The History of Gargantos in Video Games

Sunday, January 16th, 2022

It's no secret that Gargantos broke the internet when the trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness finally dropped.

Gargantos in Doctor Strange 2

Although he may not be a household name---even among comic book readers---Gargantos is beloved by a certain subset of Marvel fans: gamers.

Making his video game debut in 1995's Marvel Super Heroes, Capcom specifically requested to use the obscure monster in their now-classic fighting game. Despite Marvel's confusion and surprise, the publisher said yes and a legend was born.

Gargantos in Marvel Super Heroes (1995)

Interestingly, Gargantos's default color was set to pink, a programming glitch that remains mysteriously unexplained to this day. The monster would assume his standard green hue in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, released two years later in 1997.

Gargantos lay dormant in his deadly Chaos Dimension until the release of the most infamous fighting game of all time, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, in 2000. The tentacled beast took gamers "for a ride" with his unforgettable moves and distinct fighting style.

Gargantos in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (2000)

Although this would be enough to cement Gargantos in the annals of gaming history, he wasn't done yet. As MvC2 videos began to proliferate on the internet, Gargantos became an underground sensation due to his use in tournaments.

Dubbed "Gahgantos" in a now-deleted viral video, the magical lord of chaos was soon featured in memes all over the web by the late '00s. He became known for his crispy moves, which were described by gamers as "so pringles."

legendary Gargantos meme

There you have it, the strange and unexpected history of Gargantos in video games. From an obscure Marvel supervillain to a fighting game sensation, there's no doubt 2022 will be the year of Gargantos. But is the world truly ready to "embrace chaos"?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Check out my art at Future Tenant's 10th Birthday Party!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Future Tenant, a Pittsburgh art organization, is throwing themselves a kickass 10th birthday party this Friday, March 31st from 7 PM till midnight at Bakery Square.

I've donated an original 10x10" work to be auctioned off at the event. Made with puffy paint and nail polish on black cardboard, it's called "Devitalization":

Embrace Chaos!

Last year, I donated a (very NSFW) piece called "Hollywood" to the 2011 fundraiser, Sugar Factory. And I was on the fence about attending the actual event... but since I live right down the street from Bakery Square, I decided to give it a shot. And I'm glad I did because the event was F@&%ING AWESOME!!!

Basically, what I'm getting at is that the price tag ($25 presale, $30 at the door) is totally worth it. There's tons of free food, drinks (an open bar!), and entertainment. Plus, ya know, all of the art. (It's an auction, after all, so you can try to win your favorite piece!!!)

For more info, check out the Facebook page for the event. And speaking of Facebook, you can also check out more pics of "Devitalization" if you're curious.