Being invited into the exclusive world of Marvel superheroes has more than its fair share of perks. Actors who get to play beloved superheroes are few and far between, so oftentimes, they stick together. It’s like an exclusive club that we don’t get to join, but we do get to enjoy some of the benefits. Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman met while filming the 2009 movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and theirs is just one of many Marvel friendships that keeps on giving. Now, an exclusive fantasy football league founded by Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo has become a source of joy for even non-sport lovers.
The AGBO Superhero League’s website explains, “All the drama of football, all the fantasy fun of your favorite superheroes, all the star-studded trash talk you could ask for — and all for a great cause! AGBO has recruited some of the biggest superheroes in the world (i.e., the biggest superstars in the real world) to settle their scores. All season long, they’ll compete in fantasy football for their charities of choice, with donations thanks to FanDuel.”
Trash talk is (the most entertaining) part of the FanDuel game, and competitors both take it and dish it out. You know, for a good cause. The participants are donating $1.25 million to the charities of their choice, and with big money comes big talk. Recently, Robert Downey Jr. unleashed his week four fury on Paul Rudd, posting a video to Instagram where the Iron Man star talked trash to a cartoon of Rudd, dressed in jean shorts straight out of Wet Hot American Summer.
As creative as Robert Downey Jr. was with his smack talk, he was no match for Paul Rudd. Rudd is known for his over-the-top humor, fully committing to every bit, and inexplicably never aging. Paul Rudd’s video response to RDJ was exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Ant-Man star – it was excessive, and perfect in every way.
Paul Rudd recreates Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” music video, only he takes on the role of every single band member. In the hilarious music video, Rudd changes the words to (lovingly) take down his very own Iron Man.
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We are entering a whole new level of fantasy football trash talk. @robertdowneyjr came out of the gate strong this week, but Rudd’s level of commitment has set a new bar. We are compiling quite the soundtrack this season between Rudd’s music video and the hit single from @karengillan. Stay tuned to see who is taking home the W and all the bragging rights. #AGBOSuperheroLeague presented by @fanduel
“Has he lost his mind, will his team score more than mine?” Rudd sings. “Can he win at all? No, he can’t, his game sucks balls.”
“Now the time is here for Iron Man to disappear,” Rudd continues. The lyrics start off fairly tame, but progressively escalate until Rudd delivers a solid knockout. “I love you 3,000 but you’re going to lose to an ant.”
Finally, Rudd grabs an Iron Man action figure to show that he really loves and supports- oh, never mind. Yeah, he bites the head off and spits it at the camera.
No matter who wins the actual fantasy football league, it’s pretty clear that Paul Rudd is the grand champion of trash talk. I mean, he squashed Tony Stark like a bug. We’re only on week four of the 13-week competition, so perhaps the best is yet to come.