Video Game / Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes

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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. But there was one exception, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, arguably the most popular game in the 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, causing a miasma that is killing all life. Ruby Heart, a dimension-traveling sky pirate, sets out to recruit Earth's greatest heroes to track down the root of the problem: Abyss, the "Armor of Erosion."

The final 2D entry in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, it sandwiches every playable character from X-Men: Children of the Atom all the way up to the original Marvel vs. Capcom. The only absences are the vs. boss characters, the palette swaps, and most helpers from the previous game.

To make things easy for you, that is a whopping 56 individual characters, placing the game among those with the most numerous cast.

If that wasn't enough, the game bumped the teams up to three fighters per team, allowing you to select different sets of assist attacks and Double (and Triple, of course) Supers. The game also allowed you to chain supers together for absurdly long and painful combos, or just safe, if costly, switching between characters.

Eventually, Capcom lost the Marvel license, 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 PlayStation 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.

Marvel

Capcom

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.

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.
  • Assist Character: Several, including Mega Man (Rush), Jin (Blodia), Tron Bonne (Servbot), Captain Commando (his Commando Team), Jill Valentine (zombies, crows, dogs and Tyrant) and Sabertooth (Birdie).
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The black sphere that serves as Abyss' core. It can only be attacked in the third form, though.
  • Audible Sharpness: One of the many reasons Strider Hiryu became so popular. SCHWING!
  • Avengers Assemble: There is an Achievement/Trophy with this name in the PS3/X360 re-release, obtained by beating Arcade Mode with a team consisting of the Avengers (Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine). Similar Achievements/Trophies exist for the X-Men (Wolverine, Cable, Cyclops, Storm, Psylocke, Magneto, Juggernaut, Colossus, Iceman, Marrow, Gambit, Rogue, Silver Samurai, Sabretooth, Sentinel, Spiral, Omega Red), and the casts of Street Fighter (Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Dhalsim, Bison, Zangief, Sakura, Charlie, Cammy, Dan) and Darkstalkers (Felicia, Morrigan, B.B. Hood, Anakaris).
  • Badass Adorable: Roll, Tron Bonne, Servbot, BB Hood and Felicia.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Doctor Doom has this as his Idle Animation. While it looks cool, it's not exactly the most practical position to have your arms in while fighting. Of course, it's Doom we're talking about.
    • Blackheart has one of these, most visible in its Hyper Combos. Shuma-Gorath has a Badass Tentaclefold.
    • M. Bison also gets in on the fun during his Knee Press Nightmare Hyper Combo and his Teleport Spam.
  • Badass Biker: Hayato, of Star Gladiator fame, whose intro consists of him jumping off of his tricked-out ride and activating his plasma blade with a kiai.
  • Badass Normal: Captain America, Iron Man, and War Machine on the Marvel side, and Zangief, Strider Hiryu, Jin Saotome, Hayato Kanzaki, Captain Commando, Jill Valentine, and Tron Bonne on the Capcom side. With the exception of Zangief, all of them use powered armors, humongous mechas and/or weapons, anyway.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Marrow. Felicia even more.
  • BFG: Iron Man's/War Machine's PROTON CANNON!, Morrigan's SOUL ERASER!. B.B. Hood's goons guns in Cool Hunting and Cable's HYPER VIPER BEAM.
  • Beam Spam: Abyss's second form. SO FREAKING MUCH.
  • Beware The Cute Ones: See Badass Adorable.
  • Big Bad: Abyss.
  • Big Eater: SonSon, who can turn her opponents into fruit and eat them.
  • Blob Monster: Abyss is revealed to be a massive being of liquid/goo in his 2nd form, and apparently switches to red goo (blood?) in his 3rd form.
  • Blow You Away: Storm uses wind attacks as a few of her specials, and combines it with An Ice Person for one of her Supers.
  • Body Horror:
    • It might be kind of hard to spot, but in his third form Abyss' face will occasionally melt and be replaced by another identical from within its body.
