|from Savage Avengers #0 (reprinting Uncanny X-Men #190 & #191)|
In the main Marvel Universe at present, Conan The Cimmerian has been spirited away from the Hyborian Age to fight alongside the Savage Avengers against the evil sorcerer Kulan Gath.
Recently, to get new readers up to speed on Gath, Marvel reprinted two issues of Uncanny X-Men from 1985, as Savage Avengers #0, in which the sorcerer transformed Manhattan into a Dungeons & Dragons-style fantasy environment.
This is presented as a flashback in the minds of Dr Strange and Magick, which means it's canon to the current continuity.
One of the few unaffected by the powerful transformation spell, and who had encountered Gath previously, was Spider-Man.
In Uncanny X-Men #190, Spider-Man says (thinks) of his hometown's new look as looking like a "giant-sized set from Conan The Barbarian".
Given when that issue was originally published, he can only have been referring to 1982's Conan The Barbarian movie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This means the real Conan - the comic book character currently in the Savage Avengers and other titles set in both the contemporary Marvel Universe and the Hyborian Age - exists in a world where he was already known as a fictional character!
This aspect of his adventures in the modern era needs to be addressed!
Wouldn't it be wonderfully meta if he somehow got to see the movie?
Or someone learns his name and says, "oh, like in the film?"
Or Conan teams up with Arnie - or Jason Momoa - for some Hollywood-based self-referential adventure?
Presumably, this also means that Robert E Howard was genuinely channelling Conan when he wrote the original stories. That's another meet-up we need to see!
In a sense, he prophesied Conan's coming to the Marvel Universe...
Come on, Marvel, you're missing a trick here.