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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 07/26/2010

COMIC-CON 2010 POSTSCRIPT: Is this the new 'Avengers' team -- or the ol' E Street Band? [PHOTOS]

By Michael Cavna

We thought that Marvel lineup with the rock-star charisma and camaraderie looked familar.

Perhaps it's just us -- entirely possible -- but when the "Avengers" roster united for the first time for public consumption, stepping to the skirt of the Comic-Con stage like a triumphant band of brothers and sister, we wondered when we'd last seen such a similar assemblage.

The conquering frontman holding the crowd in the palm of his hand? The woman with the sometimes-strawberry hair who's held him in her clutches (at least onscreen)? Surrounded by six to eight dudes -- some middle-aged -- wearing black and boots and jeans and scruff (and one killer hat) and superhero swagger?

We squint and -- that's it. The Marvel men and woman had been cast not so much as for "The Avengers" and more for another all-American favorite. The Hall H Crew was portraying an earlier version of The E Street Band.

(Associated Press)

(Publicity art)

We mean, is it really such a stretch to see this and the see the seeds of inspiration in this?


Yes, we jest. But who knows? Maybe it was the Boss in boyhood who first looked across the river -- to where New York boys Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had birthed their own dreams not long after Bruce's birth -- and found sublime (if not subliminal) inspiration in the mighty, and mighty conflicted, Marvel heroes .

(Publicity file photo)


We mean: Springsteen may be the longtime Iron Man of marathon concerts. But we also can't help but note: Has anyone rocked the star-spangled imagery like mighty '80s Bruce (aka the post-Nautilus machine Boss) since ... Captain America? (As for the Hulk, Banner of course is the original "Bruuuuce!")

"The Boss," meet "The Joss."


Now all we expect, Joss Whedon, is -- like a latter-day touring version of the aging gracefully E Streeters -- merely the greatest three-hour show on Earth.

By Michael Cavna  | July 26, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Geek Buzz, San Diego Comic-Con, Superheroes  | Tags:  Captain America, Iron Man, Joss Whedon, San Diego Comic-Con 2010, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, Thor  
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The Boss would be a great superhero name.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 26, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse


Oh God it's TRUE. I am never escaping from this fandom, this is the nail in the coffin.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | July 27, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

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