Disney and Capcom are said to be in talks to resurrect Marvel vs. Capcom 2 in some way, but it is not certain that the parties involved will be able to reach an agreement to make this a reality. Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, from 2000, is a 2D fighting game featuring a rich repertoire of comic book and video game icons, bright and colorful sprite-based graphics, and frenetic combat.
Despite its good reception and the devotion of its followers, the Marvel vs. Capcom has been in legal limbo for the past few years, with the most recent installment being the ill-received Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite from 2017. This hasn’t stopped calls for the crossover series to make a comeback, with fan campaigns like Maximillian Dodd’s # FreeMVC2 hashtag making noise on social media. Even big-name celebrities like Michel B. Jordan (known for his role as Erik “Killmonger” Stevens in 2018’s Black Panther) are giving their opinion and asking for a remaster of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 in the current generation. It turns out that both Disney and Capcom are taking note of these requests, although bringing MVC2 back might be easier said than done.
Digital Eclipse director Mike Mika – whose company has helped Disney and Capcom remaster some of their older titles to modern systems in the past – recently spoke to Shacknews on the YouTube channel GamerHubTV about the possibility of a new reissue of Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Mika said he is very supportive of the idea, and has brought it up with both Disney and Capcom in the wake of the # FreeMVC2 campaign. He stated that the decision to launch Marvel vs. Capcom 2 on current consoles will ultimately fall to Disney, Marvel and Capcom; and rejected allegations that these parent companies have an unfriendly working relationship following the troubled development of Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite. However, he noted that one of the main obstacles to reissuing MVC2 is licensing costs, which, Mika explained, can sometimes be even higher than the game’s own budget.
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Now might be the best time for a remastered version of Marvel vs. Capcom 2, as Marvel has enjoyed an increase in high-quality licensed games in recent years. Insomniac’s Marvel’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Miles Morales have received the same critical acclaim as Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham series. Likewise, Crystal Dynamics’ Marvel’s The Avengers is moving forward with new DLC content. This trend isn’t going to slow down anytime soon either, as Insomniac wants to expand its Marvel resume with Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Marvel’s Wolverine and Square Enix will launch Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy next month. Additionally, Firaxis’ Marvel’s Midnight Suns aims to explore the darkest and most supernatural parts of the Marvel Universe in the coming year.
Possibly, the adaptation of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 to modern consoles, such as PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, would satisfy those who want to play again, but obstacles between Disney, Marvel and Capcom could make the effort difficult. However, the reality that a Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 remaster is up for discussion between these companies is enough to give gamers hope that the classic crossover title could make a comeback once again.