|Posted: 28 November 2007 at 8:06pm | IP Logged | 7
Frankly, I can't even imagine a "split" universe under the Marvel banner. That would run contrary to everything Marvel had established about their company under Stan Lee. He was always about the "neighborhood" superheroes, one rubbing elbows with another, creating a sense of comraderie in both heroes and villains alike.
Marvel buys DC and incorporates the DC characters into the Marvel U, immediately.
In terms of what to expect, Moon Knight becomes unnecessary with Batman in the MU, say. Characters who developed as dopplegangers of DC heroes would be relegated to some forgotten limbo. Characters like Wonder Man would be redundant, as clones.
The most important aspects of the DCU involve geography. As such, Marvel would simply become more diverse.
Gotham City and Metropolis would be New York State cities, surrounding the hub of Marvel's Manhattan, probably smack between them. In one sense, Gotham and Metropolis would be the nimbus cast from New York City's dichotomy of gritty Daredevilesque Hell's Kitchen type stuff and the FF's skyscraper science HQ.
Central City and Keystone City are in Missouri, home of Barry Allen and Jay Garrick respectively.
Midway City as Chicago is Hawkman and Doom Patrol territory.
Los Angeles? Home of the Justice League.
I think the "Justice League" becomes what we'd call the "West Coast Avengers".
The Avengers got a little out of hand at one point, but perhaps the inclusion of the Justice League changes that to a degree. Also, the Justice Society would remain the "first" superheroes, encompassing WW 2 and now retired.
I think Marvel would attempt to integrate the Avengers and Justice League, but split them geographically.
However, it's a tricky business. Essentially the Avengers are the East Coast team, the Justice League is the "West Coast" team, or the A-plus version of the Champions.
How do you divvy up the superheroes? Do you want a team with both Thor and Superman? Is Batman a loner, as Spider-Man was always supposed to be? Do Captain America and Superman cancel each other out on the same team? How does the Vision and Martian Manhunter, or Green Arrow/Hawkeye not create a redundancy as well?