Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
A great deal has changed since gamers last pitted villains and heroes from the Marvel and Capcom universes against one another in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes. That fighting game debuted in arcades—yes, arcades—in early 2000. Now, more than a decade later, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds has arrived for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Here at Hero Complex, to prepare for the fray, we’re doing a series of posts looking at the game’s Marvel villains, their history and their combat moves. Today: Deadpool
“In the old days villains had mustaches and kicked the dog,” Alfred Hitchcock famously said. “Audiences are smarter now. They don’t want their villain thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with feelings.”
Sure, the Master of Suspense wasn’t referring to Galactus, Dormammu or Shuma-Gorath, but no doubt part of the appeal of many of Marvel’s most famous villains—Doctor Doom, Magneto and Green Goblin — is the fact that they were imbued with enough humanity and pathos to make them somewhat sympathetic. And, to Marvel’s credit, none of them have mustaches.
But in addition to its straight-up villains, Marvel also has, within its universe, characters whose moral compass is so magnetically screwy that their designation as hero, antihero or villain can change on any given day. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds includes several great examples of such characters and none is more fan-beloved than Deadpool.
Wade Wilson, a former mercenary better known as Deadpool, is often referred to as “the Merc with a Mouth” both because he’s a yakker (yes, even for a comic book character) and because of his signature habit of breaking the fourth wall. In the comics, he often directly addresses the reader, and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has carried this trait over to the world of gaming. To get all meta on your foe, try to master Deadpool’s “Fourth Wall Crisis” attack and watch as he grabs his own lifebar from the top of the screen and beats his opponent with it.
“Breaking those kinds of rules is what Deadpool is all about,” said Capcom’s Seth Killian. “And it’s why the fans love him so much.”
— Mike Winder
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