My first date with Dean was to see ‘The Avengers’ at a drive-in movie theater in Salt Lake City. I was a fan of the Marvel movies beforehand, due to the aesthetic nature of Chris Hemsworth, but that date really caused me to have sappier and more nostalgic reason for watching Marvel movies more closely after that.
I’ve already written a post explaining why and how our holiday traditions of pairing movies + festive snacks was started. You can find that HERE.
It’s also tapped into my competitive nature to see if I can be creative enough to come up with a snack to pair with each food. It genuinely is a source of competition with myself and a source of stress if I hit a brain fart.
It’s a festive outlet. It’s a competitive outlet. It’s a creative outlet. And it’s just fun!
Around the holidays a #RoadtoInfinityWar infographic started floating around social media stating that you could watch all Marvel movies by the time Infinity War came out if you watched one a week. I was intrigued. I had made an attempt to watch all of the Marvel movies with one of my college roommates when Civil War came out… but we really didn’t make it very far. I ran it by Dean and he was up for the challenge.
So we started our very own journey on the #RoadtoInfinityWar.
I wanted to share some of the recipes we used for our journey. Now there are a LOT of Marvel movies, so I’m going to spread this across a few different posts. Marvel has bundled their movies into different phases, so I’m going to use that same organizational system for my posts.
But first, a few disclaimers:
- There is a bit of a discrepancy in the order in which to watch these movies. As far as release date goes, ‘Iron Man’ was the first movie released. However, ‘Captain America’ takes place during World War 2. Dean and Idecided to start our journey with ‘Captain America’. The only thing this affected was that the ‘after the credits’ scenes where Fury is shown to be assembling the team were a bit jumbled. Otherwise, it worked out quite well.
- None of these snacks are fancy by any stretch of the imagination. I do not boast of any great culinary skill, so I try to keep my snacks as idiot-proof as possible 😉
Marvel Phase 1 took place from 2008-2012. These movies are the ‘origin stories’ of each of the individual Avengers before they are assembled by Nick Fury.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America Crunch
Prep time: 10 seconds
There are a ton of really cute Captain America snacks to choose from on Pinterest. I decided to keep this super simple: Cap’n America’s Crunch.
This snack is really as simple as making a label for your cereal box. Easy peasy!
Ironman and Ironman 2
Prep time: 45 minutes
Unpopular opinion: Ironman is my least favorite Avenger. Ironically, Ironman is Dean’s favorite.
When I was in the planning stages, I realized that one of the main challenges of taking this on would be the fact that there are SO many sequels! It’s not enough to find one cute snack: Ironman has 3 stinkin’ movies!
I decided to bundle them together in a double feature and have our Ironman Pizza count for both.
For this pizza, you will need pizza crust (I used a dough mix from the grocery store) and your choice of pizza sauce. Follow the instructions to prepare your pizza dough and then decorate your pizza as follows.
Put cheddar cheese on the middle of the pizza to create his orange mask, and put pepperoni on the outside edges of the pizza. Pepperoni has to come in to create a ‘cheekbone’-like effect, as well as come down between the eyebrows to replicate the Ironman mask.
We then used a little sprinkle of mozzerella cheese for the eyes. I think our pre-cooked pizza looks much more Ironman-esque, but I’ve included both pictures for reference.
The Incredible Hulk
Prep Time: 10 minutes
I’ll confess: this is a recipe I recycled from making Frankenstein treats during the Halloween season. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
The first step is to mix vanilla pudding with green food coloring until you get your desired Hulk color.
Pour your pudding into a clear plastic cup. Top with crushed Oreos for the illusion of dark hair. Use a sharpie to draw your best Hulk face on the cup. Ta-dah!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
This is probably the easiest of all of the snacks. Use cheese cubes for the head of the hammer and pretzel sticks for the handle. Insert the pretzel into the base of the cheese cube and you have Thor’s hammer Mjolnir.
I had planned a really cute cupcake display giving each of the Avengers representation. Pinterest is a great source for any of these movie nights. However, it really felt wrong to eat anything other than Panda Express while watching ‘The Avengers’.
Avengers is the conclusion of Marvel’s Phase 1. Phase 2 stretches from Ironman 3 all the way up to AntMan. You can find the snacks for those movies listed HERE.
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