In the lead up to “Marvel vs. Capcom Origins,” coming September 25 to PlayStation Network and September 26 to Xbox Live Arcade, Marvel.com (along with our pals at Capcom Unity) thought it'd be fun to run through the roster and highlight each of the characters from both” Marvel Super Heroes” and the original “Marvel vs. Capcom,” meaning we've got a lot of ground to cover.
We’ll give you their full stats along with where they were during the time they appeared in “Marvel Super Heroes” (1995) and “Marvel vs. Capcom” (1999). You can catch new profiles on the Marvel characters right here every Tuesday and Friday, and Capcom has its own write up right here.
By Ben Chabala
First Appearance: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #298
“MvC Origins” Appearances: Playable character in “Marvel vs. Capcom”
Bio: A symbiote super suit from beyond the stars, Venom hitched a ride to Earth as the sensational Spider-Man’s new costume during the interstellar Secret Wars. Once on terra firma the black goo caused all sorts of trouble for our wonderful webhead until the two had a falling out mediated by sonic disrupters, giving Venom a serious case of separation anxiety. Now it lives to destroy its first host and seems to attract wearers who hate the Spider, most famously Eddie Brock and Mac Gargan, formerly known as The Scorpion. As long as Venom’s out and about, no one in the Spider family is safe.
In 1999: In PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN, the sadistic symbiote returned, angry, hungry, and hunting for a host. It wanted to get its tendrils around Peter Parker, but when that proved too difficult it settled for Eddie Brock, transforming him once again into Spider-Man's ebony arch-enemy, Venom! The criminal couple get right to work, consuming Cletus Kasady's Carnage symbiote, kidnapping J. Jonah Jameson, and battling Spidey on the same church roof where the alien entity was "born."
First Appearance: GIANT SIZE X-MEN #1
“MvC Origins” Appearances: Assist character in “Marvel vs. Capcom”
Bio: An orphan, a thief, a goddess, an X-Woman, and a queen, Storm’s done it all. Her parents were killed in a plane crash when she was just a child, leaving her all alone with a serious case of claustrophobia. She grew up on the mean streets of Cairo, a pickpocket, and wandered Africa until her mutant powers emerged and she became a goddess of the Serengeti, able to manipulate the winds and rain, the very forces of weather itself. Then Professor Xavier recruited her for the X-Men and the rest is history. Storm has fought evil from the sewers beneath New York City to the depths of space, a hero for the ages.
In 1999: Like many of her other mutant teammates, Storm threw down in the epic Contest of Champions hosted by the Badoon and Brood, alien baddies out for blood. She tested her mettle against the Human Torch and Thor, besting Johnny but literally losing her breath to the God of Thunder.
First Appearance: AMAZING FANTASY #15
“MvC Origins” Appearances: Playable character in “Marvel Super Heroes,” “Marvel vs. Capcom”
Bio: Bitten by a radioactive spider, Peter Parker gained the proportionate strength and agility of a spider, not to mention really sticky fingers and a super handy spider sense. But even with all of his newfound abilities, Peter still couldn’t save his Uncle Ben from a burglar’s bullet. Burdened by guilt, Peter donned his classic red and blue tights as the sensational Spider-Man, fighting crime, protecting the innocent, and punching bad guys in the face whenever they deserve it. Now Peter Parker lives by a simple code: “with great power comes great responsibility.”
In 1995: Clones, clones everywhere! Spidey’s enemies thought that if they could duplicate the webbed wonder, they’d finally be able to defeat him. Unfortunately all they ended up doing was make Peter Parker’s life a living nightmare, make him question his very identity, and push him to hang up his suit. Oh wait…
In 1999: The webslinger got an all-new series, PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN, and in several of these incredible issues he teams-up with Blade, the Daywalker, half-man, half-vampire, all awesome. Then Venom shows up to serve some serious pain to both the Spider and his editorial enemy J. Jonah Jameson. Oh and did we mention Carnage makes an appearance as well? Never a dull day in the life of Peter Parker.