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…
Fuck it, since it’ll never happen, call dibs on your post-plague Marvel/DC crossover. I call Kamandi/Devil Dinosaur.
— Christos Gage (@Christosgage) March 25, 2020
Many creators weighed in in the replies. Creators like Superman artist Jerry Ordway:
Machine man/Metal Men? New Gods/Eternals? Guardians of the Galaxy/ Legion of Superheroes? Nova/Green Lantern?
— Jerry Ordway (@JerryOrdway) March 25, 2020
Kurt Busiek, writer of Marvels and The Avengers:
Binky’s Buddies/Patsy & Her Pals
Tomb of Dracula/Night Force
Planet Terry/Star Hawkins
— Kurt Busiek Resists (@KurtBusiek) March 25, 2020
Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza, in what’s certainly a joke about how Deadpool was created:
— Fabian Nicieza (@FabianNicieza) March 25, 2020
Detective Comics scribe Cully Hamner:
I’d want Daredevil/Nightwing.
— Cully Hamner (@CullyHamner) March 25, 2020
DC Superhero Girls and Wonder Woman ’77 writer Amanda Deibert:
— Amanda Deibert ️ (@amandadeibert) March 25, 2020
Black Panther writer Reginald Hudlin:
Killmonger artist Juan Ferreyra:
Catwoman/black Widow !
— Juan Ferreyra (@juaneferreyra) March 25, 2020
DCeased and Wolverine writer Tom Taylor:
Wonder Woman scribe and Ms. Marvel co-creator G. Willow Wilson:
I am into this idea.
— G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) March 24, 2020
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?