That would probably spell doom for any chance to see Marvel vs. Capcom 4, if true
Rumors began circulating last week that NetherRealm Studios’ next fighting game would not be in their DC Injustice universe, but rather one to the other giant cartoon and superhero entertainment juggernaut ̵
Now Mortal Kombat’s co-creator Ed Boon seems to be blowing the flames of these speculations about the potential of a Marvel x NetherRealm video game project.
“Wow. [James Gunn] has managed to work on DC and MARVEL movies. It’s impressive. 🤔 “Boon wrote on Twitter in response to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which received its release date in 2023.
This is important because Gunn directs and writes The Suicide Squad makes him one of the few people on the planet who has had the chance to work on major projects for both Marvel and DC.
Wow. @JamesGunn has managed to work on DC and MARVEL movies. It’s impressive. 🤔 https://t.co/A4Yk437MuM
– Ed Boon (@noobde) May 4, 2021
The way Boon’s tweet is worded and the thinking emoji at the end can be easily interpreted so that he could also join the club.
Rumors of NetherRealm’s title were sparked by industry insider / leaker Daniel Richtman that the developer’s next game is already in production and would be a Marvel fighting game for next generation consoles as reported by Stealth Optional.
Considering Mortal Kombat 11, which was released over two years ago now, NRS is almost certainly working on their next project, though the developer as a whole has been pretty quiet since Ultimate launched in November 2020.
Boon said earlier that he has at least had a conversation with Marvel about making a fighting game, but he “probably shouldn’t talk about it.”
“We would love to make as a Marvel fighting game or a Marvel vs. DC, ”Boon said in a 2019 interview with Game Informer. “I think that would be the coolest thing.”
The one big potential pick that an NRS Marvel game could face is the fact that the studio is owned by Warner Bros., which also, of course, owns the rights to DC Comics.
“We would love to do like a Marvel fighting game or a Marvel vs. DC. I think that would be the coolest thing” – Ed Boon
It’s unclear how willing Disney would be to play ball with one of their biggest competitors in the entertainment space, but deals like these come down from time to time.
After the poor initial and quick abandonment of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, it would make sense that Disney would seek out a developer with similar stature and proven track record to produce hits to work on their next potential fighting game.
NetherRealm’s ability to create expansive and impressive movie-historical modes would probably also be one of their biggest selling points to Disney and Marvel.
If these rumors turn out to be true, the existence of a NetherRealm x Marvel game would probably spell doom for any future Marvel vs. Capcom project in the coming years.
While recently there were some signs of promise that both companies came together again to release MvC and Marvel Arcade 1Up cabinets, but it’s hard to imagine greenlighting competing products anywhere near each other.
It is important to remember that these “leaks” are still only within rumors, so this information should be taken with a grain of salt.
Also, Ed Boon is well known for trolling and messing with his fans online, so he could just have fun with the speculation or try to drum up hype to make the Marvel fighting game a reality at some point in the future.
NetherRealm’s story is steeped in rumors and hidden secrets dating back to the original Mortal Kombat and Midway days, so all of this is definitely right up their alley.
For now, all we can really do is just wait and see what Boon’s team cooks for us next time.