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Avengers: Age of Ultron recap in 7 minutes

Thinking of catching Avengers: Age of Ultron but afraid that you can’t remember what happened previously?

You’re definitely not alone. The Marvel Cinematic Universe could, admittedly, get quite complicated even for casual comic fans, let alone those who never kept in touch with what happened in the comics.

That’s why the video below by Vulture is simply THE MOST definitive one every one should watch before heading down to the cinemas. The 7-minute video covers every important part the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading up to Avengers: Age of Ultron, comprising of the following movies:

  • Iron Man (2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Wacky comic book crossovers

The news of an Archie/Predator crossover was so amusing to us that we couldn’t help but wonder what other crazy, bizarre crossovers have gone down. The results were predictably spectacular with different characters meeting each other.

1. Riverdale’s Visitors

The contrast is STRIKING.
The contrast is STRIKING.
Riverdale just wants to rock and roll all night but still go to school in the day.
Riverdale just wants to rock and roll all night but still go to school in the day.

We noted that even prior to meeting the Predator, Archie met The Punisher, helped the Ninja Turtles out and rocked out with KISS. The plots are all pretty absurd as well, in the case of The Punisher, he comes to Riverdale to take down a drug lord who just happens to be a doppelganger of Archie. Mad props to the Archie crew, who continue to defy logic and give us insane crossovers.

This... actually doesn't look all that strange.
This actually doesn’t look all that strange.

2. Star Trek/X-Men

Ah... the nineties.
Ah… the nineties.

The X-Men and space sagas (*cough* Dark Phoenix Saga *cough*) aren’t generally a good coupling so we were pretty confused why they were paired together. We think we’ve found the panel that illustrates just exactly why they were paired together.

Puns... comic book writers love them.
Puns… comic book writers love them.

Well done, writers, well done. Plus, you get this awesome panel that shows even Wolverine’s healing factor and cigar-powered machismo cannot withstand the power of a Vulcan Death Grip.

Spock is the Vulcan equivalent of a Chinese Wuxia master
Spock is the Vulcan equivalent of a Chinese wuxia master

3.  Scooby Doo Meets Batman (and Robin)

Batman is used to talking animals.
Batman is used to talking to animals.

The Mystery Van and Batmobile tag teamed in a 70s episode of the Hannah Barbera cartoon and paired up again a few years ago in an episode of Batman: The Brave and The Bold. With villains like Killer Croc and Man-Bat in his life, I suppose a talking dog wasn’t all that surprising for Batman to handle. All I wonder is just how annoyed Batman was with Shaggy the whole time they had to work together.

4. Eminem/Punisher: KILL YOU (Actual Title)

If you had... one shot, one oppor, oh damn, that's a lot of shots.
If you had one shot, one oppor- oh damn, that’s a lot of shots.

To promote his comeback record Relapse (which wasn’t all that successful compared to his other records), Eminem didn’t exactly go press junket/interview route. Instead, he personally chose the Punisher to team up with. Apparently Marvel wanted to team him up with the more PG Spider-Man, but Eminem… being the gangsta he is, chose the Punisher instead. The unlikely duo would take on Punisher foe Barracuda, but Eminem would get the unfortunate Frank Castle luck… as his album didn’t do that great. His next one would light the world on fire though.

5. The Avengers Meets David Letterman

I don't really have anything to say. Oh look, Dave had hair.
I don’t really have anything to say. Oh look, Dave had hair.

Assistant Editors’ Month brought us this wacky issue where The Avengers went onto David Letterman’s then 2 year old Late Night show as last minute guests. All you really need to know is that it ends with Letterman saving the day by hitting the baddie with a GIANT doorknob.

6. Superman vs Muhammad Ali

I LOVE how Supes is just going to box with a cape on.
We love how Supes is just going to box with a cape on.

This crossover featured the GOAT and Superman teaming up to fight aliens. Well, this would have been a dream match-up, except it was published during the short period when the GOAT lost his title to Leon Spinks. He would win it a few months after this was published, because… of course. Tough luck, DC.

7. Thor and Conan team up

In an issue of Marvel’s long running What If…  series, Thor was transported to Conan’s Hyborian Age. What followed was more muscles and over-the-top machismo on display than a WWE show.

