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Marvel vs. Capcom 2

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Showdown Spotlight: Spider-Man vs. Strider

See how we size 'em up and then vote in our poll to pick who you think gets the KO!

One of the most celebrated fighting games in history returns for another round! Nine years after taking the arcade gaming scene by storm and over six years after making its original home console debut, "Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes" will soon juggle-combo its way onto Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade and PS3's PSN!

In anticipation of the "MvC2"s next-gen debut, we're bringing you daily showdown spotlights pitting a Marvel character against a Capcom character. Each entry features official game artwork, character bios and polls to determine which universe really brings the heat.

Make sure to pick up "Marvel vs. Capcom 2" when it's released for X-Box Live Arcade on July 29 and PSN August 13.

Enjoy today's Spider-Man vs. Strider spotlight, make sure to vote in the poll below, visit the official "Marvel vs. Capcom 2" site and come back on Monday for our next throwdown, right here on Marvel.com!


Fighter Name: Spider-Man
Real Name: Peter Parker
Universe: Marvel, Spider-Man
First Appearance: AMAZING FANTASY #15
Marvel/Capcom Game Appearances: "Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter," "Marvel vs. Capcom," "Marvel vs. Capcom 2"
Citizenship: USA
Brief Bio: Peter Parker lost his parents at a young age and moved in with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Blessed with an incredible intellect, Peter excelled in sciences and mathematics but unfortunately, was always picked last for dodgeball. Then one day, while attending a scientific lecture, a radioactive spider bit Peter on the hand, changing his fate forever. The irradiated bite gave Parker the speed, strength and agility of a spider.  He cashed in on his new abilities, making tv appearances and wrestling, but the power went to his head and a criminal he could have easily caught killed his Uncle Ben. Heartbroken, Peter vowed that his inaction would never cause harm to anyone ever again and became the amazing Spider-Man. In the words of Peter's Uncle Ben, "With great power comes great responsibility."
Powers: Spider-Man has the proportionate speed, strength, endurance, and agility of, you guessed it, a spider. He can stick to walls and has a special "spider sense" that alerts him to immediate danger, but what's a spider without its web? Spider-Man uses custom webshooters to capture foes in a sticky stream of webbing.
Special Moves: Web Ball, Web Swing, Web Throw, Spider Sting, Maximum Spider, Crawler Assault, Ultimate Web Throw
Quote: " Great fight; and some great pics for the J.J!"

Fighter Name:
Real Name: Strider Hiryu
Universe: Capcom, Strider
First Appearance: Strider (Arcade)
Marvel/Capcom Game Appearances: "Marvel vs. Capcom," "Marvel vs. Capcom 2"
Citizenship: Unknown
Brief Bio: Strider Hiryu's past is a mystery wrapped up in an enigma. That's to say we don't know much about it. We do know that he comes from a time far in our future and that he is a part of the Strider ninja clan, a group of expert martial artists with a taste for technology. Strider's mission was to destroy Grand Master Meio, a devious tyrant who built a space station between the Earth and the moon in an attempt to conquer the world. Strider, using his awesome ninja skills, defeated Meio and saved the world. Now he's ready to test his skills against the greatest fighters the universe has ever known.
Powers: Strider uses a Cypher (razor sharp sword) much like a tonfa and can call on mechanical animals to help him fight.
Special Moves: Ame-no-Murakano, Excalibur, Gram, Vajra, Kabe Haritsuki, Warp, Formation A, B, C, Ouroboros, Ragnarkok, Legion
Quote: "Who can see the future? Those who create it."




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YES!!! I thought you good folks had pitted Strider against Juggernaut, but THIS matchup definitely works better.The thing I love about this match is that these are two of the most agile characters in the game. Period. That being said, a match between these two is likely to get one-sided in either one's favor. Now, who's more likely to GAIN that favor? Hmm...Strider, as I've said before, has one of the most complete offenses on the game. His ground combos rock; his air raves rock due to his Excalibur move, and his launcher is very effective. He's got a sword swipe that can cover 3/4 the screen, high, low, and in the air. He can teleport to four locations; he has a teleport-kick to get him to two spots with offensive escort. And SPEAKING of escort, he's got cats and birds and bombers to summon at will, AND he's got Ouroboros to create offensive pressure at a moment's notice. BEAT THAT...Well, Spider-Man doesn't have all those options by a long shot. But what he does have going for him is that he HITS HARDER than Strider and he TAKES HITS BETTER than Strider. His ground combos are VERY damaging AND they chain well into his air combos for extra damage. While he can't teleport, he does have a web swing for an air dash, which works very well with his web-swing attack. He can freeze opponents in place with his web ball as well. But the thing that strikes fear in any Strider player's heart is Spider-Man's Hyper Combos. Unlike Strider's hypers, Spider-Man's do BIG DAMAGE on SHORT NOTICE. Spidey can survive an Ouroboros onslaught or a Legion wave, and Ragnarok would be hard to land on him. But it takes a VERY cautious Strider player to avoid Maximum Spider, Crawler Assault, and Ultimate Web Throw; and if any of these land, that's pretty much a TKO'd Strider.So here it is: Strider is a much more complete offense than Spidey, but Spidey is the much heavier hitter with the most room for error. So, though it pains me to admit it, I've got to go with Spidey for the win.Spider-Man for the win, 7-out-of-10.Note: That doesn't mean YOUR Spider-Man will defeat MY Strider though. Keep that in mind; I will own a PS3 one day ya know...