities would be great for special moves. Wesker's appearance in MvC3 was well-received by fans, I think it's time to give another, scarier Resident Evil antagonist a chance.
Black Panther (Marvel)
The future is already coming up Black Panther, with the Wakandan royal slated to get his own vehicle solo film in 2018. T'Challa's impressive physique and fighting ability puts him on par with Ryu, Guile and the rest of the Street Fighter crew, and he could draw on the advanced technology of the Wakandan nation to compete with the more highly super-powered denizens of the MCU.
With rights issues potentially keeping popular masked Marvel brawlers like Deadpool and Spider-Man out of the game, the inclusion of Black Panther could well make up for this, rounding out a diverse cast.
Roberto Miura (Capcom)
So Darkstalkers is getting some recognition with Morrigan (and maybe, dare we hope, Demitri), why not tap another underrated Capcom beat 'em-up?
Rival Schools, a high-school themed fighting series, is long due a revival, but even if we'll never see a new game in the series it would be great to be able give some of the characters a second life in a MVC title. Roberto Miura, part-Brazilian, part-Japanese soccer-playing heartthrob, would be our pick of the Rival Schools roster, if only for the hilarity of seeing him take on Iron Man with a football and goalie gloves.
Any obscure Marvel or Capcom characters you want to see in Marvel VS Capcom Infinite? Let us know in the comments!