For those of you who missed South Park last night, Matt Stone and Trey Parker“dressed up” as Kyle, Cartman, Stan and Kenny as The Avengers for Halloween in the episode “A Nightmare of Face Time”. Here’s a couple of screenshots showing them off in costume. In case you missed it, head on over to South Park Studiosnow to watch the episode!
Here’s the synopsis for the episode:
The boys are all ready to dress up as their favorite foursome, the Avengers, for Halloween. After months of planning their costumes, at the last minute Randy tells Stan he can’t go trick or treating with his friends. Instead, Stan has to pitch in and help his father with a new business venture.
There was so very, very much lost in the translation of this Chinese bootleg of The Avengerscaptured by Tumblr user Bileto. I hope anyone who watches this got to see the actual movie first. I’d hate to think someone is under the impression that Loki was really just upset because they messed with his Rubik’s cube. And that his goal is bait and eyeliner. No, really, that’s what some guy is going to think if this is the only version he sees!
See more hilarious screen captures after the jump…
Moviephone and illustrator Dennis Culver, who previously brought us ‘The Nickvengers’, is back—and this time, he has hilariously imagined howBatman will beat The Avengers.
From Canadian flag paint bombs to and proclaiming he is atheist—here’s how Batman will defeat each Avenger, one on one.
Batman could beat Captain America by hitting him with a paint bomb that would color his suit like a Canadian Flag.
Thor comes flying in and Batman says, “who are you?”
Thor says, “I am the God of thunder, THOR!!!”
Batman says, ” I’m an atheist, I don’t believe in Gods…”
Thor disappears in a puff of smoke.
Batman sends in models with bottles of Jack Daniels. Iron Man out.
I have three words for this: BAT HULK-REPELLENT.
Batman can use a smoke bomb to distract her, and then give her a good Guy Gardner-style sucker punch to seal the deal.
Modify the batsignal to a giant target. When the hawk can’t resist taking a shot, have a satellite rigged to trace the trajectory of anything passing through and shoot a tranquilizer arrow at hypersonic back.
After his amazing display of cunning, Nick Fury agrees to help Batman permanently crossover from DC and lead the Avengers.
Marvel isn’t ready to let go of their death grip over all of your money — next stop, the small screen. Rumor has it the comic book heads are eyeing television to expand the Avengersuniverse.
Deadline reports that this new series’ “connection to the Avengers franchise would be light as the project is expected to be set in the universe and feature some of its themes and feel, but may not include any characters from Joss Whedon’s blockbuster.” So no, you’re not going to get Chris Evans on a half-hour adventure to find unobtanium for the financially challenged orphanage.
On the other hand, this could mean a S.H.I.E.L.D. show dedicated to the espionage and defense network tasked with regulating supers across the globe, as Deadline hints that this program could be a “high concept cop show.” Fingers crossed for the Marvel Universe equivalent of Reno 911.
It can’t be easy for Nick Fury to manage S.H.I.E.L.D and The Avengers, but it sounds like fun! There’s an entertaining blog called Memos From Fury that gives us some hilarious insight on what this incredible superhero team does in their downtime, and shows us how Fury deals with it in these S.H.I.E.L.D. memos.
What happened to Bruce and Tony, after the two of them drove away in the climax of The Avengers? Robert Downey Jr. told us everything.
Plus we asked Marvel’s Kevin Feige and director Shane Black whether Iron Man 3 will pick up right where The Avengers left off. Plus Downey Jr. talks about what happened to Tony’s mind after the aliens invaded, and Don Cheadle hints at all the metal he gets to wear this go-round.
Shane Black & Kevin Feige
Iron Man 3 is kind of taking things on a global scale. They’re going to China. How does that affect the bigger stuff that’s happening with the Avengers in the Marvel Universe? Everything is interconnected these days, so is it getting bigger and more complicated?
Kevin Feige: The trick is to not let it get complicated. If you’re a fan of the comics you know that continuity in comics can be really fun, but it can also begin to crush and collapse under its own weight. Iron Man 3 is a distinct movie, to prevent that from happening. It is very much a Shane Black, Tony Stark story.
Shane Black: Have you ever seen the Spider-Man Hobgoblin arc, where it got so continuity heavy that it just collapsed under its own weight? We’d love to do a couple of these one-offs where you realize that you can do Cap, you can do Thor [after The Avengers]. You can do these standalone movies that are just as engaging, and in some ways just as big, as The Avengers — without having to rely on The Avengers as a tent pole to come back to. I love the standalone Iron Man movie because he gets to be in the real world — no aliens.
We saw Iron Man and the Hulk drive off into the sunset together in the end of The Avengers, what does that mean for their relationship?
Black: It means they’re gay.
