Disney and Sony swing Spider-Man back into Marvel Cinematic Universe, what might this mean for the web slinger's future in fighting games?

If a Marvel vs. Capcom 4 rolls around, Spidey on the roster is probably a good bet

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • September 27, 2019 at 2:52 p.m. PDT

Fans of the new Spider-Man films (just about everybody) were saddened back in August to hear that the webhead was likely to be removed from the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to Disney and Sony's failure to reach a financial agreement on how to split earnings from future Spidey films. As of September 26, the two titans of entertainment have made good and announced not only a third Spider-Man MCU film but a July 16, 2021 release date for it.

What does this mean for us in the fighting game department? Relationship dealings between Marvel, Disney, Fox, and now Sony can potentially affect the freedoms Capcom gets and loses when it comes to one of the most revered franchises in our genre today: Marvel vs. Capcom.

Spider-Man has been a character select screen regular in fighters for quite some time as he's appeared in no less than eight different titles starting with 1995's Marvel Super Heroes. Not having a suited up Peter Parker in a Versus Series entry could easily inspire a good bit of outrage from long-time fans.

Though it's never been officially articulated, it's widely suspected that red tape stemming from character ownership rights battles between Fox and Marvel are what led to many mainstay MvC figures (such as the X-Men and Doctor Doom) to be conspicuously absent from Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Said battles are also likely why Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 wound up frozen after just one major update, a scenario that's not very usual for Capcom fighting games.

Spider-Man has been a special case in that ownership rights have bounced around at a relatively rapid rate. Unlike some of his fellow Fox-owned counterparts, the web-slinger was able to make an appearance on the launch roster of MvCI.

The stalemate news from August sent a pulse of anxiety through the FGC as this all too familiar kind of custody battle immediately induced a sense of PTSD in Versus Series fans.

At the end of the day, Sony's ownership of Spidey really applies only to the film realm and so the character was likely not off the table even if Sony and Disney failed to come to an agreement.

Still, corporate handshakes that allow the character to swing more freely bode better for Spider-Man's potential inclusion in a possible Marvel vs. Capcom 4 than red tape-creating disagreements.

In any case, it's widely good news that we'll continue to see Tom Holland's charismatic Spider-Man fight baddies and learn life lessons from inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Recent films have placed the character well within the good graces of the general public, especially after Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man films had an opposite effect.

Should Capcom tackle any new Versus Series ventures, Spider-Man's continued popularity will almost certainly make him a surefire pick for the release roster. The fact that he doesn't seem to be currently stuck behind any corporate walls makes this all the more likely.

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