Marvel Super Heroes
is the Spiritual Successor
of X-Men: Children of the Atom
. It was released in 1995.
The roster retained Wolverine, Psylocke, Juggernaut, and Magneto, from the previous game, and was diversified with the additions of Captain America
, Iron Man
, The Incredible Hulk
, and Shuma-Gorath (a Doctor Strange
/ Kull The Conqueror villain more people know about from these games than the comics
The game was based (loosely) on the miniseries The Infinity Gauntlet
, and featured the Gems as power-ups that could be gained and used in battle. Each Gem had a different default ability, while each character had an affinity for a certain gem that would make them even stronger when they used it. After fighting the other heroes and villains for the Gems, the player faced down Dr. Doom
, before trying to get the final gem from Thanos
It was followed in 1996 with X-Men Vs Street Fighter
In 2012, it was re-released to PlayStation Network
and Xbox LIVE Arcade
with Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of the Superheroes
in Marvel vs. Capcom Origins
This game shows examples of:
- A God Am I: Shuma-Gorath's and Dr. Doom's endings in Marvel Super Heroes involves them taking the control of the universe. Also happens in Thanos' ending if the player chooses the second option.
- Attract Mode
- 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.
- Magneto likes to snicker while doing this. Juggernaut, Blackheart and Shuma-Gorath also do this a lot.
- Badass Normal: Captain America and Iron Man. They uses a shield and Powered Armor respectively, anyway.
- BFG: Iron Man's PROTON CANNON!
- Big Bad: Thanos.
- Calling Your Attacks: A fighting game, so not surprising. Capcom had even more fun with this trope than they did in X-Men: Children of the Atom.
- The Cameo: Many characters appear in the endings and on the stages. Thor, She-Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Nova, Drax the Destroyer and Iron Fist appear on Thanos' stage as statues and are broken free in the heroes' endings. Also Adam Warlock in Juggernaut's ending and Cyclops in Wolverine's ending (as well as the other X-Men who were not brought over from Children of the Atom, plus Jean Grey, in Psylocke's ending). For Thor, She-Hulk, Nova and Iron Fist it also counts as an Early Bird Cameo of sorts.
- Clothing Damage: Happens to Captain America when hit with an Infinity Move.
- Combat Tentacles: The only plausible explanation as to how Shuma-Gorath made the cut over Doctor Strange.
- Cool Boat: Doctor Doom's stage is a submarine slowly rising up to the surface.
- Death from Above:
- Mephisto/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.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Almost literally, with Shuma-Gorath.
- Elephants' Graveyard: Shuma-Gorath's pre-historic stage features several massive skulls and bones, one of which appearing to be a Triceratops.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: Blackheart uses all three of these, although fire by far the most and ice not much at all.
- Fragile Speedster: Wolverine and Psylocke.
- Glass Cannon: Blackheart is surprisingly fast and strong for a demon of his size, but he's actually pretty weak defensively. Spider-Man's health is also very low but he's more than fast and powerful enough to get the job done.
- 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) There is also Spider-Man and Iron Man, as well.
- Guest Fighter: Anita, the Creepy Child that follows Donovan, as a Secret Character.
- Hey, It's That Voice!:
- Jack of All Stats: Captain America and Iron Man.
- Life Drain: Used by Shuma-Gorath in one of his normal throws. Also by Thanos in his Soul Gem infinity combo. Iron Man using the Soul Gem also qualifies.
- Mighty Glacier: Juggernaut. Hulk's attacks were much faster in this game than his other appearances in the Capcom fighting games, but he still moves slowly.
- Multiple Endings: Thanos in the console ports has an ending where the player can choose to seize even more power with the Infinity Gauntlet, or renounce it and become a simple farmer on a distant planet.
- Mythology Gag: Spider-Man takes a jab at the notorious Clone Saga after winning a Mirror Match.
- Powered Armor: Iron Man, natch.
- Promoted to Playable: Juggernaut and Magneto, who were the bosses in X-Men: Children of the Atom, are playable from the start here.
- Shotoclone: Spider-Man and Captain America.
- Shout-Out: Check the page.
- The Smurfette Principle: Psylocke.
- Space Base: Magneto's stage, Asteroid M.
- Stripperific: In the ladies' side, Psylocke. In the men's side, Hulk.
- Surprisingly Good English: All the characters are voiced by native English speakers.
- Talking to Himself:
- Cathal J. Dodd voicing Wolverine and Captain America.
- Andrew Jackson voicing Hulk and Thanos.
- Lorne Kennedy puts triple role as the announcer, Dr. Doom and Magneto.
- Taunt Button: First game in the series with taunts being very very easy to use and universal.
- Traintop Battle: Psylocke's stage.
- Unexpected Character: Shuma-Gorath.
- The Worf Barrage: In a sense. In the final battle, Thanos has all six of the Infinity Gems at his disposal. Against other enemies, all you need to do to make someone drop whichever one they have equipped is to hit them with a special move. Not Thanos, no. For him, you'll need to use a Hyper Combo.
- Updated Re-release: Received one with the original Marvel Vs. Capcom in Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins. It includes HD graphics, a store to unlock features (illustrations, cheats, etc.) and online play and is also the first time that Anita is available overseas since she's unlockable via the store too.