In 1987, Peter David started a very lengthy run on Incredible Hulk, with an initial focus on Hulk’s gray-skinned personality, Mr. Fixit. In 1991, David changed things up a bunch by doing a story where psychiatrist Doc Samson merged Banner, Savage Hulk, and Mr. Fixit into one entity. From there, we got Smart/Professor/Merged Hulk. Unlike in the MCU, where he kept Banner’s nerdy personality, the comic version had more dash to him. This remained Hulk’s main form until David left the book in 1998 due to disagreements with the editorial team. The following writers went back to the angry Neanderthal take.

However, as Marvel Super Heroes came out in 1995, and was based on 1991’s Infinity Gauntlet comic event, they went with the intelligent, smirking, confident Professor Hulk version of the character. Capcom made virtually no changes to the sprites or voice samples when it came to Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2. In fact, it wasn’t until Marvel vs. Capcom 3 came out with its 3D character graphics that they finally had the better-known “HULK SMASH!” incarnation.

As mentioned, Marvel Super Heroes was a loose adaptation of Infinity Gauntlet. That gives us some very specific cameos, like in the background for the Thanos boss fight. We get the likes of Death, Mephisto, She-Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Drax the Destroyer, and Nova. Most notable here is the use of Eric Masterson as Thor, who held the mantle for about a year and a half, but is immortalized by having that change happen during this comic’s storyline. While Masterson Thor shows up in Captain America’s arcade ending, they go back to the regular version of the character when Thor is an assist in Marvel vs. Capcom.

During Thanos’ victory animation, Terraxia even appears and hugs him (which he retains in Marvel vs. Capcom 2). This is enough of a deep cut that she’s surprisingly never been brought back in any way. During Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos tried to make Death jealous by Weird Sciencing his own girlfriend into existence with the Gauntlet. Terraxia succeeded in brutally murdering both Iron Man and Spider-Man for Thanos but was later killed thanks to Nebula getting her hands on the Gauntlet.

Ah, this one just stings.

Marvel Super Heroes came out in the midst of Spider-Man’s infamous Clone Saga, where the team-up adventures with his clone Scarlet Spider went on for far too long thanks to editorial meddling. A big plot point was that Mary Jane was pregnant, which is reflected in Spider-Man’s Marvel Super Heroes ending, where he comes home and she gives him the good news. Unfortunately, the Clone Saga would messily end with the baby being kidnapped under the guise of a miscarriage, then forgotten about completely. Yeah, comics.

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