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In what very well could be a precursor to Captain America: Civil War, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes squared off against each other last night in a no-holds-barred game of “Avengers Family Feud,” with the host Jimmy Kimmel caught in the middle.
On one side, Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner); on the other, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). It was a fierce battle marked by cheating, widespread confusion, malfunctioning name tags and some pretty bad answers.
The Guardians of the Galaxy may be able to stand toe to toe with Ronan the Accuser, Nebula and Korath, but they were easily vanquished by 5-year-old Mia Grace Montross. The pint-sized Marvel expert, who made her Jimmy Kimmel Live! debut in December, returned to the show last night to face off against the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy in a trivia challenge. The result was … well, about what you might expect.
As promised, Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada appeared last night on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he promoted Marvel NOW! to a national audience — “We’re not rebooting our universe, but if you’re a fan of the movies, or if you’re a lapsed comic-book fan, it’s the perfect opportunity for you to come in and start on the Marvel Universe” — while the talk-show host played the role of the nervous creator hoping to sell the House of Ideas on his own characters.
But these weren’t just any characters; these were the heroes and villains that sprang from the mind of a 6- or 7-year-old Jimmy. Or so we’re told. There’s the Terrific Ten — “There’s 10 of them, and they’re terrific” — led by Muscleman, the King of Superheroes (complete with crown), and featuring Colored Kid, who has all the powers of a rainbow, Lucky Lad, who’s kind of like a leprechaun. Of course, the heroes need villains equal to their … terrific-ness. Enter, the Terrible Ten, which includes Evil Eye, Doctor Bolt and Bleach Master (with his Clor-Ax).
Surprisingly, neither team was exactly what Quesada had in mind for Marvel NOW!, so he makes Kimmel a pitch of his own. (By the way, who knew Quesada was so stingy with his comics?) Watch the full video below.
In a bit of corporate synergy, Joe Quesada will pay a visit Tuesday on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live to launch Marvel NOW! with the debut of Uncanny Avengers, and to … propose a team-up with the talk-show host?
“First Jimmy Kimmel rocked the Emmys in front of the entire world and now he’s set his sights on the Marvel Universe,” Marvel’s chief creative officer said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to meeting with him to see just what he has planned for the Avengers, Spider-Man, Wolverine or whichever of Marvel’s superheroes interest him the most. But this is Marvel NOW! and we’re going to need the biggest ideas to compete with what we’ve planned! One things for sure — you’ve never seen Marvel on TV like this before!”