There’s no other kind of event out there that elicits as much excitement and anticipation in geeks everywhere as the crossover. Seriously, it’s impossible to even articulate into words the feeling we experience when our favorite characters from two completely different franchises team up to take down a mutual threat. Alas, such fictitious convergences are few and far between as a result of copyright restrictions or two companies simply refusing to make nice with each other. But if the desire for one should arise, we at The MindHut are doing these studios a service by jotting down five sci-fi/fantasy crossovers we’d like to see!
1) Dr. Who/Game of Thrones
We know that the Doctor’s TARDIS is more than equipped to travel through the branching channels of time and space, but is it enough to shatter the impenetrable line of red tape that bars entry into other franchises? That depends if HBO and BBC’s team of executives are up for a Dr. Who/Game of Thrones crossover. Having seen sights that beggar human description, the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros may seem pretty tame to the Doctor, but if his track record is anything to go by, he can’t go five seconds without being followed by a malcontent from his rogues gallery to shake things up... like the Weeping Angels. Of course, this crossover is extremely doubtful, as there would surely be a simultaneous outbreak of nerds’ heads exploding from the lethal level of awesome.
2) Metroid/The Legend of Zelda
Yes, Link and Samus Aran from The Legend of Zelda and Metroid franchises, respectively, did appear together in Super Smash Bros., but in all fairness, they were merely beating the living snot out of each other without much of a backstory. Since they’re considered two of Nintendo’s hardcore heavy-hitters, why not have them star in a game that takes them from the land of Hyrule to the surface of the planet Zebes? Okay, these game series seem like they would go together about as well as oil and water, but tell us with a straight face that you wouldn’t want to see Link go head-to-head with Ridley, or Samus unloading a barrage of missiles on an army of Moblins!
3) He-Man and the Masters of the Universe/ThunderCats
One of the reasons He-Man and ThunderCats were such enduring pop culture icons well past the 1980s is the fact that both shows seamlessly blended swords and sorcery with the spaceships and lasers that are hallmarks of science fiction. Alone they’re already kind of like self-contained crossovers of the genres, but put these two cartoons together, and this geeky union is increased twofold. Plus, the Masters of the Universe and the ThunderCats really do have a lot in common: They hail from alien worlds that mirror our own, rely on a combination of futuristic technology and archaic weaponry, and their greatest nemeses—Skeletor and Mumm-Ra—are undead terrors that never learn from their innumerable losses.
4) Men in Black/Ghostbusters
After years of sitting in a dank basement watching movies, we’ve arrived at the conclusion that New York City has really got to take down the sign that reads “Please, by all means, conquer, destroy, or annihilate me clean off the map.” The Ghostbusters may handle the ethereal side of things while the M.I.B. keep us safe from threats from hostile galaxies, yet it’s only a matter of time before ghosts and war-mongering aliens form an unholy alliance that involves subjugation and making post-midnight runs to the toilet creepier than it already has to be. Initially, it’s difficult to see how these disparate exterminators of the paranormal could possibly work together. At the end of the day, though, both turn to one thing to get the job done: SCIENCE!
5) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy/The Hobbit
Let’s count the reasons why The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Hobbit are a match made in heaven: Each of them star an agoraphobic everyman whisked away by an eccentric wanderer, their journeys take them through exotic locales fraught with peril, and they return home with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the world that was outside their comfortable existence. So, maybe when boiled down to their basic elements, there isn’t much of a difference between the two, but this crossover qualifies as, by far, the greatest excuse to have a horde of uncouth dwarfs pester a clinically depressed robot that sounds like a sad Alan Rickman.
What sci-fi/fantasy crossovers would you like to see?