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"Are you ready, True Believers? Capcom and Marvel have joined forces once again to bring you..."
"IT'S MARVEL SUPER HEROES VS. STREET FIGHTER!"
— Opening narration
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X-Men vs. Street Fighter was a huge hit, and in 1997, Capcom followed it up with Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.

The Marvel roster retained Wolverine and Cyclops (and brought back Omega Red from Children of the Atom) and was extended with Captain America, Spider-Man, Shuma-Gorath, The Incredible Hulk, and Blackheart, all of whom were last seen in Marvel Super Heroes. The Street Fighter side was pretty much left alone, with the exceptions of Cammy and Charlie (who were replaced by Dan and Sakura). The game also featured a number of hidden character variants, such as U.S. Agent, Mephisto, an armored Spider-Man, and an alternate version of Zangief, Mecha Zangief, that couldn't block but had hyper armor (i.e. he was immune to hitstun) and could breathe fire — as well as Shadow (the result of Charlie being subjected to horrific experiments by Bison). The Japanese version also had an exclusive original: Norimaro, a Joke Character based on Japanese comedian Noritake Kinashi.

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The gameplay remained mostly the same as the previous game, even using the same backgrounds from X-Men vs. Street Fighter, only remixed. This game additionally allowed players to call their partner in for an attack without switching out, which would become a staple element of the Marvel vs. Capcom series.

Apocalypse is still featured as a boss fight, but instead of fighting your partner after defeating him, the final fight is now against Cyber-Akuma, a cybernetic version of Akuma who appears to have been somehow transported from this continuity's Age of Apocalypse timeline after having been turned into one of his Horsemen.

Followed in 1998 with Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes.


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The game shows examples of:

