The Odd Link Between Frasier and Avengers: Infinity War

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The Marvel Universe is filled with egos, but no two are quite as big as Tony Stark’s and Dr. Stephen Strange’s.

These two are the resident geniuses of the Avengers roster, and while they may seem too similar to be compatible, Avengers: Infinity War writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely recently told Yahoo! that the duo’s shared arrogance made them the perfect on-screen pair. And the influence behind the decision to keep these two characters linked the entire movie came from the dynamic between Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) and his brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce) in the hit sitcom Frasier.

In the series, the Crane brothers share nearly every trait: Both are ego-driven, neurotic, fastidious psychiatrists with a penchant for fancy restaurants and pricey sherry. While the typical sitcom formula at the time was to play against type—à la The Odd Couple—the brothers’ dynamic worked because it presented the oldest Crane brother with a foil that was “even more like Frasier than Frasier,” the Infinity War writers explained.

By leaning into their shared personalities, it allowed the show to dissect the brothers even further. “It also gives you the wonderful opportunity for Frasier to go like, ‘Wow, I must be really annoying, because he’s really annoying,’” Markus explained.

For the Infinity War writers, this was the perfect template to have Stark and Strange coexist throughout the movie together. Instead of divvying up the arrogant pair, they stuck them together to see what would happen.

“To take Tony and Dr. Strange, who are quite similar—they both have goatees, they’re both arrogant—the impulse might be, ‘Well, let’s keep them separate because they occupy the same space, and everyone will get their own Arrogant Goatee Man,” Markus explained. “But to put them together, one, is funny, and their powers are totally different. But also it helps Tony go, ‘Wow, arrogant people are really annoying … I’m arrogant, huh.’ This is how we become better people in life.”

Maybe if Justice League channeled its inner Friends dynamic, DC could have challenged Infinity War for box office supremacy.

[h/t /Film]

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Which Friends Character Would Earn the Most Money in the Real World?

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Although Friends went off the air in 2004, the iconic sitcom continues to attract new fans who've discovered the show via re-runs and streaming networks like HBO Max.

To play into this devoted fan base, the professional resume writers at StandOut-CV conducted a fun experiment: They asked more than 3000 fans to predict where Joey, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Phoebe, and Monica would be today, career-wise. They also took the time to figure out how much each character would earn in their respective fields in the real world. Could we be more curious?

Bringing in the highest salary is Joey, whose acting exploits are projected to earn him approximately $61,022 a year. Next comes Dr. Ross, whose career as a paleontologist brings in an estimated $59,023. After that comes fashion designer Rachel, earning $54,563 a year, followed by Chandler's writer/editor salary of $47,039 annually. Phoebe comes next, with her musical career bringing in an annual salary of $43,604 (although the site doesn't mention how her massage therapy business might factor into her life today). Surprisingly, Monica would bring in the least amount of money; she'd earn an average of $43,165 per year as a head chef.

As far as where fans think the Friends gang would be today, the answers are pretty great: They believe Joey would have expanded his acting career to include his own reality series called Keeping Up With Joey Tribbiani. Monica, meanwhile, would have taken the next step in her culinary career by opening up her own restaurant, and her husband Chandler would have continued his passion for writing at a comics magazine. The last season of Friends follows Rachel as she works as an executive for Ralph Lauren, and fans theorize that she would have used her breadth of experience to start her own fashion brand. It's believed Phoebe would have continued her music career, perhaps even becoming a music teacher, while Ross would have spent time writing dinosaur-themed children's books.

Hopefully, the upcoming Friends reunion special will give fans a final answer on what the characters would be up to today.