In the months since Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was first announced, fans have been wondering whether or not classic Marvel characters like Wolverine, Magneto, or Dr. Doom would make the cut. After all, since the last game in the series released, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a billion-dollar behemoth, and Marvel may be inclined to push its own characters ahead of those whose movie rights are currently held by another company.
It now appears that’s not the case.
A new report from EventHubs drew our attention to a crucial quote hidden away in a largely overlooked interview that ran on U.K. news site Metro back in April. When asked directly whether characters from outside the MCU might be able to appear, producer Mike Evans provided a pretty cut-and-dry affirmation that, yes, they could.
He did, however, decline to confirm more specific follow-ups about members of the X-Men or Fantastic Four theoretically joining the cast, so there may be a bit of misdirection or careful wording involved. Probably best to read the whole exchange for yourself and interpret it as you see fit. (Everything is verbatim, including the brackets, but we did clear up who’s speaking when.)
Metro: When this was first announced some fans theorised that the Marvel characters would only include those that Marvel has the cinematic rights to. That is the case so far, but is that going to be true for the whole game?
Mike Evans: No…
Metro: It’s nothing to be ashamed of, if it’s all down to the lawyers.
Evans: Totally, totally. No, but it’s not. And if Marvel were here they would answer as I’m going to. It’s not based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We take a lot of inspiration from the cinematic universe, but the game is a completely original universe.
Metro: So you could have the Fantastic Four or X-Men in the game, if you wanted them?
Evans: I can’t say about that one.
Metro: You can’t say if you could?
Evans: I… can’t answer that question.
Metro: You can’t say if you could say if you could?
Evans: Exactly! [laughs]
Metro: [conspiratorially] You can have Doctor Doom though, surely?
Evans: Oh, ah… I would say stay excited. We have many announcements coming. But you’re not the first to ask that one!
So, there you have it. There’s nothing stopping non-MCU characters from appearing in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite—at least not officially. Whether that means we’ll see any of the X-Men, Doom, or even Spider-Man (who’s on loan to the MCU through a special arrangement with Sony)? Looks like we’ll have to wait and see, at least for now.
In the meantime, there’s still plenty of room to speculate on who may be joining the roster. In fact, the recent announcement of planned variant covers for Marvel’s comics line may have outed quite a lot of new fighters.
Expect to hear many more fighters from both the Marvel and Capcom sides announced as we get closer to Infinite‘s September 9th launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.