Comics pros want Marvel and DC to team on a new, epic crossover event

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With the 25th anniversary of the last DC and Marvel Comics crossover approaching, and the American comics industry in a state of deep uncertainty, writer Gail Simone kicked off a moment of positive Twitter energy with one simple question: What would you like to see in a new Marvel/DC crossover?

And some of Marvel and DC’s biggest creators have answered, with the hashtag #PleaseMarvelDC.

Fan wisdom says there’s a deep divide between Marvel and DC comics, but among the folks who make those comics, it’s rare to find anyone who’s only worked at one of the two superhero juggernauts. With all that cross pollination, you’d think we’d get crossovers more often, but it hasn’t happened since 1996’s DC vs. Marvel/Marvel vs. DC, which itself spawned the extremely ’90s Amalgam Universe, which was populated by mashup characters like Dark Claw (Batman/Wolverine), Doctor Strangefate (Doctor Strange/Doctor Fate), and Super-Soldier (Superman/Captain America).

DC and Marvel sporadically engaged in various weird crossovers even before then, but at the time only one of them was the subsidiary of an international media conglomerate. Disney’s 2009 acquisition of Marvel quashed many hopes of a return to intercompany crossovers — or even reprinted editions of those crossovers. This one, from 2003, goes for a lowest price of $44.22 on Amazon.

Gail Simone has written comics for both companies in her career, cutting her teeth on Marvel’s Deadpool, and moving on to DC’s Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman. And she has one thing in mind for 2021 and the 25-year-anniversary of the last time DC and Marvel teamed up.

A day later, many fans have weighed in with characters they’d like to see meet, and the creators they’d like to see craft that meeting.

And after Spider-Man scribe Christos Gage tweeted about claiming characters for yourself, well...

Many creators weighed in in the replies. Creators like Superman artist Jerry Ordway:

Kurt Busiek, writer of Marvels and The Avengers:

Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza, in what’s certainly a joke about how Deadpool was created:

Detective Comics scribe Cully Hamner:

DC Superhero Girls and Wonder Woman ’77 writer Amanda Deibert:

Black Panther writer Reginald Hudlin:

Killmonger artist Juan Ferreyra:

DCeased and Wolverine writer Tom Taylor:

Wonder Woman scribe and Ms. Marvel co-creator G. Willow Wilson:

And finally, Dark Nights Metal architect, writer of Batman and Justice League, Scott Snyder, with a bold proposition:

So how about it, Marvel and DC? In 2021, fans and creators can have little a crossover, as a treat?


So if the bulk of the Star Comics line is fair game, does that mean we could finally have the Camp Candy-Granny Goodness crossover I’ve dreamed about for so long?

Spider-Ham vs Batham. Batmandrill? Batmanatee?

A Cully Hamner Daredevil/Nightwing would be good.

And I’d have to give Black Panther/Batman to Priest. Sorry, Reggie Hudlin.

Personally, I’d love to see:

- Jeff Lemire do Moon Knight/Hawkman or Moon Knight/The Question
- Tom Taylor is one of the few people I’d trust to do both sides of the equation equally well, so he could almost have the run of the place: Spider-Man/Superman redux or Suicide Squad/Thunderbolts
- Jason Aaron on Ghost Rider/The Demon

What else? Wolverine/Deathstroke? Deadpool/Harley Quinn?

I dunno; I like spitballing, but I don’t generally find that the characters really mesh that well together, so I actually wouldn’t be that interested in a crossover.

Batman vs. Everyone!

Now that’s a movie I’d like to see!
No plot. No script. Just Batman taking down everyone who ever existed, ever!
For 3 whole hours! it’ll be longer than Titanic!

…Is anyone writing this down?

Exclusive early choreography footage of Batman taking down everyone.

Like Tower of Babel, but taking down Marvel’s mightiest? Yes, please.

Hulk/Zod. hulk’s current persona has that evil megalomania thing going that would make this meeting of minds really click.

I don’t like these kinds of events, they always end up as washed out nonsense because neither brand can afford to to really have their stable appear weaker or less positive than the other.

In my opinion, it’s just a mistake and should be avoided as an official project. Fan projects are a better way to do these types of crossovers.

which is why they team up to fight something bigger at the end.

Its no more an actual fight than any other super hero team movie where the various characters fight each other in the first or second act and then get it together by mid movie. See Avengers, GOTG, Thor Ragnorok, BvS, Justice League, etc.

Sure, I get that… but typically those types of "Oh we need to fight just kidding it was another big bad guy all along" scenarios can fall really flat.

Sure, you can have an Infinity War / Endgame level of result, which is ideal but takes time to build up. But for me, more often than not, you end up with something like BvS or Justice League where everything just feels boring because you know none of it matters.

I also think that The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy don’t quite fit the criteria of what we’re discussing, because they are origin stories (either for characters or to establish a long-lasting team).

but it hasn’t happened since 1996’s DC vs. Marvel/Marvel vs. DC …

There was also JLA/Avengers in 2003-2004.

Kamandi/Devil Dinosaur is choice.

I’m curious, although having read the Amalgam 90s crossover, I’ll just say that if they’re not going to do it well, they shouldn’t do it at all. I didn’t read the individual character comics, just the big event stuff that had them fighting and then combining, but even as a 12 year old I could tell it was pretty shitty.

Ms Marvel/Raven sounds like a sleeper hit to me. wow.

Did everyone forget the Justice League/Avengers crossover? Of all of these events, it was actually a pretty fun read for one, and for two it’s actually canon! That one also is the real most recent one and ends with the awesome image of Superman wielding Thor’s Hammer and Captain America’s shield as he takes down big bad Krona and he (Krona) ends up sealed in a cosmic egg. He’s still in that thing in DC, which makes it canon.

Pretty good stuff, and a little mental manipulation explains why the avengers and the league are at odds (at first).

Sandman/Dr Strange by Neil Gaiman
Batwoman/Black Widow by Greg Rucka & J.H William III
Damian/Runaways by B.K.V

To everyone wishing Disney and Warner would merge: no, no you don’t.

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