Today we’re pitting Phoenix – the minx of mental manipulation – against Chun-Li, fighting games’ first ferocious female! Talk about a clash of the titans! Enjoy today's Phoenix vs. Chun-Li spotlight, make sure to vote in the poll, check out all our MvC3 images and videos and come back tomorrow for our next throwdown, right here on Marvel.com!
By Ben Chabala
|Phoenix character art from Marvel vs. Capcom 3|
Universe: Marvel, X-Men
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #1
Real Name: Jean Grey
Brief Bio: One of the original 5 X-Men, Jean Grey was fighting evil mutants and super villains before she was able to drive! While a member of the X-Men she fell in love with her teammate Cyclops, Scott Summers, and they were eventually married, but not before Jean was possessed by the Phoenix force. An undying celestial entity of limitless power, Jean was overwhelmed by its power and went on a rampage of destruction through the cosmos. She has since come to terms with her terrible power and uses it as a force for good and the betterment of mutant and human kind.
Powers: Jean Grey is one of the world’s most powerful telepaths and telekinetics able to lift tons and control mind from across seas. Also, when she is possessed by the Dark Phoenix she has nearly limitless power, able to create and destroy on a whim.
Play Style: DO NOT GET HIT! Period. Phoenix has the lowest health in the game and nearly any enemy hyper combo is enough to take her out. However, she hits like a monster, her fireballs hunt you down from a screen away, and she has traps to keep you out of her face. Her instant teleports create some mean pressure traps when combined with her Telekinetic Shot and her Phoenix Rage hyper is easy to combo into and does great damage. If she does get caught on the defensive her 8-way air dash, that teleport we talked about earlier, and her flight capabilities will get her out of trouble. And remember: Don’t get hit!
|Chun-Li character art from Marvel vs. Capcom 3|
Universe: Capcom, Street Fighter
First Appearance: "Street Fighter II"
Real Name: Chun-Li
Brief Bio: Ever since her father was murdered while investigating Shadowloo’s underworld activities, Chun-Li has tried to bring M. Bison’s criminal organization to its knees. Working with Interpol and Colonel William Guile, she has entered Bison’s World Warrior tournaments to gather evidence against him and shut down his operations but time and again the mad dictator has dodged Chun-Li’s vengeance.
Abilities: A master martial artist, Chun-Li can perform gravity-defying attacks impossible for any normal human. She can channel her chi into a fireball, and her kicks hit as fast as lightning.
Play Style: Chun-Li can’t take a hit but she can dish them out in droves. Her triangle jump and triple jumps give her tons of aerial mobility and her dash is so fast it’s difficult to react to. She has some great ground pressure strings that combo into her Hoyokusen hyper which can be followed up by some mean air combos. Also her Hyakuretsukyaku is an amazing assist, locking down enemies so her teammates can cross up and start doing some damage. If you like fast, hard hitting characters, Chun-Li’s the girl for you.
Chun-Li's partial moves list via the "Marvel vs. Capcom 3" Facebook page:
Don't forget to pick up your copy of "Marvel vs. Capcom 3" for Xbox 360 or PS3 on February 15, and come back tomorrow for our next throwdown, right here on Marvel.com!
Previous Showdown Spotlights: Hulk vs. Haggar | Iron Man vs. Ryu | Super-Skrull vs. Viewtiful Joe | M.O.D.O.K. vs. Tron Bonne | Wolverine vs. Akuma | Dormammu vs. Morrigan | Spider-Man vs. Zero | Shuma-Gorath vs. Chris Redfield | She-Hulk vs. Spencer | Dr. Doom vs. Jill | Storm vs. Trish | X-23 vs. Felicia | Captain America vs. Wesker | Deadpool vs. Dante | Taskmaster vs. C. Viper | Magneto vs. Arthur