    • One of Cable's victory animations has his cybernetic arm deteriorating, becoming skeletal in appearance.
  • A Boy and His X: Mega Man and Rush.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: One of Marrow's winposes is her looking at the "camera" and throwing a bone, literally breaking the fourth wall.
  • Breast Expansion: Roll's Hyper Combo attack, "Hyper Roll", ages her up significantly in appearance and gives her Torpedo Tits.
  • Calling Your Attacks: You'd expect this with the fighting game characters, naturally. But it even extends to the Marvel superheroes, among others.
  • Character Roster Global Warming: 56 playable characters and only six (Zangief, Anakaris, Colossus, Sentinel, Hulk, Juggernaut) are of the slow-and-strong type.
  • Combat Tentacles: The only plausible explanation as to how Shuma-Gorath made the cut over his antagonist, Doctor Strange.
    • Also, Omega Red.
  • Combination Attack: Double and Triple Supers.
  • Composite Character: Zangief and Sakura may qualify, since they have the ability to transform into Mecha Zangief and Dark Sakura during battle, who were technically separate characters in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.
  • Cool Ship/Cool Airship: Ruby Heart, being a trans-dimensional, world-traveling pirate, is in possession of one. It also is the cast's main form of transportation, one of the fighting stages of the game and one of her Super Combos.
  • Cool Versus Awesome: The whole reason the game exists.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: Two assist buttons are added, but both medium attack buttons have been dropped. Some medium attacks have been retained as launching command attacks, while others can only be done by pressing a weak attack button twice within close range.
  • Death from Above:
    • Blackheart's Armageddon summons a meteor storm to the battlefield.
    • The Hulk jumps into space, and essentially pulls a passing meteor from space to drop it on his opponent.
    • War Machine's War Destroyer Hyper sends a shower of missiles down his opponent. Smart Bombs also do, except in a less powerful way.
    • Abyss's first form has a shower of energy spears as a Super.
  • Desperation Attack: If Jin Saotome is left as the last man standing on his team, he'll start glowing gold (default color scheme) and will gain a strength boost plus Super Armor (needs two hits to enter the stun animation).
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Almost literally, with Shuma-Gorath.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Felicia's Sand Splash attack.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: War Machine in MvC was exactly like Iron Man in the earlier games. In MvC2, he gets Gold War Machine's special moves, replacing Iron Man's beam attacks with guns and missiles (which is closer to how he's portrayed in the comics).
  • Dramatic Wind: Gambit's cloak billows constantly, as does Jin's scarf. Also in one of Ryu's win poses.
  • Dream Match Game: For the entire Marvel vs. Capcom series, including the Marvel-only X-Men: Children of the Atom and Marvel Super Heroes.
  • Dynamic Entry: Most of the tag-ins.
  • Enemy Mine: Jill Valentine is "aided" by zombies in battle.
  • Enemy Summoner: Blackheart's strong attacks summon minor demons which cling onto the opponent to slow him/her down.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Zangief, Cammy, Jin Saotome.
  • Excuse Plot: Well there isn't really one, but the ending suggests that Ruby called everyone together to fight Abyss.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Silver Samurai can switch between the three elements, having special effects and one unique Super for each.
  • Flash Step: Strider Hiryu makes use of this in several of his techniques. Also Akuma and Dark/Sunburned Sakura's Ashura Senkuu.
  • Flight: Iron Man, War Machine,Dr. DOOM, Magneto, Storm, Sentinel, Dhalsim and M.Bison all have a special move that allows them to fly for a limited time.
  • Fragile Speedster: Strider Hiryu is the best example, having a very low health/defense stat in exchange for great speed.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Cyclops is the most notable, although Doctor Doom deserves a good shout too.
  • Game Mod: Before the Xbox Live Arcade version was announced, fans were making custom Dreamcast ISOs with custom soundtracks, (due to its heavy Soundtrack Dissonance) and custom colors.