Feige: I think he was just dropping Bruce off at the Port Authority. They didn’t go off into the sunset.
Are we going to see the Hulk in Iron Man 3?
Robert Downey Jr.
On Tony’s mindset in Iron Man 3:
Robert Downey Jr: [Iron Man 3] will be exploring his inner demons, we did a little bit of that in Iron Man 2 but if you think about someone who saw the sky open up, and a wormhole and aliens. Suffice to say, he’s a little rattled.
Marvel has already revealed that their next short film will tackle the aftermath of the devastating alien invasion that hit Manhattan in the climactic showdown of The Avengers. Entitled Item 47, it stars Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford as an ordinary couple that stumbles upon one of the super-powered weapons left behind by the Chitauri, and decide to launch a life of crime.
At a runtime of 12 minutes, Item 47 is the longest Marvel One-Shot thus far, and while its content is definitely not required viewing for all Marvel fans, it should provide a fun opportunity to expand the world the films have created. Much likeThe Consultant and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammerserved to spotlight fan-favorite Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), expect Item 47 to feature key members of S.H.I.E.L.D. Most likely, Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury’s right-hand woman – especially since she’s confirmed to show up in next summer’s Iron Man 3.
There’s also been talk that Marvel would use upcoming short films to introduce new superheroes into the mix, but to that end, nothing has been confirmed. Regardless, Item 47 will nicely bridge the gap between The Avengers and next summer’s Iron Man 3, underscoring the fact that the team-up of “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” will have consequences going forward into Phase Two of Marvel’s master plan.
This isn’t just from The Avengers movie, it is in the comics also. Here an image of the S.H.I.E.L.D.’s helicarrier.
Could something like this really fly? Let me see if I can use my approximation from the human powered helicopter to estimate the amount of power needed to fly this thing. First, some assumptions.
- I will use the helicarrier shown above from the recent The Avengers movie. There are other variations of this thing in the comics.
- The expressions for force and power from my previous post are mostly valid. I know that some people freak out over that estimation – but it isn’t terrible as far as estimations go.
- There are no special aerodynamic effects to help the helicarrier hover – like ground effects.
- The helicarrier in the movie is about the size and mass of a real aircraft carrier.
- The helicarrier stays in the air just from the rotors. It doesn’t float like a lighter than air aircraft. I think this assumption does along with the movie since they show it sitting in water floating like a normal aircraft carrier.
Just as a reminder, for a hovering craft I estimated it the force from pushing the air down (and thus the lift) would be:
As a reminder, the A is the area of the air that is pushed down – which would be the size of the rotors and v is the speed that the rotors push the air.
Helicarrier Mass and Length
This helicarrier clearly isn’t a Nimitz Class Carrier – but something else. However, it seems to be a good guess that they are the same size. Here is a comparison with a Nimitz class carrier.
The runways look about the same width, so I am going to say the length and the mass of the helicarrier is about the same. Wikipedia lists the length at 333 meters with a mass of about 108 kg.
Using the length of the helicarrier, I can get an estimate for the size of the rotors. With each rotor having a radius of about 17.8 meters, this would put the total rotor area at 4000 m2 (assuming all the rotors are the same size).
Thrust Speed and Power
When the helicarrier is hovering, the thrust force would have the same magnitude as the weight. From this, I can get an estimate of the speed the rotors would move the air down.
Just to make things easier, I will look at low level hovering. This means I can just use 1.2 kg/m3 for the density of air. Of course, at higher altitudes the density would be lower. Using the mass and rotor area from above, I get a thrust air speed of 642 m/s (1400 mph). Just to be clear, this is faster than the speed of sound. It is probably clear that I don’t know much about real helicopters or jet engines, but I would suspect that a thrust this high would add other calculation complications. I will (as usual) proceed anyway.
With the air speed, I can now calculate the power needed to hover. Again, I am not going to go over the (possibly bogus) derivation of this power for hovering, it was in my huma-copter post.
With my values from above, I get a power of 3.17 x 1011 Watts – quite a bit more than 1.21 giga watts. In horsepower, this would be 4.26 x 108 horsepower. That’s a lot of horses. Just for comparison, the Nimitz class carriers have a listed propulsion of 1.94 x 108 Watts. I assume this is the maximum power, so it wouldn’t be enough to lift the helicarrier. Obviously, the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier has a better power source. I would guess it would have to be at least around 2 x 109 Watts in order to operate. You don’t want to use your maximum power just to sit still.
Really, I am surprised with my rough calculations that it is even partially close to the power output of a real carrier.
