Today marks the 59th anniversary of doctor who, which first hit our screens in November 1963. Just two years earlier that same month, another bastion of pop culture was born when Stan Lee debuted the Fantastic Four, ushering in the era of Marvel Comics in the process. . These days, of course, Marvel leads the entire industry under Disney ownership, but don’t forget that the House of Mouse is also coming for the TARDIS.
Earlier this month, it was officially announced that Disney Plus has obtained the exclusive international broadcast rights for doctor who starting in 2023, its 60th historic year. Reports say that the landmark deal between the BBC and Disney will see the show’s budget skyrocket with the dying wish to create various Whoniverse spinoffs in the vein of Marvel and Star Wars. So, the Doctor’s universe is about to grow exponentially, but could the Disney deal mean that a crossover with the MCU could one day happen?
What may seem far-fetched at first isn’t once you consider the fact that the Doctor already exists within the Marvel multiverse. From 1979 to 1999, Marvel published doctor who comics via Doctor Who Magazine (previously known as Doctor Who Weekly/Monthly). Therefore, any comics created during that period are part of the Marvel canon. The Marvel Fandom Wikifor example, he classifies the Doctor’s world as Earth-5556.
Seeing as the Whoniverse is big enough as it is, the Doctor was sadly not with the Avengers or the X-Men during his time as part of the extended Marvel family, but there were still some notable minor crossovers that established a link. . These mainly concern the robotic assassin Death’s Head, whom the Doctor encountered on several occasions. The Time Lord even once transported Death’s Head into the Transformers reality (who Marvel also held the license for at the time).
Of course, until now, Disney has been resistant to merging its various franchises; that’s why we’re still waiting for a Marvel/Star Wars crossover, but opening the doors to something like this might just be the big idea Bob Iger could implement now that he’s back in charge of the company and looking for his next big development. Maybe before long we can have David Tennant’s Doctor and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange exploring different realities together. Who knows…