Am I allowed to run a Batman game with the Marvel RPG?
And that got me thinking about how to incorporate Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman in a game that is about Marvel and its big event comics.
In this world, the Trinity are obscure. They never led any Justice League and were never invited to join the Avengers. Maybe Ma and Pa Kent brought their child to the Baxter Building to be tested, linking Clark to the Fantastic Four a bit. Pa Kent told his son that if he was going to don a super-hero’s costume he should model himself on Captain America and fight for Truth, Justice and the American Way.
Batman was inspired to become a vigilante when Daredevil caught Joe Chill when he was still a boy. Gotham City is an obscure, dirty city in Jersey, known for its insane crime lords and beautiful architecture. I picture back -issues where Batman goes undercover in the Hand to learn their techniques while trying to figure out his route to being a vigilante. Maybe Wayne hires Heroes for Hire every so often. Moon Knight could probably use some restful time in a lighter security wing of Arkham Asylum.
Wonder Woman is in the United Nations, dealing with ambassadors from places like Latveria, Genosha and Atlantis. Namor served with Diana’s mother in the Invaders during World War II. Obviously, she has brawled and then teamed up with Hercules from time to time (maybe in the pages of Marvel Team-up).
Superman is in Metropolis, a city in Massachusetts that never quite took off like it promised to in its 1920 World’s Fair…CITY OF THE FUTURE! Maybe he is mentored by Gladiator who says he has some Kryptonian blood from a few generations back on his mother’s side.
The Watcher takes particular notice of them, sometimes pointing them at imbalances that revolve around gates to other worlds and alternate realities, knowing that they don’t belong here.
Civil War: They’d be fun in the Civil War because all together they are powerful, have very different ideas about how things should get done and would really alter the balance. Also, the end of Civil War was not really satisfying, so it would be nice to see that altered.
Annihilation: If we could somehow link this event to the destruction of Krypton, maybe with General Zod and Ares, it could be an interesting galactic adventure for Kal and Diana but Batman’s a stretch. That said, if the JLU and JLI taught us anything, its that Batman can be fun in this over-powered galactic adventures too.
That said, if we were tossing DC toys into the Marvel sandbox, I’d be tempted to go with New Gods on this one.
Age of Apocalypse: This is a tough one as none of them are really linked to mutants but it might be fun to send them into an alternate reality with growing hints that they don’t belong in this universe and alternate universe versions of themselves and maybe an evil Justice League hunting mutants with sentinel back-up.
I pre-ordered them game and look forward to devouring it and perhaps statting this idea up. I’m intrigued and hopeful as the FASERIP Marvel game was my introduction to role-playing.