Back in 1990, Marvel tried something interesting with their summer crossover. What if the superheroes were challenged by different supervillains? If the Fantastic Four battled a powerful villain besides Doctor Doom or the Wizard, or the Avengers faced a team other than the Masters of Evil?
Yeah, I got your interest now, don't I?
That was the idea for Acts of Vengeance. A stranger (who proves to be a venerable Marvel villain) pulls together a "who's who" of evil in the MU. He gets Doctor Doom, the Kingpin, Magneto, Mandarin, Red Skull and the Wizard in the same room at the same time, then hits them with his sales pitch: let's switch enemies!
(Sadly, Apocalypse, Cobra and the Mad Thinker weren't interested, and Namor got huffy over being called a villain, despite abundant evidence to the contrary.)
Basically they mix it up and don't have much more luck than usual, before the "stranger" is revealed to be Loki, Thor's perennial pain-in-the-butt half-brother.
The match-ups that resulted didn't really dig into the potential of the premise; however, it got me thinking. The Ultimate Universe may one day revisit the idea... so who would you like to see pitted against each other?
Here are some of my quirkier picks:
- Captain America vs. Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus
- Iron Man vs Magneto
- the Fantastic Four vs the Mandarin
- the (original) X-Men vs the Red Ghost and his Super-Apes
- Thor vs the Frightful Four
- Hulk vs the Red Skull
- Spider-Man vs the Mad Thinker (great shades of What Th...?) and the Awesome Android
- Power Pack vs the U-Foes
- the (all-new) X-Men vs the Serpent Society
- Quasar vs Annihilus and Blaastar (did this already happen?)
- Nick Fury vs the Leader
And I'm sure more will occur to me as the day goes on.
Do YOU have any match-ups that you'd like to see, if heroes and villains tag-teamed? Comment away!