Video Game / Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
I wanna take you for a ride...

It was the year 2000 and there wasn't really a justifiable reason to go to the arcades any more...except for Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, arguably the most popular game in the entire Capcom Vs series.

The plot? Oh, right. There is a plot. It's more or less the same story as last time: An evil wind is sweeping the land, creating a miasma that is killing all life. Ruby Heart, a dimension-traveling sky pirate, recruits Earth's greatest heroes (and villains) to track down the root of the problem: Abyss, the "Armor of Erosion."

This game is the final 2D entry in the Marvel vs. Capcom series; alongside all-new characters, every playable character from X-Men: Children of the Atom to the original Marvel vs. Capcom returns for one more round of fighting, bringing the total number of playable fighters to fifty-six — one of the largest rosters in fighting game history. The only absences are the vs. boss characters, the palette swaps, and most helpers from the previous game.

To accommodate the larger roster, MvC2 allowed players to select three fighters per team, allowing for different sets of assist attacks as well as Double (and Triple) Supers. It also introduced a gameplay mechanic where supers could be chained together for either absurdly long and painful combos or safe, if costly, character-switching.

Capcom lost the Marvel license after this game, and both companies would follow separate routes until 2008. After massive fan demand (and the success of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix), MvC2 was re-released for Xbox Live Arcade and the Play Station Network with online play. This reignited the Marvel and Capcom relationship, and in 2010, the companies announced that the game would get a true sequel in the form of Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

The Roster



Brand-new characters (representing the Capcom side):

  • Amingo: A cactus man.
  • SonSon: The granddaughter of the hero of a classic Capcom game of the same name (based off of Journey to the West)
  • Ruby Heart: A Pirate Girl who is (ostensibly) the main protagonist of the game.
  • Abyss: The game's Final Boss; a being whose awakening is spreading a wave that's killing off all life on land.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 contains the following tropes:

