If you’ve been following the NBA free agency this past summer, then you know that there have been signings and trades that have dramatically shifted the playoff landscape for the upcoming season. How many, exactly?
Now, if you’re not a fan of the NBA just stick with me for a moment… First, let me welcome you to our Free Agency series! A series to see the potential in blockbuster trades and signings involving our favorite superheroes.
Now let me explain to earlier point further.
LeBron James, arguably the best player in the NBA, convinced Anthony Davis, arguably the best big man in the league, to join him on the Los Angeles Lakers.
That’s like if Superman asked the Justice League to trade Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Arrow, and three future superheroes for Thor from the Avengers.
What if DC and Marvel could actually trade heroes and heroines like athletes to strengthen their respective teams? It would be on a contract basis and we would get to see our favorites heroes and heroines not only fight together, but interact together.
— Team Coco (@TeamCoco) August 19, 2018
When it comes to trading or signing a major hero or heroine, there are numerous variables to consider, but we’ve whittled it down to three categories for brevity’s sake:
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1. The Superstar Factor – Individual value as a hero/heroine and how much interest they garner from fans. E.g., Superman, Black Panther, Ironman, Wonder Woman.
— The Avengers (@Avengers) August 16, 2019
2. Team Chemistry – How do they fit in on the team? Do they actually make the team better or is it more for to draw in fans without any payoff? E.g., Superman and Captain America sound boring on paper, but they would get along great together. Both have strong moral compasses and leadership abilities, they’d probably be great co-captains.
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— IGN (@IGN) October 6, 2019
3. Potential for conflict – Although Superman and Cap would be great together, it’d be boring to watch, kind of like watching the San Antonio Spurs (no offense, Pop). The best part of seeing crossovers is seeing new dynamics develop and egos clash. E.g., Superman and Thor would be unstoppable together, but their interactions could be interesting as Superman struggles with his god complex while Thor is actually a god.
Then comes the fun part: after considering these categories, who would DC or Marvel be willing to give up for a hero or heroine from the other side?
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— Summer Bud (@GustavHerwitz) November 20, 2018
This also includes package trades. If you could trade the Guardians of the Galaxy for the Teen Titans, would you? Are all the X-Men worth trading for the Green Lantern?
Featured Image via Marvel vs Capcom Infinite
Be on the lookout for the next post where we go over trade details if DC decided to pursue a trade for Spiderman and let us know who you would trade for over on our Quirktastic friendship app! Download it now!
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Written in VA. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.