It’s Marvel Cinematic Universe Week at SB Nation and across our team brands! We’re using the superior superhero franchise to guide our coverage for this week, as we pass the two-month mark without sports.
Here at Fear the Fin, I’m going to take on a very stupid mission: to watch every film in the MCU and document every reference made to sports throughout. I’m playing a little fast and loose with my definition of “sports reference,” but I’m going to try to avoid making the same jokes more than once in this series. You’ll see what I mean.
That’s 23 films, totaling 50 hours, by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 10.
(I’m aware the week starts on Sunday, but the next theme week doesn’t start until Monday and I got a late start on this, okay? I’m cutting myself some slack to make this ridiculous thing a complete project.)
I’ll be watching in a chronological order (some films take place around the same time, so it doesn’t matter too much) that is dubbed the “spoiler” version, as post-credit scenes will contain spoilers for movies further along in the timeline, as opposed to release order.
I’ve set up a storystream to help you keep track of each post as they go up — which won’t be on any kind of set schedule, since I’m gonna be putting some weird hours into this thing in order to pull it off. No worries, though — that’s the whole point of having a centralized location. I’d suggest reading them in order, but hey, I’m not your mom.
Reminder that time stamps are approximate, not exact, and may vary based on streaming services.
I wish this was the end of my Tony Stark Experience, but unfortunately, I’m just wrapping up his solo career.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Director: Shane Black, Written by Shane Black & Drew Pearce
00:20:43: Tony is seen doing chin ups in the basement.
00:43:14: A child is pointing a potato gun at Iron Man. It’s like a mini teeshirt cannon.
00:52:13: Tony enters a bar and walks over to a woman sitting alone at a table. Over his shoulder is a couple playing pool.
00:59:30: A shot of a random gym, showing people on exercise bikes as the television screens are being overridden by the Mandarin.
01:30:10: The Mandarin is watching a soccer game while Rhodey points a gun in his face.
01:58:12: A Rockstar Energy Drink branded racing helmet can be seen in Harley’s garage.
Final note: this is the most we’ve seen Tony without the Iron Man suit and yet? Still no parkour.