If you’re a fan of comic books, you may have wondered whether Judge Dredd is in the Marvel Universe. The question has been asked time and again, and the answer is a little more complicated than a simple yes or no.
Who is Judge Dredd?
Before we dive into whether or not Judge Dredd is in the Marvel Universe, let’s first talk about who he is. Judge Dredd is a character from the British comic book 2000 AD. He first appeared in 1977 and was created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra.
Judge Dredd is the most famous of the “Judges” – law enforcement officers who act as judge, jury, and executioner in a dystopian future version of America called Mega-City One. He’s known for his no-nonsense approach to justice and his iconic helmet.
Is Judge Dredd part of the Marvel Universe?
The short answer is no; Judge Dredd isn’t part of the Marvel Universe. However, this doesn’t mean that he hasn’t had crossovers with Marvel characters.
In fact, there have been several crossovers between Judge Dredd and Marvel characters over the years. In 1995, there was a crossover between Judge Dredd and Spider-Man called “Judgment in Gotham.” In this story, both characters team up to take down Doctor Octopus in Gotham City.
In addition to this crossover, there have been other crossovers between Judge Dredd and Deadpool, as well as between Judge Dredd and the Punisher.
Why isn’t Judge Dredd part of the Marvel Universe?
The reason that Judge Dredd isn’t part of the Marvel Universe comes down to ownership rights. While Marvel owns many of its characters outright, this isn’t the case for Judge Dredd.
Judge Dredd was created by British comic book company 2000 AD, which is owned by Rebellion Developments. This means that Marvel doesn’t have the rights to use Judge Dredd in their own comics.
In conclusion, while Judge Dredd isn’t officially part of the Marvel Universe, there have been crossovers between Judge Dredd and Marvel characters in the past. However, due to ownership rights, it’s unlikely that we’ll see Judge Dredd become a permanent fixture in the Marvel Universe anytime soon. Regardless, he remains a beloved character in his own right and continues to be a fan favorite.