EA’s Lost Marvel Fighting Game Looks Kind Of Like Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

By Spencer . December 17, 2012 . 6:12pm

Long before Capcom and Marvel started working on Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Electronic Arts signed a deal with Marvel. Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects was the only game to come out from the partnership, but EA Chicago, the studio behind the Def Jam fighting game series, was working on another Marvel title.


An artist that worked on the unreleased Marvel fighting game shared some assets from it. Spider-Man, Hulk, and Captain America were playable characters. One screenshot showed the proposed control scheme which had weak attack, strong attack, a run button, and a lock on which suggests 3D arenas. The canceled Marvel fighting game had a campaign mode, what if scenarios, and online play.


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The menus are interesting because they have a comic book feel like Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Perhaps, Marvel presented this style to Capcom and Capcom expanded on the idea of idea of a playable comic book?

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  • YourAshyAss_Elbows

    Yep, it LOOKS like it. I’d be in lmaoness if it actually played like it though. It could’ve had Mega Man in the roster

  • AkuLord3

    well not really and they only did the Comic Feel in Ultimate MvC3…still though this would have been interesting to see

  • Hollowkoopa

    Rise of the imperfects was a pretty buggy game so i wouldn’t see this to be good.

    Even so i would of love to see some gameplay.

  • Oh man, that face of Hulk~ Did someone step on his toes?

    The “Super Power Modifier” button is kinda reminding of the way special attacks are used in Raven Software’s Marvel RPGs: Hold down the button to bring up a small menu and press the corresponding face buttons to execute. In fact, the control scheme here is quite similar to those games’ – at least the “Offensive Controls” part.

    • Brandon001

      lmfao’d at the hulk comment

  • Nax

    I got to check this game out when I was a tester for EA. It had a pseudo-sandbox style to it. You could run around the city fighting the other character and there were civilians and destructible environments. I don’t know what team was doing the actual development on it, but I don’t believe it was the same folks that did rise of the imperfects. It was a pretty fun game with an interesting concept, but it was very rough looking and given the amount of time between the two projects I would be surprised if it was shown to anyone at Capcom. Maybe I am just mis-remembering the time frame though, it was around 2006 or 2007.

  • Juan AndrĂ©s Valencia

    Based on the controller scheme it probably plays like Dissidia or Anarchy Reigns.

  • I was really dissapointed by rise of the imperfections. It was not much of a fighting game more like a small area bad beat em up.

  • Lester Paredes

    LOL! Hulk’s got the ‘Oh!’ face.

  • D_B_oy

    Preview (skip to 4:04):

    Actual gameplay (skip to 00:35):

    Production stuff:

    This is nothing new, it made the preview rounds for a while then
    disappeared. It was indeed a 3D fighting game, third person perspective. There would be destructible/interactive environments, heroes not in play appearing to save citizens in the background, etc. I’m a bit surprised you guys didn’t bother to dig any of this up yourselves and just speculate on some menu screens, but whatever.

    • raymk

      lol everybody gets one man.

    • We’ve seen the old trailer before. We were talking specifically about the menus here and feel of the game. The leaked menus also revealed the control scheme which GameTrailers preview did not mention.

      • D_B_oy

        That’s fine, it’s just that the way it’s worded (like how the control scheme “suggests 3D arenas”), you’d think you guys had no idea what it was and nobody ever heard of it before, you know? Not to rag on all y’all, this is one of the few game news sites I can tolerate reading these days, so I criticize with love. <3

        • Fair enough! Criticism noted <3

  • so they cancled because they knew it wouldnt be able to go up against INJUSTICE: Gods Among Us???

    • That’s quite impossible for them to have known, since this project seems to have been scrapped long before Injustice was revealed. The videos on GameTrailers are dated all the way from 2007, whereas Injustice was revealed around the middle of 2012.

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