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Michigan State University’s Spartan Marching Band transformed into the Merry Marvel Marching Society on Saturday, saluting the Marvel Universe during halftime of the game against Michigan.
During the six-minute-plus choreographed performance, the band gave musical nods to Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, The Avengers and, yes, even the 1960s Spider-Man cartoon.
David Letterman’s farewell last night after 33 years on television was packed with tributes from the likes of Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Peyton Manning and the Foo Fighters. While the Simpsons apparently weren’t able to appear in person on the Late Show — hey, Beavis and Butthead pulled it off in 1996 — they did send along a clip that pokes fun both at Letterman and their own long-running series.
When you’re on a team alongside the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Incredible Hulk, it’s easy to be overshadowed, or even dismissed outright (Cookie Monster got in on that action just this week). But Hawkeye wants us to know he’s just as super as the rest of the Avengers.
Appearing last night on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a costumed Jeremy Renner sat down at the piano to belt out a heartfelt, and hilarious, ode to Hawkeye’s many lesser-known superpowers (to the tune of Ed Sheerhan’s “Thinking Out Loud”).
Sesame Street is back with another flawless pop-culture parody, this time taking aim at Marvel’s The Avengers in Age of Bon Bon, which doesn’t cast Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the best light.
Faced with a foe determined to destroy all healthy vegetables, six of the planet’s greatest heroes — and most terrible puns — come together in the Battle of New York: Dr. Brownie, Onion Man, Captain Americauliflower, Black Bean Widow, the Mighty Corn and Zuchin-eye. Alas, Dr. Brownie initially lacks the focus to carry out the Aveggies’ not-so-brilliant plan (hey, it is children’s educational television). And Zuchin-eye? He doesn’t get respect in any universe.
Nearly a year and a half after Man at Arms took up Thor’s hammer, Man at Arms: Recharged sets out to recreate Loki’s staff (aka the Chitauri scepter) from Marvel’s The Avengers.
It’s a labor-intensive process — would we expect anything less? — that yields impressive results, even if the staff doesn’t quite match the one from the Marvel Studios film.
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe certainly has its comedic elements, Jeremiah Rivera pushes them to the forefront by giving The Avengers a Friends-style introduction, complete with the (at one point) inescapable “I”ll Be There For You.” Unsurprisingly, an alien invasion doesn’t seem so pressing when scored by The Rembrandts.
As fun as the mashup is, however, it feels as if Rivera missed out by not including a scene of the gang enjoying shawarma, even if it’s not in Central Perk.
There are numerous levels of comics fandom, ranging from the casual fan who picks up the occasional issue and watches the television shows and movies to the devotee, who tracks down entire runs of series and collects original art.
And then there’s the level of fan who would have an entire apartment designed in an Avengers theme.
Not content with its conquest of cinemas and the direct market, Marvel has now turned its attention to home appliances. Small appliances, but still …
Soon, fans will be able to eat waffles emblazoned with Thor’s hammer, Iron Man’s mask, Captain America’s shield and Hulk’s fist, prepared — where else? — in an Avengers-themed waffle maker from Select Brands. The company is also developing Marvel-inspired toasters, single-serve coffeemakers and more.
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 …
Unwilling to wait for Spider-Man to appear on screen alongside Earth’s Mightiest Mortals, ScreenCrush and mashup editor Sleepy Skunk have integrated the wall-crawler into the epic Battle of New York from 2012’s The Avengers. It’s impressively seamless, from the back and forth between Black Widow and Spidey to the bus rescue to the Chrysler Building sequence.
Of course, the next time we see Spider-Man on the big screen, he (alas) won’t be played by Andrew Garfield …
The Helicarrier is 11 inches high, 17 inches wide and a whopping 31 inches long, and boasts two runways, microscale fighter jets, Quinjets and ground-support vehicles, plus five minifigures from Marvel’s 2012 blockbuster The Avengers, including — brace yourselves! — two female characters: Nick Fury, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and new addition Maria Hill. Imagine that.
In an alternate, sunnier reality, the sequel to Marvel’s Avengers wouldn’t be about Tony Stark unintentionally unleashing a homicidal robot bent on eradicating humanity. Instead, it would center on one flexible man with a plan: to forge a group of heroes with broken dreams into … Earth’s Mightiest Dance Team.
Hey, it could work, as PistolShrimps demonstrates in the parody video Avengers 2: Step Up, which has a little fun with footage from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In between uncovering Hydra plots and facing homicidal robots, Captain America took time to surprise a 9-year-old fan who’s embroiled in a battle of his own.
Kenny Botting, who underwent surgery in September for a brain tumor, has spent the past three weeks at Christopher’s Haven in Boston, which provides a home away from home for young cancer patients and their families while they undergo treatment at nearby hospitals (Massachusetts General Hospital is just next door).
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.
Your holiday sweater collection doesn’t have to be scary anymore; you can improve it with comic book-inspired designs. Once upon a time, the thought of attending an ugly-sweater themed holiday party was unappealing: The sweaters used to be legitimately hideous and tacky, with flocked teddy bears, noisy bells and glittery snow, and they were itchy and hot. Those garments of yore could be fun to wear, but I never liked scouring thrift stores and forking over cash for them.
That’s all changed, because the idea of the ugly holiday sweater has evolved. The designs are no longer what I’d call ugly, and they’re more likely to be printed on comfortable sweatshirts instead of stuffy sweaters. You can find several prints inspired by pop culture franchises and even comic books.