The 39 characters of Marvel vs Capcom 3


First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #93

As you probably know, MODOK stands for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, but you’d think the ultimate killing machine would look more threatening than that. Created by terrorist group AIM, MODOK’s giant head is useful for some things, including super intelligence, mind control, and the ability to create strong psychic shields. Plus his hover chair is outfitted with a wide array of AIM invented weapons. He’s actually kind of a threat, so just laugh at him behind his back, ok?


First Appearance: Darkstalkers (Arcade)

Morrigan is probably the best-known character of the Darkstalkers franchise, thanks in no small part to her (literally) vamping it up in revealing clothes. A succubus of demon royalty, she was born with incredible power, much of which her father locked away, only giving her access to it upon his death. Even after his passing and with the throne hers, she would much rather dabble in the world of humans, normally by beating the crap out of them and her magical brethren. Not only magically potent, Morrigan also has the ability to transform her bat wings into any number of things, offensive and defensive.

Nate Spencer

First Appearance: Bionic Commando (NES)

Though the arcade version presumably stars the same grappling-arm soldier, he wasn’t officially named until the NES conversion – and even then as the Engrish-y Ladd Spencer. Later this became Rad Spencer, then finally in 2008’s Bionic Commando Rearmed, Nathan “Rad” Spencer. At that point in the series we knew Spencer was special super soldier, equipped with a multipurpose grappling arm that could latch onto objects, deflect bullets or even toss bad guys out of the way. For whatever reason, Capcom ignored that design and instead went with Spencer’s gruffed-out revamp from the 2009 Bionic Commando on PS3/360, at which point we found out he was just one of many bionic soldiers, and that the arm isn’t just fancy tech. No, it’s also the essence of his dead wife, which is needed to complete the bonding process between bionic and organic components. Right. Jesus Christ who cares why he has an arm, just let us hit people with it! /rant


First Appearance: X-Men #1 (as Jean Grey) X-Men #101 (as Phoenix)

One of Prof. Xavier’s first students, Jean Grey was an adept telekinetic and telepath, a very important, if not particularly potent part of the X-Men. All that changed when she became possessed by the Phoenix Force, an intergalactic entity of incredible power. As Phoenix, Jean slowly became accustomed to her new powers, eventually becoming one of the most powerful beings alive. Flight, strength and energy blasts are just a fraction of the Phoenix Force’s power, which has been known to destroy a sun and exterminate an entire solar system, an action perpetrated by the Dark Phoenix persona, which also appears in MvC3. Though the Phoenix Force has possessed many, Jean is easily the most famous holder of the power.


First Appearance: Street Fighter (Arcade)

The heart and soul of the Street Fighter series, Ryu is probably the most well-known fighting game character in the world. Master of the Hadouken fireball attack, he’s out to perfect his craft and hone his skills instead of winning tournaments or destroying criminal cartels, even if they often go hand in hand. An orphan trained alongside his longtime friend and rival Ken, Ryu has a personality you could call either “stoic” or “boring.” Even though he’s such a dominant fighter, he doesn’t rest, as he’s always looking for the next challenge with very little else on his mind. One of the few grudges he’s held was against Akuma, the man he thought killed his still-living master.


First Appearance: X-Men #14

Created by Dr. Bolivar Trask, the Sentinels are a series of mutant hunting super-robots out to save humanity from the assumed evil homo superior. Though they have taken many forms and have had many masters, the standard Sentinel is about three stories tall, has AI that quickly learns from its opponent and is pretty tough, though by no means indestructible. The Sentinel from the Marvel vs Capcom series is a little smaller, but still possesses much of the strength, energy blasts, and limited flight capabilities of his brothers.


  • 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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