The countdown is on for the moment when “Avengers: Age of Ultron” finally opens in North American theaters on Friday, kicking off the summer movie season and sweeping all of pop culture up into its vortex of superhero action.
While international audiences can already see the movie — and have been to the total of $201 million in overseas grosses — fans in the U.S. and Canada will just have to pass the time with “Sesame Street’s” take on the film, “Aveggies: Age of Bon Bon.”
And as far as place holders go, it’s hard to beat this one. Presented as part of Cookie Monster’s “Crumby Pictures” series of film parodies, “Aveggies” features a superhero lineup including Cookie Monster as the mild-mannered Dr. Brownie, Onion Man, Captain Americauliflower, Black Bean Widow, Mighty Corn and Zuchin-eye.
Their villain in this world of healthful eating is the otherworldly Bon Bon, out to rob the citizens of their vegetables.
The “Crumby Pictures” series of parodies was begun on “Sesame Street” last year as part of a push to educate children on self-regulation, a virtue poor cookie-snarfing Cookie Monster has long struggled with.
But strangely, it’s not a cookie that Cookie Monster craves by the parody’s end. We won’t spoil the joke, but it’s a nice nod to the hard-core “Avengers” fans out there.
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