A few days ago, in an early April Fool’s joke, Boy’s Life magazine “broke the news” that Disney was going to drop the bomb shell in Star Wars Episode VII that Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) really invented R2-D2 and C-3PO. Despite the fact that Boy’s Life isn’t really known for breaking Hollywood news it caused quite the temporary stir.
Obviously, the rumor had a little added weight because Disney owns both properties. Let’s face it, the concept is rather fun on the surface. Iron Man and C-3PO look a little bit alike, even down to the little medallion in the center of their chests. As morose and annoying as Anakin was in Episodes I-III, it would be a fun relief to think of Tony Stark as their real programmer, especially in the case of R2-D2, who is a better reflection of Stark’s personality than Anakin’s. Still, there are obvious reasons why it wouldn’t work, mostly having to do with the howl of the purists on both sides.
But what if we applied this kind of creativity to slightly less sacred franchises? I thought it would be fun to share some ideas I have for crossovers:
Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek: Voyager -- Two different ships looking for Earth and a long way from home. Each with scant resources. Imagine they bump into each other in the far reaches of the galaxy. Voyager knows the way home but is all alone. The rag tag fleet of colonials (and I’m talking the old BSG -- the new BSG is an abomination) provides the energy, manpower, and protection, while Voyager provides the intelligence and technology. Added bonus: Watching Captain Janeway tolerate Muffy the Daggit jumping on her lap would be priceless.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight -- Wouldn’t you love to see Buffy take the sparkle out of some teen vampires? I know it is blasphemy, but I prefer the kitsch of the original Kristie Swanson/Luke Perry Buffy, but either one will do if they stake Taylor Lautner.
Just so you know, I came up with this idea before I discovered this… er strange… sometimes funny… sometimes rather obsessed with TV sitcoms video.
The X-Men move into Downton Abbey -- As a kid, my favorite thing about the X-Men was the mansion the school was in. I wanted my school to be in a mansion. What better mansion than Downton Abbey? Don’t you feel that X-Men was always a bit of an “upstairs/downstairs” kind of comic? You had the “lords of the manor,” the X-Men themselves, with especially snooty Professor Xavier, and then you had the “New Mutants” who were basically the servants. They never got to do anything fun and were slaves to the whims of the X-Men. If only Downton had a Danger Room.
Harry Potter meets Scooby-Doo -- Let’s face it, wouldn’t Harry Potter have ended better if Voldemort had said, “And I’d have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for you kids.” How much does Ron remind you of a less shaggy Shaggy? Isn’t Hermione a perfect combination of Daphne and Velma? If the Globetrotters came on as guests and played Quidditch the whole thing would be perfect.
Actually, I’m beginning to like this. Maybe Marvel should go for it. In the meantime, let’s all play the game. What two franchises would you combine? Comment below.