Now, over the years, Marvel and DC have actually crossed over a whole lot more times than you'd think for two companies who're widely assumed to hate one another. Back in the '90s, the two comic book companies biggest heroes (and Jubilee) faced off in a battle royale of incredibly profitable proportions - Marvel vs. DC, pictured above - but that wasn't the first, or last, time that the two universes collided.
For the most part, though, those official meetings - The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans and JLA/Avengers, for instance - were very much one-off events, which basically existed outside of each company's pre-existing canon.
There have, however, been several occasions in which the Marvel and DC Universe's have unofficially crossed over - the vast majority of which are very an official part of their respective worlds.
Which, with the rapid emergence of both the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universe's, got us here at Moviepilot thinking. It's a longshot, but:
Could We See the MCU and DCCU Crossover as Well?
Well, officially, almost certainly not - but let's take a look at NUMBER of the classic (unofficial) comic book crossovers, and see whether there's any way some intrepid filmmakers could make it happen anyway...
1. The Teen Titans Totally Burned Down the X-Men's Mansion
Now, this one has as much to do with a disgruntled ex-Marvel writer as it does with the warmer, fuzzier crossovers that you'll see below. Y'see, by the time Scott Lobdell - an acclaimed X-Men writer back in the 1990s - joined DC's Teen Titans reboot in 2011, he was more than a little disillusioned with Marvel' Merry Mutants...and so decided to literally burn their house down.
That's right, he literally burned down a Westchester mansion - though without its 'squatters' inside, thankfully. Otherwise Wolverine would've been pissed.
How Could it Happen in the Movies? Well, on the surface, it very much won't - the odds of Warner Bros. antagonizing Fox by pretending to burn down the X-Mansion seem pretty small indeed. A shiny tower with an A on it in the post-Zod-fight Metropolis rubble, though? Who knows...?
2. Doctor Strange's Sidekick is Friends With Green Lantern
He may not be the most famous Marvel hero of all time, but for fans of Doctor Strange, the Sorceror Supreme's friend and manservant Wong is as integral a part of the Marvel Universe as any other. So, when Green Lantern moved to New York back in the '90s (Green Lantern Vol 3, No. 57, to be precise) it was a pleasant surprise when he ran into a mysterious bald man in a surprisingly old fashiond outfit.
Though, that being said, it shouldn't have been that surprising, seeing as GL had moved to 175 Bleecker St...next door to Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum at 177a...
How Could it Happen in the Movies? Wong turning up in Green Lantern? Not a chance. An actor who's played a superhero for Marvel or DC turning up in the other company's movies in a suspiciously similar, but pointedly un-named, character? Absolutely...
3. Deadpool Meets the Character He Was Based On
That's right: Wade 'Deadpool' Wilson and his original DC inspiration Slade 'Deathstroke' Wilson - more on that right here - have totally met in an actual, factual DC comic.
I mean, Deadpool never actually managed to get his name out back in 2006's Superman/Batman annual, but even so - that couldn't be more the Merc with a Mouth if it tried...
How Could it Happen in the Movies? Well, it's Deadpool, so yes, of course it could. Or, at least, I wouldn't put it past a Deadpool movie to make repeated references to 'the stroke of Death', or his uncle 'Slade'.
4. Marvel and DC Heroes Both Really Like Rutland, Vermont
Now, out in Rutland, Vermont, there's an annual Halloween parade, which tends to feature a whole lot of superhero costumes...which, by itself, is super-awesome. Back in the early 1970s, though, a group of DC and Marvel writers decided that it needed to be made even more fantastic...and used it as a setting for an unofficial Marvel/DC crossover.
Over the course of issues of Amazing Adventures, Justice League of America, and The Mighty Thor, the Justice League and Avengers ended up indirectly interacting with one another, to the extent that in one scene, they were heavily implied to each be just out of shot...
How Could it Happen in the Movies? In the movies, this one might be a long shot - but in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Arrow? Who knows...
And, of course:
5. Clark Kent Can't Keep Out of the Marvel Universe
That's right. The Clark Kent.
Over the years, Clark has turned up in more Marvel comics than some Marvel heroes, including running headlong into Thor (above), and even being directly referred to by name in (classic X-Men spin-off) Excalibur...
How Could it Happen in the Movies? Well, that really depends on how much Marvel is willing to pay an ex-Superman (Dean Cain's most likely available...) to turn up in the MCU wearing a suit and glasses. As long as they avoid saying his name, it'd be hard to see why they couldn't make it work...
In the end, of course, there's a good chance we'll actually see precisely none of these, and that the two Cinematic Universe's will remain completely separate...until 2042's Marvel vs. DC movie, at least...
What do you reckon, though?