Regardless of a disappointment in reaction to the most nominally recognized Fighting-game tournament’s lineup exclusion of Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite [the newest Marvel Vs. Capcom game since 2017] from their upcomingly 2018 Championship Series, a level-headed attitude is the mature thing to do. EVO essentially excluded the Marvel Vs. Capcom brand altogether from it’s 2018 lineup, which is definitely easy to understand as unexpected because the Marvel Vs. Capcom brand occupied a piece of the EVO pie for previously +10 years in one way or another. However, the aforementioned Marvel Vs. Capcom installment’s exclusion from EVO 2018 is not the unprecedented event it’s been parroted as.
Truth be told, this isn’t the 1st Marvel Vs. Capcom game to be excluded from an EVO championship & it probably won’t be the last; at this point, there’s been 6 Marvel Vs. Capcom games in total & merely two of them ever occupied an EVO slot for the past +10 years from now:
1. Marvel Vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
2. Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 [Fate of Two Worlds & consequentially Ultimate]
Prior to when exclusion of Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite from EVO 2018 became a revelation or let alone a drawing board deliberation, the following Marvel Vs. Capcom games never occupied an EVO slot in the past +10 years from now:
1. X-Men Vs. Street Fighter
2. Marvel Super-Heroes Vs. Street Fighter
3. Marvel Vs. Capcom: Clash of Super-Heroes
All the way back in 1996, EVO was nominally preceded as Battle by The Bay. The 1996 tournament used Arcade cabinets & even though X-Men vs. Street Fighter was published for Arcade cabinets in the same year, it was denied a piece of the lineup pie enjoyed by Super Street Fighter II Turbo & Street Fighter Alpha 2.
Fast forward to the 2000 Battle by The Bay tournament which was 2 years after Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super-Heroes was initially published as an Arcade game, 1 year after that same game was republished on Sega Dreamcast, & 3 years after Marvel Super-Heroes vs. Street Fighter premiered as an Arcade game. Neither these two versions for Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super-Heroes or the Arcade cabinet publication of Marvel Super-Heroes vs. Street Fighter were used in this tournament as both of these Marvel vs. Capcom games were overshadowed by the Sega Dreamcast-republished Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes in the same year as this tournament.
In 2002, Battle by The Bay was renamed as EVO; in 2004, EVO stopped using Arcade cabinets for their hosted games altogether.
Fast forward to the EVO 2011 tournament which had Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes replaced by the simultaneously annual publication of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 subtitled Fate of Two Worlds as this tournament took place 5 months after this February publication of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 in particular; consequentially, the EVO 2012 tournament hosted Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as a lineup replacement in 8 Months after this particularly 2nd version of the game was published in November, 2011.