Following the success of the Avengers film, and with Iron Man 3 set to hit theaters next month, the characters who make up Marvels Avengers team are more recognizable than ever. Naturally, the publisher is taking advantage of that fact via merchandise, including the two t-shirts pictured above.
These are Marvel’s characters, the foundation of their company. As such, these products represent them, not the manufacturers. When people see this, and are (rightfully) bothered by it, they aren’t going to care what middle man made the shirts. They’re going to instantly direct their ire toward Marvel, as it it will look to them as if Marvel is telling boys they can be heroes, and telling girls that, if they’re lucky, a hero will come save them.
Inspired by prominent art from Disney’s famous Haunted Mansion attraction, artist Abraham Lopez has created “Haunted Arkham Asylum,” featuring Batman and other characters in his universe portrayed in “stretch art.” The idea is that the images at the top seem perfectly sedate, until they are stretched to reveal a far more sinister situation than previously believed.
Parks and Recreation, a show about politics in a small U.S. town, often finds clever ways to parody various topical issues taking place in Washington D.C. Tomorrow’s episode is no different, as this time they’re taking a shot at much debated filibuster reform, and they’ve enlisted the help of Patton Oswalt to do so. Oswalt, playing the role of one of Pawnee’s many
insane passionate citizens, goes on a completely improvised nerd rant in which he recites what he believes should be the plot of the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, including an aging Luke, Han and Leia crossing over into the Marvel film universe as they team up with the Avengers, Spider-Man, the X-Men and more to take on Thanos. Not all of the Avengers make it into Oswalt’s cut, as he’s replaced “second tier” characters Hawkeye and Black Widow with noted Marvel A-lister Moon Knight. Naturally.
You can see the full video above, and while this is obviously meant to be a joke, let us all pray to our respective deity’s that no executive at Disney ever hears this proposal.
By Andy Khouri
Viral video makers Front Page Films have been mining Christopher Nolan’s ultra-serious Dark Knight trilogy for comedy for a while now in an ongoing series of “Badman” shorts that have parodied everything from Batman Vs. the Scarecrow to Batman vs. Two-Face, Batman Vs. The Riddler, Batman Vs. an Innocent Clown, Batman Vs. Sex and Batman Vs. Suicide. Their latest effort casts comedian Patton Oswalt as a real-world, sort of Nolan-esque version of The Penguin, who confronts the Dark Knight with some compelling questions about his “no killing” rule.
Mega Man may be able to fuel his android bod with E-Tanks, but us regular humans have to settle for food, water, and perhaps most importantly, sleep. With this in mind, Capcom has bridged the man/machine gap with a plush Mega Man helmet and Mega Buster that fans can adorn for any combination of cosplay and napping. It’s not due out until July, but fans can pre-order it through Capcom’s Japanese site for a little more than $60 USD (¥6,090). If I don’t see a few dozen of these at Comic-Con this summer (especially near the Archie Comics and Udon booths), I will be mega disappointed.
The folks at Blackmeal, a video production company, have produced a slick animation homage to Marvel Comics characters. Specifically, their logos. No characters appear in the video, but rather logos representing nearly every major hero or team from the Marvel cannon.
At Comic-Con in 2008, I stepped onto a hotel elevator and instantly found myself in the sky. At least, it felt that way. It was actually a very creative ad for Pixar’s Up that involved painting the inside of the elevator to look like the sky from the film, with Carl’s balloon-powered flying house in the corner, looking to be off in the distance. The ad always stuck with me, as I thought it was an imaginative — and very effective — way to promote a film, and easily the best use of advertising in an elevator I’d ever seen.
That is, until I saw this proposed ad for this summer’s Man of Steel, submitted to the Chip Shop Awards by Jon Massey and Ryan Brown. Massey and Brown take advantage of elevator design to present the classic image of Clark Kent opening his shirt to reveal the Superman logo underneath.