The exclusion of MvCI as a headliner was met with memeriffic cries of "When's Marvel?" from viewers, but Mr. Wizard had little issue plainly speaking when responding. "It was on a slippery slope and it had a lot of competition going forward, and it just kind of... fizzled." stated Wizard. "Not to talk smack on Marvel or anything. It's always been a great game for EVO... It was the main game for eight straight years... But I don't think people are playing it, and that's the problem". Wizard and Markman followed up by saying that the game would feature in a side-tournament.
Response from Marvel players came thick and fast, with devotees on social media voicing their displeasure at the game's disappearance from the main card. Markman then took to twitter himself, explaining the situation in a lengthy stream of tweets, noting in particular that it's "Hard to include a game that doesn't have support. I'm not talking about Capcom, cuz they've supported it the most."