it's been nearly once month since the developers of Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 revealed a new playable comic book character, but they've started the new year right with the welcome news that Phoenix will join the fray when the game finally drops on February 15. Even better, skilled players can avail themselves of Jean Grey's Dark Phoenix mode to really put the hurt to their opponents. Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 marks Jean Grey's first appearance in a Capcom fighter, and her inclusion brings the playable character count to 34.

Check after the jump for a great demo video of Phoenix/Dark Phoenix in action.As you can see in the video below, the Dark Phoenix mode seems to come with some worthwhile advantages. It looks like Dark Phoenix shoots double-fireballs and may be able to steal the health points of opponents and teammates.