Deadpool was almost excluded from Marvel vs. Capcom 3 due to a translation error

We have a translator that did some digging to thank for Deadpool's sudden popularity

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • May 22, 2018 at 4:12 a.m. PDT

Marvel vs. Cacpom 3 was a crossover fighting game that pitted iconic characters against one another from two separate universes. Essentially, this was a combined effort by both Marvel and Capcom.

As you might expect, Marvel had a say on which characters that Capcom was allowed to use from their intellectual property. According to IGN via CBR, Marvel had provided Capcom with a "no go" list that told them which fighters they didn't want to see in this work-in-progress title.

This explains why we never got to see Venom in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or its ultimate edition. Incidentally, this meant that Spider-Man was without a villain.

According to a Capcom representative, "Venom, unfortunately, was amongst a list of characters that were not available for us to use on Marvel’s side. I couldn’t tell you the reason for why that is... you’d have to ask Marvel. But Venom was never an option."

Shuma-Gorath was also apparently on this list, but Capcom actually went out of their way to fight for this strange combatant. Eventually, Marvel allowed Capcom to use Shuma-Gorath as a downloadable fighter.

You might be surprised to hear that Deadpool was also on this "no go" list. And yet, he was one of the first characters announced for Marvel vs. Capcom 3. What happened, exactly?

"When a translator for Capcom saw that Deadpool was on the 'no go' list, he was actually shocked to find out that a character as cool as Deadpool was excluded. Evidently, Deadpool being part of this list was a translation error."

Communications between Marvel and Capcom were done through translations. This makes sense considering that Marvel was based in the United States while Capcom resided in Japan.

When a translator for Capcom saw that Deadpool was on the "no go" list, he was actually shocked to find out that a character as cool as Deadpool was excluded. Apparently this caused the translator to do some digging.

Evidently, Deadpool being part of this list was a translation error. Imagine, if this individual hadn't explored this then we probably wouldn't have seen Deadpool in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 -- the game that really caused the character to explode in popularity.

While Deadpool was rarely seen in tournament play, he was very memorable. No one could replace his fourth wall breaking abilities.

One has to wonder why Deadpool wasn't a part of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's roster. Perhaps he actually was on the "no go" list this time around...

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