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By now you’re likely familiar with the “Kids React” series, in which children and teens respond — not always favorably — to seeing a movie trailer for the first time. This week’s episode, featuring Avengers: Age of Ultron, doesn’t disappoint, as the reactions rang from excitement to disinterest to, in at least one case, outright dislike.
However, the most interesting part may be the the question portion, in which some of the participants acknowledge they’re aware the Avengers originated in comics books … something they don’t read. One kid even admits he’s been to a comic store, but only for toys.
Watching the gleefully low-budget, shot-for-shot remake of the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, it occurred to me that many of us would probably line up to watch this movie, as long as there was the promise of an after-credits scene.
OK, maybe not, but this sweded take on the teaser is every bit as entertaining as you would expect, with cardboard buildings (and doors and Hulkbuster armor), terrible wigs, crepe-paper speed effects, and what I’m pretty sure is processed cheese sauce doubling as molten iron.
After tarnishing our memories Disney classics with their sendup of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, the folks at How It Should Have Ended have turned to Guardians of the Galaxy, offering some alternative takes that probably would’ve complicated Marvel’s plans for a 2017 sequel.
In the process, however, the video also addresses the blockbuster’s burning question: What’s with Thanos and that chair? As a bonus, there’s also a war of words between Baby Groot and Batman that goes … well, pretty much as you’d expect.
The treatment even gets a thumbs up from Guardians director James Gunn, who writes, “I love these. Having a How It Should Have Ended is better than winning an Oscar.”
Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice won’t arrive in theaters for another 16 months, but BrickNerd Studios has already envisioned the tense standoff between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel.
In “LEGO Batman vs Superman,” the stop-motion animated short by Tommy Williamson, the Caped Crusader may not be sure why he opposes the Last Son of Krypton, but that doesn’t stop him from breaking out his entire arsenal. Well, almost his entire arsenal. In restrospect, Bruce probably wishes he’d brought the Batmobile into play.
Putting a new spin on the Marvel vs. Capcom formula, this short from CorridorDigital pits superheroes against video game heroes when Minecraft Steve discovers the powerful Tesseract.
“In the hands of mortals, the Tesseract will only cause great harm,” Thor warns — and he turns out to be right, as what follows is a brutal, bloody brawl, involving Captain America, Wolverine, Ash Ketchum, Alyx Vance, Master Chief, the thunder god and, yes, Steve.
Poor Ash didn’t stand a chance, although Steve handles himself surprisingly well …
Tragic Spider-foe turned flawed hero, Morbius may have starred in his own comic series, but he’s never enjoyed the popularity of, say, Venom. However, the Living Vampire finally gets his moment in the sun in this new fan film by Adam Michaels and Chaz Dray.
The film stars Michaels himself as Michael Morbius and Carley Coakley as Shriek, and even features an appearance by Peter Parker (played by Andrew Mueller).
Brothers Juan F. Orozco and Esteban Orozco have debuted Singular, a visually interesting sci-fi short film set in a world where everyone has superpowers, except for the protagonist Andy.
We started thinking about superpowers, but we talked a lot about that, you know, when you hear stories about superpowers, you start having the feeling that people need to have some kind of ability or superpower to be special, Esteban Orozco tells ILoveShortFilms.com. “That’s when we started thinking about what to be special really means, and then we came up with the idea of having this world where everyone has superpower except for the main character.”
Considering the influence 1970s conspiracy thrillers had on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it’s not too much of a stretch for someone to reimagine the Marvel sequel as an ’80s action movie. However, Frank Ireland goes a step or two further, recutting the film as a grainy trailer for the home-video release of a B-movie from Cannon, known for such gems as Invasion U.S.A., Missing in Action and Cyborg.
James Callahan, artist of the acclaimed Oni Press series The Auteur, has illustrated an exceptionally detailed poster for the cheerfully titled film Why Don’t You Play In Hell?, and ROBOT 6 has the first look.
Why Don’t You Play in Hell? debuted in 2013 in Japan, written and directed by the prolific Sion Sono. The movie gets a U.S. release on Friday, courtesy of Drafthouse Films. Here’s the official plot synopsis:
While it’s a far cry from a full feature film, Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey has gotten a teaser as to what a full-length film could look like courtesy of animator Matt Danner.
Danner and Millionaire are set to bring the character to a new children’s story book for Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods, which is based on a film screenplay by Danner. According to Deadline, the story follows titular Sock Monkey Uncle Gabby as he and a group of other toys journey to save their human, Ann-Louise. The cinematic teaser was shot over the course of a day by Danner with a small crew using five “digi-nette” puppets. He and Millionaire are currently shopping the project to studios and financiers.
If James Spader’s unsettling recitation of “I’ve Got No Strings” in the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser left you reexamining your feelings about Disney’s Pinocchio, you’re definitely not alone.
However, the homicidal robot’s path of destruction doesn’t stop there: In the new animated parody from How It Should Have Ended, Ultron proceeds to stomp out any warm memories you may have of Cinderella, Aladdin, The Lion King and even Frozen. Clearly, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are powerless in the face of this threat.
Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Paul Reubens not only confirmed a new Pee-wee Herman movie, he stepped into character to provide a new voice track for Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer — providing the Marvel sequel with a little extra … gravitas.
If the Blu-ray release doesn’t include an option that allows viewers to choose between James Spader and Reubens as the voice of Ultron, then somebody at the studio as asleep at the wheel.
By now you’ve likely seen the “special look” at Avengers: Age of Ultron that aired last night during Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but have you watched it recreated in LEGO? If not, you’ve come to the right place.
This LEGO fan, who last week gave the same treatment to the teaser trailer, has already turned his attention to this new footage, which opens with a lighthearted scene in which Earth’s Mightiest Heroes take turns trying to lift Thor’s hammer. Note the Spider-Man cameo at the 1:19 mark. (What, you didn’t see that in the original?)
The folks at How It Should Have Ended produce a lot of videos suggesting “fixes” for blockbusters ranging from Iron Man 3 to Frozen to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But all of the scenes don’t necessarily make it into the final product, which brings us to this newly released “Bonus Bundle.”
“Often we write too many sketches when creating a HISHE and some scenes get left out,” they explain. “Sometimes they are cut because it didn’t fit the flow of the main video. Sometimes they are cut because they aren’t finished in time. Well rather than let them collect dust we bundled them all together in one collection so you can see those extra scenes that might have been.”
When it came time for the York Regional Police in Ontario to devise an outreach campaign aimed at preteens, it didn’t fall back on basketball games and fun runs. Instead, it looked to what’s popular at the moment: superhero movies.
With funding from Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy, the police department produced United, a short film about a nameless, black-clad superhero who battles enemies with help from local citizens, and starring officers and community volunteers. The idea is to depict “the vital partnership that must exist between police and community,” but in a way that might actually appeal to kids.