Marvel has announced a new promotional effort that will see Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite variant covers come to 20 of its comics in August—but the publisher may have outed new information about the game in the process.
That’s because the full list of participating titles includes many series with direct ties to known Infinite fighters, but equally many would appear to have no connection to the game based on characters announced so far.
Below you’ll find the full list of comics getting variant covers, along with our notes on announced characters that connect to the title where applicable. Anything with an asterisk denotes a comic that currently stars a different version of the hero than the one appearing in Infinite, though the link is still strong enough that the distinction probably isn’t significant.
- All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #7 (Rocket Raccoon)
- Amazing Spider-Man #31
- Avengers #10 (Thor*, Captain America*)
- Black Panther #17
- Champions #11 (Hulk*)
- Defenders #4
- Doctor Strange #24
- Generations: Banner Hulk & The Totally Awesome Hulk #1 (Hulk)
- Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1 (Thor)
- Hawkeye #9 (Hawkeye*)
- I am Groot #4 (Groot, as part of Rocket Raccoon’s special)
- Invincible Iron Man #10 (Iron Man*)
- Mighty Thor #22 (Thor*)
- Rocket #4 (Rocket Raccoon)
- Secret Empire #8 (Captain America)
- Spider-Man #19
- Spider-Man/Deadpool #20
- Thanos #10
- The Mighty Captain Marvel #8 (Captain Marvel)
- Venom #153
Remove all the titles that are accounted for on the known roster, and we’re left with some strong clues towards possible unannounced Marvel characters for the game.
First up and most likely to make the cut is Spider-Man, a version of which features in three separate titles on the list. He’s also appeared in every game in the series since Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, making him something of a shoo-in. One of the Spider-Man titles co-stars Deadpool, so we may see the Merc with a Mouth make a repeat appearance following his debut in Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Next, we’ve got Black Panther, who’d be a newcomer to the series. The fact that he’s getting a standalone movie in the MCU just a few short months after the game releases, however, makes him a very likely candidate.
Then there’s the Defenders, which may be likely to get a representative on the roster given the team’s individual Netflix series and the upcoming team-up show. Of the team’s four members—Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil—only Iron Fist has previously appeared in the series as a playable character, making his debut in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. That could make him the most likely pick, but his Netflix show has been widely panned as the worst of the bunch, so maybe not. Any one of the group would make an interesting choice.
Doctor Strange also made his playable debut in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and his recent addition to the MCU makes it plausible he’ll return in Infinite.
Thanos has only made the roster of one game so far, Marvel vs. Capcom 2. He might be making a comeback if only because he’ll be the main villain of next year’s big Marvel movie, Avengers: Infinity War. Then again, the big bad of the game has already been confirmed as Ultron Sigma, and it might be weird to have Thanos take part in a story about the Infinity Stones where he’s not pulling all the strings. Maybe he’s just on the list because of his connection to the Guardians of the Galaxy, who already have Rocket repping them in Infinite.
Finally, there’s Venom, who appeared in both Marvel vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 before dropping off the roster. He could be back, or his comic might simply be included because of his connection to Spider-Man, making it yet more evidence that Peter Parker will swing his way into the game.
While none of this is definitive by any means, it’s hard to imagine that some, if not all, of these characters won’t appear on Infinite‘s final roster. Marvel isn’t the type to cross-promote haphazardly, and the fact that these 20 titles center around just 11 characters (and a group of four more), six of which are already confirmed for the game, seems like more than just a coincidence.
We’re sure to find out much more in the run-up to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite‘s September 19th launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: PVP Live