Marvel vs. Capcom: Stuff of Legends

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Difference between Marvel and Capcom

The Marvel-Capcom tie-in that resulted in a series of well-received games is the stuff of legends, and the fact that two such esteemed companies have come together to provide the finest in entertainment isn't lost on the gaming community. Let's take a look at the profiles of each company and the details of the merger.

Marvel
Capcom

Profile

Marvel or Marvel Publishing, Inc., is a U.S. based company that primarily publishes comic books and related publications. The company is owned by Marvel Entertainment, Inc., which itself is owned by The Walt Disney Company.

Capcom or Capcom Co., Ltd. is a Japanese company based in Osaka known primarily for its video games. Among the company’s most notable releases are Resident Evil, Street Fighter, and Mega Man, all of which are multi-million dollar ventures. The company was established in 1983, and it currently has numerous branches and affiliates in North America, Europe, and the rest of Asia.

Partnership

Marvel and Capcom have entered into a famous partnership that has given rise to an acclaimed and very popular series of fighting games that utilize Capcom technology and Marvel characters. The Marvel and Capcom team-up was the first team-up for Capcom, although the company has since embarked on other similar "vs" partnerships with companies such as SNK, Tatsunoko Production, and Namco.

The Marvel characters in the Marvel vs Capcom series are actually based in large part on the characters in the early 1990s TV series by Marvel, and in fact are often voiced by the same actors. Many of the Marvel characters in these games were also from earlier Marvel-based games by Capcom, such as X-Men: Children of the Atom and Marvel Super Heroes.

Concept/Storyline/Plot

The tag-team model used in the Marvel vs Capcom games isn't actually a new invention, although many gamers and industry experts agree that the series did a lot to refine and shape the genre. The game was also responsible for introducing many of the fighting and game play concepts commonly seen in similar games today.

The series is also characterized by a sketchy plot, although there are numerous reoccurring themes and references throughout the series across different games. In any case, Capcom has already announced that the upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will feature game play that is tied in more closely to the plot and storyline.

Similarities and Differences

Marvel

  • A United States based company that primarily publishes comic books and related publications
  • Has entered into a famous partnership with Capcom that has given rise to an acclaimed and very popular series of fighting games
  • Marvel vs Capcom series utilizes Marvel characters

Capcom

  • A Japanese company based in Osaka
  • Known primarily for its action-based video games
  • The company’s most notable releases include Resident Evil, Street Fighter, and Mega Man, all of which are multi-million dollar ventures
  • The Marvel and Capcom team-up was the first team-up for Capcom

Which company produces better games?
  • Marvel
  • Capcom
 
 

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