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

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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.

Turn Your LEGO Bricks Into a Drone With the Flybrix Drone Kit

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Now more than ever, it’s important to have a good hobby. Of course, a lot of people—maybe even you—have been obsessed with learning TikTok dances and baking sourdough bread for the last few months, but those hobbies can wear out their welcome pretty fast. So if you or someone you love is looking for something that’s a little more intellectually stimulating, you need to check out the Flybrix LEGO drone kit from Fat Brain Toys.

What is a Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit?

The Flybrix drone kit lets you build your own drones out of LEGO bricks and fly them around your house using your smartphone as a remote control (via Bluetooth). The kit itself comes with absolutely everything you need to start flying almost immediately, including a bag of 56-plus LEGO bricks, a LEGO figure pilot, eight quick-connect motors, eight propellers, a propeller wrench, a pre-programmed Flybrix flight board PCB, a USB data cord, a LiPo battery, and a USB LiPo battery charger. All you’ll have to do is download the Flybrix Configuration Software, the Bluetooth Flight Control App, and access online instructions and tutorials.

Experiment with your own designs.

The Flybrix LEGO drone kit is specifically designed to promote exploration and experimentation. All the components are tough and can totally withstand a few crash landings, so you can build and rebuild your own drones until you come up with the perfect design. Then you can do it all again. Try different motor arrangements, add your own LEGO bricks, experiment with different shapes—this kit is a wannabe engineer’s dream.

For the more advanced STEM learners out there, Flybrix lets you experiment with coding and block-based coding. It uses an arduino-based hackable circuit board, and the Flybrix app has advanced features that let you try your hand at software design.

Who is the Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit for?

Flybrix is a really fun way to introduce a number of core STEM concepts, which makes it ideal for kids—and technically, that’s who it was designed for. But because engineering and coding can get a little complicated, the recommended age for independent experimentation is 13 and up. However, kids younger than 13 can certainly work on Flybrix drones with the help of their parents. In fact, it actually makes a fantastic family hobby.

Ready to start building your own LEGO drones? Click here to order your Flybrix kit today for $198.

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David Lynch Is Sharing How He's Keeping Busy at Home in New YouTube Series

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Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images

David Lynch, the director of some of the most surreal movies from recent decades, enjoys a relaxing home improvement project as much as the rest of us. As Pitchfork reports, Lynch has launched a new video series on YouTube sharing the various ways he's staying busy at home.

The series, titled "What Is David Working on Today?", debuted with its first installment on Tuesday, May 28. In it, the filmmaker tells viewers he's replacing the drain in his sink and varnishing a wooden stand. In addition to providing a peek into his home life, Lynch also drops some thought-provoking tidbits, like "water is weird."

Fixing the furniture in his home isn't the only thing Lynch has been up to during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also wrote, directed, and animated a 10-minute short titled Pożar, and since early May, he has been uploading daily weather reports. If life in quarantine doesn't already feel like a David Lynch film, diving into the director's YouTube channel may change that.

This isn't Lynch's first time creating uncharacteristically ordinary content. Even after gaining success in the industry, he directed commercials for everything from pasta to pregnancy tests.

[h/t Pitchfork]