Why didn’t I think to look at some real helicopters before? There are two things I can look up for different helicopters: the rotor size and the mass. Of course, I don’t know the thrust air speed, but I can find that. Let me get the power needed to hover as a function of mass and rotor size. Starting with the force needed to hover, I know an expression for the thrust air speed. If I substitute this into the expression for the power, I get:
Now for some data. Here are some values I found on Wikipedia.
What if I look at the actual power for these aircraft compared to my “minimum power to hover”? Since my (possibly bogus) calculation just depends on the mass and the area of the rotors, there is nothing to stop me.
Honestly, I didn’t expect this to turn out so nice and linear. The slope for this linear regression line is 0.41 and the intercept is 14.4 kW. So, what does this mean? For the slope, this means that my calculated power (based on the rotor area) is 41% of the actual maximum power available for these aircraft. Now, this doesn’t exactly mean that a hovering helicopter would be running the engines at 41%. It could mean that there is also some other factor that should be in my calculation.
What about the 14.4 kW intercept? First, this is essentially zero in comparison to these engine powers. The smallest engine is 310 kilo watts. Second, I was going to say something about engine power just need to run the other stuff (overhead power) but the way I plotted that it would have to have a negative intercept. Let me just stick with “this is almost zero”.
How about some other plots? Here is something interesting. This is a plot of thrust air speed vs. mass of the helicopter.
The cool part is that there doesn’t seem to be a real pattern. The bigger helicopters push the air down (in my model) such that the air leaves with a speed around 28 m/s. This is much slower than than the calculated air speed for the helicarrier at 642 m/s. You know what comes next, right? Now I will calculate the size the rotors on the helicarrier would need to be to let it hover with a thrust air speed of 28 m/s. Let me go ahead and increase this to 50 m/s thrust speed – because it’s S.H.I.E.L.D..
I don’t need to power to find the area, I will just use the expression I used to find the velocity of the air and solve for the area of the rotors instead.
Now I just need to plug in my values for the mass of the helicarrier, the thrust air speed and the density of air (I am using the value at sea level). This gives a rotor area of 6.5 x 105 m2. This is quite a bit larger than my measured values from the image. I guess I will have to fix the image.
Yes, that looks crazy. But remember, I even used a higher than expected thrust speed. If I used 30 m/s, it would be even crazier big. Crazy.
Remember the rule with all assigned homework problems: if you wait too long to figure this out, I might do it instead.
1. This question is about the size of the helicarrier. Suppose the size is NOT the same as a Nimitz class carrier. Suppose it is smaller such that the rotor area is the correct size for a thrust air speed of 50 m/s. How big is the helicarrier in this case? (hint: assume a carrier density of about 500 kg/m3 since about half of it floats above the water line).
2. (SPOILER ALERT) When Iron Man tries to restart one of the rotors, he pushes it to get it going. Suppose the rotor pushes the air to a speed of 642 m/s – and this is the linear speed of the middle of the rotor. How fast was Iron Man flying around in a circle to get the thing started? You might want to assume the rotors at this point were only at half speed. What would be the g-force Iron Man would experience moving this fast in a circle? Would that kill him?
3. What about at operating speed for the rotors – would would the acceleration of the tip of the rotor blade be? Estimate the tension in the rotor blades (where would the tension be a maximum)? Is this too high of a tension for known materials?
Images courtesy Walt Disney Pictures
Check out the first image from Item 47, a 12-minute short film that’ll be on theAvengers DVDs… and premiering next week at San Diego Comic Con. Just as the Thor and Captain America DVDs featured ultra-short episodes, starring Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Coulson, this will be a short stand-alone adventure. And we’ll get to meet a brand new S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
According to Entertainment Weekly, which premiered the first photo (above), the title Item 47refers to one of the alien guns left over after the invasion in The Avengers. A down-on-their-luck couple, Claire (Lizzy Caplan) and Benny (Jesse Bradford), get their hands on it and “proceed to make some incredibly bad decisions.” Meanwhile, two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents try to track the gun down: one played by Maximiliano Hernández, who appeared in The Avengers, and a new one played by Titus Welliver, aka the Smoke Monster from Lost.
Explains Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito, who directed the short:
The world is topsy-turvy now. There’s been an alien invasion, and things are crazy. So when this gun literally fell into their lap, this is a sign: We’re going to rob a few banks, we’re going to buy a boat, we’re going to the Caribbean, and all our problems will be solved.
And D’Esposito repeats what other Marvel people have said in the past — at some point, these DVD-only short films could be used to introduce some lesser-known Marvel heroes, in the hopes that they could build some popularity and eventually star in their own movies. The article mentions Black Panther, Iron Fist and the Wasp. And meanwhile, the article adds more confirmation that Edgar Wright recently shot some test footage for an Ant-Man movie — and that footage could possibly be shown at Comic Con next week. Time to get a bit excited? [EW]