Bonded by a mutual love of rippling muscles and carefully coiffed manes...
Bonded by a mutual love of rippling muscles and carefully coiffed manes.

We also learnt of Conan’s severely underrated linguistic skills. Check out his eulogy for his blonde haired counterpart.

Conan has a alternate job on the horizon: Eulogy writer.
Conan has an alternative job on the horizon: Taking over the 50 Shades franchise.

8. Predator Meets Everyone

Archie’s upcoming nemesis has had a rather colourful crossover career. The Predator started off by facing the Caped Crusader…

Batman shows off his pearly whites

And we move on, wondering how Batman didn’t die within two pages to Superman…

Not the face!

And somehow this time, Predator survives and faces off against the Judge, Jury, Executioner himself…

Predator manages to find the shrink gun from Duke Nukem?

To the greatest test of his life. After facing off against Bats, Supes and Dredd… Predator must face his greatest challenge. A dude in loincloths yelling OEEEEEEEEYOYOYOYOYOYOYOYO.

high tech vs no tech?

And to end it off, they have a crossover meeting another crossover. *mind blown*

Crossover meets crossover. BOOM.
Crossover meets crossover. BOOM.

9. Darkseid vs Galactus: THE HUNGER

I am going to eat your planet!

This crossover is hilarious for many reasons. It pits two of Marvel and DC’s biggest bad dudes against each other. And while it isn’t Thanos, the dude at the end of the Avengers movie who’s also a copycat of Darkseid, the real hook is that Galactus, the giant space dude who consumes planets for sustenance, comes to Apokolips, Darkseid’s planet and tries to eat it. Darkseid, used to beating the crap out of the Justice League, isn’t really prepared for this and hilarity literally ensues.

10. The Avengers vs. Godzilla

I don't think Vision understands Thor's skill set.
I don’t think Vision understands Thor’s skill set very well.

The Avengers lose their cool when they see a giant lizard. Even after all they’ve seen and encountered.

11. Charles Barkley And Godzilla Play Ball

Did not know all you needed to block Godzilla's breath was a basketball.
Did not know all you needed to block Godzilla’s breath was a basketball.

Spawned from the famous Nike campaign, this is the comic book to turn to if you like watching a ginormous Charles Barkley throw elbows and school Godzilla at basketball. Needless to say, Godzilla did not get a single rebound.

Some grade A trash talking in this panel here.
Some grade A trash talking in this panel here.

12. Spider-Man Meets The Transformers

The answer to fighting giant transforming robots is CLEARLY not webs.
The answer to fighting giant transforming robots is CLEARLY not webs.

The ineffectiveness of Spider-Man while surrounded by giant robots is strangely funny, as shown by him trying to catch the Autobot Gears, only for him to have a Gwen Stacy-esque landing. He also fails at trying to combat Megatron with his webs. It’s pretty clear that this really wasn’t the best team up for Spidey.

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Archie Meets Predator

The space alien hunter with the mask and rasta dreadlocks that petrified Arnold Schwarzenegger in a jungle is coming to… Riverdale? Apparently yes, as announced at the New York Comic Con. In a bizarre collaboration between Archie Comics and Dark Horse Comics, the Predator is starring in a special Archie Comics mini-series next Spring. And from the plot summary that writer Alex De Campi gave USA Today, the plot is just completely off the rails.

The beach vacation comes unexpectedly after Jughead wins a prize from a lucky bag of chips, and Betty and Veronica make the most of the sunny weather by competing in a “best-dressed” contest.

“After Betty is revealed to be borrowing Cheryl Blossom’s clothes to compete, she and Veronica have a fight and she tearfully runs off into the jungle where, let’s say, she isn’t alone,” de Campi says.

Everybody does end up back in Riverdale, she adds, “as do those big trunks of clothes that Veronica brought. Trunks so big, you could hide a Predator in them. Her Vuitton will never quite smell the same again.”

To Catch A Predator...
To Catch A Predator…

We’re extremely happy that after previous adventures with The Punisher and hard rockers KISS, Archie Comics is still continuing its tradition of completely random team ups. We have so many questions. Will there be choppers to get to? Will Archie dip himself in mud and let out a ferocious guttural scream? Will Archie call the predator “an ugly mother******”? So many questions to be answered. Guess, we’ll only find out next Spring.