I always find it interesting that the big advancement of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the same one that the original Marvel Universe pioneered back in the 1960s: A truly shared universe.  Sure, Superman and Batman crossed over once in a while, but it never really felt like they were in the same world before the mid-60s.  Even properties that required a shared setting, like the seasons of Deep Space Nine and Next Generation that co-existed sometimes felt like separate realities, while the MCU has changed the way everybody thinks about their projects.  In the case of the Dark Universe, that’s maybe not a good thing, but at least it leads us to today’s cameo-appearance query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is a big fan of the Tommy Westphall Multiverse Hypothesis, Dwayne McDuffie’s creative exercise which ties together a wealth of shows, from St. Elsewhere to The X-Files to Star Trek and more, including Boy Meets World, asking: Which shared universe is your favorite of all?

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  1. Jarmo Seppänen on

    The one in Super Robot Wars games. Its pretty much every single super robot and mecha franchise from 60’s to modern days mashed together.

  2. i had a similar answer. in the early 90’s, there were a series of games called The Great Battle, in which all the Ultramen, Kamen Riders and Gundams teamed up against their respective enemies, all done in that SD/super-deformed cartoon style. the gameplay itself was meh, just your usual final fantasy “pick your party members and go off” sidescroller/JRPG stuff, but the concept of the massive teamup and very cartoony character design was great.

  3. Daniel Langsdale on

    It’s hard to think of any that I have enjoyed as much over the years as Marvel, as repeated over comics, movies, television, and streaming. But since that was the ur-example, I will slide over to the Whoniverse of Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures, Class, and K-9.

    Now, if we could get a Doctor Who/Marvel U live-action crossover event, that might take all my monies.

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