Every once in a while, some of the most popular comic book publications will spice things up by crossing one of their characters over into another comic universe. For instance, it was recently announced that Angela from Image Comics would be making her way into the Marvel universe. Neil Gaiman won the battle against Todd McFarlane when it came to this character, which was his in the first place since he in some ways did actually create her. It turned into a really bad lawsuit as both writers claimed that they were sole owners to the half-naked angel, since she was first printed in an issue of Spawn. We hate it when that happens.
Now, while some fans were scratching their heads, wondering where a random religious character like Angela would fit in Marvel, it got others thinking about who could be next. What characters could we see teaming up with, or fighting against, our favorite Marvel heroes? For some it may be a stray thought, but we’re going to turn that into a huge list. So in honor of the big move, we’re listing off a few amazing Image Comics characters that could toddle over to Marvel at some point.
12. Morning Glories
We’re very aware that Morning Glories may be one of the most random comics to pull out of Image and into Marvel, but let us explain. The first is that we’re dealing with a nonlinear storyline that incorporates young and older versions of a main character or two. Who’s to say that the group of rebellious youngsters couldn’t eventually make their way out of Morning Glory Academy, stumbling onto the porch of an Ultimates universe? If the first major story arc had wrapped up by now, it would be easier to make a specific selection on where in the Marvel universe they would fit. Then again, Morning Glories is so good that I don’t want it to ever end.
Once upon a time, the character Firebreather was supposed to be part of the Young Avengers for Marvel comics, but that dream never came true. Instead Firebreather made his way over to Image Comics, turned into a miniseries and never looked back. The incredible half-dragon, half-human hero never got his chance to shine on the pages of a Marvel comic, but he should do that now. Perhaps there could be a story arc where Firebreather bulldozes his way into the Young Avengers after all, or even pop up in the X-Men somewhere. Utopia is always open for more visitors.
10. Zack Thompson (Tech Jacket)
Zack Thompson can easily fit into the space portion of the Marvel Universe and fight off strange alien beings that threaten to destroy other civilizations. For those of you who may not know, Thompson is your average guy who happened to get his hands on some high-tech alien technology that saved his life. Now the Tech Jacket is a permanent part of him. One Tech Jacket story arc later and Zack Thompson is a full-fledged intergalactic superhero. Zack is already well-qualified to become a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to imagine him fighting alongside Drax the Destroyer and company.
9. Bomb Queen
Whoever tries to step into Bomb Queen’s city and take it from her, is going to get slaughtered. Bomb Queen is the self-appointed leader of New Port City, whether the residents like it or not. If Bomb Queen were to cross over into Marvel, Deadpool would be the ideal candidate to storm into New Port City and cause hell. Could you imagine the kind of wonderful dialogue the two characters would have with each other, not to mention the kind of damage they’d inflict on New Port City when they fought? We can – it’s a killer crossover comic that currently exists only in our minds.
8. Cassie Hack & Vlad (Hack/Slash)
There has to be some way we could just get the lead characters from Hack/Slash to team up with Blade in a neat little story arc. Yes, there are still Blade comics out there, even if not too many fans are too fond of the last movie. So to have Blade team up with the slashing duo would be a sweet dream come true. You can easily picture the trio tearing their way through the dark alleyways filled with all sorts of strange supernatural creatures, and at times twisted humans, that threaten our existence. If you think it’s unlikely to happen, let us remind you that there are always some motherf***ers trying to ice-skate uphill.
7. Super Dinosaur
If you haven’t read a single issue of Super Dinosaur, you should bury your head in the sand. Okay, now stop and read on. Super Dinosaur is one of the most adorable comics to be created by Robert Kirkman that has nothing to do with The Walking Dead. The title is just as it implies; a world of powerful dinosaurs running around in killer armor protecting humans from the evils that reside in Inner Earth. If Super Dinosaur were to make his way into Marvel, there could be an arc where he enlists the help of the Uncanny Avengers. They have to aid his group of great dinosaurs, and they’re the only heroes strong enough to team up with them. You know you would buy every single issue that would come out for that story arc in a pre-historic heartbeat.
6. Michonne (The Walking Dead)
If there’s any character from The Walking Dead we’d want to snatch from Image Comics and throw into a temporary Marvel setting, it’d be Michonne. Since we’re thinking hypothetically, it wouldn’t be right to have her battle more zombies. No, we need to have her fight against some of the most powerful zombies in the Marvel universe: Marvel Zombies. You have to admit it’d be pretty cool seeing Michonne carve up some zombified versions of your favorite superheroes. Yes, we’re quite aware that there hasn’t been a new issue of Marvel Zombies in years, but one can still dream.
5. Mark Grayson (Invincible)
The world of Mark Grayson, better known as his superhero alter-ego Invincible, is a very complex one to say the least. The superhero has had a lot of problems on his hands between his own personal life and dealing with beings from other worlds. It would be interesting to see Mark Grayson end up in a crossover story arc with the likes of The Avengers. We know that the overall stories that are in Invincible can be incredibly complex and serious, but it could work if he popped his head into an Avengers story line every once in awhile. Tony Stark could certainly give him some pointers on balancing life versus work.
4. Gladstone’s School For World Conquerors
Gladstone’s School For World Conquerors should be tied together with Marvel’s Runaways. Perfect combination, right? Both of these comics share the same kind of witty humor. Maybe they could hire a solid writer and an incredible artist to blend the two worlds together in one fun story. It’s been years since we last saw Runaways in their own comic, and it’s time that they come back in a big way. What better way than to battle against the youngsters that will grow up to be super villains one day? Yes, you know you love this idea too.
3. Savage Dragon
It would be an absolute crime against humanity if Savage Dragon weren’t an Image Comics character under consideration to mix into the Marvel universe. Seriously, he’s one of the coolest characters to ever pop out of Image, being one of the biggest heroes in that universe, figuratively and literally. So one day Marvel should team up with Image Comics and make a Luke Cage/Savage Dragon crossover. If Luke Cage were to suddenly make a trip over to Chicago and team up with Savage Dragon on a case against the Vicious Circle, that would be absolutely amazing. Plus Erik Larsen basically doing blaxploitation seems like something you couldn’t look away from, for better or worse.
2. Tank Girl
Tank Girl needs to be in a MAX title. Could you imagine her popping up in a title like Punisher MAX? Her vulgar attitude and behavior would be perfect for that kind of dark, mature setting. Tank Girl could also work out in an Age of Apocalypse story line, where she’d have the chance to use her tank and blow everything up from here to kingdom come. It’s been too long since we last saw Tank Girl in a comic and this would be a great excuse to bring the character back out there. Along with the kangaroos, of course. Everything’s better with mutant marsupials.
Spawn would have to be the most obvious and best choice pertaining to this whole hypothetical situation. In recent years Spawn has faded off the comic book map. The Todd McFarlane comic is absolutely brilliant, edgy and dark but hasn’t received wide love from the masses recently like it did back in the late ’90s. McFarlane is constantly saying we’re inches away from bringing the hellspawn back to television and film (actually, he constantly says a lot of things; being quiet does not come naturally to him). So what better way to remind people of this badass character than by incorporating him in Marvel Knights? He would be a solid fit and would immediately gather a larger fan base from a new generation. Perhaps the possibility of bringing Spawn back into another movie would become even closer to a reality as a result.