I'm returning to the idea of cross-world/cross-genre cross-overs for this week's Poll Position, and the specific question is:
More after the jump.
I think the fact that the Marvel Universe is specified matters here, because Marvel's usually a grittier, more "realistic" kind of place. The same character would fare much differently there than in the DCU. With that in mind, let's take a look at our options.
- Conan: One of my favorite "What If" issues dealt with this. Conan's fighting a sorcerer and falls through a magic gate, landing in Marvel's NYC. He eventually takes over the low-level gang that tries to jump him and ends up running a vast criminal enterprise. Eventually he encounters Captain America and joins the Avengers. But his whole amoral, cold steel beats magic any day outlook were a perfect fit for the Marvel ethos.
- Darth Vader: He's such a great character, he'd be fun anywhere. But I'd love to see his cunning and power matched up against the other "criminal" masterminds in the Marvel U like Magneto, to say nothing of the heroes he'd have to battle. I think he'd be a good match for Tony Stark, two technology-dependent antagonists on opposite sides, duking it out. That would be kind of fun.
- Dumbledore: This would suck. I'm a loser for putting it on the list. I blame the lithium.
- Galadriel: I put her on the list not for any kind of outright slugfesting, but because I think she was the most interesting of the LOTR secondary characters in terms of how she manages the world around her. Imagine she's the only high elf in the world, what she'd do to try and either get home, or to bring some of her brethren to her, or barring that, to revenge herself on whatever or whoever was responsible for ruining her life. Galadriel's the classic "Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove" type of gal, I think she'd be an interesting x-factor in the Marvel U. Imagine her taking over Central Park and making it her new elvish stronghold, for instance ...
- Gandalf: Gandalf's a way better choice than Dumbledore. They're basically the same kind of guy, but Gandalf killed a Balrog once. What did Dumbledore ever do, besides almost get Harry killed on several occasions? Gandalf might've screwed with the lives of short people, too, but at least hobbits are adults, you know?
- Luke Skywalker: I'd like to bring Luke to the Marvel U just so Magneto could beat him to death with his own robot hand.
- Spock: Is Vulcan out there in the 21st century, waiting to be discovered? If so, would Spock try to pull Earth technology along to where they could get him "home", and if so what would your various evil overlord types do to "acquire" him? Wars could start over someone with that kind of knowledge in his head, which would be interesting. And I'd like to see how he'd react to that, because Spock is probably the most interesting Trek character in my opinion.
So having looked at the list, I am going to reserve my final judgment until I hear YOUR arguments. So have at it, who would you like to see genre-jump?