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  • Acclaimed Flop: Downplayed. While the game sold very poorly due to a series of PR disasters before release, the basic gameplay was very well regarded by critics and players. However, everyone agreed that the gameplay itself wasn't enough to save the rest of the game from the bare-bones, problematic roster, the unappealing graphics, the complete lack of single-player content, and the awfully-constructed story mode.
  • Dueling Games:
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The character roster in the base game features no X-Men or Fantastic Four characters, while the Marvel side is made up almost entirely of those present in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.note  Some speculate this was a mandate on Marvel's part due to an Executive Veto from Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter.note 
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    • The themes for returning Marvel characters such as Captain America and Spider-Man were changed at the insistence of Marvel, who wanted their own composers to write theme music for their characters that sounded more similar in tone to the scores of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. This included writing the new themes to represent the characters' "personality and journey". As a sort of compromise, those same composers rearranged Cap and Spidey's older themes as the credits music.
    • According to the recording studio used for the game, Capcom and Marvel mandated that the voice cast couldn't voice characters from both the Capcom and Marvel sides of the roster. This is the reason why some of the returning voice actors only reprised certain roles.note 
    • According to Jonathan Parkes, a competitive player who helped to create the game's character trailers, Marvel didn't allow them to show Capcom characters beating up Marvel characters in combo videos.
  • Exiled from Continuity: Like in many other Marvel properties in the '10s, X-Men and Fantastic Four characters were no-shows due to their film rights being tied to 20th Century Fox and Marvel's attempts to undermine them at that point in time. This angered fans to say the least. However, Storm is referenced by Black Panther in one of his quotes, though not by name.
  • Franchise Killer: The game's mixed-to-negative reception and poor sales caused many fans to abandon it. As a result, there are currently no plans to make an another Marvel vs. Capcom game (aside with hypothetical Updated Re-release(s) of certain games for the series or remakes) for the foreseeable future because Marvel and Capcom are focused on other projects. This had very notorious effects outside Capcom, however, as both Disney and Marvel seems to had became Persona Non Grata for many Japanese developers, leaving Square Enix and Nintendo as the only Japanese companies willing to deal with them.note  Then when we got a re-release of some Arcade Games by Arcade 1 Up yet again, only time can tell on when they can negotiate, again (if we can get an another Updated Re Release of Marvel vs. Capcom 2).
  • I Knew It!:
    • In November 2016, there were rumors floating around the Internet that Capcom was developing "Marvel vs. Capcom 4," complete with fake screenshots and a teaser. While said screenshots and teaser were proved to be false, it did get many fans thinking that a fourth installment really was in the works.note  This was proven true when Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was announced during the PlayStation Experience event in December 2016.
    • Most fans were able to guess that the main villain would be a fusion of Ultron and Sigma because of the stinger in the announcement trailer.
    • Roster leaks aside, the involvement of the Infinity Stones in the Story Mode led many to predict that Thanos would also be in the game, either as part of the roster or at the very least as an NPC in the Story Mode. The former ended up being true.
    • Many fans correctly guessed that the Soul Stone would be able to revive characters after their health bars have been depleted, as this is the first MVC game to have the defeated characters visibly unconscious in the background instead of simply having them disappear.
    • For several months, many fans couldn't figure out who Mega Man X's voice actor was. At least two fans were quietly able to guess that it was Ted Sroka before it was confirmed in September 2017.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The Collector's Edition of the game includes an in-game character pass that adds six DLC characters, LED Infinity Stones in a decorated box, and interlocking diorama figures of Chun-Li, Mega Man X, Iron Man, and Captain Marvel.
  • No Budget: Reportedly, the game was made on a very low budget, with estimates being at least half of the budget for Street Fighter V's DLC. As a result, many of the character models were pulled from Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and other older titles, with only slight changes to make them work in the new art style.
  • No Dub for You: In an inversion, the game does not have a Japanese voice option (this is justified, considering the time and budgeting constraints of the game).
