The 39 characters of Marvel vs Capcom 3


First Appearance: Fantastic Four #48

As old as the creation of the Marvel Universe, Galactus is driven by one thing: an unending hunger. He travels all the cosmos eating whatever planet he can find, be those worlds inhabited or not. Every now and then he tries to chow down on our planet, but was often stopped by earth’s heroes, usually led by the Fantastic Four. One of the most powerful entities in existence, Galactus is far above any petty concerns the germs on whatever world he comes upon, which are normally revealed to him by his heralds, most famous of being the Silver Surfer.


First Appearance: Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge (Arcade)

Zombies are cool, but sprinkle a little tragedy and Chinese mysticism on them and you’ve got a bad ass fighter like Darkstalkers’ Hsien-Ko (AKA Lei-Lei in Japan). Hundreds of years ago in rural China, twins Hsien-Ko and Mei-Ling’s saw their mother killed by a demon, and the girls swore revenge. Using an old ritual they became a Jiang Shi, a sort of vampire-zombie hybrid known for its hopping (seriously). Technically the body you see is Hsien-Ko, but Mei-Ling has the most control over their magic powers, as she became a spirit ward, which is that piece of paper over her pretty blue face, making her the brains of the team. Most of their powers involve floating on air and pulling an impossibly huge collection of deadly items out of their sleeves, which works just fine for killing demons.


First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #1

Hulk’s the strongest there is, that’s all you need to know. If you must dig deeper, the Hulkseter’s smashing history began with Dr. Bruce Banner being blown-up by his own experimental Gamma-bomb. Soon the meek Banner’s extreme id was unleashed as a savage green beast that only gets stronger the angrier he becomes. Normally Hulk is just fighting for some solitude, as he is constantly pursued, usually by the army or interested super villains, all of which usually leads to Hulk punching his way to privacy again. Should you persist in bothering Hulk, prepare to be smashed.

Iron Man

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #39

Featured in a couple recent films you may have heard of, Iron Man is one of Marvel's top heroes. When a fatal injury and kidnapping led weapons maker and lazy playboy Tony Stark to make a life-saving suit of armor, Tony decided to keep on using it to help the world. Unlike most heroes, Iron Man's costume is in a constant state of flux, as improvements and alterations are continually being made. Though flight, strength and energy blasts are a given, who knows what else the cybernetics genius will add to his robo-clothes next? An original Avengers member, Tony is just as famous outside of his suit, making groundbreaking technological discoveries seemingly every day.

Jill Valentine

First Appearance: Resident Evil (PlayStation)

Along with Chris Redfield, Jill starred in the original Resident Evil, and is known the world over as the "master of unlocking." She's equally good with a pistol as she is with a lock-pick, taking down hundreds of zombies as a member of S.T.A.R.S. in the first game, while in RE3 she battled the effects of the T-Virus solo in the ruined Raccoon City. In MvC3 she’s sporting her look from RE5, which included a new hair color to go with her new evil personality, which is thanks to the jewelry she’s sporting on her chest. Jill’s pretty busy this year: on top of this game, she’ll be in not one, but two games on the 3DS.


First Appearance: X-Men #1

A freedom fighter to some, a genocidal terrorist to the majority of the populous, Erik Lehnsherr took on the moniker Magneto for noble reasons. When the emerging mutant race was met with hate and misunderstanding, Mags disagreed with his friend Charles Xavier and wouldn’t try to work with humanity, instead choosing to use his powers to demand humanity’s respect, or at the very least their fear. His control over all things metal makes him one of the most dangerous beings on earth, and probably the most treacherous enemy the X-Men ever faced. Whether threatening to destroy the earth by shifting its axis or planning to enslave all humanity, Magneto just wants to protect mutantkind, so long as he’s in charge.

Mike Haggar

First Appearance: Final Fight (Arcade)

Before Street Fighter II became the default fighting game of the ‘90s, Final Fight became the go-to beat ‘em up arcade cabinet. Two of its three playable characters (Guy and Cody) have long been a part of both worlds, while muscle-bound wrestler/Metro City Mayor Mike Haggar was forced to sit on the bench. Now, after two decades of waiting, you can pit this popularly elected combatant against the likes of not just Ryu and Chun Li, but also Spider-Man, Hulk and Galactus. Are two beefy arms enough to topple the Power Cosmic? In this weirdo crossover, anything’s possible.


  • Deutero - February 12, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    great stuff Henry, i love these types of articles
  • Afrodisiac39 - February 12, 2011 4:57 a.m.

