We all love crossovers, provided that they are done correctly. If you have two great franchises or characters, the movie will undoubtedly have to respect each of them and tell their story well.
What I like about some crossovers is that it expands the universe that it has already set, like with Arrow and Flash (with potentially Supergirl and Static Shock). They have both been very popular in their own right, but the crossovers are an added bonus and it appealing.
Now I know that in series, crossovers are more frequently done, but what about movies? Well there was Freddy vs. Jason, which was ok, then there was Alien vs. Predator, which was disappointing. The reason for their lackluster performances was due to timing (both movies were made too late, which lost the appeal) and the story.
But I have a number of potential crossovers that I think would work.
1. John Wick and Robert McCall
I love both of these characters. Both are former assassins who want a normal life and are antiheroes in the way they conduct their business. I actually thought John Wick was the best action movie of 2015. It definitely revived Reeves' career but what I loved about Wick was his (and the story's) simplicity. I mean, I would go nuts if anyone killed my dog, especially if it had been my dead wife's gift. So immediately I sympathized with Wick and after he finished getting his revenge I wanted to see more.
Thankfully, there is a sequel, but what or who should be included? Well for me, that person is Robert McCall ( The Equalizer ). Just like Wick, McCall is a sympathetic character in that he actually cares about people, which is ironic because of his former profession. But his affection for the vulnerable Alina was admirable and welcomed.
I would love to see both in the same movie kicking ass or going head to head! Now that would be a great story in itself....John Wick vs. The Equalizer - who wins?
2. Mad Max and Eli
I really thought that The Book of Eli was a peerless movie. The Hughes brothers directed the post-apocalyptic world with style. The protagonist Eli (a.k.a. "The Walker") was a unique character with focus. That for years he went on the path and had such faith in a brutal world really made me gravitate to him...and of course he was blind!
Then there is the other post-apocalyptic character that is brilliant: Max Rockatanksy (a.k.a. "The Road Warrior"). Unlike Eli, Max roams the world with one goal, and that is to survive. However, in his travels he does end up in trouble but tends to help people who are in need of it. Just like in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome where Max helped the women and children in the Oasis and in [Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445) helping Furiosa and the Wives.
Now, I know that The Book of Eli was a one off movie. However, there is Eli's journey to the West that can be told and with that the inclusion of Max, it would be amazing.
3. Ghostbusters and TMNT
Yes, there is already a comic book crossover with IDW Publishing. However, both franchises have a huge following and a cinematic crossover would be ideal. And I know that there is a female Ghostbusters movie (which I am fine with) coming soon, but I would still love to see a crossover with them and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles nonetheless. I know that Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got mixed reviews, but I don't think it was as bad as some critics thought. One thing with Bay is that he had faith in his work. Transformers is a testament to his commitment. Now he is concentrating on TMNT with two sequels planned. With the new Ghostbusters movie coming soon, if both franchises are a success, then a crossover would not (and should not be) farfetched.
4. G.I. Joe and Transformers
Now, this has been in development hell for years. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who stared as Roadblock in [G.I. Joe: Retaliation](tag:41694), has expressed his interest in a crossover with Transformers. However, more recently, Retaliation director John Chu expressed a very keen interest in a ultimate crossover. Chu was talking to Cinemablend and stated:
I mean, I’m a huge Transformers fan, I would totally be down for that. I really want to build my universe with Jem—but you could have Jem, G.I. Joe, and Transformers collide—one epic blockbuster!
Chu also directed Jem and the Holograms, and while that hasn't been received well by critics or audiences, with Hasbro committing to their own Marvel-esque universe a crossover is inevitable.
5. Indiana Jones and Captain America
This would honestly an amazing crossover. I have always liked Captain America, especially in WW2. Now that Disney have bought Lucasfilm, which includes the Indiana Jones franchise, a meeting is possible. As any fan of Jones will know, his main adventures are set in WW2, and so are Captain America's.
I have written an article on Moviepilot about wishing the MCU would take Captain America back to WW2. The reason for this is because I feel that Rogers' best stories are from that era. He was fighting Nazis, he met with Azzuri (T'Challa's grandfather), the Black Panther, he was part of the Invaders (the first superhero group), started the Howling Commandos with Nick Fury, his meeting with Logan/Wolverine. All these elements are parts of a great story, but imagine if Indiana Jones were on that list. As I said, Disney has the rights to Indiana Jones, and a crossover is not beyond the realm of possibility - or, at least, wishful fan thinking. Jones has adventures that go beyond the realm of reality, as does Captain America.
There are many more potential crossovers that I would love to see. I will probably write a second article on it. Let me know what you think, or if you have any other suggestions.