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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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    Heroes 
  • Agent Venom has three moves and a debuff which reference American football terms, due to Flash Thompson being a former football hero.
  • Angel's final 2 moves, 'Aspersio' and 'Impositio Manus', bring to mind the Priest class from Ragnarok Online.
  • Ares, unsurprisingly, has attacks and passives related to war media:
  • All of Beast's attacks (and his innate passives) are named after titles of famous novels. His recruitment information in the news feed was a paraphrasing of the famous opening words for Pride and Prejudice.
  • Black Bolt's Level 9 ability "Power Word" is likely named after the series of spells from Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Black Knight's news feed announcement features the line "'Tis but a scratch!", uttered by a character of the same name in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Captain Britain's news feed announcement invokes Winston Churchill's famous "We shall fight on the beaches" speech:
    "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender"
  • Deadpool himself will randomly "Like" characters (villain or hero, himself included), which confers the "Pretty Cool Guy" buff.
    • Another Deadpool-related buff: One of the random buffs he can proc from his Laptop passive is called "Level 16 Ranger", with the tooltip text "I only roll 20s".
    • One of Deadpool's random attacks involving him attacking with the Life Bar.
    • Deadpool's abilities to "Whine on the Forumns" and "1337 hacking skills" which will result in him getting "Banned from PVP" is a Shout-Out to Avengers Alliance themselves, in reference to the fact that people who try to hack the game will be kicked off PVP.
  • Three of Domino's moves and both her passives are named after Daft Punk songs.
    • And like with Deadpool, one of her passives has the text "I roll Twenties."
  • Drax's L9 move is named Daggerfall.
  • Fantomex's L2 move is named 'Allons-y', after a certain good Doctor's catchphrase.
    • Fantomex's L1 move is named Diabolique, which is fitting since he is essentially a white-trenched version of Italian comic book character Diabolik, along with his sentient techno-organic ship E.V.A. being named after the eponymous protagonist's lover.
    • Fantomex's L6 move is named Fantôme, again referencing his roots as a partial homage to the classic character Fantômas.
  • Gamora's attacks are all named after Warrior class moves in World of Warcraft.
  • Hawkeye's passive, Hawkeye's Initiative, is a shout-out to this Tumblr.
  • Hercules's news feed announcement, "Cool Story Bro!", referenced a meme originating from his comic book.
    • Hercules has five references to the Twelve Labors of the mythological Heracles in his attacks and debuffs (the Stymphalian Birds, Ceryneian Hind, Nemean Lion, Cretan Bull, and Cerberus were creatures he was sent to capture or kill). He also jokes in Spec Ops 4 that the task he was set (holding up a building for a while) was less boring than cleaning out the Augean Stables (another of his Labors). Another attack, "Rock of Ages," is a phrase from the Bible (though perhaps better known as a song title).
  • Iceman's L6 attack has "Let It Go" as descriptor text.
    • His Horseman outfit has moves that all form sentences with "Hell" in them somehow and relating to (of course) ice and cold in Hell: Snowball's Chance [in Hell], Cold Day [in Hell], [When Hell] Freezes Over, and Ninth Circle [of Hell].
  • Juggernaut's news feed features the memetic line "Don't you know who I am? I'm the Juggernaut, Agent!" (yes, for the Moral Guardians they had to swap out the 'Bitch')
    • When using his 3rd attack ("I'm the Juggernaut!"), he'll also start up with "Don't you know who I am!?", once again referring to the meme.
  • Moon Knight's recruitment news message reads "Fighting Evil by...Moon Knight".
  • Among Nico Minoru's spells is a debuff that places random damage over time effects on enemies, called...More Dots.
  • 2 of Red Hulk's passives are titled "He's Heating Up" and "He's On Fire!" respectively, in reference to NBA Jam.
    • And his Empowered Iso-8's passive is called "Boomshakalaka!" which is another reference to NBA Jam.
  • Sandman as a Lockbox reward note  on the same Operation that Anti-Venom (Eddie Brock) is released? That can't be a coincidence...
