The holidays are a time to enjoy life with family and friends. Having a little downtime from work means a chance to kick back, relax, and enjoy a cool glass of eggnog in front of a roaring fire. Regrettably, not everyone is lucky enough to have a fireplace – or lives in a region where a fire is necessary, or even desired, during the winter months.
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe who want to enjoy a quiet evening in the Stark apartment or warm up with the Guardians of the Galaxy after a shopping trip through the arctic void of space (or the mall) can keep their TV or computer screen fun and festive with the yuletide cheer of Marvel’s Fireside Heroes in 4K. Sponsored by Coke, each of the YouTube-based superhuman homes is rendered in 4K and runs on a four-hour loop for maximum seasonal satisfaction and comes in either a long-distance living room shot or a tight close-up (via EW) on the flickering flames.
MCU devotees can kick back in Ms. Marvel’s cozy New Jersey abode:
Those looking for something more Norse in décor can soak in the cheer of Thor’s Asgardian bonfire:
For an exotic but jolly outpost, fans crunch on Christmas cookies from the hold of the Milano:
And last, but certainly not least, superhero boosters can also get extra-meta for the holidays with Iron Man’s simulated fire from his simulated Manhattan apartment:
Clearly, Marvel took a cue from the wealth of yule log videos available on the internet. Inviting the MCU into their holiday home is a fun way for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite superheroes. Who wouldn’t enjoy warming their feet by Ms. Marvel’s fire or sipping on a spiced cider while Steve Rogers’ mantle flickers in the background – "say…is that the Power Stone gleaming, or is it just a trick of the light?" In all seriousness, the addition of character-specific props really give the yule videos a shared-universe touch.
Of course, there is one minor (semi-serious) curiosity here: Does a shot of her hearth mean Ms. Marvel is officially a part of the MCU? “Fireside Heroes” may be a long ways from canon, but it would be a terrific tease of Kamala Khan’s entry into the live-action world – assuming the House of Ideas is feeling extra generous this Christmas. No matter what, ‘Fireside Heroes’ makes keeping the wifi fires burning a whole lot more daring (depending upon the family, that is).