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1[[quoteright:350:]]²''Marvel Versus DC'' (or ''DC Versus Marvel'') was a 1996 four-issue miniseries {{crossover}} event, written by Ron Marz and Creator/PeterDavid, and illustrated by Dan Jurgens and Claudio Castellini, that pitted characters from Creator/DCComics against those from Creator/MarvelComics.²²You want more than that? Okay, here goes: both Franchise/{{the DCU}} and the Franchise/MarvelUniverse exist within a pair of timeless cosmic entities, called "Brothers", who were created together but separated from each other after their first battle, which culminated with the destruction and recreation of the universe they inhabited. Because of this, they spent eons unconscious, and unaware of each other's existence, but a series of crossovers caused them to slowly gain awareness of each other again. Then and there, they each decided [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne only one of them should encompass the whole of reality]]; but knowing that going head-to-head would just destroy everything again without a conclusion, they decided to set up a contest: each of the Brothers would choose eleven heroes, or "Champions", to represent them in a series of battles, and once the final score is tallied, the losing universe would cease to exist. Of these eleven fights, six served as warm-ups (winner in '''bold'''):²²* '''[[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]]''' vs. [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]²* [[Comicbook/SubMariner Namor]] vs. '''Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'''²* Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}} vs. '''[[Franchise/TheFlash The Flash (Wally West)]]'''²* Comicbook/JubileeMarvelComics vs. '''[[Comicbook/RobinSeries Robin (Tim Drake)]]'''²* '''Comicbook/SilverSurfer''' vs. [[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)]]²* '''Comicbook/{{Elektra}}''' vs. Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}²²The "main event" of the crossover, so to speak, were the five fights involving some of the top characters of both publishers at the time, whose outcomes were to be decided by the readers. With them deliberately starting after all other fights left the contest at a stalemate, the fate of two universes was literally in the readers' hands. The results were as follows:²²* '''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}''' vs. ComicBook/{{Lobo}}²* '''Comicbook/{{Storm}}''' vs. Franchise/WonderWoman²* '''Franchise/SpiderMan''' vs. Comicbook/{{Superboy}}²* Comicbook/IncredibleHulk vs. '''Franchise/{{Superman}}'''²* Comicbook/CaptainAmerica vs. '''Franchise/{{Batman}}'''²²While the score ended 6-5 to Marvel, the Spectre and the Living Tribunal [[TakeAThirdOption opted for a different solution]]: forcing the Brothers to fuse together, creating the Comicbook/AmalgamUniverse. They were forced to step in like this because, in the cosmic order of things, both universes were supposed to be kept inextricably separate, and the crossovers started to change this.²²This is where Access comes in: once a drifter named Axel Asher, he soon learned he carried within himself a shard of the Brothers' essence, and received his powers from his predecessor, a hobo who tended to an oversized cardboard box in an alley in New York City, which in fact hid a gateway between the universes, and became ground zero for the crossover when the gate became too powerful to contain. As a last-ditch attempt, Access was forced to share his power with Batman and Captain America, whose duel had just taken place nearby, so when the universes were combined, Access made sure to take these shards back from both heroes' amalgamated forms to empower the Spectre and the Living Tribunal, helping them keep both universes' integrity while splitting Amalgam back into DC and Marvel. Unfortunately, this only made the Brothers go "screw this" and straight-up fight each other. Knowing this would be the irrevocable end, Batman and Cap convince Access to let them try and stop the Brothers - which they do once they see their respective heroes, and see each of their universe has their own worth. So they stop trying to destroy each other, go their separate ways and all is well, right?²²Well... Not quite. The series got a sequel in 1997, titled ''[=DC/Marvel=]: All Access'' (also penned by Marz, but this time illustrated by Jackson Guice and Josef Rubinstein, the latter of which worked in the original series as an inker), in which characters are crossing universes randomly and, as this must mean something is trying to force the universes back together, Access must step in again to keep things right in the Multiverse. But the root of the problem might be closer than he thinks... Likely in [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange a certain building in Bleecker Street]]...