  • One of the possible positive buffs you can receive from the Scarlet Witch is also "Pretty Cool Guy", noting that Deadpool and 31,337 others agree.
  • The flavor text for Shatterstar - a former gladiator - last move is "Are you not entertained?".
    • It's also in reference to this panel from X-Factor, which makes it a shout-out to a shout-out (since Shatterstar is obsessed with popular culture and media, as he hails from Mojoworld).
  • Spiral has several dance-themed moves and buffs:
  • Squirrel Girl's 4th attack, Wrath of the Raging Squirrel, is a shout out to Akuma's Ultra in Street Fighter IV, Wrath of the Raging Demon, with the blackout and a barrage of attacks on the target.
  • Star-Lord's L6 rocket boots skill is named Quantum Leap.
    • His L1 skill Spray and Pray is a First-Person Shooter term of recklessly firing in the target's vicinity in the hopes of killing or destroying that target.
  • One of Taskmaster's abilities as a Bruiser is "Attack of Opportunity", which is a common Dungeons & Dragons term.
  • When Tigra uses her Tiger's Fury ability, she adopts the same posture as Felicia from Darkstalkers does during the latter's taunt in Vampire Savior. Her Swipe ability animation looks a lot like Felicia's Rolling Buckler special move, namely the finishers (a sliding kick in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes and the uppercut Felicia has since DS).
  • Union Jack's news feed announcement, "Once more unto the breach, dear friends", is lifted directly from a famous speech in Henry V. It's doubly fitting since the line is about trying again, and Union Jack's entire moveset is based on extra attacks from preempts and follow-ups.
  • X-23's L6 Move is called "Made for Walking", in a tribute to Nancy Sinatra's hit. To make the point extra obvious, the flavour text "One of these days..." (part of the chorus) is added under the move's description.
    Mooks/Villains 
    Team-Up Bonuses 
  • 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.
    Spec Ops 
    Regular Missions 
  • In Season 1 Mission 3.4 one deployment mission has you fending off Sentinels at the Times Square Disney Store.
  • In Season 1 Mission 7.4 we get Stark's quip, "Hear that? Even the Destroyer is occupying Wall Street."
  • When Nightcrawler faces Baron Zemo for the first time in Season 1 Mission 11.3, he alludes to Martin Luther's "here I stand" speech before the Diet of Worms. From Zemo's reaction, he either doesn't get the reference or just doesn't care.
  • Magneto opens up the boss fight of Season 1 Mission 11.5 with the greeting "Welcome to die, X-Chicken!" As it turns out, this Magneto is actually Mystique in disguise. The homage is even driven further with...
    Cyclops: Alas, that was Mystique, not Magneto.
  • Season 1 Chapter 12 is titled Titanomachia.
    • The first mission is titled "Lokasenna", referencing a old poem of the same name found in the compilation of Norse poems known as the Poetic Edda, is the beginning of the end for the various Syndicate villains' plan. Fitting, as the events of the original poem were said to have brought about the onset of Ragnarok, the end of the gods.
    • Hammerhead's pre-fight banter is "It's hammer time! Heh, I've always wanted to say that."
  • One of the battle themes introduced in Season 2 is a remixed version of "The Avengers Theme" from The Avengers.
  • The task names in Season 2 Chapter 1 have several:
  • In Season 2 Mission 1.5 Stark makes fun of the Black Knight's poetic way of speaking by repeating his "Shakespeare in the Park" snark phrase from The Avengers.
  • Upon seeing Agent Coulson during Deadpool's Heroic Battle in Season 2 Mission 1.6, Deadpool is surprised that he is alive. He then asks if Coulson is going to get revenge for what Loki did to him.
  • Tasks in Season 2, Chapter 4: "They're in the Jungle Baby", "Flight of..." for a task which requires using Valkyrie, and "It Came from Outer Space".
    Miscellaneous 
  • 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.
  • "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.

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