Artist Reimagines What MCU Posters Would Look Like in the 1970s

Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment

To say that movies have come a long way in their time would be understating over a century of history of an entire artistic medium which has indelibly reshaped pop culture, global politics, and societal trends. To watch and study the transformation of cinema over the decades is to study how society views itself.

Which is why it's fun to see the characters of the ​Marvel Cinematic Universe—which has singularly redefined what it means to be a blockbuster movie in the 21st century to the point where the rest of the industry is still playing a game of catch-up—reimagined as they might have been if they were released in the late 1970s, a golden age for B-movies right on the cusp of the brawny action films of the 1980s.

To that end, artist Peter Stults designed a series of four movie posters made in the style of '70s kitsch of some of the ​biggest Marvel characters had they been introduced to the mainstream some 40 years earlier.

Making the rounds on Twitter, one of the posters recasts Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man with Paul Newman, the de facto, classically good-looking film star of the day. Directed by the great western legend John Sturges, the film would feature a young James Earl Jones as Rhodey and Sir Rex Harrison as the treacherous Obadiah Stane. Fittingly, the poster shows the Iron Man suit in the background of Newman toasting the audience, promising that while Tony is a billionaire, playboy philanthropist, "You will know him as something more."

The second poster presents a George Miller-directed Thor film starring, of all people, Mel Gibson. It's hard to remember now, but Gibson was once the go-to movie star for savage action films. Teaming him up with his Mad Max director would guarantee that the proposed Thor would be a gritty, hard-boiled, ​well-paced thriller.

The cast would be rounded out with Swedish actress Lena Olin as Jane Foster, Julian Sands as Loki, and Gregory Peck as Odin. The poster shows Gibson with a more traditional Thor costume and Sands in the original Loki horned helmet.

The third poster is a take on the ​comedy-heavy Ant-Man. In a stroke of fantasy-casting genius, the national treasure that is Paul Rudd is recast by the late, great Gene Wilder, who was very much the relatable, tender-hearted comedy star of his day. Just remembering his performance in the original The Producers gives a good idea of how he would react if he were suddenly given shrinking powers.

However, the cake goes to the proposed 1970s Doctor Strange starring none other than the Thin White Duke himself David Bowie, and directed by cult psychedelic director Alejandro Jodorowsky. The cast goes on with kung-fu film legend Yu Wang as Wong, Oscar James as Mordo, and fantasy actress Cyrielle Clair as either the Ancient One or Dr. Christine Palmer.

Bowie's famously bizarre personality, intense performances, and penchant for the fantastical make him not so much a perfect casting choice as an assumed one, and Jodorowsky is the perfect auteur to bring to life the trippy imagery and concepts that the early Doctor Strange comics were known for. It literally couldn't get ​more ideal than this.

Game of Thrones Star Liam Cunningham on Final Season: 'We're All Going to Die'

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Helen Sloan, HBO

With the final season of Game of Thrones premiering in less than three months, the big question on everyone's mind is who will ultimately sit on the Iron Throne. While we all have our own guesses as to who will emerge victorious in the finale, we're also aware that pretty much anyone could die. As this is the last season, it would be silly to assume that anyone is safe.

Many of the series' stars have hinted at what we can expect when it comes to who lives and who dies; Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, called herself the "last woman standing," while Peter Dinklage hinted that his character, Tyrion Lannister, will die. Dublin-born actor Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos Seaworth, has an even darker prediction: no one will live.

While talking to host Ryan Tubridy on Ireland's The Late Late Show, Cunningham hinted that Davos will meet his demise in Season 8, along with many of his co-stars. "Congratulations for staying in the picture because there's death all around you," Tubridy told the actor, to which he replied:

"So far, so far. That doesn't mean anything. We're all going to die. Don't forget 'Valar Morghulis,' which is one of the phrases on the show which means 'all men must die.'"

Cunningham went on to clarify, "I haven't said anything," after Tubridy got excited over his statement, however he is definitely hinting at the many deaths we were already expecting.

It wouldn't be a total shock to see Davos be one of the many to die in Season 8, but we won't know for sure until Game of Thrones returns for its final season on April 14, 2019.

Game of Thrones Star Sophie Turner Says Latest Teaser Has 'Nothing to Do' With Season 8

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HBO

If you ever want to get lost down a Reddit rabbit hole, check out the Game of Thrones and Game of Thrones Theories subreddits. Since season 7 ended in August 2017, fans have been rabidly theorizing about what they believe will happen in the final season, even going so far as to comb through old episodes and interviews and re-read George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series for any clues. Now that we've finally seen a few teasers for season 8, fans have begun analyzing even the tiniest details to see what sort of future they might hint at. There's just one problem: The promos apparently have nothing to do with the details of the final season.

Fansite Winter Is Coming recently resurfaced an interview with actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, from October 2018's New York Comic Con, in which she stated that the latest teaser—which features Sansa, Arya Stark, and Jon Snow coming face-to-face with statues of themselves—is actually irrelevant to the final season. According to Turner:

“We did this promo for season 8 where—I don’t know if I can say this, actually. Well, actually, no. It’s got nothing to do with the series; it’s just a promo. It was this big kind of statue of me, of Sansa, and I wanted to have it in the garden of my new house. But they obviously wouldn’t ship it from Belfast to New York, so …”

Since it debuted more than a week ago, the newest teaser has spawned a range of fan theories, from speculation that Bran Stark is either the Night King or the Three-Eyed Raven to Jon Snow being one of the series' few (or only) survivors.

Though it seemed clear that the teaser wasn't actual footage from season 8, fans were all banking on it meaning something about the series' final season. But the fact that Turner could talk about it without revealing any spoilers is pretty strong proof that it doesn’t include any hints about how it will all end. Which just goes to show that, like Jon Snow, we know nothing.

Game of Thrones returns for the final time on April 14, 2019.

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