Shout Out: Marvel Avengers Alliance
Playdom seems to just love making trendy shout outs to memes and pop culture, so many that they needed their own page.
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- Havok, Cyclops and Cable (aka Alex, Scott and Nathan Summers) have "Boys of Summer" as a team-up bonus. "Girls of Summer" is the bonus for Jean Grey and Emma Frost, Scott's love interests.
- Before, bringing two mutants along (specifically, members of the X-Men) awarded the bonus of X-Force. It was later renamed Children of the Atom (also a novel of the same name involving mutants), while X-Force became a separate bonus, specifically for bringing in members of that team.
- The team-up bonus Red In the Ledger is a reference to The Avengers.
- "You Have My Sword" is the name of one of the team-up bonuses, involving, unsurprisingly, every character who uses a sword as their main weapon.
- The team-up bonus for using Juggernaut and Valkyrie is called Spear and Magic Helmet.
- The Hulk and Loki get a bonus solely because of what happened between them in The Avengers. "Puny god."
- It has more to do with them being children of Thanos, but c'mon! Gamora and Thane's bonus is called A Death in the Family.
- The team up bonus for bringing in two dour character (Like Cable, Hogun etc.) is called Debbie Downers
- Bringing in a pair of "feral" characters like Wolverine or Sabretooth will get you Savages, Savages.
- Molly Hayes' team-ups with Wolverine (Wolverine is a Jerk!◊) and Punisher (Punisher gets Punished◊) reference Molly's encounter with each of them in the comics.
- The title of Spec Ops 1, where you recruit Mockingbird, is called "Don't Say a Word".
- In the Avengers vs. X-Men Special Ops mission, Stark comments, "Welcome to San Francisco. S.H.I.E.L.D. policy prohibits wearing flowers in your hair."
- In Spec Ops 5, one of the deployment missions mentions investigating a troll in Central Park.
- At the end of Spec Ops 6.3, Stark quips "Double the Summers brothers, double the fun," likely a reference to Doublemint Gum's classic slogan.
- One of the tasks for Spec Ops 7 is named "Made for Walking" much like X-23's L6 move.
- Spec Ops 8's task 3 is called Mechanical Animals.
- Another task was called "Kills Grunts Dead" (i.e. dispatching a certain number of R.A.I.D. soldiers). Raid is an insect-killing spray whose slogan is "Kills Bugs Dead."
- Another task is called "Attack of the Clones".
- The third mission is called "Ultron Violence": likely a nod to "ultraviolence," aka murder, in A Clockwork Orange.
- SpecOps 9 can be a loose adaptation of Iron Man 3, since it features Extremis, the release of alt. skins the Mark 42 and Iron Patriot, and Pepper in a prominent role (although the movie doesn't feature her actual alter-ego Rescue). Adding to the references is the new PVP bonus, the prominently pink "Limited Edition Watch".
- The Spec Ops 10 title, "So Shall Ye Reap" is from Galatians 6:7.
- Mission 3 of Spec Ops 11 is titled "Heart of Darkness".
- Two of the Spec Ops 12 task names are "I Have The Power" and "What is Best in Life?".
- Spec Ops 13:
- Task names "Hammer out Danger" and "Hammer out a Warning" are both lyrics from "If I Had a Hammer" by Pete Seeger.
- In Mission 2 the Hood calls Black Bolt "Silent Sam", which has a number of possible references.
- Spec Ops 15, "Game On!"
- Spec Ops 16 features a similar plot from X-Men Legends 2 where Apocalypse starts abducting and brainwashing members of the X-Men as his Four Horsemen.
- Spec Ops 17 has "Captain Rogers' Neighborhood", and "Gorillas in the Midst".
- Spec ops 18 has "He's got the touch"
- Eddie Brock teaming up with Spidey and Flash!Venom to hunt down Scream and Carnage is reminiscent of Maximum Carnage and Separation Anxiety. The other four symbiotes that were wiped out are replaced by the new symbiote Hybrid.
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance. The roster of Marvel's best superheroes is further expanded given this game is always being updated compared to the finalized games in the PC and home consoles. Save for Silver Surfer and Blade, most of the heroes from MUA are playable, while a whole bunch of familiar Masters of Evil villains from MUA showed up as well as members of the Syndicate.
- It goes right down to the Heroic Battles hero-exclusive Empowered Iso-8 which corresponds to X-Men Legends and Ultimate Alliance's training discs and their Hero-unique equipment rewards.
- Shawarma as a giftable item (it restores health and stamina and gives a "Well Fed" buff). In addition to being a cute reference to The Stinger of The Avengers, it just happened to come out on the same day How It Should Have Ended released their Avengers parody, which made heavy use of Shawarma.
- One of the Agent's ranged weapons is a Rocket Pistol.
- "Das Boot", a shoe-based weapon for the Agent, is named after...well...
- One of the new messages in the loading screen is "Scrappers, remember the basics of CQC!"
- It turns out that the oft-cited Circle of Eight in-game is a direct name lift of a powerful wizard coven from Dungeon & Dragon's Greyhawk setting.
- The "holographic hand link" resembles Al's link to Ziggy on Quantum Leap.
- One of the Agent's equippable weapons is Item 47.
- Probably unintentional, but if Hawkeye attacked a flying character, sometimes his arrow attacks that character in the knee.