²²Finally, later in that same year, ''Unlimited Access'' (written by Karl Kesel and drawn by Pat Olliffe) closed the ''Marvel Versus DC'' trilogy. While still trying to get the hang of his powers, Access accidentally learns he can travel not only through space, but also time, at the same time an unknown force is bringing villains associated with Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} to take over the Marvel Universe. Access tumbles through different timelines trying to get a hang of his powers and to get enough heroes to fight off the threat of Apokolips, even if they have to be as far apart in time as the original X-Men and the Comicbook/YoungJustice.²²Because of the scope, this was one of the highest-profile crossovers between Marvel and DC, and also one of the last few until ''Comicbook/JLAAvengers'', which is, so far, the companies' last official collaboration.²----²!!Tropes found in ''Marvel Versus DC'' and its sequels include:²* AlternateEnding: While it was known that Wolverine vs. Lobo had a different outcome drawn in case of a Lobo win, a pencilled and inked final page for Superman vs. Hulk where [[ Hulk defeats Superman]] has recently surfaced, implying that the other three main encounters also had different outcomes drawn.²* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Quicksilver's problem when fighting the Flash. Ties into his HeelRealization below.²* BadassNormal: They did rather well in the contest: of the non-powered combatants, only Catwoman lost, and she was fighting another BadassNormal (more or less) in Elektra. Robin beat Jubilee (who is a mutant) and Batman (rather more impressively) beat Captain America.²* BattleDiscretionShot: The brawl between Wolverine and Lobo is concluded behind the bar of Lobo's favorite drinking hole. After a delay, Wolverine emerges, casually smoking a cigar. The writers also drew an alternate ending with Lobo reaching for the cigar instead, just in case.²* BridalCarry: Storm carries an unconscious Wonder Woman this way after beating her.²* CombatPragmatist: Aquaman wins his battle with Namor by dropping an orca on him from behind. ²--> '''Aquaman:''' That's your problem, Namor. You're too noble to cheat.²** Averted with Wonder Woman, who finds herself able to lift Mjolnir just as Storm appears for their fight. Wonder Woman decides it would be unfair to fight with that extra power boost and ditches the hammer.[[note]]Wonder Woman holding Mjolnir was likely so she could fight Storm on equal footing should the votes go Wondy's way. Amazingly, they didn't.[[/note]]²* CompositeCharacter: The Amalgam Universe is all about this, but the following series introduce other non-canon amalgamated heroes: in ''All Access'', they are part of Doctor Strangefate's efforts to rebuild the universe[[note]]except for Storm-as-Wonder Woman a.k.a. Amazon, who already existed in the main Amalgam universe; Strangefate outright admits that he doesn't have the right combinations of heroes to make it work from the ones that are in the Sanctum Sanctorum, but he had tomake do with that[[/note]]; in ''Unlimited'', [[spoiler:Access]] finds out he himself has the power of merging heroes from different universes.²* ContinuityNod: Kyle Rayner and Silver Surfer had a team-up shortly before this series, and they acknowledge this. Also, Joker remembers Spider-Man from ''Comicbook/SpiderManAndBatmanDisorderedMinds'' (which was published the year before this event), but notes he changed his uniform, without knowing it's actually another Spider-Man.²* ContinuitySnarl:²** The Spider-Man that appears in the series is Ben Reilly rather than Peter Parker, as Comicbook/{{the Clone Saga}} was ''still'' running in all the Spider-Books at the time. However, when out of costume Ben has his normal appearance of looking like Peter rather than the look he'd adopted with his hair dyed blonde and cut short. And while he does introduce himself to Clark Kent as Ben Reilly, he also asks to be referred to as Peter Parker.²** ComicBook/TheJoker recognizes ComicBook/SpiderMan (there had been a recent crossover between Spider-Man and ComicBook/{{Batman}}), but no one else seems to recognize or even be aware of the other universe's characters, even if they had met in earlier crossovers (ComicBook/{{Superman}} and ComicBook/TheHulk, for example).²* DarkseidDuplicate: Thanos being one is lampshaded when he and Darkseid himself meet, the latter calling Thanos a "pale imitation of me".