Marvel vs. Capcom Games In Order

If you love Marvel and Capcom, you will love this ultimate list of all Marvel vs. Capcom games in chronological order with descriptions of each game!

Marvel vs. Capcom is among the most beloved fighting game franchises and considered one of the most successful crossovers in video game history.

Developed and published by Capcom, the series originated as coin-operated arcade cabinets that were later ported and released for home gaming consoles and personal computers.

Each installment includes an extensive roster of Capcom and Marvel characters along with new features which we’ll attempt to organize by exploring every Marvel vs. Capcom game in order of release date.

We encourage you to check back for updates regarding rumored projects such as Marvel vs. Capcom 5, as well as any announcements from Capcom concerning future plans for the franchise!

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While not technically part of the series, X-Men: Children of the Atom was the first fighting game produced by Capcom to feature Marvel characters and is loosely based on the Fatal Attractions storyline from the comics.

Released shortly after Super Street Fighter II Turbo, the game leverages the same sprites and animations for its 12-fighter roster of X-Men heroes and villains along with one hidden unlockable character.

HeroesVillains
ColossusOmega Red
CyclopsSentinel
IcemanSilver Samurai
PsylockeSpiral
StormJuggernaut
WolverineMagneto
 Akuma (Hidden)

This 1v1 fighter is often credited with laying the foundation for future releases and popularizing now-common fighting game techniques such as super jumps, super combos, and technical hits.

Upon release, X-Men: Children of the Atom was widely praised for staying faithful to its source material with colorful animations and voice actors from the original X-Men animated series.

Marvel Super Heroes is another Capcom-developed superhero fighting game that predates Marvel vs. Capcom and introduces main of the core concepts that appear throughout the series.

The game’s story is loosely based on The Infinity Gauntlet storyline from the comics and sees 12 heroes and villains (plus one secret unlockable character) facing off in 1v1 battles to secure the Infinity Gems.

HeroesVillains
Captain AmericaMagneto
WolverineJuggernaut
Spider-ManBlackheart
PsylockeShuma-Gorath
Iron ManDoctor Doom
HulkThanos
Anita (Hidden) 

Building off of its predecessor, Marvel Super Heroes includes a more simplified super meter, infinite combos, and a new Infinity Gem mechanic that provides each character with additional abilities.

Following its release, the game was met with positive reception praising its use of colorful graphics, challenging gameplay, and an abundance of moves, throws, and counters.

X-Men vs. Street Fighter is the first official game in the series and combines elements of Street Fighter, Children of the Atom, and Marvel Superheroes in one satisfying package.

As its title suggests, the game includes a 17-fighter roster consisting of characters from both Marvel’s X-Men comics and Capcom’s Street Fighter franchise (including one hidden fighter).

X-MenStreet Fighter
CyclopsRyu
GambitCammy White
JuggernautCharlie Nash
MagnetoChun-Li
RogueDhalsim
SabretoothKen Masters
StormM. Bison
WolverineZangief
 Akuma (Hidden)

Some notable new features include new tag team-based combat where each player selects two characters to compete in 1v1 battles with the ability to swap between fighters at any point.

Much like its predecessors, the game was released to generally positive reviews citing its gameplay refinements and improved sprite animation quality.

The second installment in the series would end up being Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, another tag team fighter with similar gameplay and aesthetics as X-Men vs. Street Fighter.

Most of the X-Men cast from the previous games were replaced with characters from other Marvel properties alongside many returning and new Street Fighter characters.

MarvelStreet Fighter
CyclopsRyu
Captain AmericaCammy White
HulkCharlie Nash
BlackheartChun-Li
Omega RedDhalsim
Shuma-GorathKen Masters
Spider-ManM. Bison
WolverineZangief
U.S. Agent (Hidden)Shadow (Hidden)
Mephisto (Hidden)Mecha Zangief (Hidden)
Armored Spider-Man (Hidden)Dark Sakura (Hidden)

Additionally, the game introduces a new mechanic known as Variable Assists, which lets players summon their off-screen character to perform a special move without changing their current one.

Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter was met with average to positive reception as critics praised its gameplay, roster, graphics, and sprite animation quality while criticizing its lack of innovation.

Debuting in arcades in 1998, Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes is the third installment in the series and features largely identical gameplay to its predecessors along with some new features.

The most notable difference is its 15-character roster, which expands its scope beyond Street Fighter to include characters from various other Capcom franchises such as Darkstalkers, Mega Man, and Strider.

MarvelCapcom
Captain AmericaCaptain Commando
GambitChun-Li
HulkJin Saotome
Spider-ManMega Man
VenomMorrigan Aensland
War MachineRyu
WolverineStrider Hiryu
Red Venom (Hidden)Zangief
Gold War Machine (Hidden)Lilith (Hidden)
Orange Hulk (Hidden)Shadow Lady (Hidden)
 Roll (Hidden)

In addition, Clash of Super Heroes removes the traditional assist system in favor of random assist summons and Duo Team attacks where players control both characters on their team for a short duration.

Upon release, the game was praised for its animation quality and fast-paced combat while some critics took issue with its overall lack of depth compared to previous entries.

The next game in the series is Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, which was released in arcades in February 2000 before making its way to consoles later that year.

The story takes place two years after the battle against Onslaught in Clash of Super Heroes and features a staggering 56-character roster based on different Marvel and Capcom properties.

