What is that one dream of every person who loves Marvel characters with the same passion they reserve for DC superheroes and supervillains? It’s for the characters to appear in each other’s respective universes and go on adventures together that have only existed in the fantasies of their fans. Who wouldn’t want to know if Superman, DC’s most powerful superhero can be taken down by Wanda Maximoff or the Black Panther? Well, chances are that such dreams aren’t that impossible anymore.
Recently, Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming The Suicide Squad’s director James Gunn was responding to questions of a fan when he was asked whether there exists a possibility of the wide and diverse universes of Marvel and DC ever having a mega-crossover. To the surprise of Marvel and DC fans, Gunn shared that he has actually broached the topic of a possible crossover to “the powers-that-be” at both studios as he too would love for it to happen. While he didn’t share what their responses were and he is also wary that such a crossover is unlikely to ever happen, he assured that it is not an impossibility either.
And in case there is ever a time that this currently implausible scenario becomes a reality, James Gunn already knows which characters he wants together in a film. Last year in December, the director responded to a fan’s query about his dream Marvel-DC crossover and shared that it would consist of the supervillains King Shark and Weasel from the Suicide Squad and Groot along with Rocket from his Guardians of the Galaxy films. Given how iconic and beloved these characters are, especially the Marvel characters, it is a shame if the film is never made.
While our beloved Marvel and DC characters are yet to get together on the silver screen, the dream has already come true for comic book readers. Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man: The Battle of the Century was the first comic book, in 1976, that featured a crossover between characters from both the universes and was jointly published by Marvel Comics and DC Comics. In the story, Superman and Spider-Man join forces against their respective enemies, Lex Luthor and Doctor Octopus, who are plotting a dangerous plan to defeat the heroes and dominate the world. Sadly, this issue is not considered canon as in the story both heroes exist in the same universe, something which shouldn’t be possible given that before this comic book, either superhero had not even been mentioned in each other’s stories or even assisted each other.
Thus, for now, James Gunn remains our only common cinematic link between the two very similar but simultaneously different universes of Marvel and DC. Currently, he is waiting for the release of DC’s The Suicide Squad on July 30, 2021, in theaters and on HBO Max. Later in 2021, he will begin working on the third film in the Guardians of the Galaxy film series under Marvel, though he has confirmed that he has already finished the script for the film.