    While X-Men is obviously an important part of the Marvel Universe, I really wish we got more varied characters from Marvel (Storm, Magneto, Sentinel, Jean Grey, Wolverine AND X-23?!). I would have loved to see Whiplash, Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer or even just some villains of the characters in game. I know Marvel limited the roster on their side but it would have been nice. Regardless I am still loving this game. Also, who else would want to buy the Zombie Slayers DLC with Frank West and Ashley J. Williams in it?
  • JamesT - February 11, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    These kind of articles are very useful. I can link them to my friends who have no idea who a certain character is. Also a slight correction: According to Capcom "Dmc" is a reboot not a prequel. although they have been flipping back and forth on that so I guess it doesn't really matter either way.
  • kibbles0515 - February 11, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    Question. In the background (the circle thingie) who is the character above Hulk on the right? At about 2 o'clock?
  • nyef - February 11, 2011 4:05 a.m.

    WHAT??!?!?! NO SERVBOTS!?!?! ...How else will I utilize my fine dining skills during a fight??? set tables at a boxing match? I don't think so >:(
  • Sleuth - February 11, 2011 2:29 a.m.

    Please put Sentry or Fantomex in this!
  • darkraichu34 - February 11, 2011 2:02 a.m.

    Why is Chris always in fighting games? My favorite Resi Character is Leon, so I am disappointed... But still, AMATERASU!
  • CoppertopJohnson - February 10, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    Holy shit, Dormammu!
  • Solid_Gabriel - February 10, 2011 8:01 p.m.

    I'm saving all these pics for myself, ok?
  • Ridureyu - February 10, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    OKay, see, MVC2's ginormous roster was partly because they could recycle the graphics, sounds, and movelists for 90% of the challengers. The "new" characters made from scratch were actually pretty scant. MVC3? They had to make everybody from scratch from the beginning. Everybody is new. No shortcuts. Now, MVC4, if it runs on the same engine, could undoubtedly keep this roster and then pile on more characters afterward.
  • philipshaw - February 10, 2011 7:09 p.m.

    This is comprehensive to say the least
  • cell989 - February 10, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    This is a FAIL!! roster. Where the fuck is Ken Masters!!! and why the Fuck is there nothing but Resisdent Evil Characters? CapCom did this on purpose to give Resident Evil more exposure. Where is Megaman, BB Hood, Strider, and Guile? Where is Venom, The Punisher, Thanos, SaberTooth, Omega Red, and Cyclops? Why the fuck do we get C.Viper? She Hulk? Sentinel? Trish and Gil Valentine are practically the same shit, and for the love of God where the fuck is CAPTAIN COMMANDO?
  • BurntToShreds - February 10, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    The problem with some of the characters people want in the game is that they're outdated and/or irrelevant. Jin, Strider, and Captain Commando are all awesome, but I'm pretty sure that players new to the series don't know who they are. also, their game are all 10+ years old with no sequels or remakes in sight. Like I said, you can't please everyone.
  • FirLocke - February 10, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    Wow. Really? Dude, this list could be so much better. First of all, why the fuck are both Akuma AND C.Viper in this game? They both have their own fighting game series in the first place, come on now. Three representatives are enough. Chris Redfield is great but really, Leon S. mothafuckin' Kennedy is where it's at. And no Mega Man? Are you SERIOUS? X would have been fantastic but not even a single version of Mega Man at all? That's like spite againt Keiji Inafune, sheesh. Zero and Tron Bonne are really nice, but seriously? And don't forget Venom, Nick Fury, Cyclops, Daredevil and Ghost Rider. Where are they huh? And the blue wolf dude from DarkStalkers. You know the one.
  • Turboash - February 10, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    Do-up your damn boots Dante.
  • JPorFavor - February 10, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    Hopefully Megaman will at least get some DLC.
  • Phoenix4 - February 10, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    I bet my ass that they keep more kewl heroes on the next DLCs
  • Nazcom555 - February 10, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    Gotta say, I'll aways take DC over Marvel. BUT Marvel's characters lend themselves to a fighting games alot better then DC's.
  • Scammeleon - February 10, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    OBJECTION! Where's Megaman and Phoenix Wright? :-( And Venom?!
  • EdDeRs1 - February 10, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    im hopeing for crossover DLC to the world of 2000AD (the comics moron) to bring in the most deadly creature in the multiverse, the unkillable Judge Death (fools! you cannot kill what dose not live!) and Meaga City One's greatest lawman, Judge Dredd, a dude who has faced every imagninable threat, killed his univers's version of Superman, crossed dimension and travaled in time on more than one occasion, and even beaten up and arrested Batman

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