Retronauts Episode 607: The Capcom Marvel Universe

Infinity "Stones?" They're clearly GEMS.

Today, Capcom and Marvel are billion-dollar juggernauts, companies that spend big bucks to spread their beloved characters all over the world. It's hard to imagine the two ever teaming up out of mutual interest. Yet three decades ago, with fighting games the hottest thing in arcades and comics moving millions of copies each month, Capcom and Marvel shook hands on a deal that would shape the future of both brands.

Host Diamond Feit welcomes Kevin Bunch and John Learned onto the podcast this week to look back at the circumstances of the early 90s that brought Capcom and Marvel together, the insiders who made their partnership hum, and the initial games produced from this pairing. Would fighting games be the same today without super jumps? Would Marvel still be in business without borrowing street cred from Ryu? And when can we expect Norimaro to make his debut on Disney Plus?

Description: Before there was an MCU, video game arcades played host to the CMU. Join Diamond Feit, Kevin Bunch, and John Learned as they recount the early 90s giant-sized collaboration between Capcom and Marvel

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Artwork for this episode by Nick Wanserski and editing thanks go to Greg Leahy.