The Spread: Marvel vs Capcom Shared Power – Symbio-Nemesis

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.

Nemesis Bonds with the Carnage Symbiote

What is Umbrella and Who is Nemesis?

The Umbrella Corporation is a powerful, international company that has a dominating presence in the medical industry.  They are publicly known as a pharmaceutical and medical supply distributor.  However, they operate primarily in the realms of genetic engineering and biological weaponry.  Over the past few decades, Umbrella has produced some of the deadliest creatures on the planet.  From lowly zombies to gargantuan tyrants, this company has been directly responsible for devastating outbreaks and disasters all over the world.  Naturally, this has garnered the attention of powerful governments and numerous altruistic individuals that recognize this corporation for what they are truly.  Umbrella is a terrorist organization.  True to form, they have responded in the only way they know how:  create dangerous bio-weapons.

What’s the safe word?!

Whereas zombies and lickers are deadly in large numbers, the other side utilizes deadly specialists that are highly trained and arguably superhuman.  Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield have both taken down entire branches of their corporation on multiple occasions.  Armies of mindless drones with no ability to take orders or competently act always fail against men like them.  Enter Nemesis, the Pursuer.  This advanced B.O.W was spawned from the belief that a subject infected with the t-virus could retain most of its intelligence and take command.  From this idea, a new form of tyrant was created.  Nemesis was unleashed upon the world to hunt one of Umbrella’s primary enemies, S.T.A.R.S.  It was encountered by Jill Valentine and proved to be a capable killer.  This creature could wield firearms and reasonably plan strategies for dealing with a threat.  Eventually, the creature would be forced to absorb the traits of another tyrant to survive.  Ms. Valentine was able to finally kill the monster with a rail gun shortly after this event.  Despite its death, Nemesis was able to effectively kill a number of soldiers and civilians in its limited operation time.

No, Jill. “Freeze” is not it.

What is the Carnage Symbiote?

Symbiotes are alien organisms from the Andromeda Galaxy.  Their real name is the Klyntar.  These creatures’ main goal in life is to bond with a host and experience their culture over the course of their shared existence.  One of these aliens encountered Spider-Man and combined with the young hero for a while.  Due to the ability to incorporate the traits of its host, this particular symbiote became overwhelmed with the stress that Peter Parker was feeling at the time and began going out to fight crime while Mr. Parker was unconscious.  Spider-Man realized that his personality was becoming darker because of the new “suit” and separated himself from it.  The symbiote then joined with Eddie Brock to create the entity known as Venom.  This new fusion of Mr. Brock’s jealously of Spider-Man and the symbiote’s hatred of being taken away from a perfect host drove Venom to antagonize him.  After being beaten by his rival and imprisoned in a mental facility, Venom was eventually able to escape.  While fleeing, a piece of the alien was left behind.  This portion of the creature bonded with Eddie’s cellmate, Cletus Kasady.  Unfortunately, this man was a lunatic serial killer.  Carnage was born, and he became one of the most terrifying threats in the Marvel Universe.

Never has the face of a creature personified “murder” more.

Why it Works?

The creature known as Nemesis functions through the infestation of a particular bio-engineered parasite.  The NE-a, or Nemesis Alpha, takes over the hosts brain.  This increases the host’s intelligence and makes them more susceptible to suggestions.  All the parasite needs is a capable host.  The viruses created by the Umbrella Corporation have been shown to be able to infect a multitude of creatures.  Dogs, spiders, snakes, and humans are just some of the organic life that have been utilized as B.O.W’s over the past few decades.  Could these infections afflict alien life?

Maximum hunger level achieved.

Marvel Zombies supports that this is a possibility.  This comic event postulates a world where the entirety of Earth was taken over by a disease that infected the heroes and villains of Marvel.  This illness turned everyone that it came into contact with into ravenous zombies.  Those affected included creatures with impressive regenerative capabilities like Hulk and Deadpool.  Almost no character was spared in this dangerous apocalypse scenario.  Even Silver Surfer and Galactus eventually fell to the infected heroes.  Among those that were explicitly shown to have been zombified was Venom.  The symbiote-bonded character was shown as a desiccated version of itself.

These guys look like a combination of Deadpool and Agent Venom.

MVC:I also delved into this possibility with the creation of A.I.M.brella Corporation.  During the cinematic story, a collection of heroes come across the lab where a new breed of B.O.W’s are being created.  These creatures are a combination of viruses and symbiotes.  Much like Nemesis (who is also present), the infected soldiers can wield modern weaponry and display abilities of both parasites.  It seems pretty apparent that the symbiotes that this company has access to are derived from the original Venom one.  We know this because of the release of a demon that has been bonded to the aforementioned alien entity.  The red and black color scheme of the low-level soldiers calls to mind the palette of Carnage.  The next logical step would be to modify their heaviest hitter.  Nemesis with the off-shoot symbiote would create a titanic monster that would be very difficult put down and possess a drive to destroy everyone that stands in its way.

That is it for today!  Join us for the next edition of the Spread when we go back over to the Marvel side of things!

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*Special thanks to joverine, Mister69M, WeskerAlbert, and RobotDelEspacio for the amazing Psylocke images!

*Special thanks to chimeraic for the amazing Carnage image!


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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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