The roster of Marvel vs Capcom Infinite has so far only featured characters that come under the corporate umbrella of Marvel Studios. This gives credence to rumors that Capcom is bound by contractual law to not include characters from other franchises such as X-Men and Fantastic Four.
However, that might not be the case. According to a report by Metro from last month (spotted by Event Hubs), producer Mike Evans clarified that the roster of Marvel vs Capcom Infinite is not limited to just characters that Marvel has cinematic rights to.
“If Marvel were here they would answer as I’m going to,” Evans responded to the question of legal restrictions. “It’s not based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We take a lot of inspiration from the cinematic universe, but the game is a completely original universe.”
It is understandable that the statement went under the radar since Capcom has not actually been open about including characters from other franchises and universes, despite constant barrages of questions from the fans.
However, based on the new findings, it seems entirely possible that Marvel vs Capcom Infinite will include characters such as the Wolverine and Thing. From the looks of it, a decision to omit the inclusions will not be due to licensing issues.
Earlier this month, Capcom revealed that it has been given great freedom by Marvel to choose its characters. The developer was not forced at any point to include characters just so that they could tie in with an upcoming movie. Rocket Raccoon, for example, was picked solely by Capcom and had nothing to do with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hitting theaters recently.
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite is scheduled to release on September 19 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It hopes to sell at least two million units worldwide.