Okay, so Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn’t the best Marvel movie, but it is great for pop-culture mashups. Case in point; Darren Wallace’s Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man trailer that mixes one of history’s most memorably films with the most popular superhero movie of 2015.
Hi all, Dave here. While I’ve let my ambivalence of Marvel comics well-known on Cape Crisis (something that will hopefully change with the new weekly required-reading segment where I borrow a graphic novel from Hank or Chris), I’ve never really found fault with any non-Hulk entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avengers: Age of Ultron may have been that tipping point. With the deluge of new characters and the lack of growth for the old ones, I found myself growing tired of the consequence-free universe where the heroes rarely suffer for more than 120 minutes.
However, I can’t deny that it’s made for one of the best mash-up videos I’ve seen in quite some time. Darren Wallace (best known for previously mixing Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Disney‘s greatest cartoons) put together a video that transposes the characters of The Wizard of Oz with the heroes and villains of Age of Ultron. Check out Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man below.
Somehow adding the Wizard of Oz to Age of Ultron ACTUALLY makes Avengers 2 easier to understand! Scarlet Witch has more in common with the Wicked Witch of the West than name alone (think motivation), Quicksilver’s use as the most meaningless element of Oz’s universe makes perfect sense, Dorothy picks up after the boys in Wizard of Oz, and if someone was going to turn on the Fellowship of Oz, it’s the one with no heart, cursed to an eternal existence as a machine at the subservience of man. While I’d argue that Thor is the most likely Avenger to be accused of no brain, you can’t deny that The Cowardly Lion’s locks work better in that regard.
What do you think of the trailer? Do you agree that Hollywood should just send Darren Wallace a check every few months to make more of these? Was I too harsh on Age of Ultron? Sound off below!