Netherrealm’s Injustice universe is no stranger to inter-company crossovers. Like the primary DC Universe, Nettherrealm’s take on the classic heroes and villains has seen them go toe to toe with a variety of surprising characters via DLC additions over the last year, including a number with no DC affiliation whatsoever like Hellboy, or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
This summer, a new crossover is brewing over in the comics, as the characters of the Injustice universe will be fighting side by side with He-Man.
Yes, that He-Man.
The premise of Injustice vs. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (and yes, that’s really the title) is a simple one. Basically, prior to recruiting alternate universe versions of his DC friends to fight dictator Superman in the first game, Batman went from multiverse to multiverse asking people for help in beating up his former ally. At some point, he apparently hopped over to He-Man’s homeworld of Eternia and convinced Adam, Teela, Orko and Battle Cat to aid in his endeavors.
As ridiculous as all of this sounds, it’s not all that surprising for the Injustice universe, In fact, the comic could be the testing ground for bringing He-Man and members of his assorted cast into the games themselves. It wouldn’t be the weirdest crossover the franchise has ever done, and there is something of a precedent set for it. Though Hellboy seemed to be a DLC inclusion created just for fun, 2016 and 2017 saw the Dark Knight cross over with the Ninja Turtles for a pair of miniseries before the Heroes in a Half Shell were added to Injustice 2 earlier this year. He-Man and his ilk had a comic of their own that was canceled last year, and since then, there hasn’t been anything outside of toys to really feature them.
Injustice is a great universe to bring these characters and their world back into the public eye. With a film planned for release on Christmas 2019, interest will need to be built to properly remind people just who the Masters of the Universe are, and a video game is a great way to get that across. Gaming is a popular medium, to say the least, and even those who have faint memories of He-Man or She-Ra from their childhoods would pay attention if Netherrealm released an Eternia pack for Injustice 2 or the inevitable sequel.
If there’s a downside to this, it’s that I2 recently released a version of itself that has been already been dubbed the “Legendary Edition” that comes packaged with all the DLC fighters. It would be a bad look to make players pay for another patch of characters after having forked over money for the rest of the cast some months later, though Netherrealm once did exactly that with Mortal Kombat X in 2015. Assuming that the developer isn’t working on another Mortal Kombat right now, it’s possible there’s a hypothetical Eternia pack containing He-Man and whoever else that will be released, or perhaps the characters will join Injustice 3 as pre-order bonuses.
Though we’re just theorizing here, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if Adam and friends somehow end up in the games… eventually. The Injustice reality is the one universe where it could happen without much explanation needed, and it would further cement the popular universe as one where literally anything could happen.
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