²* DependingOnTheArtist: There were a few inconsistencies between Dan Jurgens' and Claudio Castellini's art, who shared every single issue of it:²** Mjolnir's handle: Jurgens drew it tied to a leather strap; Castellini drew it tied to a chain.²** Elektra's headgear is a kerchief to Jurgens, and just a red strip around her forehead, not covering hair in Castellini's art.²** Lobo's hair: wavy to Jurgens, straight to Castellini.²** Still on Lobo: Jurgens' rendition of him has him wearing a sleeveless t-shirt under his vest and an Iron Cross necklace, while Castellini drew him bare-chested save for the vest.²* DuctTapeForEverything: Morty's first solution to contain the dimensional leak is tape the heck out of his box. It doesn't work, but the box holds together for a good while.²--> '''Morty:''' First law of the universe: can ''never'' have too much duct tape!²* EnemyWithin: The true mastermind of ''All Access'', Doctor Strangefate, was [[spoiler:hiding within Doctor Strange's subconscious all along]], using his powers to evade psychic detection until the time was right to re-merge the universes.²* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Superman makes his entrance by putting ''the Juggernaut'' on his ass with ''one'' punch. Unstoppable force, indeed.[[note]]It's worth pointing out that Juggernaut was confused as he was just teleported to the Daily Planet roof and he didn't see Supes' punch coming.[[/note]]²* ExpyCoexistence: Comicbook/{{Thanos}} and Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} meet each other and instantly get at each other's throats, culminating in a fight in issue #4 that brings both universes' heroes to stop them - all this as the Brothers are about to go to war with each other.²* FusionDance: The amalgams created in ''All Access'' and ''Unlimited Access'' are brought about by this method, rather than their universes straight-up merging. In the ''main'' series, Wonder Woman holds Mjolnir, turning into a Greek/Norse demigoddess (if not outright ''goddess''.)²* FutureMeScaresMe: [[spoiler:Access]] has this twice in ''Unlimited Access'': first when he discovers that [[spoiler:Morty is a future version of himself]], and later when he finds out Darkseid's mysterious associate is [[spoiler:another version of himself who accepted to join him]].²* HeelRealization: Quicksilver has an opportunity to win his battle against the Flash when the Fastest Man Alive inhales some gas fumes during a rescue. He starts to beat the Flash down but suddenly realizes that he's only winning because he's taking advantage of someone who stopped to help a trucker who got trapped with his son when his tanker crashed. The hesitation this creates gives the Flash his moment to recover and defeat Quicksilver instead.²* HoistHeroOverHead: Bane was about to break Captain America's back, but was hit from behind by Cap's shield.²* HonorBeforeReason: Wonder Woman tosses away Mjolnir for her battle with Storm, feeling a win with the hammer's power enhancement would be dishonorable. Never mind that her entire ''universe's existence'' was at stake.²* HulkSmash: {{Lampshaded}} and [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by the actual Hulk (who, at the time, was in his Merged Hulk personality) when making firewood. Betty Ross laughs and tells him not to scare her like that.²* HumansAreSpecial: What ultimately causes the Brothers to back down is seeing the lengths that Batman and Cap are willing to go to make them stop fighting. They see the entire history that led them to that point and decide it's not worth it to let it all go to waste with either of them dying.²* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: When Darkseid meets Thanos, he refers to the latter as a "pale imitation of [himself]". In fact, Thanos' creator Jim Starlin admitted that Thanos was [[{{Expy}} based on]] Darkseid. Fittingly enough, in the amalgamated universe, both characters were merged into Thanoseid.²* LetsYouAndHimFight: Unlike other instances of the trope, the heroes are well aware that there's an outside force compelling them to fight, and lament the fact that there's nothing they can do about it. ''All Access'' plays this straighter with the showdown between the JLA and the X-Men, which only starts because Bishop has a gun trained on Batman, who couldn't bother to wait for a diplomatic resolution.²* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: Being Access complicates very much Axel's relationship with Ming.