Greetings from the Odinson,
Every comic fan has done this. They’ve sat around with friends, or gathered at the local comic shop, or simply pondered “who would win?” Superman vs. Hulk. Captain America vs. Batman. Aquaman vs. the Sub-Mariner. These match-ups we’ve seen before (see Marvel vs. DC). But there are still a multitude of face-offs that we’ve never been treated to. Here are some showdowns the Odinson would love to see come to fruition.
Batman vs. Thomas Crown
By day Bruce Wayne is a billionaire playboy, head of a Fortune 500 corporation, and cannon fodder for a TMZ/paparazzi world. By night he is the caped crusader known as Batman, a martial arts master armed with a utility belt full of high tech gadgets and a keen, deductive mind. By day Thomas Crown is a wealthy investment banker fueled by competition and always hungry for a challenge. By night he is a world class thief armed with an array of high tech gadgets and an analytical mind that always seems to keep him one step ahead of his adversaries. Crown is always on the lookout for a good challenge and who better to take on than the world’s greatest detective? Just imagine the cat and mouse game that would be played by these two genius-level intellects locking horns in a chess match for the ages.
Artemis Fowl is a 12 year old super villain. He comes from a long line of criminals and he uses his genius level intelligence to obtain great wealth and bend the laws of physics. Tom Swift is a teenage genius/inventor/adventurer. He uses his amazing inventions like the flying submarine to solve mysteries and foil crimes around the world. Both have used their uncanny brains to overcome great challenges. Fowl has enslaved magical fairies, and Swift has stood toe-to-toe with alien life forms from beyond the stars. It’s the battle of boy-geniuses to end all others.
Christopher Chance vs. Jason Bourne
Christopher Chance is a former assassin that now takes on bodyguard jobs for people he would have previously been hired to kill. He is a highly skilled martial artist, an excellent marksman, and a daredevil capable of pulling off amazing feats of death-defying aptitude. Jason Bourne is a black ops specialist that is betrayed and left for dead in the cold waters of the Mediterranean Sea. He recovers from his injuries but has no memories of his past. But when that past comes looking for him he suddenly realizes he possesses skills and abilities that make him a living weapon. He sets out to discover the truth about himself and becomes wrapped up in a web of lies and betrayal that goes to the top of government ranks. Chance and Bourne’s skill sets are very similar and they are both accustomed to taking on other assassins and special agents, and winning. But where Jason Bourne walks his path alone, Christopher Chance has surrounded himself with a close-knit team of confidants and friends. Perhaps Chance can give Bourne that second chance he has given to others, and Bourne could find a home helping others along side the Human Target. Or, perhaps Jason Bourne finally proves to be the one opponent that Christopher Chance can’t defeat.
Percy Jackson lives in a world where the gods of myth and legend actually exist. As the son of Poseidon, lord of the sea, the teenage Percy has power over water, which also feeds him strength. And, since Lord Poseidon is said to have created horses, Percy himself is a horse whisperer. Harry Potter is an orphan who at age eleven discovers he is born to become a wizard. He is sent to the magical boarding school of Hogwarts where he will train and master his magic-using abilities. Percy, along with his supernatural friends, must use his skills and pit his abilities against the minions of the titan Kronos. Harry, along with his fellow fledgling wizards, must use his magic and pit his abilities against the minions and evil plots of the sorcerer Voldemort. When the world of witches, werewolves, and elves collides with the world of Cyclopes, dragons, and medusa, it will truly be a clash of titans.
Stanley Ipkiss possesses a magical mask that imbues him with reality warping powers that include invulnerability, shape-shifting, and a skewed sense of humor. Mister Mxyzptlk is an imp from the Fifth Dimension whose magical reality warping powers perplexes even the greatest super hero in the DCU. The Impossible Man is a shape-shifting immortal from outer space that perplexes and annoys the heroes of the Marvel Universe. None of these troublemakers are “evil,” but they are quite possibly the greatest practitioners of chaos ever created. Mxyzptlk can only be undone by being tricked into saying his name backwards. This banishes him back to the Fifth Dimension for at least thirty days. Only one thing has ever defeated the green-skinned Poppupian, and that is when Warlock of the New Mutants beat him in a contest of shape-shifting by performing a change even the Impossible Man could not do (See New Mutants Annual #3). And the only thing that seems to be able to slow the Mask down is when his host removes him. Since there is no real harm they can do to each other, their contest will be to see who can come up with the best prank. Two things are for sure, if these three maniacs ever assembled together within the pages of one comic book: 1) the heroes of the world are in for one big headache, and 2) the readers are in for one hilariously good read.
These are some of the showdowns and crossovers I would love to see. Well, Powers that Be, the ball is in your court now. Hey, if Marvel and DC can get along together long enough to give us JLA/Avengers, then surely the owners of these properties can somehow make these crossovers happen.
This is Odinson bidding thee farewell!