Since the announcement of Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, the character roster has been mutant-free, which lead people to wonder why the X-Men, which continues to have a huge fan-following, where left out of the cast of the latest fighter especially after being at the forefront of the series since the cross-over began with Street Fighter vs X-Men.
While most believed it was because the rights to the X-Men including the likes of Wolverine and Deadpool, belongs to Fox currently and that Marvel wanted to focus on the characters that were Disney owned in a self promotion for the upcoming Infinite War movies, which to many fans would make sense. However Capcom producers Pete Rosas and Michael Evans released a different statement when Speaking with GameSpot.
The short answer: Younger fans don’t even know who the X-Men are!
“We talked with Marvel very closely about their future roadmap, about what’s gonna be happening. Your modern Marvel fan, maybe they don’t even remember some of the X-Men characters, but they know some of the Guardians characters or Black Panther,” said Capcom’s producers. “You know what I mean? Captain Marvel may seem like a strange pick, but she’s fantastic. She fits the gameplay. She fits the story, and they’re gonna be really pushing her as a strong female lead all the way up into the movie. We’re trying to take everything into account and choose the best characters.”
The interview goes on, stating that the only reason players enjoyed the X-Men Characters in past MvC titles was because of their mechanics.
“If you were to actually think about it, these characters are just functions. They’re just doing things. Magneto, case and point, is a favorite because he has eight-way dash and he’s really fast, right? So, our more technical players, all they want to do is triangle jump and that kind of stuff. Well, guess what, Nova can do the same thing, Captain Marvel can do the same thing. Ultron can do the same thing. Go ahead and try them out.”
Now personally, I think this is a stupid reason that the X-Men would be cut from the game and actually would have preferred if they just said “It was a business decision” especially after the release of the E3 Demo, which may have actually hurt the game more than help it as it received a huge amount of criticism.
Still, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite will release without mutants on September 19th 2017.