The Marvel and DC universes have crossed paths more times than you'd probably think over the years. The Avengers have gone toe-to-toe with the Justice League, and Spider-Man has teamed up with both Batman and Superman on separate occasions.
Crossovers like these used to happen every now and again in the comic books. These days? Not so much. Marvel and DC are owned by Disney and Warner Bros. respectively, meaning the odds of seeing the two universes collide are currently slim. Slim, but not impossible.
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Last month, notable leaker and industry insider Daniel Richtman claimed that NetherRealm - the studio behind Mortal Kombat and DC fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us - is developing a Marvel fighting game for next-gen consoles. Details are scarce right now, but Richtman claims the game is already in production.
In an interesting development, NetherRealm boss and Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon recently took to Twitter to drop a hint that many fans believe directly addressed the current rumours. Retweeting James Gunn, who has now worked with both Marvel (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and DC (The Suicide Squad), Boon said that it was impressive the director has managed to play in both universes.
Taken on its own, this probably wouldn't mean all that much. But when you consider the recent rumours of a NetherRealm-developed Marvel fighting game? Boon's comments look an awful lot more intriguing.
I should stress that we still don't know for sure what NetherRealm is working on next, but some fans have taken Boon's comments to mean that this rumoured Marvel game will also include DC characters, marking the first time both universes have come together in a AAA fighting game. Much of this is speculation and reading between the lines to find something that might not even be there, but there's no denying a Marvel VS DC fighting game is long, long overdue.
To be honest, even if NetherRealm's next project is just a straight-up Marvel fighting game with zero DC characters, that'd be fine too. But if Disney and Warner Bros. have come to some kind of agreement to allow a WB-owned studio to develop a game with Marvel characters, not throwing the likes of Batman and Superman into the mix for a historic crossover would be a huge missed opportunity.
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