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If you didn’t quite buy the result of their original battle, “Super Power Beat Down” is back with an alternate ending to the showdown between Spider-Man and Darth Maul.
This time, it’s not only the wall-crawler who has the benefit of the alien symbiote: Here, Darth Sidious’ apprentice dips his hand into that inky pool, resulting in a whole lotta horns, and a whole lotta … tongue.
After last year pitting Batman against Darth Vader aboard the Death Star in a “Super Power Beat Down” that fueled countless arguments, Bat in the Sun now brings another Star Wars villain, Darth Maul, to Earth to battle Spider-Man.
The New York City setting doesn’t lend itself to the visual spectacle of, say, a moon-sized battle station, but the effects and fight choreography are most impressive. Plus, it allows for a nice surprise cameo.
When “Super Power Beat Down” last fall pitted Darth Vader against Batman in a battle aboard the Death Star, some Dark Knight fans weren’t at all pleased with the results. (Spoiler alert: In turns out Bruce Wayne’s lack of faith was, indeed, his downfall.)
Perhaps heeding that cry, Bat in the Sun has released an alternate ending that, as you might expect, goes a bit better for the Caped Crusader, who demonstrates he’s definitely the smartest guy on that moon-sized battle station.
If you’re unfamiliar with Machinima’s “Super Power Beat Down” short films, they’re essentially those “Who would win in a fight?” fan conversations brought to life — Wolverine vs. Predator, Captain America vs. Master Chief, and so on — with the winner determined beforehand by vote. The latest installment is billed as “the bloodiest battle yet (and make no mistake, it is bloody, so consider yourself warned.)
Created by Bat in the Sun Productions, “Red Hood vs. Punisher” opens with Frank Castle in search of Jason Todd (who’s wanted for murder, aggravated assault, B&E and … disturbing the peace). Twenty seconds into the short, Frank finds his target — or rather his target finds him — beginning a pretty brutal, and well-choreographed, fight that continues for nearly three minutes.
I won’t say who wins, but you likely already have a good idea.