Two different franchises collide as The Karate Kid’s Johnny Lawrence tangles with a classic movie monster in Cobra Kai vs. Predator fan art.
Cobra Kai fan poster crosses over The Karate Kid and Predator. After two relatively unheralded seasons on YouTube, Cobra Kai this year arrived on Netflix and took off to become a genuine pop culture phenomenon (which naturally led to increased scrutiny of some of the show’s more questionable elements, including its karate-related violence).
Set over 30 years after the events of 1984’s hit film The Karate Kid, Cobra Kai picks up the stories of karate rivals Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) but adds to that mix with an array of younger characters who also find themselves captivated by the ways of karate – with sometimes negative results. Though the show does a good job of adding these young characters and their concerns to the overall story, Cobra Kai also leans heavily on ‘80s nostalgia, especially through the character of Johnny Lawrence who remains enthralled by the music and movies of his youth and seems loath to get with the times. Given the show’s popularity, it’s clear fans have embraced the way Cobra Kai mixes old and new to achieve a perfect entertainment blend.
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Blending different elements is also the aim of a new piece of crossover fan art from Butcher Billy, who has picked up on the ‘80s nostalgia theme so central to Cobra Kai to imagine a truly crazy but somehow perfect mash-up of franchises. In Butcher Billy’s poster, Karate Kid meets Predator for the ultimate ‘80s smackdown. See the art in the space below:
Predator of course has already been part of a major pop culture crossover thanks to a pair of Alien vs. Predator movies. That mash-up at least makes sense in genre terms, but the same can’t be said for Cobra Kai vs. Predator, which combines two franchises that don’t remotely inhabit the same universe. Indeed, Predator has already been shown to exist as a movie in the Cobra Kai universe through Johnny Lawrence being a fan of the Arnold Schwarzenegger original, which would seem to make a Cobra Kai vs. Predator movie even more unlikely (except perhaps as a spec script written by Johnny Lawrence himself after Miguel helped him install Final Draft on his pawn shop laptop).
It remains to be seen what Johnny and company will get up to in Cobra Kai season 4 on Netflix, but it’s almost certain the action will not involve an alien big game hunter arriving in the Valley and being fought off by an alliance of karate dojos – even though such a twist would be utterly amazing. In all seriousness, given the success Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald have had reviving the Karate Kid franchise with Cobra Kai, it might not be a terrible idea to give the same team a crack at Predator after the dismal failure of Shane Black’s The Predator movie.
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