Shortly after falling down the rabbit hole Alice made this brief exclamation to the White Rabbit. As comic and movie fans around the world have found out in recent months, it seems like we are all on our way down into Wonderland.
When the news first broke that Disney had purchased the Star Wars license our thoughts immediately turned to the prospect of the new movie trilogy Disney smartly announced that day. What few people considered was how widespread the arms of the House of Mouse now spread. Disney currently owns many many licenses which include, but are not limited to,: the Muppets, Marvel Comics, Star Wars, ESPN, Winnie the Poo, Pixar, Saban Entertainment (Power Rangers), Hyperion Books (publisher of the Percy Jackson series), and much much more. This creates some interesting possibilities for crossovers.
Marvel studios (owned by Mickey) has spent the better part of the last decade proving that interconnected properties can work outside of comic books. We also know that Hollywood has often figured that if something is successful once, then we should be able to do it over and over again. The world of comic books presents the ideal platform for them to go wild with crossover events like we’ve never seen before. This is because you can put pen to page and voila, Captain Picard meets Doctor Who (real thing). You don’t have to wait for actors or schedules, you don’t have to pay exorbitant salaries and then wait a year while the movie goes through post production. Comics can be cranked out relatively quickly at a rather high quality by a small number of people.
A few weeks ago it made a big splash that the character of Angela (created for the Spawn comic books) would be entering the Marvel universe at the end of the Age of Ultron series. Now having had a few weeks to think about this, I think it might have been Marvel testing the waters of what fans will accept. Might they be planning more crossover combinations? Imaging the epic battles we could see in Marvel Comics over the next few years. Percy Jackson vs Thor, the Green Ranger vs the Green Goblin, R2-D2 vs Wall-E, Mace Windu joins the Avengers, and many many more.
So dear reader, what would be your ultimate team up or ultimate death battle?