Marvel vs Capcom 3 adds Akuma and Taskmaster to its substantial roster

Look MvC3, this is just getting ridiculous. We expected 25 fighters tops in the third Marvel vs Capcom game, but now the character count is getting into the late 30s. Yesterday Capcom continued this madness when it announced characters 35 and 36, Street Fighter bad boy Akuma and the very welcome (to this author) Taskmaster. Here are the reveal trailers:



Akuma was first introduced as the hidden, ultimate boss of Super Street Fight II Turbo, and quickly became a playable regular in the Alpha games. Like most SF characters his background is pretty vague, but he’s normally out to challenge Ryu, he’s the younger brother of Ryu and Ken’s trainer Gouken, up until SFIV it was assumed Akumu had killed Gouken, and perennial loser Dan is pretty mad at him, though Akuma doesn’t really care.

Akuma’s inclusion isn’t a huge shocker, as he’s been a constant in Capcom’s history with Marvel. Not only did he appear in MvC and MvC2, but he was also in their precursors X-Men vs Street Fighter and Marvel vs Street Fighter (where he doubled as Cyber Akuma). Hell, Akuma even appeared in the first Marvel fighting games, X-Men: Children of the Atom and Marvel Super Heroes. It’d be a bigger shock if Akuma wasn’t in the game.

And then there’s Taskmaster. Sure he looks like some lame Skeletor rip-off or something. Well you are so wrong Mr. Judgementalpants! First of all, Taskmaster predates Masters of the Universe by like a year and he’s one of the top Avengers villains of all time. And he’s one of the top five human fighters in all of the Marvel Universe, which makes him a perfect fit for this game.

Above: You can find many more new screens here 

That’s right, on any given day Taskmaster could give Captain America, Daredevil, Wolverine, or Batman a run for their money in a one-on-one brawl. Now Taskmaster has no real super powers, like enhanced strength or speed, but in addition to being in great shape, he has photographic reflexes, meaning he can copy the movements of any person he sees. Were he to watch Batman throw a Batarang, he can do it just as well, and he’s studied any hero he could get his eyes on, so he knows a lot. He can’t jump as high as Spider-Man, nor does he have a Spider Sense backing him up, but he can be just nimble when he needs to be. This villain may not be as well known as he should be, though maybe MvC3 will change that.

With the release date less than a month away, we’ve got to wonder just how many unknown characters are left, and just who they could be. Will the final roster be more than 40 fighters deep? We’ll let you know when we do.

Jan 18, 2011

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  • Grimmjow - January 19, 2011 11:43 p.m.

    getting ridiculous? there were like 56 characters in MvC2...lets wait till we get to a 60 character count in this game before we start saying its ridiculous, not a mere 36
  • Ilyere - January 19, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    Akuma... Another Shoto... This does all but confirm that Twitter leak now.
  • Veedot - January 19, 2011 8:13 p.m.

    Nothing big but...... Taskmaster came before Skeletor!!!!!!3 years before to be exact So really Skeletor is the rip off but hes obviously more well known
  • AlpineGuy - January 19, 2011 6:13 p.m.

    Not hating on the decision, but I neeeeeever really liked Akuma. NOW STOP MESSING AROUND AND ANNOUNCE VANESSA AND/OR PHOENIX WRIGHT! That, or at least some form of Venom so I can reconstruct my old MvC2 team.
  • JetpackJesus - January 19, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    Akuma - Ok, fine, whatever. Taskmaster - Ohmygawww I don't care if Megaman ain't in it because I never used him seriously in MvC2 (or Roll or Servbot for that matter), and if people are still holdin' out for Phoenix Wright, well then wheres my Rival Schools/Project Justice and Power Stone characters?!
  • EdDeRs1 - January 19, 2011 12:39 p.m.

    tankmaster would stand no chance against Judge Dredd, he would hit him with a bit of Hi-Ex before he knew whats what, but i still want Dredd in this despite him being from 2000AD, mabey some DLC that puts him and Judge Death in.
  • metroid2099400 - January 19, 2011 5:32 a.m.

    I'm really looking forward to taskmaster, as he's one of my favorite Marvel villains! All I'm hoping for now is Venom, though I'm secretly wishing for Moon Knight.
  • FauxFurry - January 19, 2011 5:11 a.m.

    It looks as if the character choices are affected not just by popularity and game design crew preference but by Frank Tieri's ability to justify their presence with his scriptwork. The inclusion of Taskmaster and Akuma/Gouki just drives that point home. Not only is there no character on the roster who isn't some world-class expert combatant,monster hunter (though noone from the series of the same name is in the game),super human,super fighting robot,unspeakable horror beyond human comprehension, deity or a super genius with a really nice suit(of powered armor),any one who wouldn't bring enough combat prowess or uniques combat capabilities to bear are left out. More guys who use guns,grenades and blades;more high swinging guys in tights and more move copying ditto heads and any lawyer who isn't also an emerald-skinned Amazon need not apply at this point. All of that would just make Forbush-Man's addition to the roster all the more hilarious.
  • BlackElement17 - January 19, 2011 4:22 a.m.

    I would have preferred the other version of task master.
  • Crimmy - January 19, 2011 3:48 a.m.

    If they put in Megs (yes that's what I call him) then there will be a nearly perfect roster (Phoenix Wright isn't gonna happen) to me.
  • Cyberninja - January 19, 2011 3:45 a.m.

    Mega we need you now
  • Darkhawk - January 19, 2011 3:33 a.m.

    SPOILERS>>>We already know the last two are Hsien-Ko and Sentinel, and that Galactus is the final boss.
  • blscactus - January 19, 2011 3:20 a.m.

    So far this roster is excellent! I could list off a few characters I'd like to see like Phoenix Wright, Frank West, Venom, Prof. Xavier (that'd be cool imo), or Ghost Rider. But this roster is so good, I'm gonna buy this game opening day anyway.
  • kylehyde - January 19, 2011 3:19 a.m.

    Taskmaster looks like a good addition. As for Akuma...I'm not a big fan of him. We don't really need another shoto, and that spot could have gone to someone more interesting, like Q from Street Fighter III. As for the comments about Megaman, I really hope he makes it in too, although in his Battle Network form (since that series hasn't really been represented in the versus games before).
  • NeoKef - January 19, 2011 2:52 a.m.

    I really really really really want to see any form of Megaman make it to this game. At this point, I'll settle for Battle Network and maybe even ZX also.
  • LKabongUno - January 19, 2011 2:17 a.m.

    Personally I would love to see Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu in here, as he would fight right in along with Taskmaster in the awsome hand to hand fighters category. Also, as loath as I am to even suggest this (because it could easily spiral into truly bad ideas getting included), now that Disney owns Marvel, they could stick in a few characters from their side of the stable into the game who wouldn't be a bad fit. Characters from Gargoyles would be a perfect fit, given the prevalance of hand to hand and weapon based combat in that universe. Also Tron (from the original, not the latest sequel) would make a good addition if they decide to go that route.
  • EnigmaSpirit - January 19, 2011 1:43 a.m.

    Capcom made a few Legend of Zelda games... could they include Link? That would be epicness. And he would be in a fighter where he didn't suck! (In brawl he is nerfed to hell)
  • bobbybroccoli - January 19, 2011 12:09 a.m.

    Ahem. Where is Frank West!? He's covered wars you know!
  • Personamanxx - January 19, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    Well I am pleased that Taskmaster is included. I might just have to buy this opening week now.
  • FeatherFang - January 18, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    So it was assumes Akuma had killed him until SFVI? GR can now tell the future!!! lol jk, just fix it when you can :)

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