For superhero movie fans, a perfect world would allow all the studios to put aside their differences and combine forces to allow all of their favorites to be a part of the same film. This would be much like any major comic event that brings all the heroes together or the video game series Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, which is essentially just that. Fortunately, the Internet exists to at least tease us with what that would be like.
Thanks to the availability of all these superhero films and the cinematic eye many budding editors appear to have when it comes to cutting together trailers, we have gotten lots of neat mash-up videos making good use of their resources. YouTuber Alex Luthor is no stranger to making these types of videos, but now he's gone and made one of the most ambitious attempts yet to put so many heroes in one place.
Luthor's latest video, Marvel Ultimate Alliance Epic Supercut Trailer, goes to great lengths to bring all the cinematic representations of Marvel characters together. This ranges from the more obvious entries like The Avengers, Spider-Man and the X-Men to the Fantastic Four and Ghost Rider. A lot of the footage edits together quite nicely, while every now and then you have someone like Deadpool super-imposed onto the screen a bit awkwardly. There's also use of footage from some of these Marvel video games to round everything out.
With plenty of credit given to all the places Luthor managed to source footage and music from, the video does provide a strangely appropriate vision for what seeing all these characters would be like. This film is not currently possible, but it does manage to string together a bunch of heroes, the banter they would have, as well as the heroic speeches they are required to give. There's also plenty of room to see all the various villains push forward their verbal threats, followed by large-scale destruction.
If anything, this video also provides a highlight on the shortcomings of having so many superhero movies. With all the depictions of cities in peril and giant lights in the sky signaling either armies or destructive weapons from above, there is a level of sameness that has thrown some audiences off as far as anticipation for more standard superhero movies go. One just has to hope the upcoming lineup in-store for audiences will be filled with films that bring on more ambitious approaches to the genre.
Still, there is plenty of joy in seeing Spider-Man and Deadpool joking together, while Hulk and Wolverine take Dr. Doom, which is just a small part of the Ultimate Alliance.
Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.