Is Marvel so successful that it can do no wrong in the eyes of moviegoers? Maybe, according to “Saturday Night Live.”
In the show’s premiere this weekend, “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt joined the “SNL” cast in a satirical trailer poking fun at Marvel’s ever-expanding roster of superhero films and their apparent box-office invincibility.
The faux trailer begins with images from “Guardians,” which has earned some $644 million at the worldwide box office, and a voice-over explaining that, after the success of a film based on “a super-obscure comic book” and the hype surrounding the studio’s eagerly anticipated “Ant-Man” (“It’s about a guy who talks to ants. What? Yeah!”), Marvel doesn’t need comic books anymore.
“We made a superhero team by pointing at a bunch of random words in the dictionary,” the trailer deadpans, introducing “Creatures of the Cosmos,” a world-saving team including a pastry chef (Pratt wielding an icing dispenser), a Harlem Globetrotter, an alien sign-spinner, a man dressed as McDonald’s character Grimace and an office chair. The team marches in slow motion to Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling,” and a Nova Corps officer says, “Well, I’m on board.”
The spoof continues, with “Bus People” (based on four random people on the bus), “Some Shopping Carts,” “Fancy Ghosts,” “Pam” and “Pam 2: The Winter Pam” — a play on the sequel “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
The parody ends with Marvel’s version of “Star Wars,” complete with a hair-flipping Boba Fett, a Stormtrooper, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, led by Chris Pratt in Princess Leia attire, down to the cinnamon bun hairdo.
Leia leading a “Star Wars” movie? Well, we’re on board.
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