  • All Just a Dream: Ken's ending. Ryu wakes him up before their training, and Ken notes a strange dream he had fighting alongside superheroes. Helps explain why he wasn't killed as soon as a Marvel hero hit him with any of their superpowers.
  • Announcer Chatter: "WELCOME TO THE ADVENTURE!!!"
  • Attract Mode
  • Badass Boast:
  • Big Bad: Apocalypse, with Cyber-Akuma as The Dragon.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: All the Marvel characters speak English while all the Street Fighters speak Japanese.
  • Blood Knight: Akuma. It gets worse with his Cyber self:
    "Kill... Destroy... That's all I know..."
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Omega Red's ending has him killing Ryu off-screen, and Ken is kneeling next to his corpse.
    Ken: "How many lives have you ended?"
    (cue Ken's off-screen death)
  • Calling Your Attacks: You'd expect this with the Fighting Game characters, naturally. But it even extends to the Marvel Superheroes, among others.
  • The Cameo: Many characters from both universes make appearances in the endings and stages.
  • Canon Immigrant: Dan's ending, keeping with his origins as a parody of Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia (and SNK as a whole), spoofs the ending of Art of Fighting, complete with giving him a hitherto unknown little sister to play the part of Yuri Sakazaki. Nearly twenty years later, Capcom decided to canonize Dan's sister, give her a name (Yuriko), and let her serve as the shopkeeper for SFV: Arcade Edition.
  • Combat Tentacles: The only plausible explanation as to how Shuma-Gorath made the cut instead of Doctor Strange.
  • Combination Attack:
    • Double Hypers. Notably (and much like the previous entry), Ryu and Ken have a unique attack where Ken joins Ryu in performing a Shinkuu Hadouken.
    • Zangief has two: if he's the point man, his teammate joins him in performing a Double Final Atomic Buster while in other cases he performs an enhanced Double Lariat.
  • Death from Above:
    • Blackheart/Mephisto'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.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Dan's pre-fight against Apocalypse:
    Dan: "I will put the big hurt on you!"
    Apocalypse: "Who are you, posturing idiot?!"
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Zangief.
  • For Great Justice: Cap's quips in his winquotes.
  • Genius Bruiser: The Hulk, where he's in the guise of the Merged Hulk/Professor persona. (The Green Scar had yet to be created at the time.)
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: And then suddenly, Cyber Akuma!
  • A God Am I:
    • M. Bison. His ending has him using the same technology used in Cyber-Akuma to make Cyber-Charlie, and Bison orders him to destroy everything at will. Also, one of his winquotes:
      "I shall rule all in this pathetic world!"
    • Shuma-Gorath. His ending has him starting to multiply, taking the universe with him. There's also this winquote:
      "I am the eye of the storm to come!"
    • In tone with his character, Apocalypse:
      "I alone prevail... You cannot stop me!"
      "I am eternal. None can withstand me."
      "I am eternal. You did not stand a chance, fool!"
      "I create history your grandchildren will read!"
      "I was the first. And I alone will be the last!"
    • One of Blackheart's winquotes:
      "I shall rule the universe with my power!"
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: One of the default teams is Sakura and the Incredible Hulk.
  • Hulk Speak:
    • Guess who?
      (against Apocalypse) "Hulk hates Apocalypse! HULK SMASH!"
    • Parodied in one of his own winquotes:
      "Hulk Smash! Smash! Smash! Only kidding..."
  • I Shall Taunt You: Dan, as always:
    "Can you withstand the power of my Super Taunt?"
  • Joke Character: Dan (natch) and Norimaro.
  • Large Ham: The announcer on just about every K.O. resulting from a Hyper Combo.
  • Leitmotif: A notable aversion. Like Street Fighter III, which was released previously that year, none of the Street Fighters retained their iconic themes from II and Alpha, instead being given new music for this game. On the Marvel side, only Spider-Man, Captain America, Omega Red, Shuma Gorath and Blackheart would keep their themes from previous outings. This was mostly amended in the following game (save for Spidey and Cap) and completely reversed by the time of Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Dan gets some of the biggest buffs in this game. These humiliating winquotes sum it all:
    "Hah, you're weak! Just like me!"
    "It's more fun to mock you than defeat you!"
  • Kamehame Hadoken: The second part of the trope's name comes from this series' version of the Shinkuu Hadouken, which is the best known of many, MANY, MANY instances.
  • Kick Chick: Chun-Li.
  • Lightning Reveal: The True Final Boss gets one of these in the Attract Mode.
  • Mad Libs Dialogue:
    • Beat the game to get dialogue like this before the character endings: "We make a great team (insert name here)", "We shall meet again (insert name here)."
    • It also has another form of it present via the Team Hyper finishes: winning a match with one combines their names together which is then displayed in a huge font. The name is tweaked depending on who was the point character at the time. For example, performing a Team Hyper with Spider-Man and Ryu (in that order) is called the "Crawler Hadouken," whereas Ryu and Spider-Man's Hyper is the "Shinkuu Assault." Works with most of them, although some of the time the end result is somewhere along the lines of "Shinkuu Miracle Treasure" or "Knee Press Star." Reaches its most ridiculous with Captain America and U.S. Agent or Blackheart and Mephisto as a team, whose Team Hyper names combine into "Star Star" and "Armageddon Armageddon" respectively.
    • Subverted with the pre-fight quotes against Apocalypse, as every character has an unique one against him.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Apocalypse, for Cyber-Akuma.
  • Palette Swap: Mephisto, U.S. Agent, and any other secret character not called Shadow. They all have different properties compared to their regular versions:
    • Armored Spider-Man trades speed for super armor.
    • Mephisto has a few winquotes exclusive to him while adding fire effects to some of his moves, which are based on his son Blackheart.
    • U.S. Agent has different winquotes but otherwise plays similarly to Captain America.
    • Mecha Zangief CANNOT be knocked down and gains a Breath Weapon special attack in the vein of Dhalsim's Yoga Flame (the Vodka Fire/Siberian Breath), but has the worst mobility in the game.
    • Sunburnt Sakura is a version of her who takes after Akuma rather than Ryu. Her attacks more closely resemble her Street Fighter Alpha moveset (with a horizontal Hadouken and Shinkuu Hadouken, and no energy barrier around her Shoryuuken), and she has Akuma's Shun Goku Satsu.
  • Panty Shot: Sakura, thanks to the magic of recycled Alpha sprites.
  • Powered Armor: Apocalypse and Mecha-Zangief. Spider-Man's armored version is a lighter version.
  • Satan: Mephisto.
  • Shotoclone: Aside from the 5 carryovers from Street Fighter (Ryu, Ken, Akuma, Dan, Sakura), Spider-Man, Captain America, and Cyclops qualify for this.
  • Shout-Out: Check the page.
  • Stripperific: On the men's side, Hulk, Zangief, and Dhalsim.
  • Surprisingly Good English: All Marvel characters are voiced by native English speakers.
  • Tag Team
  • Take That!:
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
    "HYPER COMBO FINISH!" note 
  • Three Round Deathmatch: Because the PlayStation version could not fully implement the tag team system, a variant on this based on Darkstalkers was implemented. Players were tasked with depleting an opponent's health bar a certain amount of times, with any red health restored between rounds. This was in direct contrast with the predecessor port's traditional round system, and would later carry over to the PlayStation version of the sequel.
  • A Winner Is You: None of the secret characters get a proper ending, at least in the English version.
  • Your Soul Is Mine:
    Mephisto: "Now I tell you a truth. Your soul belongs to me."
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Again, the Hulk:
    "Don't make me angry! You wouldn't like me..."

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