Marvel vs Capcom is a franchise that has long been adored by fans due to its 3v3 hectic and stylish combat. Dream teams composed of characters such as Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Psylocke would make it a hit inside the halls of arcades. When Marvel vs Capcom Infinite was announced several weeks ago fans of the series eagerly anticipated word on the return of their favorite characters. Unfortunately for those hoping to see their favorite X-Men, Disney has some bad news for you. Disney is blocking the X-Men from expanding.

Wolverine Marvel vs Capcom

For those unaware, Disney acquired Marvel for 4 billion dollars back in the year 2009 but it came with a few unforeseen circumstances. Although Disney gained every single property ever created by Marvel, certain film rights were not in the hands of the House of Mouse.

Several studios had already made deals with Disney for exclusive cinematic rights to certain properties. Fox for example owns the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters. Sony on the other hand owns the Spider-Man character and others that have shown up in his books. Thus we see how Sony can make a Venom movie.

Marvel vs Capcom Psylocke

The fragmentation has caused a huge headache for Disney and Marvel. Just recently the very mention of Venom being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe  caused for a subtle reaction from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Unfortunately for Marvel, several financial deals had to be made in order to get Spider-Man into their universe, that’s how we were treated to the web head in Captain America Civil War.

Other studios on the other hand don’t play ball. Fox has no desire to let Marvel retain the rights to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Instead Fox has chased to build its own cinematic universe which somewhat failed due to the reception of the Fantastic Four reboot. While not as successful as Marvel’s ever expanding roster of characters such as Captain America, Iron Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Fox has carved its own success stories with films such as Logan and Deadpool. That success is an annoyance in Disney eyes which is where other mediums outside of the films come in.

Marvel vs Capcom Cyclops

Although Disney does not own the cinematic rights to the X-Men and the other noted properties, they do have absolute control to all Marvel properties when it comes to other mediums. According to a Nerdist Podcast  interview with Marvel X-Men comic writer Chris Claremont “…the X department is forbidden to create new characters.” What it boils down to is that Marvel is hindering the X-Men franchise from expanding further beyond what is already established. Any new characters created in the comics will automatically allow Fox to use in their movies. Claremont continues on by saying “There will be no X-Men merchandising for the foreseeable future because, why promote Fox material?” The effects of this self mutilation hurts consumers of Marvel media. It’s for this reason why Marvel vs Capcom Infinite will not feature any X-Men. Disney has forbidden access to your favorite mutant.

It’s not all doom and gloom. It seems Marvel and Disney are still interested in making money off of the existing properties and have even green lit video games on properties they don’t own on film. Spider-Man is receiving his own game later on this year simply titled Marvel’s Spider-Man. Not only that but when the Deadpool film was released Marvel had no issue capitalizing on the popularity by relisting the Deadpool game by Activision. Money speaks and for that reason it wouldn’t be surprising to see X-Men be a part of some sort of DLC expansion for Marvel vs Capcom Infinite.  Of course that’s not going to change the MCU characters from receiving first class treatment.

While the world of Marvel may be in disarray now, hopefully one day it may come to work together as a whole in all forms of entertainment. After all, the X-Men did grow in popularity outside of the film industry at first.



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  1. I have always found the “We don’t want to promote someone elses movie” arguement a weird one. A successful movie brings new readers to the comics and other properties too. You could argue that the films are advertising the comics and games by Marvel as well as their own stuff. Although I do wish Marvel had ultimate control of their characters, just to see the Xmen join the MCU!

    1. Blame Marvel’s finances and the fact that in the comic book world itself Marvel just aren’t as popular as people like to pretend they are…. which is a shame.. Im glad they sold off their characters tbh because if WB/DC bought Marvel like it almost did with the opportunities in the 60s-80s (they chose to sell characters instead of selling to WB/DC) then we may never of had a rivalry that brought out the best in terms of comic book writing from the two companies…. So in a way it was for the best for the culture i mean…

      1. I’m pleased that it allowed lots of good animated series in my teens (Xmen and Spiderman were great!) but it would still be true that an Xmen movie could bring new fans to the comics and much more financially important, they’ll buy games, T-shirts, posters etc related to the Xmen but NOT the movie. Merchandise is more where Marvel make their money, I would think, not actual comic sales (especially with all the SJW controversy lately). Although they admittedly would make much more if the rights were back under their control, they could still benefit financially without killing off the franchise, if they played it right.

  2. The fact that Disney worked with SONY to get Spider-Man in Civil War(aka get him into their Marvel film world) for a trade off of helping out their movie by loaning out Iron Man shows that there is always hope.
    It’s obvious even before Spider-Man Homecoming, that this decision worked out monstrously well for both parties.
    And now we can see a future(if the companies continue to work together) where SONY and Disney can make movies that are all in the same shared universe. And that’s cool.
    Fox can still do this with Disney, but they are going to have to let Disney do a lot of helping(decisions on certain characters/plots) when it comes to stories, because there have been so many bombs in the past.

    1. no lool… The Sony deal has SOOOOOOO many layers onto it that it’s NOT as cut and dry as you all make it out to be… The Spider-Man into the MCU deal is SOOOOOOO HEAVILY in favour of Sony and NOT Disney… The deal was made out of Desperation/necessity for the MCU and NOT from Sony hence why they got a better deal out of it….

      With Fox, there is SOO much bad blood between the two that’s stems from the late 80’s with the acquisition of all the mutants and arguments over potential earning’s in Marvels direction from Fox’s production of the X men cartoon in the early 90’s… That relationship is untenable loool

  3. Welcome to the world of licensing and legal wranglings. It’s also why Fox keeps producing horrible Fantastic Four movies and reboots. Under the licensing rule, Fox has to come out with a Fantastic Four movie within a reasonable time frame or the license reverts back to Marvel/Disney.

    Good or bad Fox will come out with some crappy Fantastic Four product. Latest rumor is that FF will be rebooted with teenagers playing the characters.

    1. if Fox keeps fucking up the license doesn’t go back to Disney/Marvel that’s not how it works lool… Secondly… Personally i dont think there will be a good Fantastic Four movie in how the current climate of movies go… To make a good FF movie the movie length needs to be like 3 hours to 3 and a half hours long, which is simply something no one is going to do…

      Fantastic four has SO much potential to being great or even a cult hero franchise… but i think the franchise is too sullied now lool

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