Friday, April 27, 2012

Disney and The Avengers

With the premiere of The Avengers only a week away, my wife and I are hosting a movie marathon this weekend.  We are going to watch all of the movies leading up to The Avengers (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America).

As we have been preparing I began thinking about the connections that these movies have with Disney.

For example, Howard Stark is very clearly modeled after both Howard Hughes and Walt Disney.  The scenes with him explaining the Stark Expo are definite call backs to "Uncle Walt" when he was describing his vision for the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

Another connection between Disney and the Avengers movies is the Stark Expo itself, both in Iron Man 2 and in Captain America.  The Stark Expo is Marvel's version of the World's Fair in which Disney had a major presence with new technologies and rides, many of which eventually ended up in the parks (like It's A Small World).  Those of us who weren't around for the fair may be reminded of something else though.

Future World in Epcot is also modeled after the World's Fair.

Richard Sherman, who, with his brother Robert, wrote a ton of songs for both Disney movies (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book) and park attractions (you can thank them for "It's A Small World").  For the Iron Man 2 soundtrack he wrote a song called "Tomorrow's Coming Today" which has allusions to another song he wrote for Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress called "There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow."

Incidently, the Carousel of Progress made its debut at the World's Fair in 1964.

Are there any connections that I missed?  What about The Avengers are you looking forward to the most?

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