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The roster retained Wolverine, Psylocke, Juggernaut, and Magneto, from the previous game, and was diversified with the additions of Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Blackheart, and Shuma-Gorath (A Doctor Strange/Kull The Conqueror villain more people know about from these games than the comics).
The game was based (loosely) on the Infinity Gauntlet storyline, and featured the Gems as power-ups that could be gained and used in battle. Each Gem had a different default ability, while each character had an affinity for a certain gem that would make them even stronger when they used it. After fighting the other heroes and villains for the Gems, the player faced down Dr. Doom, before trying to get the final gem from Thanos.
It was followed in 1996 with X-Men vs. Street Fighter.
This game shows examples of:
- A God Am I: Shuma-Gorath's and Dr. Doom's endings in Marvel Super Heroes involves them taking the control of the universe. Also happens in Thanos' ending if the player chooses the second option.
- Attract Mode
- Badass Arm-Fold: Doctor Doom has this as his Idle Animation. While it looks cool, it's not exactly the most practical position to have your arms in while fighting. Of course, it's Doom we're talking about.
- Magneto likes to snicker while doing this. Juggernaut, Blackheart and Shuma-Gorath also do this a lot.
- Badass Normal: Captain America and Iron Man. They uses a shield and a Powered Armor respectively, anyway.
- BFG: Iron Man's PROTON CANNON!
- Big Bad: Thanos.
- Calling Your Attacks: A fighting game, so not surprising. Capcom had even more fun with this trope than they did in X Men Children of the Atom.
- The Cameo: Many characters appear in the endings and on the stages. Thor, She-Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Nova, Drax the Destroyer and Iron Fist appear on Thanos' stage as statues and are broken free in the heroes' endings. Also Adam Warlock in Juggernaut's ending and Cyclops in Wolverine's ending. For Thor, She-Hulk, Nova and Iron Fist it also counts as an Early Bird Cameo of sorts.
- Combat Tentacles: The only plausible explanation as to how Shuma-Gorath made the cut over his antagonist, Doctor Strange.
- Cool Boat: Doctor Doom's stage is a submarine slowly rising up to the surface.
- Death From Above:
- Mephisto/Blackheart's Armageddon summons a meteor storm to the battlefield.
- The Hulk jumps into space, and essentially pulls a passing meteor from space to drop it on his opponent.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Almost literally, with Shuma-Gorath.
- Elephant Graveyard: Shuma-Gorath's pre-historic stage features several massive skulls and bones, one of which appearing to be a Triceratops.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: Blackheart uses all three of these, although fire by far the most and ice not much at all.
- Fragile Speedster: Wolverine and Psylocke.
- Glass Cannon: Blackheart is surprisingly fast and strong for a demon of his size, but he's actually pretty weak defensively. Spider-Man's health is also very low but he's more than fast and powerful enough to get the job done.
- Genius Bruiser: The Hulk, where he's in the guise of the Merged Hulk/Professor persona. (remember, The Green Scar from Planet Hulk and World War Hulk had yet to be created at the time)
- Guest Fighter: Anita, the Creepy Child that follows Donovan, as a Secret Character.
- Hey, It's That Voice!:
- Life Drain: Used by Shuma-Gorath in one of his normal throws. Also by Thanos in his Soul Gem infinity combo.
- The Mario: Captain America and Iron Man.
- Mighty Glacier: Juggernaut. Hulk's attacks were much faster in this game than his other appearances in the Capcom fighting games, but he still moves slowly.
- Mythology Gag: Spider-Man takes a jab at the notorious Clone Saga after winning a Mirror Match.
- Powered Armor: Iron Man, natch.
- Shotoclone: Spider-Man and Captain America.
- Shout-Out: Check the page.
- Space Base: Magneto's stage, Asteroid M.
- Stripperific: In the ladies' side, Psylocke. In the men's side, Hulk.
- Surprisingly Good English: All the characters are voiced by native English speakers.
- Talking to Himself:
- Cathal J. Dodd voicing Wolverine and Captain America.
- Andrew Jackson voicing Hulk and Thanos.
- Lorne Kennedy puts triple role as the announcer, Dr. Doom and Magneto.
- Taunt Button: First game in the series with taunts being very very easy to use and universal.
- Traintop Battle: Psylocke's stage.
- The Unexpected: Shuma-Gorath.
- The Worf Barrage: In a sense. In the final battle, Thanos has all six of the Infinity Gems at his disposal. Against other enemies, all you need to do to make someone drop whichever one they have equipped is to hit them with a special move. Not Thanos, no. For him, you'll need to use a Super move.