  • Old Shame: Capcom has no plans to update the game outside of bug fixes since the 1/18/18 update due to low sales.
  • The Original Darrin:
    • T.J. Rotolo returns to voice Frank West, after being replaced by Ty Olsson in Dead Rising 4.
    • Roger Craig Smith voices Chris Redfield, which he's done several times before, but Infinite marks his return to the role after being replaced in Resident Evil: Vendetta and his cameo in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
    • Brian Bloom reprises his role as Captain America, possibly due to his current voice actor, the aforementioned Roger Craig Smith, already voicing Chris.
    • Eric Loomis reprises his role as Iron Man, despite the character having since been played by Adrian Pasdar and Mick Wingert in more recent appearances.
    • Chris Cox reprises his role as Hawkeye, despite the character having since been played by Troy Baker in more recent appearances.
    • T.J. Storm reprises his role as Strider Hiryu from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 after being replaced by Marc Biagi and Mike Willette, who provided Hiryu's speaking lines and voice grunts in Strider (2014), respectively.
  • The Other Darrin:
  • Preview Piggybacking: Inverted. On the day of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's theatrical release, the official Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Twitter account released a teaser showing off one of Rocket Raccoon's Hypers as cross promotion. The tweet itself even lampshades this, being accompanied by the hashtags "#ShamelessPlug" and "#MovieTieIn".
  • Refitted for Sequel: As detailed in the previous game's Trivia page, Black Panther, Black Widow, Monster Hunter, X, Venom and Captain Marvel (then under her previous Ms. Marvel moniker) were considered to join the roster of MVC3 but were cut for varying reasons before making their proper Vs. series debut here.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Zero and Monster Hunter are Nate Adams/Keita Amano and Katie Forester/Fumika Kodama. For bonus points, Jibanyan is Death.
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  • Sequel Gap: The game was released in 2017, 6 years after Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and its Ultimate update.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise: The DLC costumes for Chun-Li, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Mega Man X and Black Panther were first seen in Funko's line of bobbleheads for the game.
  • Talking to Himself: Hulk and Ghost Rider, as both were voiced by Fred Tatasciore.
  • Trend Killer: This game was the nail in the coffin for cinematic story modes in Japanese Fighting Games. This was a trend that caught on thanks to NetherRealm Studios' Mortal Kombat (2011), which featured a robust story campaign. Injustice: Gods Among Us, Mortal Kombat X, and their sequels also featured similar campaigns, and were thus seen as a new industry standard. However, when the trend hopped across the Pacific and Japanese game developers tried to emulate this success with games like Soul Calibur V, Street Fighter V, and Tekken 7, the results were considered lackluster at best and detrimental to the games at worst. Then, when Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was released with a cinematic mode that was widely panned and reputedly had a negative effect on the game's sales, that feature was quietly downplayed or absent altogether from subsequent Japanese fighters such as Samurai Shodown (2019), Soul Calibur VI and Guilty Gear -STRIVE-.

  • What Could Have Been:
    • Before scaling the gameplay mechanics back to 2v2, the idea of 4-on-4 battles was considered for a fourth Marvel vs. Capcom game, as revealed in an interview with director Norio Hirose. note 
    • Early leaked gameplay footage hinted at the fights being round-based at one point, as the HUD was accompanied by round indicators in said footage.
    • Leaks suggested that the game was planned to get a second round of DLC, which would have included Asura, Gill, Vergil, Lady, Apollo Justice, Star-Lord, Ant-Man, and Kamala Khan, among others. However, the game's poor performance lead to Capcom ending support early, leaving those characters in limbo.
    • The Capcom UK team pushed for the inclusion of Akira Kazama from Rival Schools, but she didn't make the cut.
    • According to former professional player Ryan "Filipino Champ" Ramirez, who at the time promoted the game heavily and was in good graces with Capcom, the original plan for the end of its lifespan was to have more than double the amount of characters and stages. Had development not been canceled due to its financial and critical failure, there would have been 61 total characters on the roster, surpassing 2 as the biggest roster in the entire series.

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