It's been a while since Marvel joined forces with Capcom. The last Marvel vs. Capcom game released in 2012, but early this year we finally got confirmation that a new game is in the works. Now, during #E32017 Marvel released two new trailers for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, which are both pretty awesome. Infinite looks to be yet another excellent 2017 fighting game (there have really been quite a few) and rooted in its story is our favorite death-loving villain, Thanos.
Video Games Are The Best Place To Explore Thanos Until Infinity War
The character of Thanos became prominent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after his post-credit scene debut in 2012's The Avengers. His tease was just enough to let fans and audiences know that the MCU was just getting started. Since then, Thanos has only made two more cinematic appearances when he appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and in the end-credit scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
With Thanos being the main villain of the upcoming #Avengers films, culminating the first three phases of the MCU, much of Thanos's disposition and ambitions have been left to be explored in video games.
In Infinite, Ultron Sigma has merged the #Marvel and #Capcom universe using the Infinity Stones. To defeat Ultron Sigma, the Avengers and the Capcom heroes need to place their trust in Thanos. We then see Thanos aid the heroes against the Infinity Stone-possessed characters, and in the end of the second story trailer we even get a glimpse of a showdown between Thanos and Ultron Sigma.
As opposed to his comic book counterpart, this Thanos doesn't want to go on a universe-level killing spree, instead, part of his motivation here seems to be a desire to reconnect with his daughter, Gamora, which just happens to mean saving the world. This character trait allows us to better understand Thanos, and for those who don't seldom read comics, it firmly introduces the villain (or perhaps anti-hero) for when he formally visits Earth in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War.
We also get to dive deep into Thanos's mentality in the mobile game, Marvel Future Fight.
Thanos Is Also Prevalent In Other Marvel Games
In the trailer (see above) we see Thanos causing havoc on Earth, totally wrecking the Avengers. While Captain America and Amadeus Cho's Totally Awesome Hulk battle it out, Thanos says through voice-over:
Despair, relinquish all hope, there is no use in resisting. There is only pain.
If we see Thanos not as the man who wants to destroy it all for the sake of villainy, and more as a character with an emphasis on family, then this quote has an entirely new meaning. We essentially have a heart-broken father expressing his inner pain now that his children are gone, or didn't end up as he would've liked them to be. This was one of the main storylines of this year's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Nebula told Gamora how much Thanos damaged her mentally and physically, and how competition between the two sisters teared them all apart. Now both Nebula and Gamora want Thanos dead, while perhaps we are seeing the birth of a man who just wants to see his family back together.
It's definitely an interesting take on Thanos and a premise that ties back perfectly to the themes already established in James Gunn's cosmic plane. And with the added notion that the Black Order are set to have a more personal connection to Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, then a heated family reunion is perhaps what Thanos's deal in the #MCU is all about.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite arrives on PS4 and Xbox One on September 19.