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Link, Samus and possibly other Nintendo characters will finally be Guest Fighters
They were intended to be in the Wii port of the first game, but ended up not being included due to the developers showing Nintendo footage of the characters in the PS2 port. Since this game will be exclusive to a Nintendo system, that will no longer be an issue, and they might be included with a couple more Nintendo characters like Marth, Pit, Little Mac, or Bayonetta to round out a full team of four.
  • Bayonetta is highly unlikely, since those games are owned by SEGA, Nintendo has only helped publish them.

Because Team Ninja is the developer, there will also be a Koei Tecmo Guest Fighter
The most obvious choice being Ryu Hayabusa, with other possible choices being Kasumi, William Adams or Lu Bu.

The game's plot will be an Adaptation Distillation of The Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity, with its own original events at the end
Similar to how Ultimate Alliance 2 handled its own plot with Civil War and Secret War.

Characters will have alternate costumes
Not surprising since the previous games had them too... but the real kicker? The X-Men and Fantastic Four characters will have "movie" costumes that are actually hinting at their future appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Confirmed by Game Informer, though most of the costumes are only Palette Swaps. Proper alternate costumes are added through free updates.

Venom will be in, as well as Agent Anti-Venom.
Given the focus on cosmic entities in this game, a symbiote or two is guaranteed to be in. While Agent Venom served as one of the Guardians of the Galaxy, we can't leave the OG Venom out of the fun too, can we? And given that Flash recently bonded to the Anti-Venom symbiote, having the two of them as playable is easily a safe move.
  • OG Venom is confirmed, nothing for Anti-Venom so far.
  • Anti-Venom was added post-launch as an alternate costume for Venom.

Thanos will be the Disc-One Final Boss.
Thanos is staged to be the Big Bad of the game, naturally; although his boss fight will come up earlier than expected. Once he is defeated, another villain, whoever it is, will dispose of him right away and become the true Big Bad and Final Boss thereafter.
  • Confirmed. While Thanos is still fought at the end, he does get his Big Bad role taken by his son, Thane; who not only becomes the True Final Boss and seizes the Infinity Gauntlet, but uses it to obtain an entire armor made out of the same material named the Infinity Armor; which Thanos refused to use beyond the Gauntlet due to it bearing uncontrollable amounts of power. As a result of Pragmatic Villainy, Thanos teams up temporarily with the heroes to defeat his son.

DLC Speculations
Self-explanatory. Let's guess what we could get, shall we?
  • The Eternals — This one's kind of a given if they do DLC, since it would be a perfect way to tie in with their MCU movie. They could give us a team consisting of Ikaris, Sersi, Thena, and Gilgamesh/The Forgotten One.
  • Squadron SupremeNeeds More Love, plus it would technically be the closest thing we could get to the Justice League in an Ultimate Alliance game. Team could consist of Nighthawk, Hyperion, Power Princess, and Doctor Spectrum.
  • Young Avengers — Same reason as The Eternals (if they get a movie). They could provide a team consisting of Wiccan, Hulkling, Hawkeye/Kate Bishop and Stature.
  • NextWave — Curveball suggestion, for Rule of Funny.
    • Elsa made it into the base roster, at least.
  • Multiversal counterparts — Interesting characters from the wider Marvel Multiverse, such as Old Man Logan, Spider-Ham, and Cosmic Ghost Rider.
  • Runaways — A solid suggestion as they're well-regarded but often kept out of crossovers. Could include Nico Minoru, Chase Stein (w/ Old Lace), Karolina Dean, Molly Hayes and Victor Mancha.
  • Power PackCult Classic kid-team and it's rumored they'll be getting a Disney+ series, making it a solid idea. The team is obvious: Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie Power.
  • The Fantastic Four — As of this edit, we haven't seen any sign of Marvel's first family, despite them being in the same situation as the X-Men and treated very similarly (barred from adaptations due to issues with movie rights). Whether they're completely absent from the base game or they simply show up as NPCs, it's possible they're being saved for future DLC. Besides the Four themselves, the team could include their nemesis Doctor Doom, as well as related characters like Namor, Silver Surfer, She-Hulk, Namorita, and possibly one of the Inhumans.
    • Content for the Fantastic Four is confirmed for DLC. It includes the Four themselves as well as Doom as playable characters, along with a story epilogue dedicated to them.
  • Future Avengers — Doubles as cross-promotion for the anime, which is all but confirmed to get an English dub soon. The team consists of Makoto, Adi, and Chloe.
  • The New Warriors
  • War of the Realms — Valkyrie and Hela could be added as characters; and Malekith, Kurse, Jack O'Lantern, and Jane Foster Thor/Valkyrie could be added as new characters
  • Carnage — Given that he was a popular DLC character from the previous game, Carnage returning as a DLC character in Ultimate Alliance 3 — with a "story mode" gauntlet referencing Maximum Carnage and/or Absolute Carnage — makes sense. Shriek, Demogoblin, and Doppelganger could be made additional playable characters as well.
  • NPCs and Bosses — The DLC for previous games included characters who were already in the game in some form (Doctor Doom and Nightcrawler in the first, Black Panther and Cable in the second) but weren't actually playable, so this game might follow suit with characters like Thanos and Nebula. It helps that some of the (currently known) NPCs in this game (Cyclops, Colossus, Beast, Juggernaut, Nick Fury, and Green Goblin) were playable in previous games, and some were originally going to be playable before being Dummied Out, so DLC could be a good way to bring them back
    • Cyclops and Colossus will become free DLC characters, so partially confirmed.

