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Here are your favorite NFL players as your favorite superheroes

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For many, stars of professional sports are the closest things to real life superheroes. They’re bigger, stronger, and faster than seems humanly possible. They’re able to perform feats beyond the capabilities of your average individual, jumping and twisting and barreling through opponents.

But just imagine: If the stars of the NFL really were superheroes of comic book lore, who would be whom? The folks at NFL Memes went and matched up the biggest names in football with the biggest characters in comics to answer that question with these incredible mashup renditions. Some are obvious, like Calvin Johnson as Megatron and Cam Newton as Superman, but others are pretty spot on. There’s Odell Beckham Jr. as Spider-Man, Peyton Manning as Iron Man, Rob Gronkowski as Thor, and – perhaps best of all – Andrew Luck as the Beast.

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CUTE! Iron Man cardboard cat art is awesomely adorable

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On its Facebook page, Architecture & Design Magazine began an Internet-friendly initiative that turns your average household pet into something truly fantastic using only cardboard.

Subtitled only “Cardboard Cat Art,” the post features a compilation of photos that feature cats turned superheroes, among other things. Check out the photos below to see Iron Cat and Mario: Super Smash Kitty, and head to Architecture & Design Magazine’s Facebook page for more.

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Batman and Iron Man square off over ‘Dawn of Justice’

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Fans of DC Comics and Warner Bros.’ big-screen plans may cringe a little at this Dorkly video, in which classic arcade versions of Iron Man, Captain America, Batman and Superman square off over their upcoming movie team-ups, Civil War and Dawn of Justice.

Short version? Well, that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is essentially a lesser version of Captain America: Civil War, a stance that will undoubtedly launch a thousand Internet arguments. I’m not sure that holds much water, but the video is fun to watch as the Dark Knight turns his frustration on the Man of Steel.

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Transformers face DC and Marvel heroes in explosive fan trailer

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After pitting Marvel against DC and the Empire against the heroes of both companies, Alex Luthor has turned his attention to another sci-fi franchise, using the Tesseract to draw in the Decepticons for a fan trailer that mashes together all of the mass destruction of Michael Bay’s Transformers series with all of the … mass destruction of superhero films.

When Megatron & Co. attack, it creates a threat so big that not even the combined powers of the Avengers, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Green Lantern, Spider-Man, Arrow and The Flash aren’t enough to stop them. That’s when Nick Fury calls in some help …

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Ride in superhero style with these custom motorcycle helmets

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Last year we spotlighted a pretty stylish Dark Knight-inspired motorcycle helmet, but what if you prefer, say, The Punisher, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Wonder Woman to Batman? AirGraffix has you covered.

The Mattoon, Illinois-based company specializes in custom-painted helmets that can transform the rider into everyone from Goku and Deadpool to Iron Man and Spawn. It’s not all superheroes or comic books, either; there’s an assortment of Star Wars, Transformers and Power Rangers designs, for starters.

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“Star Wars” Mount Rushmore of snow built for Sapporo Snow Festival

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South Dakota may have Mount Rushmore, but now Sapporo, Japan has Mount Darth Vader. A 50-foot tall Star Wars snow sculpture was created in the city’s Odori Park to celebrate the 66th annual Sapporo Snow Festival.

The massive structure features Vader, a trio of Storm Troopers,  TIE Fighters, and the ominous Death Star. According to a Google-translated story from Yahoo! Japan, the sculpture is approximately 50 feet high, 74 feet wide, and 65 feet deep. and took 2,000 people to complete. According to the festival’s website, “Snow Star Wars” was approved by Lucasfilm, making it the first snow sculpture to be formally endorsed by George Lucas’ production company. Check out pictures above and below, via CinemaCafe.

The Sapporo Snow Festival runs through Feb. 11 and attracts nearly 2 million people to the city.

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Hot Toys debuts ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Artist Mix figures

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When Hot Toys teased Sunday that its Artist Mix Collection would be revealed “very soon,” it meant very soon — as in this morning.

The high-end collectibles company kicked off its new product line with the debut of Avengers: Age of Ultron figures by Japanese toy designer Touma.

The first series features Iron Man Mark XLIII, Captain America, Hulkbuster, Ultron Prime and two versions of Ultron Sentry. According to Hot Toys, each Artist Mix bobble-head figure stands about 14 centimeters (about 5.5 inches) tall, except for the Hulkbuster, which towers at 20 centimeters (about 7.9 inches). A deluxe set will also be released featuring the Hulkbuster and Iron Man Mark XLIII.

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Man 3D prints functional Iron Man Hulkbuster armor, is generally awesome

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On his personal YouTube channel, James Bruton has begun a Hulk-sized undertaking. Well, a Hulkbuster-sized undertaking, at any rate — he’s 23 videos into a 3D printing project to build his own WiFi enabled Hulkbuster Iron Man armor.

