The Marvel Cinematic Universe, now in its eighth year, has been known to kickstart a lot of otherwise unknown actors’ careers, and give some their big break while rebooting others’ careers. While Robert Downey Jr. definitely had the biggest name at the start, it wasn’t easy for Jon Favreau to convince the Marvel execs that he was right for Tony Stark, but we’re all so glad he did. Chris Evans’ only other blockbuster credit was as the Human Torch in Fox’s Fantastic Four (2005) and its ill-fated sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), but his chiseled jawline soon landed him the title role in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger.
Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.
Once a Robin, always a Robin.
You'd think NCIS: Los Angeles star Chris O'Donnell would want to forget his time as the not-really-a-Boy Wonder after the dismal reception his last movie in the role, Batman and Robin received (though we here at ComicsAlliance have a real soft spot for it). Yet O'Donnell still has the costume he wore in the 1997 film, he said in a recent interview on Conan. Hear it from the man himself in the clip below (skip to about 1:24 to get to the Batman talk).
If there's one thing I know about people on the Internet, it's that there's nothing they love more than when a piece of art combines one pop culture thing with another pop culture thing. It's up there with adorable pictures of two different kinds of animals being friends on the list of things that people just cannot get enough of.
Okay, I kid, but I'll be honest: I love a good pop-culture mashup more than anyone, and I've rarely seen them done better than when I checked out Yehudi Mercado, a writer, director and artist whose work is often the perfect blend of two of our favorite things. Whether it's the Muppets and Game of Thrones or a line of action figures based on Community that I desperately want, they're all pretty awesome. Check out some highlights below!
Make your Monday morning mightier with today's links.
In what may simply be a loving tribute to one of the most popular shows on TV or a very subtle commentary on Jay Leno's last episode as host of The Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien got in full zombie makeup Thursday night to commemorate the premiere of the second half The Walking Dead's fourth season on AMC.
Check out the Conan video, which led into an interview with TWD cast members including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun and Melissa McBride, after the jump.
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Check out today's coolest links from around the web!
Movies: The first stills from Zack Snyder's 300: Rise of an Empire are... shiny and full of ab.
Gaming: Though Iron Man 3 probably won't be getting a current generation console tie-in video game, a new Grand Theft Auto IV Liberty City mod dubbed "Iron Man IV" may help tide over fans...
Anime: The English version of the new Iron Man: Rise of Technovore trailer is now online, in all its technovoring glory.
Upcoming: Oni Press has revealed a "Death by Cuteness" variant cover for Helheim #2 by Katie Cook and colorist Nick Filardi...