  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Cable's bionic arm.
    • Characters that wield weapons will swap arms when they turn around, such as Gambit and Sonson's staves, Silver Samurai and Strider Hiryu's swords, Cable's guns, Hayato's plasma blade and Captain America's shield.
  • Anchors Away: Ruby Heart can use a small anchor to either capture her opponent or reel them in and blast them with a cannon from point-blank range.
  • Animated Armor: Abyss's first form.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Roll was a secret character in the first Marvel vs. Capcom, and then made the jump to the main roster in this game.
    • In Mega Man Legends, the Servbots were Tron's assistants, but here, they made the jump towards the main roster along with their mistress.
    • If we don't count both X-Men: Children of the Atom and Marvel Super Heroes, we have also Colossus, Iceman, Psylocke and Sentinel, whose only appearances in the crossover series were as assist characters in the previous game. Especially Sentinel, since in its source media it's not even the Master Mold, but one of a huge line of humongous mechas.
  • Mini-Mecha: Tron Bonne rides one to fight.
  • More Dakka:
    • B.B. Hood's special has her summoning her two mercenaries and firing at will
    • Mega Man's and Roll's Lv 1 super has them becoming Mazinger Z's expies firing many types of projectiles at will.
  • Moveset Clone: All 5 types: Ryu, Ken, Sakura, Akuma and Dan, all of them Shotoclones. And for examples not involving those two street fighters, there're two Wolverines (Adamantium and Bone claws); Iron Man and War Machine; Mega Man and Roll; and Guile and Charlie
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Tron Bonne as a taunt.
  • Non Standard Game Over: If you lose to Abyss' third form it is indicated that he eats your characters.
  • Original Generation: Amingo, Ruby Heart and Abyss.
  • Pirate Girl: Ruby Heart. To a much lesser extent, Tron Bonne.
  • Playing with Fire: Blackheart, Silver Samurai (Fire Sword Mode), Captain Commando (along electric attacks), Dhalsim, Ken, Jin and Zangief (in his Mecha form) among others.
    • Cammy and Bison use a Psycho Power-fueled variation.
  • Powered Armor: Iron Man, War Machine, Captain Commando and Abyss.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep:
    • How the (mostly) Badass Normal characters from the Street Fighter-verse can last more than five seconds against powerhouses like Magneto.
    • Seeing how a fairly obscure character like Marrow can beat A-listers like Magneto, or Wolverine, makes the game even more fun to play.
    • Heck, even a circuit-and-metal Servbot can beat Magneto, a Sentinel or the Juggernaut (bitch)!!!
    • The fact that any of these characters can go toe-to-toe with Shuma-Gorath, the resident Eldritch Abomination, is proof enough.
    • Somewhat averted in competitive matches, as the top ranked characters are all big-name Marvel characters (except Sentinel and Psylocke) with a few exceptions (Strider and Captain Commando).
    • The health tiers don't always make much sense. Akuma has the same health as the little girl Joke Character. Similarly Wolverine, a mutant with an accelerated Healing Factor and metal-laced skeleton takes more damage per hit than Jill Valentine.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Blackheart, Thanos, Akuma, Sentinel. Good guy example: Gambit.
  • Rocket Punch: Sentinel. It even says those two words.
  • Rubber Man: Dhalsim and Spiral.
  • Rule of Fun: When looked at from the stance of balance and competitive viability, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is a trainwreck. Glitches, overpowered super moves, and a cast where barely 1/3 can be considered viable dominate this game at the higher levels of play. However in spite of that it is still loved. A lot of the game's memorable hype comes from the insane setups people can come up with in a pinch and many of those even rely on breaking the game, something that lesser games can easily be thrown in the trash for in the competitive scene. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is just that fun.
  • Rule of Funny: SonSon crushes a watermelon on an enemy's head then eats it.
  • Sequel Number Snarl: According to its title screen, it's actually the fourth game in the series, despite the "2" in the title. X-Men vs. Street Fighter and Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter are the first two games.
  • Serious Business: This game holds the record for the biggest money match in fighting game history ($50,000).
  • She's Got Legs: Felicia, Cammy, and Psylocke are prominent in this regard. Bonus points for them having their asses showing.
  • Shock and Awe: Storm's primary form of offense. Many other characters have at least one shock/stun move.
    • Captain Commando's power gloves use both electricity and fire as attacks.
  • Shotoclone: Aside from the 5 examples of Ryu and Ken above, Spider-Man, Captain America, Morrigan, and Cyclops.
  • Shout-Out: Check the page.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Jill uses a rocket launcher so big that despite being a badass extrodanaire the recoil knocks her over.
  • SNK Boss: Abyss, if you use a melee-only team.
    • Just to clarify, Abyss' first form isn't hard to take down melee, but the second form pretty much requires liberal projectile usage. The third can be taken down in either fashion, but leans towards aerial attacks.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The infamous original soundtrack, consisting of jazzy music. The entry on that page likens the dissonance to using zydeco music in Silent Hill.
    Gonna take you for a riiiide!
  • Sprite/Polygon Mix: The game has sprite-based characters and 3D backgrounds.
  • Stripperiffic: On the ladies' side, we have Psylocke, Cammy, Felicia, and Morrigan. The latter two technically don't even wear clothes. And on the men's side, Hulk, Zangief, Dhalsim and, if one is feeling crazy, Colossus.
  • Super Mode: ''Mecha'' Zangief and ''Dark'' Sakura, which were secret characters in previous games, are now Lv.3 Super Forms accessible to them.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: One technique has Hayato turning into Black Hayato.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: War Machine was included in the original Marvel vs. Capcom when they couldn't use Iron Man due to licensing issues. Both were included in this game, leading to Divergent Character Evolution.
  • Tag Team: Three to a team this time, unlike the two to a side in the three previous games.
  • Temporary Online Content: Capcom completely removed the PSN and Xbox Live versions of this game on December 17th, 2013, which means that if you didn't buy the game when you had the chance (or have a friend that you can download it from), it's this.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
  • Third-Option Adaptation: Ruby Heart was created as a mediator between the Capcom and Marvel sides, acting as a neutral protagonist.
  • Transforming Mecha: Rush Drill and Beat Plane. Both controllable by the player.
  • Unexpected Character: Shuma-Gorath, Jin and Marrow.
  • Updated Re-release: Technically the 2009 port could count as this with its additions of online play, fixed glitches, custom soundtracks and sprite filters. No more, no less.
  • V-Formation Team Shot: Captain Commando and his team does this after his Captain Storm super move.
  • Victory Fakeout: Happens twice with Abyss. Each time you defeat its first two forms, the usual YOU WIN! message appears, and your onscreen character even does his victory pose. Sadly, your health is not restored.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Amingo and Venom make extensive use of this in their movelist. Then there's Shuma-Gorath (who can change shapes into mouths, spikes or even stone), Spiral (has one Super in which she turns into everyone on Marvel's side of the cast), Morrigan (can shape her batwings into several forms), Felicia (can turn into a small kitten) and Anakaris (can shape into various pyramid-shaped forms)
  • Wave Motion Gun: Iron Man's PROTON CANNON, Cable's HYPER VIPER BEAM and Morrigan's SOUL ERASER
  • A Winner is You: This game does not have character-specific endings. Rather, it's a shared ending where the cast celebrates their victory over Abyss on Ruby Heart's airship after she tosses the Abyss sphere into the ocean. The slideshow includesnote :
    • Cyclops and Ryu shaking hands.
    • Amingo offering food to Sonson, Marrow and Rogue (console) or Shuma-Gorath (arcade).
    • Zangief striking a pose alongside Iceman. In the arcade version, B.B. Hood is seen counting her money while the consoles have Tron nervously standing on the side while her Servbots surround Zangief.
    • Jin and Juggernaut triumphantly standing on the ship's front. (Arcade only.)
    • Doctor Doom and Anakaris brooding on the side.
    • Spider-Man taking a picture with Morrigan (arcade) or Sakura (console).
    • Captain America and Guile enjoying a chat with Gambit and Captain Commando (arcade), or Jill and Psylocke (console).
    • Venom crashing a meeting between Strider Hiryu and the Hulk.
    • Wolverine and Hayato staying away from the rest of the festivities.
    • Akuma and Magneto standing back to back. (Arcade only.)
    • Cable and Ruby Heart meeting at the helm.
  • Wolverine Claws: Wolverine, obviously (plus you get to double your fun as Wolverine appears twice).