After his death, Bruce Lee finds himself in the underworld, where he teams up with Popeye, Caine (from Kung Fu), and the One-Armed Swordsman (the protagonist of a Hong Kong film series) to battle “the Exorcist,” “the Godfather,” James Bond, Emmanuelle (the main character of a series of erotic films), Clint Eastwood (dressed as the Man with No Name), Zatoichi, and Dracula (who leads an army of zombies that look suspiciously like guys in skeleton costumes.) This film was part of the “Bruceploitation” subgenre that had actors playing Bruce Lee after his death in unauthorized martial arts films. The film explains the difference in Lee’s appearance (and, one presumes, the other characters’) via a character stating that human beings’ features change when they die and enter the underworld. In the CU, James Bond was still alive in 1977, when this movie was made. Therefore, it obviously takes place in an AU.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Crossover Movie Poster: The Dragon Lives Again
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This movie sounds like it is going to be either really awesome or really stupid or stupidly awesome or awesomely stupid.ReplyDelete
I thought it was stupidly awesome, myself. :)ReplyDelete
Is "The Exorcist" and "The Godfather" the characters from the movies (and theoriginal novels) of the same name?Delete
Apparently, they're meant to be, though they're not referred to as Father Merrin or Don Corleone, respectively, and they don't look at all like either one.Delete
Speaking of Bond, what about the appearances of two of his villains, Goldfinger and Blofeld, in the crossoverfest Machiavelli Club from the Sinister Six novels (scroll toward the bottom of http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/gentlemn.htm for a description)? Is that compatible with the CU? Even if they're not compatible, given the sheer number of crossover characters, it seems like it's worth mentioning.ReplyDelete
For various reasons, I don't consider the Sinister Six books CU canon, but I will be including them in the AU sections. Several entries in the most recent incarnation of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe treat events from that trilogy as canon for the characters who appear in it, so we have further evidence that Earth-616 is an alternate reality to the CU.ReplyDelete
The fact that these stories take place in 616 isn't by itself reason to think they don't also take place in the CU (after all, the Shang-Chi stories take place in both, for example). I would think more important for determining compatibility with the CU would be issues like giving the characters inconsistent personalities, or having a character alive (or dead) when the character is already dead (or still alive) in the CU.Delete
The 1990s setting is problematic, for one thing, since I tend to think that Spidey retired in the '80s. There are also more references to and appearances by other Marvel heroes and teams than I am comfortable with. There's also an issue raised by the appearance of SAFE agent Matt Gunderson, who is implied to be the son of Chief Marge Gunderson from the movie Fargo. According to the opening caption, Fargo takes place in 1987. If Matt's the child Marge was pregnant with in the movie, then his depiction as a grown man in the novel creates a chronological problem. It's clear in the film that Marge and her husband don't have any other children.ReplyDelete
Ah, those sound like more compelling reasons for excluding the stories.Delete