The Spread: Marvel vs Capcom Shared Power – Vergil & the Masamune

Welcome to the latest edition of The Spread!  Today’s topic will strike upon that glorious competitive spirit that dwells within us all.  We are jumping into the world of fighting games, and what better way to do that than with the wildly-polarizing, crossover versus series that is Marvel vs Capcom.  Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is out now.  So, pick that up if you are interested in hyper-kinetic brawlers.

However, we are not here to focus on that debate.  We are here to have fun.  MvC is the pioneer gaming series for “what if” scenarios.  Marvel’s droves of popular comic characters and Capcom’s wide catalog of interesting titles has usually delivered some entertaining team-ups over the years.  For the next few iterations of this series of articles, we will delve into some of the more interesting possibilities for ability combinations and borrowed powers.  Certain criteria will be utilized from the get-go.

  1. The acquired power/ability/item must make thematic sense for the character.
  2. The backstory for the character must be able to be utilized to some degree.
  3. The combination should be entertaining and fun.

Vergil Makes Yamato a Muramasa Blade

Who is Vergil?

Two thousand years prior to the events that transpire in the first Devil May Cry game, a demon knight by the name of Sparda “awoke to justice” during the war between fiends and humanity.  He single-handedly wiped out countless armies of devils and even beat the ruler of Hell itself, Mundus.  Sensing that his power had become too strong, Sparda sealed himself away for a time before returning to the human world to peacefully rule.  He took a wife, Eva, and sired twins.  Today, we will discuss the fate of the other twin Vergil.  This young man grew up to be one of the most powerful fighters in his universe.  He has defeated/destroyed mighty devils that were former associates of his father and would-be upstarts that sought to acquire his dad’s power.  He’s the only person that has ever legitimately defeated his brother, Dante, in single combat.  During the finale of Devil May Cry 3, Vergil was trapped in the demon realm with the Lord of Hell, Mundus, and suffered a fate worse than death.Refusing to bow down to any leader and craving the power of the mighty demon, Vergil drew his sword for battle.  He was soundly defeated.  After his downfall, Mundus corrupted the son of Sparda with his own energy to transform Vergil into something else.  With barely any memory of his former self, Nelo Angelo emerged from the Demon Realm to combat his brother in service of his new master.  Multiple clashes took place before the corrupted Vergil was brought down and his fate was revealed to Dante.

Not shown: All of the bodies sliced in twain.

What is Yamato?

Much like Dante, Vergil is a master swordsman only surpassed by the likes of his father.  He has all of the traits of his brother.  He can utilize Devil Arms.  He has superhuman stats, crazy regeneration, and the ability to transform into Devil Trigger state.  However, the most important power in Vergil’s collection is the katana, Yamato.  This magical sword was utilized by Sparda to fight back the forces of Mundus and seal the True Hell Gate.  The blade has a multitude of special features that the wielder can use in combat.  It is sharp enough to cut through nearly anything, including the very fabric of space.  Yamato can be used to shoot long range energy beams that will decimate whatever they strike.  Also, the saber has the power to seal and open gate to the Demon Realm.  Vergil favors this weapon above all others and frequently defeats even the most monstrous of demons with one blow from the katana.  It is one of the most powerful Devil Arms in the series.

Did he just murder a ghost with that sword?

What is the Muramasa Blade?

Another katana, this particular sword was crafted by the legendary swordsmith of the same name in the Marvel universe.  Little is known about this mysterious figure except that he is immortal and constantly accompanied by warriors in samurai armor.  The blade itself is magical and created from a process that binds part of a user’s spirit or emotion to the weapon.  This grants a plethora of mystical properties to the Muramasa blade.  The sword becomes nearly indestructible.  Wounds inflicted by it greatly reduce the efficiency of any healing factor or enhanced regeneration.  Additionally, the physical stats of the wielder are greatly amplified while wielding the weapon.  There is only one downside.  Whatever desire and/or trait that lies in the soul of the person who’s spirit was bound to the blade will overtake whoever wields the weapon over an extended period of time.  This katana is incredibly dangerous to its targets and wielders alike.

That’s not subtle at all.

Why it Works?

While Vergil’s skill and equipment are nearly the best in the series, he was eventually defeated by his brother and the big bad of the series.  His loss to both stems from his inability to effectively utilize the human half of his soul.  This aspect of Sparda’s bloodline is the most important characteristic that they have.  Dante realizes this at an early age and only continues to get stronger despite not seeking out more might.  Vergil has the opposite occur to him.  He peaks in ability, but does not exceed it because he is so singularly-focused on his demonic attributes.  He loses out on more power because he is looking for it from outside sources instead of from within.  How could he change or cheat this unfortunate situation?

Nothing to see here. Just two brothers hashing things out.

The answer lies in the process of forming a Muramasa blade.  Yamato, while a powerful weapon, is not really bound to Vergil in any meaningful way.  It was a keepsake from his father and he shows great proficiency with utilizing the blade’s potential.  However, there have been multiple wielders of the katana over the course of the series.  Dante and Nero have both brandished Yamato against the forces of Hell.  Subjecting the saber to the spirit-binding process would allow Vergil to actively gain power through the use of his half-human, half-demon soul.  Armament in hand, this son of Sparda would truly acquire that which he so craves.

OH NO! Vergil?! What happened to you?! Why did you turn into a Big Bad Beetleborg?!

This pairing would dramatically increase Vergil’s killing potency and allow him the use of a Devil Arm made of his own essence.  He would be the true master of the blade and able to strike down any creature that stood his way with its newfound power.  Masamune, the sword’s new name, would be able to cut anything and ensure that whatever Vergil hit would stay down.  Also, he would get a massive increase in raw stats.  He would finally be putting his human side to good use.  This possibility was already hinted at in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 during Vergil’s ending.  However, the son of Sparda had possession of both Yamato and the Muramasa blade that Wolverine carried in the comics.  A combination of both weapons is possible and works better for the background of the character.  The only question that remains:  Who would win in a fight between Vergil armed with Masamune and Dante wielding the Zerathos Devil Arm?  Let us know in the comment section if you agree with this choice and who would take the battle!  See ya next time when we give another Marvel character a shared power!

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*Special thanks to zerochan, Dampir07, SiriCC, LaceWingedSaby, and spadjm for the amazing Vergil images!


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The resident "hypothetical fictional character battle" enthusiast. Punchy spends his free time lurking in the halls of the Naruto Forum's Outskirts Battledome and ScrewAttack's Death Battle forums/comment sections. Additionally, there isn't a form of recreational multimedia that this hyper-nerd doesn't find some solace in. Video games, comics, philosophy, and movies are his forte. However, he'll talk about music, television, aliens, religion, fantasy, sci-fi, anime, and nearly everything else under the sun. Seriously? Just get him started. Favorite Genre: Action/Rpg Favorite Game: Final Fantasy VII Favorite Characters: Cloud Strife, Dante Sparda, Drizzt Do'Udren, Akuma, Superman, Magneto, Anomander Rake, Rock Lee Favorite Series: Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, Legend of Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Malazan Book of the Fallen, and The Chronicles of Drizzt

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