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Marvel’s Subtle Nods To ‘Star Wars’ In Phase 2 Films
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Marvel has sneaky way of dropping some Easter Eggs in their films. Sometimes it may be a visual thing or an auditory thing, but there is one non-Marvel nod that you may have missed. The lost of upper limbs has been somewhat of a recurring theme throughout Phase 2 of the MCU, and that’s because its making a reference to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

While on the Avengers: Age of Ultron press tour, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that such Easter eggs exist, and you can expect to see them in the Avengers sequel and Ant-Man. Minor spoilers will follow.

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Then I’ll See You In Hell: ‘Star Wars’ Tauntaun Snowman (Photo)
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Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Han Solo on Tauntaun

A few winters ago saw the creation of Jabba The Snowman; now, in honor of the current snowpocalypse, here’s a Tauntaun Snowman!

A Redditor posted a photo of a Tauntaun, the animal patrol mount from the Star Wars universe, made of snow, complete with this friend sitting atop it as though he’s riding the creature.

Check out the photo here below.

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Is The Original Unaltered ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Coming To Blu-Ray? (Oh Please Please Please)
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Original Star Wars Trilogy special edition cover

Now that Disney owns LucasFilm, it looks like we might finally get the original unaltered Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray!!!

ComicBook.com has the scoop that Disney is planning to bring the first three Stars Wars films — Star Wars (A New Hope), The Empire Strikes Back, and Return Of The Jedi — to Blu-ray in their original state – meaning, NOT the Special Editions from 1997 where creator George Lucas added lots of crap (yes, crap) and altered scenes making them worse. And NOT the Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy released in 2011 that took the Special Editions and further tampered with them.

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‘Star Wars’ & I: My Childhood Journeys To A Galaxy Far, Far Away
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Empire Strikes Back

As fans of the Star Wars franchise the world over prepare to celebrate this year’s May the 4th, I found myself giving serious consideration to writing something for Geeks of Doom in order to commemorate the occasion. After racking my brain for several constantly interrupted hours, I drew nothing but blanks.

It’s difficult for me to get excited about anything Star Wars-related this days; I’ve written news stories about the continuing developments behind the upcoming Episode VII even though I have little interest in them, but that’s part of the reason why I’m on the writing staff of this website. The stories have to be reported even though I may not care much about them because one or more of our readers certainly will. But the staggering drop in allure regarding the dauntless heroes and dastardly villains who inhabit the expansive universe that sprang forth from George Lucas‘ euphoric imagination more than four decades ago in my view wasn’t something that happened overnight. It took many unpleasant, heartbreaking years.

However, I came not to talk about how much Star Wars has disappointed me over time. May 4th is meant to be a day of remembrance and celebration. With that in mind I will instead document in brief to the best of my abilities the role Lucas’ creation has played in inspiring me to embrace my own evolving sense of wonder and take control of my intellectual maturation.

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Early ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Trailer Teases Concept Art From Ralph McQuarrie
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Ralph Mcquarrie's Concept Art For Empire Strikes Back

George Lucas’s first Star Wars opened in theaters in 1977. Since then five more episodes in the film franchise have debuted, a couple animated series have aired – more are on their way – and more merchandise than anyone can count have been sold. Now with the massive franchise belonging to Walt Disney Studios, who knows where Star Wars could go. We’ll be getting a new episode of the franchise in 2015, which will be followed by two more episodes and spinoff titles.

But if you have ever wondered what the marketing for the sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, was like before the age of social media and the internet was like, then a video released by the official Star Wars YouTube channel can offer you a look. The original Empire Strikes Back teaser doesn’t even have any clips from the film, but it does have a bunch of images of concept art drawn by Ralph McQuarrie, and early stills of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and other cast members preparing for the highly anticipated sequel. Best part of this teaser, there are no spoilers – you’ll see what I mean when you watch this trailer.

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