Top 10: Possible Power Rangers Crossovers by Jerry Whitworth
With the recent announcement from Hasbro Pulse of the Power Rangers X Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lightning Collection based on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series in the wake of Ryu and Chun-Li from Street Fighter in Power Rangers Legacy Wars and Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid video games as the Crimson Hawk Ranger and Blue Phoenix Ranger, respectfully, Power Rangers seem to be going all in on major crossovers. Having crossed over in the past with Masked Rider, Beetleborgs Metallix, and the Justice League (not to mention the Ninja Turtles before), the brand has a history teaming with other properties. But in recent years and with Power Rangers’ acquisition by Hasbro, the frequency and prominence of these crossovers has increased. With this in mind, lets take a look at what the future of these team-ups could entail.
The crossover decades in the making, Godzilla is the King of Monsters and the Power Rangers are in the business of destroying giant monsters. This is the biggest no-brainer of no-brainers with a story that almost writes itself. With Legendary Comics having the license to make Godzilla comics, the groundwork is there to have King Ghidorah, Mothra, Rodan, Mechagodzilla, Gigan, Anguirus, Xiliens, and the rest throw down with the Megazord and Dragonzord. The only real stumbling block maybe the properties’ parents companies. Godzilla is owned by Toho while Toei produces Power Rangers’ source super sentai. Rivals in business, their two brands haven’t officially crossed paths in native Japan in much the same way Ultraman and Gamera haven’t intermingled between the properties either.
Archie is an American institution as while such well known names as Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man are the most recognizable when talking about comic books, Archie as an entity is almost viewed as being a brand above comics. While in more recent years with comic books finding their way on to the big and small screen, Archie has adapted for a new generation in Riverdale. A decidedly more adult take on the source material, the Riverdale television series takes such iconic characters as Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones, Reggie Mantle, Kevin Keller, Cheryl Blossom, and Josie McCoy and the Pussycats and places them into the most bizarre and outrageous scenarios in the midst of the steamiest soap opera that can legally be shown on television. Honestly, tossing these characters into the world of Power Rangers may not even be as wild as some of the plots of the show which involved cults, serial killers, secret societies, organized crime, and masked vigilantes. Add in its connections to the series the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina which adapted the character of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and there are plenty of ways to make this team-up work.
Seemingly becoming one of Warner Bros hottest new emerging brands, All Elite Wrestling is a professional wrestling company with several television and web series for its live events as well as toys and mobile games with video games in development. Warner has consistently expressed a desire to see it grow even more with a reality series coming soon to television as fans wait to see what is on the horizon from the collaboration. Speculation exists one means of this expansion could entail is in comic books with DC Comics already having produced posters to promote the company’s initial venture. In such an event, the pieces would align to see AEW team with the Power Rangers. Considering the promotion already has an alien in Kris Statlander, dinosaur in Luchasaurus, monster in Abadon, and sorcerer in Broken Matt Hardy, the materials parallel more closely than perhaps first conceived.
Telling the tale of the titular royal family of planet Thundera as they find refuge on Third Earth, ThunderCats is an action adventure brand involving aliens, super science, and magic. In that sense alone, the Power Rangers is in very much the same wheelhouse. Elements of the two brands are so intertwined, they’ve at times even shared similar stories. An immediate example is the case of the series’ antagonist summoning a samurai from the past to battle the primary hero of the present. For ThunderCats, that was Hachiman while it was Katana for Power Rangers. Warner Bros owns ThunderCats and has seen them published by DC Comics as recently as 2017.
At first, it maybe hard to conceive how Power Rangers and Star Wars could cross paths. Sure, you have martial arts and cool weapons like with the Jedi and Sith as well as giant monsters in the wampa, rancor, exogorth, and Krayt dragon, but its not something you can see immediately. Then, the Mandalorian came along. Featuring such prominent characters of the titular race as Din Djarin, Boba Fett, Bo-Katan Kryze, Koska Reeves, Axe Woves, and the Armorer, it’s easy to see comparisons to the Metal Heroes. A separate but parallel brand to super sentai in Japan, in America the likes of the Beetleborgs, Sheriff Skyfire, and Captain Chaku crossed over with the Power Rangers (as a myriad of ranger allies bear a resemblance to metal heroes, Ninjor, Blue Senturion, Magna Defender, and Sentinel Knight to name a few). Star Wars comics are currently being published by IDW.
America’s fighting force against the terrorist organization Cobra, G.I. Joe is Hasbro’s premier toy brand while Power Rangers is its latest major acquisition. While people tend to think in a sense relating to the military with G.I. Joe, the brand has plenty of weird as well when you consider stuff like Cobra-La, Fatal Fluffies, Lunartix Empire, Manimals, and Ninja Force/Commandos/Battle/Strike Team. Lets not forget the otherworldly entity living in Destro’s castle, for that matter. The only real hurdle for this team-up is it seems at times Hasbro is hesitant to embrace Joe’s stranger elements but it would be leaving money on the table to not bring these juggernaut properties together eventually. Like with many Hasbro properties, G.I. Joe is currently published by IDW.
A bizarre mash-up if you have ever seen one, Ghostbusters follows the adventures of a handful of New Yorkers banding together to protect the world from the paranormal for a reasonable fee. In recent history, the Ghostbusters have crossed over with everybody: Men in Black, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Files, Mars Attacks. There has to be a list somewhere of whoever they haven’t teamed up with yet and Power Rangers has to be high on that list. IDW currently publishes Ghostbusters comics.
The Hasbro property that blew up into a cultural phenomenon, My Little Pony features brightly colored ponies in a magical land of adventure and friendship. The 2010 reinvention of the brand in Friendship is Magic is the gift that keeps on giving where even after officially ending in 2019, it’s still continuing today in comic form from IDW as an animated film set in the same universe is coming to Netflix in September. In the last year, My Little Pony has crossed over twice with the Transformers as Hasbro started the My Little Pony Crossover Collection featuring figures set in the worlds of Ghostbusters, Transformers, and Power Rangers initially. With one foot already in the door, this team-up is bound to happen sooner than later.
One part third-person shooter to one part Minecraft, Fortnite is one of the hottest video game franchises in the last decade. Epic Games has taken that notoriety to intermingling tons of brands into their property: Marvel, Star Wars, DC, Street Fighter, G.I. Joe, Ghostbusters, Walking Dead, Terminator, Alien, Predator, and more. DC Comics took it a step further this year in Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point where Batman, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn become trapped in the game. It’s only a matter of time before Power Rangers find themselves in Fortnite and with the story established in Zero Point, the groundwork is already done to tell the tale behind that development.
Hasbro’s other major brand, Transformers features the Cybertronian civil war spilling over to Earth. In the decades since the introduction of these alien transforming robots, they’ve crossed over with seemingly every major brand. In the last few years alone, the worlds of Terminator, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, and Star Trek have had team-ups with the Transformers. And then there’s the IDW Hasbro Universe itself which includes many franchises on this very list. When you consider the Power Rangers effectively pilot Dinobots and have them merge like Devastator, it’s not hard to see how easily this crossover can work. Throw in some of the Autobots’ human allies like Spike, Sparkplug, Carly, Chip, and Astoria and you’re off to the races.
Honorable mentions: WWE, Voltron, X-Men, Dungeons & Dragons, Star Trek, SpongeBob SquarePants, Masters of the Universe, Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Gamera, Rom, Ultraman, Robotech, King Kong, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and VR Troopers.