Ask a Dork: Disney/Lucasfilm/Marvel Crossovers
“Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm and Marvel, what would be your dream crossover with those three properties? In what medium?”
Kingdom Hearts with Lightsabers? An X-men and Indiana Jones adventure ride? American Graffiti sequel starring Tron? Nah, I’m pretty sure crossovers are the worst thing to happen to almost any medium.
If that sounds just a little harsh, I’m probably not doing my job well enough. Outsides of comic books, crossovers tend not to work well. They have been attempted by various companies in numerous mediums with little success. So little, that I’m quite sure I can list the few good ones right here in just a handful of bullet points:
- Super Smash Bros. (video game series)
- Marvel vs. Capcom (video game series)
- Kingdom Hearts (video game series)
- Pokemon Conquest (video game)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit (film)
- Dark Tower (novel series)
Doesn’t seem like a lot, does it? There are three reasons for this very, very short list: (1) sometimes crossovers are limited by legalities and usage rights, (2) some mediums (like comics) are much more competent at combining fictional universes than others, and (3) most development houses can’t think of a decent reason for universes to cross paths. There are very few crossovers that actually make it past the conceptual stage, and the few that do usually aren’t strong enough to stand on their own.
Unlike other dorky fanboys out there, I’d rather not get excited imagining collaborations that likely wouldn’t turn out that great in any medium.
…that said, I wouldn’t mind seeing Rocket Raccoon punch Darth Vader in the face.