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Toyota has teamed with Marvel for “The Incredible Drive,” a four-part stop-motion animated adventure promoting the car manufacturer’s Yaris model. Created by the crew behind “Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?!” — Ben Morse, Jesse Falcon, Alex Kropinak and others — the first short features a Yaris-driving Bruce Banner forced into therapy with Doctor Strange, who suggests all he needs for his anger-control issues is a road trip. With him.
Yes, the guy who transforms into a 7 1/2-foot-tall monster drives a subcompact car — but, hey, it’s no weirder than him rooming with the Red Hulk or seeking mental-health advice from a magic-wielding neurosurgeon (apparently Doc Samson isn’t covered by Banner’s HMO). Strange’s Monarch-esque voice is a little much, but it’s definitely worth sitting through for the Marvel Universe-themed destination billboards and the late addition to the unlikely road-trip crew.
SPOILER ALERT: This Hulk-themed parody of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan by the merry miscreants of Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?! contains no scenes of hot Hulk-on-Hulk action, and Bruce Banner does not attempt to activate his potential inner Red Hulk by feverishly masturbating without realizing that the Maestro is asleep in the corner of the room. That said, it’s a pretty damn funny video anyway, with the Hulk in the Natalie Portman role and the Red Hulk as her doppelganger and/or Mila Kunis. (Man, now that’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.) I just keep mentally circling back to the Leader, who is somehow even sleazier than Vincent Cassell’s French-stereotype choreographer, telling the Hulk that the Red Hulk’s smashing is superior because “He’s not faking it!”, and cracking up all over again.
Click here to see the full version of the video, which also features a parody of 127 Hours with Deadpool as James Franco (I’m sure viewers of last night’s Oscar broadcast can only ruefully wish the Merc with a Mouth had replaced Franco there, too) and a True Grit riff starring M.O.D.O.K. as Jeff Bridges and Gremlin as Hailee Steinfeld. (Sometimes I love this job.)