Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My Life in Fandom: Disney, Why No Mashup of Marvel & Star Wars?

The teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok is out, and good God I hope the final film is as fun as this teaser makes it look.

Seeing how, especially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the mishmash of genres that happens starting with Thor films I couldn't help revisiting an idea I had when The Dark World came out- something that really should be explored now that Disney owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm. What is that? How well your standard Jedi/Sith sort of character would blend into this milieu. In short, a mashup. Don't tell me it wouldn't work; Bandai's been doing it for years, successfully.

Don't tell me that you couldn't mashup Marvel and Star Wars. It wouldn't even be that hard. Sure, a bit of editing on the part of the Marvel canon may be needed, but "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away." handles most of this. It's simply that the Star Wars Galaxy has the stuff that recombines into different forms to become our Marvel Universe over time, and we embrace the fun of that possiblity to do things like have holocrons on Earth crop up to revive the Jedi way- complete with lightsabers. Most of the tech is already present; it's just making that connection that has to happen, and thanks to Doctor Strange that's easily done now.

And it's not like Marvel hasn't done mashups before--Marvel vs. Capcom anyone?--so the hardsell is Lucasfilm, which comes down to Disney saying "It's happening. Suck it up." and then working out how not to let EA fuck it up or DICE to get away with being lazy shits.

But on the tabletop? That's why games like Champions and its HERO System acquired and maintain its faithful base of users to this day. (Ditto GURPS.) Hell, that's why those point-buy generic systems got going: to provide some objective rubric of measurement specifically to compare characters from different properties and settle "Who'd win in a fight?" sorts of Stupid Fanboy Arguments.

Make it happen Disney. Get your two hot properties to make with the mashups, and don't be shy about it- you're aren't shy about fan service otherwise, so why stop now?

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