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Friday, January 16, 2015

Spider-Verse: Marvel Vs Capcom

Spider-Verse is a currently running event in the Spider-Man comics that will involve every* Spider-Man we've ever met, including several Spider-Women and Spider-Girls (not to mention Scarlet Spiders and Spider-Hams and whatnot), and several brand-new versions. The premise is simple: there's a group of people trying to wipe out every Spider character across the multiverse, so all the Spider characters will team up to stop them. This is, of course, a massive event - multimedia even, since it will also feature in the Spider-Man Unlimited video game and the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man - and given the premise, it's only natural that it will add a few entries to this catalog.

*I say "every" because Marvel says "every", but there are a few that won't be showing up, such as Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. (Although see here for more information on that.)

Today's entry is Marvel vs. Capcom Spider-Man!

The Marvel/Capcom relationship first began in 1994 when Capcom made The Punisher, a side-scrolling beat 'em up. This was followed by X-Men: Children of the Atom (1994) and Marvel Super Heroes (1995), two fighting games that created the basic format of the Marvel vs. Capcom series using only Marvel characters. Capcom would mix these with their hit Street Fighter series in X-Men vs. Street Fighter (1996) and Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter (1997), and then finally brought other characters into the mix in Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (1998), which led to Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (2000), Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (2011), Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (2011), and Marvel vs. Capcom Origins (2012). It also led to a slew of other Capcom vs. titles that aren't relevant here. Of these games, Spider-Man appears in all but The Punisher, X-Men: Children of the Atom, and X-Men vs. Street Fighter. Makes sense.

Just like Spider-Verse #1 featured a couple short stories about Spider-Men from other media, Spider-Verse #2 (January 2015) does as well, and this time it's arcade Spider-Man:
"Web Ball", "Spider Sting", and "Maximum Spider" are special moves featured in all of the games he appears in. Morlun, however, has never appeared in the games.

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