Capcom has just confirmed that Winter Soldier, Venom, and Black Widow are the next three fighters coming to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. The characters will be available individually for purchase December 5th, 2017, unless you’ve already purchased the 2017 Character Pass, in which case they’re obviously already paid for, along with previous additions Black Panther, Monster Hunter, and Sigma.
Interestingly enough, this trio of new fighters is all Marvel-based, which makes us guess the next DLC pack will bring in three more from Capcom’s stable. We’re not well-versed in the fighting game ‘meta’ so we’ll quote from PlayStation Blog for what each character brings to the fold:
“Winter Soldier excels at ground combat using special moves that send the opponent flying across the screen and projectiles that bounce off the walls and floor. Bucky can activate metal shield, which utilizes his cybernetic arm to turn him into an anchor, allowing him to ignore attacks without taking any damage!”
“As a deadly spy, Black Widow has tools for every situation. Her unique acrobatic jump can be performed in mid-air and followed up with one of her many tricky projectiles with the press of a button. Natasha also showcases her skills in hand-to-hand combat with her trusty electric batons.”
“Prepare for the unexpected with Venom’s shapeshifting abilities. As a frightening force on the battlefield, Venom can launch himself across all angles of the screen and has no issue manipulating the opponent’s options to favor his own.”
The choice to include Black Widow and Winter Soldier is obvious, with both characters playing prominently in the MCU, but Venom’s inclusion is a curious one: The notable absence of any X-Men characters – favorites from past MvC games – is heavily rumored to stem from a decision by Disney/Marvel, due to their film rights being in the hands of Fox. With Sony in the process of developing their own Venom film, it raises the question of why Disney/Marvel would allow Venom’s likeness to be included. Perhaps Sony gets a pass with Venom because they have some leverage with the PlayStation brand, or maybe, just maybe, Wolverine or Storm fans have a reason to be optimistic.
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