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More than 100 Marvel references in the crossover of The Simpsons and Loki on Disney +

July 23, 2021

The Simpsons” They are well known for the substantial amount of jokes and references of all kinds that are subtly inserted into each episode. And with its latest special episode, which combines Marvel’s “The Simpsons” with “Loki” – the writers got a chance to go crazy with references to the MCU.

4 minutes and over 100 references to the MCU

The new Disney + short film “The Good, The Bart and the Loki” is only four minutes long, but the showrunner of “Simpsons“Al Jean said it contained at least 100 references or visual clues, including characters from”SimpsonsDressed up as Marvel heroes. Some references even come in post-credits (in true Marvel lore), and the whole thing is marked by a gag in which Springfield residents hold up a sign that reads: “This is what happens when Disney buys Marvel and Fox“.

Al Jean praised the veteran director of “Simpsons“, David Silverman, for his ability to integrate”so many easter eggs and side jokesAs was possible in the episode, even though the team had a particularly tight deadline. The team had to deliver the crossover “Loki“In less than three months, while a normal 22-minute episode of” The Simpsons “takes nine months, and the equally rich” Treehouse of Horror “episodes for Halloween take a whole year.

Every time you send him a suggestion for, say, Ralph in the Hulk, he sends you a hilarious drawing, so it wasn’t difficult, it was just a lot of work in a limited time.“Al Jean said about Silverman’s work. “And the day we delivered it, I was very relieved.

To get to this point, we understand that The Simpsons they have become true icons of pop culture. Between the 2007 movie, the many video games, Bart vs. Space Mutants in 1991, to Simpsons: Springfield in 2012 on mobile devices, through the adaptation of the franchise to slot machines, also available in the online casino (read his review), comics and countless goodies, we understand the monster that Matt Groening’s baby has become.

The premise of the short film is simple: Loki is banished from Asgard to Springfield, where he lands in the Simpsons garden. Homer adores Loki’s ability to duplicate pork chops, while Bart convinces him to teleport Lisa to an Asgard dungeon. And since Lisa is worthy of Thor’s hammer, she summons the Avengers of Springfield, among which Barney is Iron Man, Marge is Gamora and Ralph is the Incredible Hulk.

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Tom Hiddleston and Kevin Feige kindly participated

“The Good, The Bart and the Loki” follows another short film from “Simpsons“That landed on Disney +”,Maggie Simpson in The Force Awakens from her nap“, A parody of” Star Wars “aired on May 4, the famous” May Fourth. ” But even though this short was a silent movie, the “Loki” crossover was able to recruit Tom Hiddleston to play his mischievous MCU character. Al Jean said that Tom Hiddleston “It could not have been better“And they would very much like to bring it back for a real episode of”Simpsons“.

Hiddleston wasn’t the only Marvel actor to lend his talents to the short film: the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, has also volunteered to share a dose of MCU magic. He said : “Do you want the music of the “Avengers”? No problem!Remember Al Jean.

As for the future crossover possibilities of “SimpsonsThe show’s team was hired earlier this year to write up to five ‘The Simpsons’ shorts for Disney +, and Al Jean said they were eager to try ideas related to Pixar, Nat Geo, or other Disney animation classics. . The possibilities for Springfield are endless.

“The Good, The Bart and the Loki” is now available on Disney +, its premiere having coincided with the penultimate episode of Loki.