MarvelCapcom
BlackheartAkuma
CableAmingo
Captain AmericaAnakaris
ColossusB.B. Hood
CyclopsCammy White
Doctor DoomCaptain Commando
GambitCharlie Nash
HulkChun-Li
IcemanDan Hibiki
Iron ManDhalsim
JuggernautFelicia
MagnetoGuile
MarrowHayato Kanzaki
Omega RedJill Valentine
PsylockeJin Saotome
RogueKen Masters
SabretoothM. Bison
SentinelMega Man
Shuma-GorathMorrigan Aensland
Silver SamuraiRoll
Spider-ManRuby Heart
SpiralRyu
StormSakura Kasugano
ThanosServbot
VenomSonSon
War MachineStrider Hiryu
WolverineTron Bonne
Wolverine (Bone Claws)Zangief

While the gameplay was largely similar to previous entries, teams were expanded to support three characters that would share a single super meter.

New Age of Heroes received positive reviews and is widely celebrated for its frantic gameplay, detailed backgrounds and visuals, as well as its extensive cast of playable characters.

Released a decade after MvC2, Fate of Two Worlds is the fifth installment in the franchise, the first console exclusive entry, and the first game to use 3D character models instead of 2D sprites.

At launch, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 included a base roster of 36 characters, with two additional characters, Jill Valentine and Shuman-Gorath, available later on as DLC.

MarvelCapcom
Captain AmericaAkuma
DeadpoolAlbert Wesker
Doctor DoomAmaterasu
DormammuArthur
HulkChris Redfield
Iron ManChun-Li
MagnetoCrimson Viper
MODOKDante
PhoenixFelicia
SentinelHsien-Ko
She-HulkJill Valentine (DLC)
Shuma-Gorath (DLC)Mike Haggar
Spider-ManMorrigan Aensland
StormNathan Spencer
Super-SkrullRyu
TaskmasterTrish
ThorTron Bonne
WolverineViewtiful Joe
X-23Zero

The game maintains the tag team battles of its predecessor while incorporating new techniques like hyper combos, snapbacks, crossover combos, and an X-Factor mechanic that offers increased damage, speed, and health regen for a short period.

Following its release, MvC3 received glowing reviews from critics and was celebrated for its gameplay and character roster despite concerns regarding technical issues with its online multiplayer.

Almost a year later, Capcom released an updated version of MvC 3, this time for console, handheld, and Windows PC, titled Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

The updated game contains the original 36-fighter roster from Fate of Two Worlds along with 12 new playable characters, listed below.

MarvelCapcom
Doctor StrangeFirebrand
Ghost RiderFrank West
HawkeyeNemesis T-Type
Iron FistPhoenix Wright
NovaStrider Hiryu
Rocket RaccoonVergil

While many gameplay mechanics were retained, Ultimate makes some notable adjustments to how aerial combat and X-Factor systems work along with the game’s art style.

Critics and fans were satisfied with Capcom’s efforts and praised MvC 3 Ultimate for its expanded character roster and improved online multiplayer.

Developed by Iron Galaxy Studios and published by Capcom, Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is a compilation of Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes released for PSN and Xbox Live Arcade.

In order to maintain the integrity of both games, Origins utilizes the original arcade ROMS, meaning they featured the same roster and made no changes to the gameplay mechanics or character balance.

MarvelCapcom
Captain AmericaCaptain Commando
WolverineChun-Li
Spider-ManJin Saotome
PsylockeMega Man
Iron ManMorrigan Aensland
HulkRyu
GambitStrider Hiryu
VenomZangief
War MachineLilith (Hidden)
MagnetoShadow Lady (Hidden)
JuggernautRoll (Hidden)
BlackheartAnita (Hidden)
Shuma-Gorath 
Doctor Doom 
Thanos 
Gold War Machine (Hidden) 
Orange Hulk (Hidden) 
Red Venom (Hidden) 

New features include HD graphics with several options for filters and viewing angles, enhanced online multiplayer, and a new challenge system for unlocking secret characters, concept art, and other content.

Origins was met with mixed to positive reviews following its release, with some critics praising it for staying true to the arcade versions and adding features while others criticized its outdated gameplay and unbalanced rosters.

Serving as the sixth and most recent installment in the franchise, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite is a proper sequel to MvC 3 that makes some significant changes to the series’ classic formula.

While battles remained 1v1, teams were limited to two characters each rather than the three-on-three format of previous games, and the base roster was shrunk down to 30 fighters with 10 post-launch DLC fighters.

MarvelCapcom
Captain AmericaArthur
Captain MarvelChris Redfield
Doctor StrangeChun-Li
DormammuDante
GamoraFirebrand
Ghost RiderFrank West
HawkeyeJedah Dohma
HulkMike Haggar
Iron ManMorrigan Aensland
NovaNathan Spencer
Rocket RaccoonNemesis
Spider-ManRyu
ThanosStrider Hiryu
ThorX
UltronZero
Winter Soldier (DLC)Monster Hunter (DLC)
Venom (DLC)Sigma (DLC)
Black Widow (DLC) 
Black Panther (DLC) 

Infinite also makes several gameplay changes such as replacing character-assist moves with tag-based combos and adding an Infinity Stone mechanic that grants temporary abilities and stat boosts depending on the type of stone.

Upon release, the game received mixed to positive reception as critics were impressed with the new gameplay elements but ultimately let down by the new art direction and limited character roster.

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