So, it’s happening folks. An upgraded Marvel vs Capcom 3 was hinted at by the popular leaker Lupinko a little while back, and now with concrete evidence that Marvel vs Capcom 3 will have a large event at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 23, it’s pretty clear that the Super version is definitely go.
While Lupinko isn’t flat out spoiling the roster this time around as he did with the original Marvel vs Capcom 3 as well as with Mortal Kombat 9, he is still giving out cryptic hints as to who will appear in Super Marvel vs Capcom 3.
It is pretty universally accepted that the number of new characters will be twelve. Taking into account what’s been said by Lupinko himself, as well as what just seems logical from a marketing perspective for Capcom, I’ve taken a stab at assembling what I think will be the roster for Super Mario vs Capcom 3.
That is how I believe the character select screen will be arranged. It would make the most sense if we are indeed getting twelve new characters. So who are the faces I’ve poorly photoshopped to the roster?
Mega Man X (left of Akuma)
Batsu (left of C. Viper)
Strider Hiryu (left of Trish)
Chuck Greene (left of Amaterasu)
Asura (left of Hsien-Ko)
Phoenix Wright (left of Arthur)
Ms. Marvel (right of Taskmaster)
Dr. Strange (right of Iron Man)
Venom (right of Storm)
Apocalypse (right of Magneto)
Jubilee (right of Sentinel)
Gambit (right of She Hulk)
So, why did I pick each of these characters?
Mega Man X: He was pretty much the most demanded character from the fan polls, and has been requested ever since Marvel vs Capcom 3 was even announced! Capcom would be insane not to include him in the Super version. Money talks, baby.
Batsu: Lupinko has dropped a hint or two involving school. Batsu, from Rival Schools, may fit the bill. This popular Rival Schools fighter also appeared in Tatsunoko vs Capcom. Like Zero, he could easily make the transition to Marvel vs Capcom 3.
Strider Hiryu: Lupinko gave two HUGE hints that this Capcom fan favourite is back. First, he mentioned Clockw0rk, who used Strider Hiryu in Marvel vs Capcom 2 tournaments. Second, he posted an edited Marvel comic book cover that had Hiryu’s silhouette. This one is really a no brainer.
Chuck Greene: Frank West was originally planned for the original Marvel vs Capcom but was cut. Lupinko has also tweeted a combination recipe from the Dead Rising series, orange juice and milk. This means that Chuck or Frank are likely. I’m going with Chuck since his weapons are/were more varied than Frank’s arsenal. Also Chuck would not have to rely on zombie summons and such.
Asura: If you don’t know who this is, then that’s okay. Asura is the main character of Capcom’s unreleased action game titled Asura’s Wrath. Recently there have been hints by Capcom themselves that Asura may be in Marvel vs Capcom 3. This would make sense, as it would be a way to promote Asura’s Wrath.
Phoenix Wright: While I was never one to wish for Phoenix Wright to be included, he was consistently among the most demanded characters by fans. Niitsuma once hinted that he would like to try to add Phoenix if fans wanted him in, and one of Lupinko’s roster hints was simply Phoenix’s name in Japanese. Hmmm…
Ms. Marvel: I am not sure if there has been any hints by Lupinko that strongly point to Ms. Marvel. However, shortly before the original game was released and we still had a few unknown characters left, a lot of people were clammering for Ms. Marvel. She is now more requested than popular series vet Psylocke. Given that she is Marvel’s leading lady these days, chances of her being included are strong.
Dr. Strange: I will admit that I do not know much about Strange, though two of his sworn enemies are already on the roster (Dormammu and Shuma-Gorath). He has always been heavily asked for by fans, and a few tweets by Lupinko seem to hint that Strange may be in.
Venom: There are not really any hints from Lupinko that are solid Venom hints, but this series vet was fiercely demanded by fans to be on the original roster and then as DLC. In both cases, Venom failed to appear. You all know the saying, right? Third time’s the charm.
Apocalypse: Lupinko has tweeted so many Apocalypse hints that it’s quite ridiculous. Either Apocalypse is not in, or Lupinko is having a go at us all. Regardless, he would be an incredible addition.
Jubilee: I had no idea that Jubilee had become a vampire in recent years. She is no longer “that girl who makes fireworks” and instead has become super strong and enjoys sucking blood. There could be some cool gameplay mechanics here, and I would not mind a vampire on the roster. Hell, I was vocuhing for Morbius to be on the original roster! Plus, Lupinko said he would give us a “freebie” and then mentioned Jubilee’s name. Chances are good she’s in Super.
Gambit: Love him or hate him, he was a fantastic character in the previous games and fans loved him. Gambit is a beloved X-Men character and a lot of people, like me, found him to be very awesome in the 1990s X-Men cartoon. Whil Gambit’s inclusion has only been vaguely hinted by Lupinko, fans have been screaming for Gambit to be included. He is a very strong candidate.
And those are my predictions! We’ll surely be getting at least two reveals when Comic-Con hits, and I’ll update whether or not my predictions are correct as we get factual information on the game from Capcom and Marvel. Stay tuned!
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