²* MythologyGag:²** Near the end of the original ''Marvel vs. DC'' miniseries, the Hulk refers to Superman fighting the Mole Man and his underlings in the Batcave as "Superman vs. the Mole Men". This could very well be a reference to ''Superman and the Mole Men'', a 1951 film starring the Man of Steel that featured underground humanoids, which is the first feature-length film based on a DC superhero. In addition, the scene has Superman putting himself in the path of a gigantic ray gun fired by the Mole Men, a reference to the movie's climactic scene.²** Elektra defeats Catwoman by dropping her into a barge full of sand, much in the same way Batman dropped her into the back of the kitty litter truck in ''Film/BatmanReturns''.²** The bloody sky is a reference to ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.²** Thor comments that Captain Marvel has an alter-ego too, but at least Marvel's isn't crippled[[note]]Dr. Blake[[/note]]. Billy then replies Thor has to meet Freddy Freeman (Captain Marvel, Jr, whose alter-ego also has a crippled leg).²* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: ''Unlimited Access'' added time travel and [[spoiler:fusion of people from different universes]] to Access' power set.²* NonLethalKO: Enforced by the Brothers; opponents only need to be restrained to count as defeated, like the three-count pin in a wrestling match (the narration helpfully makes the comparison).²-->'''Namor:''' And pardon me if I finish this farce. For you are helpless, and I am ''hardly'' immobi... ''(notices the ShadowOfImpendingDoom upon him)'' ...lized?\²''(Orca SPLAT!)''\²'''Aquaman:''' ''Now'' you're immobilized.²* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Wonder Woman is deemed worthy of Mjolnir. Thor is even at a loss when she nonchalantly hands it to him during the fight against Thanos and Darkseid.²* PopularityPower: With the main fights being decided by popular vote, this was a given. The fights that involved the X-Men, specifically, were ''very'' controversial - especially Wolverine vs. Lobo, which many point out the Main Man should have won since his HealingFactor is more potent than Wolverine's[[note]]also worth noting is that, at the time, Wolverine didn't have the adamantium coating from his bones and claws, and Magneto's stripping of it threw his healing factor out of whack[[/note]], so he could keep fighting for longer (this was handwaved by WordOfGod explaining that Lobo was paid to take a dive). Similarly, Storm beating Wonder Woman by zapping her with lightning a few times is considered ridiculous these days (considering that not only Wonder Woman's bracelets are capable of deflecting lightning, they can ''summon'' lightning if she beats them together), but in the mid-90's, the X-Men were at the height of popularity. Meanwhile, the writers also expected Captain America to beat Batman, but reversed the way it was supposed to be resolved (Bats would be knocked out by Cap's shield).²* RedEyesTakeWarning: Superman, just before knocking out The Hulk.²* RedSkyTakeWarning: What happens when the Brothers take matters into their own hands.²-->'''Wonder Woman:''' Is... is what I think is happening... happening?\²'''Thor:''' Aye. The sky is... bleeding.²* ShamuFu: Aquaman ends his fight with Namor by using his powers to force a whale to jump on top of Namor.²* SkewedPriorities: Even though the outcome of the contest will cause one universe to die out, people still take their time placing bets on who will win each fights. Lampshaded by Lois Lane.²* TalkToTheFist: Superman comments that he and The Hulk were teleported to the Grand Canyon where no bystanders would be hurt -- Hulk interrupts him by punching him and saying, "Let's just get down to it."²* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Averted in the battle between Thor and Captain Marvel. When Thor realizes that Captain Marvel's transformation is triggered by magic lightning, the Thunder God uses his hammer to intercept it.²* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: What the entire contest amounted to, both for the readers and for the Brothers themselves. Also applies to the JLA and the X-Men duking it out in ''All Access''.²* WouldntHitAGirl: Robin defeats Jubilee just by distracting her and tying her up. At first she's embarrassed to lose without even getting hit, but she thinks it's cute that he brings up this trope.²* YourUniverseOrMine: Robin and Jubilee, moreso on her part (because Robin already had a girlfriend[[note]]all the way from when his then-ongoing title started, even[[/note]]). She even cajoles Access into taking her to the DCU to see Tim again in ''All Access''.²** Access himself fell into this: he already had a girlfriend in Marvel!Earth, and when he saved a lady from Venom in Metropolis, she also fell for him. So now he has one girlfriend in each 'verse.²----


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