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The release of downloadable content pack for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be delayed almost three months, apparently giving the video-game publisher time to remove the Magneto uniform that drew objections from Spain’s royal family.
According Capcom-Unity, the “Ancient Warrior” costume pack, originally set to debut today, now won’t be available until March 6 in the United States and March 7 in Europe. When it does arrive, however, it will contain only Firebrand, Arthur and Hulk; Magneto’s House of M-inspired skin will be gone.
The dispute dates back to 2005, when artist Mike Mayhew used the official portrait of King Juan Carlos as the basis for his cover of The Pulse: House of M Special. Except for the heads and the colors of their sashes, the images of Carlos and Magneto were virtually identical; even the medals and wall patterns matched (see below).
In 2005, Marvel drew the displeasure of Spain’s royal family when the official portrait of King Juan Carlos — right down to the sash, medals and wall pattern! — was used as the basis of Mike Mayhew’s image of Magneto for the cover of The Pulse: House of M Special. There were rumblings of legal action, followed by an apology and a new cover.
More than six years later, Magneto’s Juan Carlos-inspired uniform is back, this time as a downloadable skin for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. And so, too, are the royal family’s objections, apparently.
Courtesy of Kotaku and a Google translation comes word from the Madrid newspaper Heraldo that Zarzuela Palace has asked Spanish game distributor Koch Media to remove the skin, which is virtually identical to the uniform worn by Juan Carlos in his role as Captain General of Armies of the King.
Three down, one to go … here’s a list of the major comics-related announcements made at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Saturday:
• A number of new projects were announced or promoted at Image’s Creator-Owned Comics panel, not the least of which is the return of Brian K. Vaughan to comic books. Vaughan will write a book called Saga, which is co-created and drawn by Fiona Staples. Vaughan told CBR that the book is “an epic drama chronicling the life and times of one young family fighting to survive a never-ending war. 100 percent creator-owned. Ongoing. Monthly. Fiona and I are banking issues now.”
• Image also announced that Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is collaborating with Charlie Adlard on a new series of graphic novels called Album. The books will be released roughly 18 months apart, 60 pages long, with different themes each year, with the first being Passenger. It’s co-published with Delcourt in France and will be available simultaneously in English and France.
• Jonathan Hickman and Nicky Pitarra will team up for The Manhattan Projects at Image. Hickman is also doing a book called Secret with artist Ryan Godenheim.
Diamond Comics Distributors announced this week the exclusive comics and merchandise they’ll offer to retailers through their Previews catalog to sell on the floor of the San Diego Comic Con, which is a little more than a month away. Check them out:
DOLLHOUSE EPITAPHS #1 2011 SDCC VERSION
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During Friday night’s panel at New York Comic Con, the developers of the highly anticipated Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds revealed that Marvel’s Magneto and MODOK, as well as Bionic Commando‘s Nathan “Rad” Spencer and Ghosts ‘N Goblins‘ Sir Arthur, have joined the game’s sprawling list of playable characters.
Check out the screenshots, plus videos of Sir Arthur and Nathan “Rad” Spencer in action, after the break. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in spring 2011.
SEGA has released the teaser trailer that debuted at Comic-Con last week (Last week? It feels like I was there months ago) for the Thor video game:
Coming next year to the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, PSP system, Wii and Nintendo DS, this third person action adventure features an original storyline exclusive to the videogame, for which writer Matt Fraction served as story consultant.
Of course, that isn’t Thor’s only upcoming video game appearance … he’ll also be a playable character in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, as learned at Comic-Con as well. You can check him out in that after the jump.
Comic-Con International in San Diego doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow, but they are hosting a preview night tonight. And not surprisingly, there were some announcements today, albeit not as many as we’ve seen on Wednesday in years past — or at least not as many as I remember on Wednesdays from years past. Maybe the fact that we’ve had so many announcements leading up to Comic-Con over the last week or so led to a quieter pre-con Wednesday. I won’t complain; instead, let’s see what was announced …
• BOOM! Studios announced at a press conference this afternoon that writers Paul Cornell and Chris Roberson would join Mark Waid as the trio of writers working with Stan Lee on a new line of comics. Cornell and artist Javier Pina will bring Soldier Zero to life in October, Mark Waid and Chad Hardin will tackle The Traveler in November, and Chris Roberson and Khary Randolph’s Starborn debuts in December.
I’m not even sure where this will be available, but I really, really need one … artist Jim Rugg shares artwork he created for a limited edition Marvel vs. Capcom 3 T-shirt that’ll be available in San Diego this week. That’s the front of the shirt up top; click over to his blog to see the back.
I plan to hit the Capcom booth as soon as possible to see if I can find one.
Capcom has released high-resolution screenshots from Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, the much-anticipated latest installment of the popular fighting game.
The images, which you can see at full size at the Capcom Unity blog, feature Wolverine, Ryu, Hulk, Iron Man, Chris Redfield and, I don’t know, what looks like a massive Spider-Man balloon from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Officially announced in April, Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 will be released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in spring 2011.
On the heels of the official announcement of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 comes hints that the latest installment of the epic fighting game could cross over into comics.
Kotaku reports that although Marvel won’t confirm discussion of an adaptation, a representative for UDON Entertainment, which holds the Street Fighter license, said a comic would be a “natural progression.”
“The comic medium is such an influence on both companies, both franchises,” UDON Project Manager Jim Zubkavich told the gaming blog. “You look at the game, the style, it’s built off of a comic book aesthetic. It’s such a natural fit. It’s easy to build off of. The reality is, we are a generation of people who love these fan crossovers, it’s almost like fan fiction come to life.”
However, a company spokesman was quick to clarify the publisher isn’t in a position to confirm a possible comic-book crossover.
Ontario-based UDON has held the comics rights to Street Fighter since 2003, and currently releases the titles Street Fighter II Turbo and Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki. The publisher also has provided artwork for Capcom games like Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and Capcom Fighting Evolution, and promotional art for the re-release of Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is set for release in spring 2011.