(Written by fikko3107)
If you have been reading my previous posts (click on my name above to find them) you probably know that there are three things I specialize in: LEGO digital media, LEGO polybags, and building my own LEGO robots. Today I’d like to show you a series of videos produced by Marvel (really Disney as they own Marvel now), called LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload, which I discovered courtesy of the UK-based LEGO blog Brick Fanatics. So let’s check them out! 🙂
In the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload mini-movies you will see Loki features prominently, probably to hype-up the recent release of the new Marvel movie titled Thor: The Dark World (which I personally enjoy quite a bit, especially because I’m a fan of Loki’s rather trolling quotes). Before we go any futher, I’d like to show you a frame from the first episode of the mini-movie that I think could pique some interest:
The LEGO Super Heroes image above (also taken from Brick Fanatics – original article here) shows a billboard with the LEGO version of the main characters of the upcoming Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, due out in August 2014. (Speaking of Marvel movies, did you see the post credits of Thor 2? If you haven’t watched it yet, be sure to stay through the credits to catch the first and second post credit scene!) The billboard shows Star-Lord, an intergalactic peacekeeper who relies on an element gun and/or double Kree Submachine guns, Rocket Raccoon, a humanoid raccoon with a penchant for guns and roller-blades, Gamora, an assassin trained by Thanos’ father, and Drax the Destroyer, a really powerful guy you do not want to upset. Interesting thing is that Star Lord is played by Chris Pratt, who also voices Emmett, the hero of The LEGO Movie. As there will be LEGO Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy sets, you could say Chris Pratt will have two LEGO incarnations in 2014 alone!
There are other things of interest in regards to LEGO; such as a possible design for the Falcon, Thor’s winged helmet, The Wizard, Klaw, Red Skull, Super Skrull and The Abomination. But we’re not here to talk about them; we’re here to see those Marvel videos! See if you can spot these cameos as you watch them! Oh yes, just one more thing; let me give a brief summary of the plot of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload. Loki meddles with the mortal world again, this time by throwing snowballs called Norn Frosts to various villains, causing their powers to “overload” (and turn them to slaves of Loki), hence the title of the video series. Also, Spider-Man is being angst-y due to not getting recognition, and he needs to walk home all the way to Queens! 🙁
➡ MAXIMUM OVERLOAD – EPISODE 1 – This episode is titled “A Faceful of Danger!”, where Loki Norn-Frosted Doctor Octopus – apparently to destroy Spider-Man. Doc Ock attacks a S.H.I.E.L.D base, so, naturally, Nick Fury enlists Spider-Man’s help. But can he prevail over a powered-up Doc Ock who can stretch his tentacles limitlessly?
➡ MAXIMUM OVERLOAD – EPISODE 2 – This episode is still with Spider-Man, and is titled “Slaughter on the 23rd Floor”. Here the stakes are higher with a Norn-Frosted Venom. Who, unlike Doc Ock, instantly attacks Spider-Man. Can Spidey beat the brutal Venom?
➡ MAXIMUM OVERLOAD – EPISODE 3 – The third mini-movie is titled “Obnoxious Mandarin!”. Here we only get a pinch of Spider-Man and, as suggested by the title, mostly focus on Iron Man. Tony Stark (oddly using a Mark 6 suit, but with the properties of Iron Man 3 styled suits) battles a Norn-Frosted Mandarin, who’s vehicle seems more enhanced than himself. Also, Tony gets a little – well, a lot of – help from Pepper in the Mark 42 suit. But is that enough to triumph over the cunning Mandarin?
➡ MAXIMUM OVERLOAD – EPISODE 4 – This episode is titled “Operation Doofus Drop!”. It features Iron Man, Iron Fist and The Hulk against a Norn-Frosted Abomination (unfair, I know). Iron Man is mostly just helping civilians, whereas Iron Fist… just simply doesn’t feature as prominently as others. It’s also the only video with Spider-Man absent.
➡ MAXIMUM OVERLOAD – EPISODE 5 – The last episode is titled “Assault, Off-Asgard!”. All villains captured in the previous videos manage to break out through a joint effort, which keeps the heroes busy. Thor, realizing it’s all Loki’s doing, takes Iron Man and “The Angst-y One” (Spider-Man) to fight Loki. Loki in a desperate effort consumes large quantities of Norn Frost, empowering himself greatly. Can the heroes triumph over Loki and his army of villains? And will Spider-Man ever stop being so full of angst? 🙄
And that’s the end of the episodes. What do you think? Did you enjoy them? And which characters do you hope to see in future LEGO Super Heroes sets? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉
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We know for sure that Falcon will be in an Avengers set next year, but the question is, How will he be recreated? If we see the above animations, it seemed like He’s using a transparent red version of the wings first introduced in Pharaoh’s Quest. However, if you read any of the comics, you’d know that Falcon’s wings are attached to his arms, so his wings would only be spread out if his arms are akimbo, and folded if he’s in the usual Minifigure posture. So I wonder how will he turn out- will there be a new arm piece going sideways, ala the Vampire Bats from Monster Fighters?
Yeah, it will be interesting to see! LEGO will have to compromise somewhere in the design. My gues would be to go with the Pharaoh’s Quest wing – that would be the easiest, but it also means that the character is quite limited in what it can fit into, and the wings cannot be moved. I doubt that they will do a new mould for the arm, and just recolored batwings look too small for Falcon. Another option would be to do something like the new Chima wings, attached to some kind of a body or neck piece. That would be the most versatile and it has some folding options as well. Now that I think about it, I appreciate even more the job of LEGO designers! These are not easy choices!
I just wanted to mention I saw this on Netflix all together in one movie. I liked it.
Nice! I wasn’t aware it is available on Netflix! 🙂
Is this related to the Marvel Super Heroes game? I haven’t watch Maximum Overload because I’m still playing the game. When the LEGO Batman DVD was released people said the movie was just cut scenes from the Batman game.
This is a mini-movie series. They are not cut-scenes from the game. 😉
Thanks! I’ll watch them soon.
However, perhaps there might be a movie coming soon in a similar vein to the Batman one. Anyone wants to start speculating who the exclusive Minifigure on the Blu-Ray edition might be?
Oh, dear… another exclusive minifig… should we speculate on what it will be, or dream about what it shoudl be? 🙄
exclusive minifig? which one, I wonder… 😐
All we can do is speculate at this point. 🙄
I watched the first one and it was funny, and random at the same time. does anyone know if they are making any more of these?
Of Course. They will be showing new episodes on Disney XD today!
I just had a thought…….. is’nt a Mandarin a type of fruit?
or is it a joke because in Iron Man 3, the Mandarin is a fruitcake?
In some places in the world tangerines are called mandarins. I’m not sure if that helps. 😉