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'We would love to make like a Marvel fighting game or a Marvel vs. D.C.' — Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon talked with Marvel about making a fighter

Marvel vs. D.C. Universe, anyone?

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • April 3, 2019 at 7:29 p.m. PDT • Comments: 107

Marvel heroes and villains duking it out in fighting games isn't exactly a new concept. We've typically seen Capcom implement Marvel's characters in their "Marvel vs. Capcom" series.

Much to the disappointment of fans, there's never been an attempt at a "Marvel vs. D.C. Universe" type of fighting game. Still, Ed Boon's recent comments during Game Informer's 166 Rapid-Fire Questions session were certainly very interesting.

"Have you ever had one conversation with Marvel about making a fighting game," asked Game Informer. "I did... But I probably shouldn't talk about it," responded Ed Boon.

Not surprisingly, the interviewer became very interested about what this could potentially mean and tried glean additional information. "Are you excited about that idea?"

"Oh, god yes," exclaimed Boon. "We would love to make like a Marvel fighting game or a Marvel vs. D.C. I think it'd be the coolest."

"We would love to make like a Marvel fighting game or a Marvel vs. D.C. I think it'd be the coolest."
— Ed Boon

Although NetherRealm Studios — formerly known as Midway before being bought by Warner Brothers — is mostly known for developing the Mortal Kombat series, they do have experience when it comes to handling super heroes and villains in fighting games.

Injustice and Injustice 2 have been big hits with the fighting game community. They also developed their own crossover fighting game with "Mortal Kombat vs. D.C. Universe."

While Mortal Kombat has typically been very violent in nature, the developers tended to handle D.C.'s characters very differently. We've never seen an instance of Batman ripping off the Joker's head, for example.

NetherRealm Studios has experience in handling other characters from different intellectual properties as well. In the Mortal Kombat series, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, the Predator, Alien, and Leatherface made guest appearances. Hellboy and the Ninja Turtles were also represented amazingly in Injustice 2.

Notably, Ed Boon recently polled fans about what type of fighting game they'd like to see in the future. Ed Boon was clear that this was "just for fun" and that there were "no current plans" for any of the options.

"I thought [Dragon Ball FighterZ] was very cool. I had a hard time following the action sometimes. The effects were so big, but I had the same issue with Marvel vs. Capcom."
— Ed Boon

By scoring 45% of the total number of votes, "Marvel vs. D.C." ended up beating "Horror Movie Fighters" and "Mortal Kombat vs. Street Fighter." Maybe Boon made it a point to show Marvel these results during this conversation with them about a fighting game.

In any event, it's certainly very curious that Boon was unwilling to talk about the exact contents of this discussion. Obviously Mortal Kombat 11 will be releasing on April 23, 2019, but there's a possibility that we might see some collaboration between NetherRealm Studios and Marvel in the future — and hopefully D.C.

Of course, it's likely that this supposed crossover would play differently if handled by NetherRealm Studios based on Boon's reaction to Dragon Ball FighterZ and the Marvel vs. Capcom series.

"I thought [Dragon Ball FighterZ] was very cool," said Boon. "I had a hard time following the action sometimes. The effects were so big, but I had the same issue with Marvel vs. Capcom."

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