Costume speculations
Alternate costumes are confirmed. What do you think we'll see?
  • Captain America
    • The Captain
    • U.S.Agent
    • Nomad
    • Bucky Barnes's Captain America costume
    • Punisher's Captain America costume
    • Soldier Supreme.
    • Super Soldier
      • Confirmed as DLC.
    • Poison Captain America
    • World War II
  • Iron Man
    • Endo-Sym
    • Extremis
      • Confirmed as DLC
    • Hickman's Avengers
    • Prototype (original, beta armor)
    • Ultimate
    • All-New, All-Different Marvel
    • War Machine
    • Iron Patriot
  • Hulk
    • Gray (his original look)
      • Confirmed.
    • Joe Fixit
    • Immortal
    • Professor Hulk
    • Planet Hulk
      • Confirmed as DLC
    • Green Scar
    • Red Hulk
    • Doc Greene
    • Poison Hulk
  • Thor
    • '90s
    • Ultimate
      • Confirmed as DLC
    • Odinson (Unworthy Thor)
    • All-Father Thor
  • Black Widow
    • Gray ('80s costume)
    • Yelena Belova
      • Confirmed as DLC
    • Red Widow (Ava Orlova)
    • All-New, All-Different Marvel
  • Hawkeye
    • Classic (pointy mask)
    • Ultimate
    • Ronin
      • Confirmed as DLC
  • Falcon
    • Classic (red and white)
    • Sam's Captain America suit
    • Thor Falcon
  • Scarlet Witch
    • Classic
      • Confirmed as DLC
    • Ultimate Marvel
    • Marvel Now!
    • MCU
    • Transia (her Romani inspired outfit)
  • Vision
    • Classic
  • Captain Marvel
    • Classic Ms. Marvel
      • Confirmed as DLC
    • Warbird (yes, the infamous leotard)
    • Sharon Ventura/She-Thing.
    • Binary
    • Warzone Carol.
    • Sentress.
  • Black Panther
    • Classic
    • Golden Suit
    • Civil War
    • Thrice-Blessed Armor
      • Confirmed as DLC
  • Ant-Man
    • Classic (comic design with the open mouth)
    • Eric O'Grady
    • Future Foundation.
  • Wasp
    • Captain Marvel Janet.
    • Classic (red)
      • Confirmed as DLC
    • Ultimate
    • Unstoppable Wasp (Nadia Pym)
    • Uncanny Avengers.
  • Star-Lord
    • Classic (blue and gold)
      • Confirmed as DLC
  • Gamora
    • Classic ("fish scales" costume)
    • Black Vortex
  • Drax
    • Classic (with the cape)
      • Confirmed as DLC
    • MCU (gray)
      • Confirmed
  • Rocket Raccoon
    • Classic (blue coat costume)
      • Confirmed as DLC
  • Crystal
    • West Coast Avengers (leather jacket)
      • Confirmed as DLC
    • All-New Inhumans (the short haired one)
  • Ms. Marvel
    • Kamala Kang
    • Agent Khan
    • Mystic Marvel/Weirdworld Kamala
  • Wolverine
    • Classic (brown)
      • Confirmed.
    • Patch
    • Leatherfang
    • '90s
    • Astonishing
    • X-Force
    • Ultimate
    • Casual
    • Old Man Logan
      • Confirmed as DLC.
    • Poison
  • Storm
    • '90s (Jim Lee era)
    • Biker ('80s look)
    • Mohawk Storm
      • Confirmed as DLC.
    • Ultimate
    • X-Men Red
  • Nightcrawler
    • Age of Apocalypse
    • House of M
      • Confirmed as DLC.
  • Psylocke
    • Original (Caucasian)
    • X-Force
    • House of M
      • Confirmed as DLC.
    • Fresh Start costume
  • Beast
    • Original costume
    • Dark Beast
    • Feline mutation
    • X-Factor costume
    • Black Vortex costume
    • All New X-Men costume
  • Deadpool
    • Secret Agent Deadpool
    • X-Force
      • Confirmed.
    • Cablepool
    • Ultimate
    • Chef