  • Genius Bruiser: The Hulk, where he's in the guise of the Merged Hulk/Professor persona. (remember, The Green Scar from Planet Hulk and World War Hulk had yet to be created at the time)
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Roll's Lv 1 Super turns her into a Mazinger Z's expy where she fires lots of different ammo... including round missles from her chest.
  • Glass Cannon: A few, considering there are Loads and Loads of Characters, but taken Up to Eleven with the team Strider/Doctor Doom/Sentinel, known as "Team Clockwork" after the player who pioneered it. Strider is not only a Glass Cannon himself, but if he or Doom dies, the team often falls apart. Notice in the first match in this video where Clockwork is holding a nice lead and momentum until Strider dies, and then it falls apart.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Implied Trope. One of Jin Saotome's victory poses has him draw his katana and look at it proudly, before leaping over the enemy with a violent shout and his sword ready to strike - at which point it cuts to the scores screen.
  • Gratuitous French: Ruby Heart, although it's hard to tell.
  • Henshin Hero: Captain Commando is one according to his intro.
    "Henshin, Commando!"
  • Hot-Blooded: Jin Saotome, oh so very much.
  • Humongous Mecha: Sentinel. For non-playable mecha, we've got Jin's Blodia, who is used in some of his attacks.
  • I Am Legion:
    Venom: "We are Venom!"
  • An Ice Person: Iceman.
    • Also Storm in some of her attacks, and Silver Samurai while in Ice Sword mode.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Servbot. He uses things like potato peelers, for crying out loud.
  • Instant Runes: Blink and you'll miss 'em, but they're there in Blackheart's Inferno attack.
  • Joke Character: Dan, Roll, and Servbot.
    • Lethal Joke Character: Because the Servbot is so ridiculously small, if you mix it with some good assists you'd be surprised at the results.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: The second part of the trope's name comes from the version of the Shinkuu Hadouken, which is the best known of many, many, many instances.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Several characters either have the real deal (i.e. Jin Saotome in one of his Victory Poses, Silver Samurai, etc.) or a slight variation of it.
  • Kick Chick: Chun-Li and Cammy.
  • Kiss of Death: Morrigan's Eternal Slumber secret move. Also, Rogue's Power Drain, and her Hyper ends with one of these.
  • Laser Blade: Strider Hiryu's Cypher, Hayato's plasma sword. The former leans more toward Hot Blade.
  • Legacy Character: SonSon is the granddaughter of SonSon, the eponymous protagonist of an early Capcom game of the same name, which was based off the Journey to the West story.
  • Life Drain: Omega Red's specialty. Also Shuma-Gorath's throw and Thanos' Gauntlet Soul hyper.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Sentinel, especially when flying.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The game included pretty much every playable Marvel and Capcom character inside of Capcom's Marvel games that was featured in the series up to that point, to a grand total of 56 (counting both of Wolvie's forms, and not counting the boss).
  • Long-Range Fighter: Several, but the best example is Blackheart. Even his punches and kicks summon projectiles.
  • Lost Forever: 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.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: War Machine's Proton Cannon and War Destroyer.
  • Made of Iron: Colossus and (Mecha) Zangief for the literal example. Both even have Super Armor (Colossus as a Super move).
  • Making a Splash: Ruby Heart can create pillars of water for an attack.
  • Megaton Punch: Jin's entire fighting style, especially the Blodia Punch, which is a Megaton Punch by a Humongous Mecha.
  • 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.
  • Stripperific: In the ladies' side, we have Psylocke, Cammy, Felicia, and Morrigan. The latter two technically don't even wear clothes. And in 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.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
    "HYPER COMBO FINISH!"
  • 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: Unlike the previous three games in the series, there's no separate endings for the characters. You get a little uncolored slideshow of the characters mingling on Ruby's ship after the Abyss battle and that's pretty much it.
  • Wolverine Claws: Wolverine, d'oh.


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