Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was released earlier this month, and now with players able to get their hands dirty in the game we reached out to one of the game's writers, Frank Tieri.
Tieri wrote the two previous Marvel vs. Capcom installments, and has been prevelant in comic books with runs on Wolverine, Iron Man, Deadpool, Hercules, and even this week's Batman: The Murder Machine one-shot.
Newsarama spoke with Tieri about how he returned to the franchise, what aspects he worked on with Paul Gardner and others, and the chances of some additional Marvel characters he's most identifiable with being added as DLC players.
Newsarama: Frank, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is out now. Have you played it yet?
Frank Tieri: I haven’t as of yet but I have seen some of the footage and game play and it looks awesome. Fans - both old and new - should have a ball with it. Especially with the new added Infinity Stones feature. There’s lots to play with that.
Nrama: You wrote Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and 3.5 - How did it come about you becoming involved with doing this new one?
Tieri: Well, because I did work on those games I had a relationship with both Marvel and Capcom so it was a natural for them to bring me in once Infinite became an actual thing. I’m definitely glad they decided to expand on the story this time and actually have it be in the game itself. Fans who wanted an in-game story last time around should be happy they’re able to get their fix now.
Nrama: What was your role in this game exactly? How did you and Capcom settle on Ultron and Sigma being the two primary villains?
Tieri: I was brought in early on in the process and then eventually handed things off to other writers. While I worked on the game, I contributed to a number of the concepts behind the eventual story, including the whole merged world idea.
Combining these two great universes and coming up with stuff like Xgard, AIMbrella… all that was really fun to do and play with. And I think fans of both Marvel and Capcom alike are really going to have fun with that fan service kind of stuff themselves.
As far as Ultron Sigma, I’m actually not the one who came up with the idea to merge Sigma and Ultron - I believe that was Capcom. But I did work on what Ultron Sigma’s threat was going to be and what his motivation was.
Not to mention what his adversarial relationship with Thanos ended up being…
Nrama: You mention Thanos… there's some new faces on the heroes side, but most surprising would be him helping fight Ultron Sigma. What can you say about that?
Tieri: I always like the classic “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” scenario - and we definitely utilized that here in the game with the heroes being forced to team up with Thanos against Ultron Sigma. I mean, look… the heroes obviously don’t trust Thanos. How can they? But they really have no other choice if they want to get to the Infinity Stones before Ultron Sigma does. So yeah… to say their partnership with Thanos is an uneasy one is basically the understatement of the year.
Nrama: Iron Man was always going to be a lock for being in this, but what about some of your other characters you're known for writing in comics: like Black Knight, Punisher, Hercules?
Tieri: Black Knight with his sword would be awesome. He could not only slice and dice the crap out of you with it, but he could absorb energy and fire it back at you. Plus, you can do a bit where he calls his winged horse and they could fly you up drop you from on high like a sack of potatoes.
With Herc, you’d probably have to go more Herc of mythology and maybe give him a shield, a sword, bow and arrows… stuff like that. Otherwise, he’d just really be a brawler, and they already have plenty of those. That said, you make him Hulk-level strong and give him his mace to smash your damned head in and you may have something there.
Now, Punisher... now there's a character practically made for a fighting game. Guns, knives, grenades, bazookas… plus he’s got his war van that he could run your sorry ass over with. He’s a no brainer if you ask me.
Nrama: There's been nothing announced, but what would you say to doing a Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite crossover comic book series?
Tieri: You know, Marvel vs. Capcom is a kick ass series and I’ve been lucky to be associated with it. I came running when they called me for this so yeah, I would do a comic book series in a heartbeat if they asked me to do it.