Greetings from the Odinson,
Iconic characters crossing paths is nothing new in fiction. The Wolfman met Frankenstein, King Kong boxed Godzilla, and Alien battled Predator. Whether it’s a slasher showdown like Freddy vs. Jason, a super hero team-up like the X-Men and Teen Titans, or humorous tales like Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein and Archie meets the Punisher, the only thing better than watching or reading about your favorite heroes and monsters is seeing your favorite heroes and monsters crossing over with your other favorite heroes and monsters.
Here is a list of crossovers the Odinson is dying to see.
The Odinson’s Dream Crossovers
In the early 2000s, in the eerie, mist-shrouded Highlands of Scotland, an entire British Special Forces unit was wiped out by a pack of ravenous werewolves. Many of the British soldiers were added to the monsters’ ranks, strengthening the pack with their tactical knowledge and military training. There was only one survivor whose harrowing tale got buried in the tabloids by the score and highlights of that evening’s football match.
In the 1980s, names like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Dolph Lundgren became synonymous with action, and in the 2010s they were joined by other action icons like Jason Statham and Jet Li to gather the greatest team of action stars ever assembled, a motley crew of aging mercs known as the Expendables. Arnold’s Dutch led an elite unit of soldiers, not unlike the Expendables themselves, a team of the best of the best whom Dutch declared “…are not expendable,” against a supernatural foe, but they did not fare so well.
How would the grizzled vets of the Expendables fare against the savage cunning of the Dog Soldiers? I don’t know, but I’m dying to find out.
Fred Krueger is the boogey man with knives for fingers that haunts the nightmares of the children of Elm Street. He was a monster in life and now he is an even scarier monster in the afterlife. With a murderous appetite for souls, powers to warp the realities of your dreams, and a wicked, macabre sense of humor, Freddy is truly the thing of nightmares.
Alex Gardner is a clairvoyant that used his psychic powers to cheat and swindle his way through life. That is until he found a true calling and mastered the ability to affect the Dreamscape, the bizarre, chaotic, unpredictable world our consciousness enters when we sleep. Alex is able to enter the dreams of others and use uncanny abilities like telepathy, shape-shifting, and reality-warping to influence that environment.
Freddy and Alex are two sides of the same coin. One is a nightmarish super villain using the dream world to collect and enslave human souls, while the other is a reluctant hero that enters the Dreamscape in order to save them. Who is the one true Dream Master? I don’t know, but that’s a crossover as inevitable as peanut butter and chocolate.
The Men in Black are a secret organization of highly skilled men and woman dressed in, you guessed it, black, armed with high tech gadgets and weapons, and they are the first, last, and only line of the defense between Earth and the worst scum of the universe.
The Yautja are the galaxy’s most feared and skilled hunters. Standing between seven and eight feet tall, they are immensely strong and agile. They are armed with an arsenal of deadly weapons and alien tech, including a personal cloaking field. Just one of these Predators was able to stalk and kill not one but two highly skilled teams of professional soldiers in the jungles of Central America.
I know the Men in Black have seen and dealt with everything the universe can throw their way, but have they ever been in a situation where the alien they are searching for is actually hunting them? Maybe, but it still doesn’t make me not want to see them butt heads with the Predator.
Eric Brooks is a dhampir, a half-human, half-vampire with all the strengths of both, but none of their weakness. Well, none except for the thirst. He has super human speed and strength, he is a master of combat and strategy, and he is armed to the fangs with weapons designed by his mentor, Whistler, to kill the undead. He hates vampires more than anything and as far as Blade is concerned, it’s Open Season on all bloodsuckers.
Eric Draven was brought back from the dead to avenge the brutal murder of him and his fiancé. As an avatar of the Crow, Eric is empowered with preternatural strength, speed, and nigh-invulnerability. He is led through the night by his guide, a mysterious crow with sight beyond sight. Eric is back on earth to set the wrong things right.
What happens when Blade hears about a supernatural being stalking the grimy, wet back alleys of Detroit and investigates only to find out that vampires aren’t the only thing that goes bump in the night? I don’t know, but this is a crossover event that needs to happen and I mean like yesterday!
Seeing great franchises like GI Joe and Transformers, Masters of the Universe and ThunderCats, Spider-Man and Superman crossover is always fun. I mean, we live in a world where we have seen Conan the Barbarian punch Wolverine in the face. If Red Sonja and Vampirella and Xena and Ash can share adventures then I see no reason why the crossovers listed above can’t happen.
To the Powers that Be, the ball is in your court now.
This is Odinson bidding thee farewell
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