The Odd Link Between Frasier and Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

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]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Miss the Arcade? This Retro Arcade Cabinet Brings Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga to Your Home

Amazon
Amazon

It's hard to find a video game character more iconic than Pac-Man, but his female counterpart gave him a run for his money when she debuted in 1982. Now, Ms. Pac-Man is available to purchase as a retro arcade cabinet taken straight from the golden age of gaming.

The arcade cabinet, which is selling on Amazon for $3300, combines Ms. Pac-Man with the classic space shooter game Galaga. The hardware also includes the hidden bonus games Pac-Man, Speedy Pac-Man, Speedy Ms. Pac-Man, and Rapid Fire Galaga.

Playing Ms. Pac-Man on the cabinet at home feels just like playing in a real arcade. The joystick and buttons that players remember have been faithfully recreated. There's even a coin slot like you'd find in the real game, but this one has been deactivated so you can chase your high score for hours without stocking up on change. The side panel is decorated with the original Ms. Pac-Man artwork, making the cabinet an eye-catching piece of home decor even when you're not using it.

If you have space in your basement, rec room, or any room in your house for a 5.6-foot-tall arcade cabinet, you can order the product from Amazon today with free shipping. If you're looking for a more low-key way to celebrate your love of Pac-Man, Monopoly recently released a special Pac-Man edition game complete with a miniature arcade cabinet.

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