After some further research, I’ve come up with a third set of Crossovers. The other two sets were posted here and are known as:
1. Formal (or Direct) Crossover
When a character, celebrity, icon formally lands in another medium.
2. Analogue (or Parallel) Crossover
When a character or icon is mimicked in another medium.
These two kinds of Crossovers don’t capture the aspect of time, be it the past, the future, or archetypal and I decided that this would constitute its own collection of Crossovers. So I’m pleased to present the Scenario Crossover:
3. Scenario (or Temporal) Crossover
The media property or its creators engage formally or directly, allowing characters in a media or medium or milieu to meet each other. There are five Formal Crossover sub-categories:
- Type A – Past versions of self
- Type B – Future version of self
- Type C – Shadow-versions of self
- Type D – Anima/Animus versions of self
- Type E – Archetype versions of self
What follows is some examples of this using comic book heroes where Crossovers standard fare.
Type A – Past versions of self
Marvel 1602 was a series that had the Marvel comic universe being transported back to the year 1602. It was a neat experiment.
Type B – Future version of self
JLA One Million was a series set in the far, far distant future where the superhero teams like the JLA continued to do its duty, representing a timeless principle.
Type C – Shadow-versions of self
Bizarro is a weird shadow to Superman. He’s not evil but represents Superman’s shadow of being unattractive, clueless, and can’t do anything right.
Type D – Anima/Animus versions of self
Supergirl is the female version of Superman (or Superboy though they were never contemporaries) and allowed a female take on the problems of being a super-powered being on earth.
Type E – Archetype versions of self
Spider-man and the Spider-verse is the grand-daddy of archetype crossovers and differs from Analogue Crossovers Type B as there is an acknowledgement that the character represents a timeless archetype. We see in the Spider-verse Spider-beings of all differing eras and themes.