And that’s not all — Bruton’s armor is fully functional, as can be seen in a handful of the later installments when he tries it on for size. Jury’s still out on whether or not it could handle the Hulk himself, though; I suppose we’ll have to wait and see in his last video!

You can check out his first video below and the rest on his YouTube channel. Also check out his website, where he shows off many of his other products — which include an R2D2, an Alien xenomorph suit and a life-sized Iron Man MKVI costume armor, among others.

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Nothing says ‘meditative’ like a Zen Judge Dredd statue

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Although I have my doubts as to the calming, meditative qualities of a character whose signature line is “Hulk SMASH,” I’m not immune to the appeal of these 3D-printed Buddha sculptures of an assortment of pop-culture characters, from the Star Wars cast to Batman to Judge Dredd to Groot (with Rocket Raccoon, naturally).

The statues, which come in three sizes — 2 inches, 4 inches and 6 inches — range in price from $7.99 to $27.99. You can see some of the pieces below, and the full selection on Chris Milnes’ Etsy page.

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Spider-Man, Iron Man named Mardi Gras parade grand marshals

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Tony Stark and Peter Parker are heading to Mardi Gras.

The Krewe of Caesar, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana’s largest Carnival organization, has named Iron Man and Spider-Man as the grand marshals of its 36th annual parade. “Spider-Man and Iron Man are true American heroes and someone we all look up to with utmost respect for their service to our country,” Krewe of Caesar’s Captain Robert Carnesi said in a statement to WWL-TV.

Their involvement comes courtesy of the Marvel Characters Appearance Program, which, as the name suggests, arranges for the company’s superheroes to show up for mall events, trade shows, festivals, awareness programs and the like.

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Here’s the epic DC vs. Marvel movie we’ve been waiting for

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Considering that DC/Marvel crossovers appear to be a thing of the past even in comic books, it seems unlikely we’ll see Thor face Superman on the big screen in our lifetimes. Undeterred by any corporate differences, a certain Alex Luthor (no relation, presumably) has assembled an epic trailer that gives us a taste of what such a live-action crossover might look like. And it’s pretty glorious.

Using footage from sources ranging from The Avengers and Iron Man to The Flash and the rejected Wonder Woman pilot — you’ll even see Injustice: Gods Among Us — Luthor crafts a teaser that pits Batman against Iron Man, Hawkeye against Green Arrow, Black Widow against Black Canary, Loki against The Joker … the list goes on.

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Tony Starch is ‘Iron Can’ in laundry-filled parody

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Anders Wotzke, who in 2012 introduced the Batman parody “The Batfan,” now takes aim at Iron Man in a pun-filled sendup called, yes, “Iron Can.”

Created with Michael Nixon, the video features Tony Starch, the billionaire philanthropist — and can of fabric softener — who reveals he’s Iron Can, thereby attracting the attention of Fabrice Crimp, “leader of a cult of creased cottons who believes that since the world isn’t flat, nothing should be.”

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Iron Man becomes a ‘diabetes hero’ in ‘Early Warnings’

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Iron Man is one busy superhero. After teaming last month with pint-sized heroes Blue Ear and Sapheara to educate about hearing loss and cochlear implants, the Armored Avenger is now turning his attention to childhood diabetes.

Siemens Healthcare and Marvel Custom Solutions have partnered for Iron Man: Early Warnings, an eight-page comic in which Daisy and her elementary-school classmates visit Stark Industries, where Tony Stark unveils the prototype for his newest invention: the Heath-Y-Meter, a device that glows brightest when the wearer’s body is at its healthiest.

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Photographs transport superheroes back to 16th century

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French photographer Sacha Goldberger, who previously made a splash with images of his 91-year-old grandmother as a superhero, exhibited his latest series “Super Flemish” over the weekend at the Grand Palais in Paris. As you might have guessed from the title and the above photo, the project features superheroes (and villains), Star Wars characters and other pop-culture figures — as if they were posing for Flemish paintings.

But these are indeed photographs, requiring models, costumers, hair and makeup artists and the like. And, as you can see from the gallery on Goldberger’s website, he even recruited his grandmother again. See more images, and photos from the exhibition, on Goldberger’s Facebook page.

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Dad helps infant son ‘feel brave’ with ‘Baby Iron Man’ costume

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Little Collier has been hospitalized since his premature birth in July, but for Halloween his father Eric Hart wanted to give their family a sense of normalcy and his son something “that would help him feel brave.” So, with the approval of the nurses, the professional prop maker modified a costume pattern he found online and transformed Collier into “Baby Iron Man,” if only for a minute.

“I came up with Iron Man because he’s been hooked up to all those machines and wires,” Hart tells Today.com, “and that’s similar to what Iron Man went through.”

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