      • Confirmed
  • Magneto
    • Ultimate
    • House Of M
    • Marvel Now! (The white and black costume)
      • Confirmed as DLC
  • Iron Fist
    • Post-Civil War
    • Classic
    • Daredevil costume
    • Orson Randall
  • Daredevil
    • Original (yellow costume)
    • Beta (the original Netflix clothes)
      • Confirmed as DLC
    • Disciple of Doctor Strange
  • Elektra
    • MCU
    • S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent
  • Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
    • Scarlet Spider
    • Noir
    • Classic
    • All-New, All-Different Marvel
    • Ultimate
    • Symbiote
      • Confirmed as DLC.
    • Spider-Armor Mk. 1
      • Confirmed.
    • Bombastic Bag-Man
    • Future Foundation
    • Peter Parker
    • 2099
    • Iron Spider
    • Captain Universe
    • Spider-Man (PS4)
    • Arachknight
    • Poison Spider-Man
  • Spider-Gwen
    • Gwenom
      • Confirmed as DLC.
    • Charlotte Morales-Stacy/Spider-Girl from Earth-8
    • Spider-Woman/Gwen Stacy from Earth-617
    • Gwen's Wrestler outfit.
  • Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
    • Merchandise 1 (Spider-Man Annual 2018 suit)
    • Merchandise 2 (beta Into the Spider-Verse suit)
    • Spider-Verse (hoodie costume from the movie)
    • Max Morales-Stacy.
    • Shadow-Spider/Weirdworld Miles.
  • Venom
    • 90s (blue coloration)
      • Confirmed.
    • Anti-Venom
      • Confirmed as DLC.
    • Toxin
    • Angelo Fortunato Venom
    • Mac Gargan Venom
    • Flash Thompson Venom
    • Agent of the Cosmos Venom
    • Lee Price Venom
    • Venom 2099
    • Hydra Venom
    • Ancient/Corrupted Venom
    • Magic Venom
    • Ultimate Venom (with or without Chest Insignia)
    • Venompool
  • Doctor Strange
    • Fear Itself
    • 1602
    • Trench Coat
    • Illuminati
    • Classic
  • Ghost Rider
  • Elsa Bloodstone
  • The Punisher
    • Frankencastle
    • Thunderbolts
    • Iron Punisher
  • Cyclops
    • Original costume
    • Classic costume
    • 90s costume
    • Uncanny X-Men costume
      • Confirmed as DLC.
    • Eve of Destruction costume
    • New X-Men costume
    • X-Factor costume
    • Astonishing X-Men costume
    • Revolutionary costume
    • Phoenix Five costume
    • All New X-Men costume
    • Symbiote
    • Age of Apocalypse costume
    • Ultimate
  • Colossus
    • Classic
    • Age of Apocalypse costume
      • Confirmed as DLC.
    • Acolyte of Magneto costume
    • Marvel NOW! costume
    • Juggernaut
    • Phoenix Five costume
    • Ultimate
  • Phoenix
    • Original Marvel Girl costume
      • Confirmed as DLC
    • Classic Marvel Girl
    • X-Men Gold costume
    • New X-Men costume
    • Dark Phoenix
      • Confirmed as DLC.
    • All New X-Men costume
    • Symbiote Marvel Girl
    • Poison Marvel Girl
    • Rachel Grey
    • Ultimate
  • Iceman
    • Original snowman look
    • Age of Apocalypse look
    • All New X-Men costume
      • Confirmed as DLC
    • Symbiote
    • Ultimate
  • Gambit
    • X-Men Blue costume
    • Thieves Guild costume
    • X-Factor costume
    • Age of X costume
    • The End costume
  • Cable
    • New Mutants costumes
    • Marvel Now X-Force costume
    • Split Second costume
    • X-Man
    • Uncanny X-Men costume
    • X-Cutioner's Song costume
    • Marvel Now X-Force costume
    • Second Coming costume

