Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite: Uncanny Edition??
Don’t even pretend like you don’t know how I feel about the Marvel vs. Capcom series of video games. In fact, my very first nerd blog here was about how much it means to me. It was all but inevitable that I would get around to playing and reviewing the sixth entry: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
Sadly, the 2017 fighting game didn’t fully live up to the expectations set by it by all the previous five entries in the franchise. At least, not when developer Capcom’s primary fighting game competition has been making an utter killing not just at the local POS, but in terms of deep quality, accessibility, and replayability. But, if the rumor mill is making a real-time transfer to the land of the living, we might see the debut of a massive update announced during the annual Evolution Championship Series--EVO 2018 for short--the largest tournament for fighting game enthusiasts.
I won’t re-review Marvel Infinite here, so please read my review here if you haven’t yet already. I will, however, tell you what the grapevine is saying about this update, which is potentially being called Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite--Uncanny Edition.
The term “Uncanny” is an undeniable throwback to Marvel Comics’ X-Men lore, debuting in 1963, whose extremely popular 90’s incarnation were the chosen representatives to square off against the anime-inspired warriors of game developer Capcom’s Street Fighter Alpha series in the 1995 fighting game X-Men vs. Street Fighter. The X-Men characters were further included in four of its sequels, including Cyclops, Phoenix, Silver Samurai, Spiral, Iceman, and even Deadpool, Cable, and X-23 (Wolverine’s “daughter” from 2017’s Logan). So it was a massive disappointment that, in alignment with the massively successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, which keeps itself separate from Fox’s X-Men films, Marvel Infinite would intentionally and specifically omit any of Marvel’s X-Men characters--now matter how essential to the franchise they have been. Fans hoped future DLC would see the return of the likes of Cyclops and Wolverine, but we were hoping for too much apparently.
“Uncanny” wouldn’t be the title of this update if it weren’t the intent of Capcom and Marvel to once again bring the foundational X-Men back into the fold. And that is seriously exciting.
Considering the unfortunately flaws of Marvel Infinite and Disney’s influence on the title, it is said that Capcom will take back 75% creative control of the project, and part of Capcom’s deal with Marvel is that Capcom will create an update of Marvel Infinite only if they put the X-Men back in, hence the Uncanny subtitle. The following X-Men are said to be occupying the expanded roster: Wolverine, Magneto, Deadpool, Gambit, Psylocke, Sentinel, Storm, Cable, and Juggernaut. Non-X-Men Marvel additions will include Doctor Octopus, Super Skrull, Dr. Doom, and Shuma-Gorath. Capcom’s side is rumored to include Akuma, Ruby Heart, Amingo, Vergil, Wesker, Leon, Jin, Captain Commando, Gene, Felicia, Asura, Viewtiful Joe, Amaterasu and the Resident Evil 1 version of Jill Valentine.
As exciting as this should be, I can’t help but feel a tinge of disappointment at the almost-total lack of new characters. All of the aforementioned Marvel candidates, with the sole exception of Doc Ock, have been in at least one of the six titles in the series already. On the Capcom side of the roster, only Gene (from 2006’s God Hand), Leon (from 1998’s Resident Evil 2), and Asura (from 2012’s Asura’s Wrath) are brand new to the franchise. Regardless, this is a huge update to Infinite and should hopefully put the title back on the map while Tekken 7, Injustice 2, Dragonball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, The King of Fighters XIV, and BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle take a soft backseat from fighting for the throne among themselves. The game is expected to have a first quarter 2019 release--around the same time as the fourth Avengers movie.
What gives this rumor any validity? Well, around the same time I wrote my article about the MvC series, Marvel Infinite was just a rumor itself before its 2017 release. And this rumor is definitely a little too closely resembling the rumor that eventually became Marvel vs Capcom 3, Marvel Infinite’s predecessor from 2011. After all, why would Capcom make a sequel to Marvel vs. Capcom 2 almost eleven years later? However you want to look at it...it happened, so I’m crossing my fingers for this rumor to come to life. Capcom diehards deserve a new Vs. Series entry that could be as good as this upgrade promises.
I guess we will find out in a little over a month what the rumor mill truly has to offer. Fingers crossed, fighting game fans.