Axel-In-Charge: Extending "Secret Wars," Excitement for a "Totally Awesome Hulk"
One television series followed a young woman as she struggled to bring balance to a world beset by political and spiritual unrest, while the other chronicled the efforts of a slightly older woman as the fought for better parks to a town beset by political unrest and occasional cravings for waffles. It was only a matter of time before they came together in one video.
With Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra and NBC’s Parks and Recreation now, sadly, concluded, one fan has delivered a funny and occasionally inspired mashup of the two shows (they actually shared an actress: Aubrey Plaza portrayed both April Ludgate and Eska).
If NBC’s Parks and Recreation has taught us anything, it’s that 1.) jogging is the worst; 2.) at least once a year you have to treat yo self; and 3.) seven years from now, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will still be wildly popular.
Neill Cameron is many things: an accomplished cartoonist, author of How to Make Awesome Comics, artist in residence at the Story Museum and now, it appears, master of the Parks and Recreation/Star Trek: The Next Generation mashup with “Parks and Trek.”
As we brace ourselves for the Jan. 13 premiere of Parks & Rec‘s seventh and final season, Cameron is rolling out his renditions of the crew of the U.S.S. Spirit of Pawnee, beginning with Captain Leslie Knope, Commander Ronald Swanson and Chief of Engineering Tom Haverford (with Ensign DJ Roomba).
What as a simple request from Parks and Recreation‘s producers for Patton Oswalt to ramble on set about the subject of his choice turned into the comedian’s insanely epic pitch for a Star Wars/Marvel crossover, which became an Internet sensation before the episode even aired. That, in turn, gave birth to a movie poster, a video interpretation and now, thanks to Nerdist, an animated version — complete with Chewbacca’s head and new robot body.
Thirty-six questions. Six answers. One random number generator. Welcome to Robot Roulette, where creators roll the virtual dice and answer our questions about their lives, careers, interests and more.
Joining us today is Natalie Nourigat, who you might know from such works as Between Gears, My Boyfriend is a Monster: Wrapped Up in You, Husbands, A Boy & a Girl, It Girl & the Atomics, Over the Surface, The Thrilling Adventure Hour and her awesome movie review comics.
Now let’s get to it …
Patton Oswalt’s hilarious eight-minute Star Wars filibuster for Parks and Recreation is already legendary, earning the adoration of nerds everywhere, and even spawning a movie poster. But if you have trouble comprehending his his frenetic vision for a Star Wars/Marvel Universe crossover, don’t worry: animator Isaac Moore has you covered.
Using Oswalt’s own words, and Amy Poehler’s occasional interruptions, Moore brings the pitch to life in appropriately quirky fashion, with a blend of movie stills, comic art, stock photography and lord only knows what else.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than Patton Oswalt’s eight-minute improvised pitch on Parks and Recreation for a Star Wars/Marvel movie crossover, Entertainment Weekly has produced a mash-up poster for Stars Wars: Episode VII — The Gauntlet of Infinity, inspired by George Perez’s cover for The Infinity Gauntlet #1.
In this new version, Thanos naturally remains at the center, while Mephisto is replaced by Boba Fett — how different might have “One More Day” have been? — and Doctor Strange gives way to Luke Skywalker. There’s also a shot of an X-wing and the Blackbird (not a Quinjet!) in pursuit of Slave I, but that’s only for starters.
Fresh from his turn as Penguin in CollegeHumor’s “Badman,” comedian and occasional comics writer Patton Oswalt pays a visit to Pawnee, Indiana, to pitch his idea for the ultimate Star Wars/Marvel Universe crossover.
Oswalt, who appears on Thursday’s episode of Parks and Recreation as a citizen who filibusters a city council vote, was asked by producers to ramble a while about the subject of his choice. What he delivered instead is a remarkable, and wholly improvised, eight-minute proposal for the plot of Star Wars: Episode VII that begins with the resurrection of Boba Fett before incorporating appearances by Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Daredevil, the X-Men, Mister Fantastic and the entire pantheon of Greek gods, and then ending in … exhaustion. Yes, it’s all done in one take.
Watch the full glorious scene below, and see what makes it to television when Parks & Rec airs Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
In what very well could be comics’ answer to Texts from Hillary, cartoonist Jon Morris has launched Ron Sworschach, a blog that combines “the words of Alan Moore’s doomed objectivist vigilante Rorschach with images of Parks and Recreations‘ lovingly stern libertarian Ron Swanson. Or sometimes maybe the other way around.”
Why it’s taken this long for a Ron Swanson/Rorschach mash-up is one of life’s great and frustrating mysteries …