  • Temporarily Jossed at launch: with the exception of Deadpool's chef costume, the costumes are simple Palette Swaps of the default looks that serve as Mythology Gags to different appearances. However, real alternate costumes are coming for free sometime around early 2020.

One of the game's villains will be Dark Phoenix
In the first Ultimate Alliance game, there was a part in Mephisto's Realm where Nightcrawler and Jean Grey were suspended in cages above the Infinite Vortex, and you were given the Sadistic Choice of sparing one of them while letting the other fall and die, with the results in the epilogue being either Mystique killing Professor X as revenge for Nightcrawler's death and the X-Men disbanding forever, or Jean Grey coming back to life as Dark Phoenix.

In Ultimate Alliance 2, Jean Grey is fully playable while Nightcrawler is nowhere to be found, implying that the ending where Nightcrawler died and the X-Men disband forever is canonical. However, for Ultimate Alliance 3, Nightcrawler is revealed to be fully playable and alive, with the X-Men still together as a team, while as of this edit Jean Grey has not. While the game already likely takes place in an Alternate Continuity from the others, Nightcrawler's presence could mean this game takes place in a specific continuity where a Broad Strokes version of the first game's events have occurred, but with Jean Grey being the one who dies... and in this game, she's now ready to come back as Dark Phoenix.

  • Jossed. Phoenix — Dark or otherwise — is not in the game.
    • Not anymore, as Phoenix was confirmed for the X-Men DLC

Cast member speculation
Speculation for the announced DLC
  • X-Men: Cyclops (already in the game as an NPC), Colossus (ditto), Iceman, Gambit, Jean Grey, Quicksilver (as Scarlet Witch was scanned as a mutant in a cutscene, most likely this will justify Quicksilver's involvement if he's included), Mystique and Juggernaut (NPCs and boss characters).
    • Cyclops and Colossus are coming in a free update.
    • Cable, Iceman, Gambit and Phoenix are included in the X-Men DLC pack.
  • Marvel Knights: Shang-Chi (movie in the works), Blade (fan favorite from the previous games), Cloak & Dagger, The Punisher, Moon Knight, Man-Thing, or Nick Fury.
    • Blade, Punisher, and Moon Knight have all been confirmed.
  • Fantastic Four: Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, The Thing, Doctor Doom, She-Hulk, Namor, and Silver Surfer.
    • Spider-Man,Hulk, Ghost Rider and Wolverine could get outfits based on the New Fantastic Four if DLC costumes are a thing.
      • Crystal could get her FF outfit as well, while we're at it.
  • Promoted to Playable DLC (Free or otherwise): The Vision (He did join the mission in the X-Mansion during cutscenes), Ant-Man, Beast, Jessica Jones (she may complete her business with her client quick enough to join up), Winter Soldier

There will be at least one cutscene or dialogue sequence where Deadpool and Rocket Raccoon interact with each other...
... and as the Merc with the Mouth is wont to do, the former will heavily lampshade the fact that they're both played by the same voice actor.
  • Jossed.
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