Magic the Gathering teams up with Marvel – whatever next?
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Magic the Gathering teams up with Marvel – whatever next?

Simon Balissat
24.10.2023
Translation: Eva Francis

Starting in 2025, the popular trading card game Magic the Gathering will be collaborating with Marvel. This is hardly surprising for fans of the game, but it’s a mismatch. Here are five alternative collaboration suggestions – from me to you.

The press release reads like we all need to be excited. «We» being the long-time fans of Magic the Gathering. In an announcement, the companies promised several Magic Sets featuring Marvel characters being released in 2025.

Trading cards have always been a part of Marvel’s DNA, so this collaboration takes that experience to a whole new level.
Hasbro press release

That’s how to spurn over 30 years of Magic history – a gigantic fantasy world that’s written its own history is suddenly being populated by Spiderman and that hideous raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy. This marks the sad peak of a development that leaves me, a huge fan of the trading card game, completely dumbfounded.

It’s also a development that webcomic Cardboard Crack saw coming more than three years ago.

Sponge Bob, Kylo Ren, Iron Man and Travis Scott as Magic Creatures?
Sponge Bob, Kylo Ren, Iron Man and Travis Scott as Magic Creatures?
Source: //cardboard-crack.com

This begs the question: what’s next? Which collaborations will follow, all aiming to milk that cash cow to its last penny by tapping every imaginable corner of the market?

Magic x Fifa

After the temporary end of Panini stickers (link in German), Wizards of The Coast will team up with Fifa for the next World Cup. The best card? Erling Haaland, Goalgetter. Blue, red and two colourless mana. 6/6 creature. Unblockable, haste. Best planeswalker? Jose Mourinho, the Greatest. VAR is introduced – a new mechanic no one wants.

Erling Haaland in the style of magic the gathering on a card as 'Erling, the swift'.
Erling Haaland in the style of magic the gathering on a card as 'Erling, the swift'.
Source: Midjourney

Magic x Swiss politics

There aren’t enough old white men playing Magic. Therefore, Magic will start collaborating with Swiss politicians for the next elections. Matching the five Magic colours with Swiss parties is easy: red’s the Social Democratic Party (SP), torching everything with its burn spells. Green’s the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), which flattens everything with its big creatures. Blue’s the Free Democratic Party (FDP) because it doesn’t do much on the battlefield other than counter everything. White’s The Centre, flooding the battlefield with 1/1 creatures (mainly from Central Switzerland). And black’s the Green Party who hopes to rise from the dead (not gonna happen).

Magdalena Martullo Blocher as a MTG creature on the green colour pie
Magdalena Martullo Blocher as a MTG creature on the green colour pie
Source: Midjourney

Magic x Magic X

Magic for adults! These cards are for adults only and show porn images. Jace wearing a negligee, Garruk sporting a leather harness. The new creature types are Twink, Dominatrix and Escort. The set is all about equipment: whips, paddles and strap-ons strengthen the creatures. But the best card is the boardwipe Golden Shower.

Magic The Gathering Planeswalker Garruk in a leather harness
Magic The Gathering Planeswalker Garruk in a leather harness
Source: Midjourney

Magic x car industry

Because sales of petrol engine cars are dropping, the car industry’s eager to appeal to young people. This set consists only of vehicles, each of which is sponsored by a car brand. As Tesla’s ignored, Elon Musk makes an offer to acquire Hasbro. Unfortunately, the creatures are forgotten – only The Last Generation Activist as 2/2 for two green mana is included in the set. Sadly, this character has the property «can’t man vehicles».

A Mercedes Benz in the style of Magic The Gathering with Goblins as drivers.
A Mercedes Benz in the style of Magic The Gathering with Goblins as drivers.
Source: Midjourney

Magic x Magic

Magic’s been upsetting its long-time fans, so it needs to release a new set to get them back on board. Here it is: a booster box consisting of 36 cards, geared for Limited, but also containing important reprints for Modern and Commander. The set isn’t limited and doesn’t cost much. And even Tolarian Community College gives this set a perfect score on YouTube.

A Magic The Gathering Card named doubling season.
A Magic The Gathering Card named doubling season.
Source: Midjourney

These are my hopes – and hope dies last, right?

Until then, you can get the latest edition on Galaxus – without Marvel or other collabs.

Wizards of the Coast Magic the Gathering - Wilds of Eldraine (English)

Wizards of the Coast Magic the Gathering - Wilds of Eldraine

English

Wizards of the Coast Magic the Gathering - Wilds of Eldraine (English)
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Wizards of the Coast Magic the Gathering - Wilds of Eldraine

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