Geekend: Crossover Madness

David Wagner, Managing Editor | 3/21/2014 | 30 comments

David Wagner
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.

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soozyg   Geekend: Crossover Madness   4/7/2014 3:09:43 PM
Re: Ron and shaggy.
Flappy Birds--the developer took it offline because, depending on who you talk to, 1) the game is too addicting and 2) he was uncomfortable with the amount of money coming in.

I read the developer was making $50,000 a week on ads.
soozyg   Geekend: Crossover Madness   4/7/2014 3:06:48 PM
Re: crossover madness
@Ariella, yes! Good point! (Just like adult films.) Do Trekies even know there is a plot? : D
kstaron   Geekend: Crossover Madness   3/27/2014 5:09:06 PM
Always purists
Just remember there are always purists. Always. My mother got upset when Velma got a little thinner and more voluptous in the "What's new scooby doo?" series. It didn't help that shaggy and velma were a thing either. (And the only whay I'd watch a twilight/buffy crossover is if buffy slayed the lot of them. And since I watch anything by Joss Weadon, that says something.)

Taimoor Zubair   Geekend: Crossover Madness   3/26/2014 1:58:05 PM
Re: Ron and shaggy.
This makes me remember that when i first read Harry Potter ( and hadn't seen the movie) , i imagined Ron Weasley as something like Shaggy from my favorite cartoon at that time. This crossover is so cool!
vnewman   Geekend: Crossover Madness   3/24/2014 2:19:11 PM
Re: Ron and shaggy.
@David - I need to learn that skill as well, but nonetheless these mashups are genius and you're really on to something...

On my wishlist would be Angry Birds and the now-ever-elusive-Flappy Birds! 
vnewman   Geekend: Crossover Madness   3/24/2014 2:13:41 PM
Re: Crossover Madness
@zerox - I was shocked to find that Mortal Kombat was still alive and well - I used to be addicted until one night about 15 years ago I stayed up almost all night on a huge MK run as Raiden.  I realized I had a serious problem!  lol.  I had all but forgotten about it until my 13 year old nephews were playing it over Christmas this year.  I resisted challenging them to a dual...I'm reformed after all.

The "Test your might" tehcno-house-music theme song really brings me back:  Throw back to the 90s with MK.

zerox203   Geekend: Crossover Madness   3/24/2014 10:11:07 AM
Re: Crossover Madness
Thanks, Dave, this was a lot of fun. Truthfully, it does seem like Hollywood is slacking a little when it comes to cashing in on all these potential crossovers. Don't get me wrong, there are certainly a lot of them - but we seem to be rehashing a lot of the obvious ones, like The Avengers, Alien VS Predator (which, of course, started as just an ingenius 'what if' idea like the ones you have here), and the upcoming Superman & Batman. Maybe Superman & Batman will be great, but it's certainly been done before. Especially with all these licenses moving around a lot more fluidly than they used to in the old days, doesn't it seem kind of strange that we don't see more crossovers with all the records the Avengers movie broke?

As for a personal request? Well, I'm a huge fighting game  (Street Fighter & Mortal Kombat, not boxing and WWE) fan. Most of you probably know about the storied Marvel VS Capcom franchise, which is great. I've always wanted to See a Capcom VS Shonen Jump (owners of the kinds of crazy japanese cartoons that Sara watches) done up in the same style. The license situation is all a mess, though (different people own the rights to individual characters overseas than in Japan), so it's unlikely to ever happen.
Ariella   Geekend: Crossover Madness   3/24/2014 8:51:37 AM
Re: crossover madness
@Henrisha plots are just there to tie special effects together.
Henrisha   Geekend: Crossover Madness   3/24/2014 5:26:55 AM
Re: crossover madness
Heh, Star Wars and Indiana Jones would make for an interesting crossover, although it would be a huge stress and finding a plot that wouldn't seem forced wouldn't be tough. Considering the fan base of both franchises--and that I'm a fan of both myself--I vote yes! If only!
Henrisha   Geekend: Crossover Madness   3/24/2014 5:25:45 AM
Re: Ron and shaggy.
I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and I loved Scooby Doo growing up. Now that you mention it, Shaggy and Ron are pretty similar in some ways, including them being carrot tops. Good eye!
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