The teaser trailer for Disney's live-action Lion King was released on Thanksgiving, much to the delight of those sprawled out on their couches, recovering from food comas. Artist BossLogic saw the occasion as an opportunity to combine one iconic Disney scene with another, using Avengers: Infinity War as the basis for another mashup.
Last week, popular fan artist released Marvel and DC mashups that pictured heroes from one cinematic universe in the costumes of those from the other. On Thursday, he offered manipulated view of Pride Rock, a famous location from The Lion King, only with Marvel Cinematic Universe villains Thanos and the Red Skull standing on the edge. Mixing one memorable, emotional scene with another, we see Thanos tossing Simba off of Pride Rock.
This, of course, is a recreation of the heart-wrenching scene from Infinity War in which Thanos travels to Vormir in search of the Soul Stone, and is told by the Red Skull, serving as the "Stonekeeper," that he must make a painful sacrifice in order to acquire the powerful artifact. That's is when a regretful Thanos throws his daughter Gamora off a cliff to her death.
BossLogic also uses a great caption for the photo, asking "So you're king now...what did it cost?" That applies to Thanos, who achieved his goal and collected all of the Infinity Stones, but at the cost of the only person he cared about.
The scene also brings back memories of the original Lion King, when Scar allows Mufasa to fall to his death in an effort to take over as king. The are many parallels to be seen in this mashup, bringing together two emotional, classic scenes from different branches of Disney.
Of course, the replies to the tweet took the mashup even further by adding in other Marvel characters, including Black Panther in midair behind Thanos, preparing to kick the Mad Titan off of Pride Rock. Another photshopped Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet onto the paw of Simba.
Disney's The Lion King is directed by Jon Favreau and stars the vocal talents of stars Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones. It is expected to be released on July 19, 2019.