Of the famous Looney Tunes villains, Marvin the Martian is undoubtedly the coolest. You may believe this is a matter of opinion, but it is an irrefutable fact.
Yosemite Sam has a dope mustache, but he is a human being that's constantly outwitted by a rabbit. He is also a supposed gunslinger who has in, I dunno, a million opportunities, never been able to get a good shot at his biggest enemy.
The Tasmanian Devil is a ball of energy, but he barely knows English. It's a bit concerning that he still speaks in grunts and other noises as he approaches his early 60s. Daffy Duck spits on people, which is rude, and could never win that "rabbit season vs. duck season" argument. Elmer Fudd tells the audience to be quiet while he's hunting rabbits, not knowing that Bugs Bunny cannot hear us through the screen. Looney Tunes Wiki also lists Gossamer, Beaky Buzzard and Cecil Turtle as villains, but the fact that I had to be reminded of their existence says it all.
Marvin? Dude's just an evil genius. He's a villain with actual villainous tendencies. My man wants to blow up Earth and put in thousands of years of work. Why does he want to blow it up, you ask? No reason; just because it obstructs his view of Venus. Now, Venus is a cool-looking planet, don't get me wrong, but that's some next-level evil stuff.
The biggest reason Marvin is the dopest of dope, however, is because he wore kicks. Sure, "kicks" wasn't a colloquial term in the 1940s and basketball was perhaps the 48th-most popular sport in America, but still. These aren't moon shoes; these are no-doubt-about-it kicks. Marvin was rocking Jordans 15 years before Michael Jordan was even born.
So, it's only right that all these years later Jordan Brand is finally giving Marvin the Martian his proper due. Earlier this year saw the introduction of a Jordan 7 retro featuring a Marvin the Martian colorway. But even that didn't receive proper publicity because of licensing issues.
For the Jordan Super.Fly 4s, though, Jordan Brand and Warner Bros. have come together for a full marketing campaign. Already released July 1 in Asia, the "Marvin the Martian" Super.Flys will see a global release on Aug. 5.
"Marvin the Martian is out to destroy Earth again, and with the release of the Super.Fly 4, he may have finally found his secret weapon," a Nike release said. "After learning about the Super.Fly 4’s FlightSpeed technology for explosive liftoff, Marvin believes it has enough power to obliterate other worlds. His quest for the Super.Fly 4 won’t be easy though, as he must get past Blake Griffin to get the power to destroy Planet Earth."
The Nike Store already has a ton of Marvin the Martian-themed gear, including a Marvin Mars shirt that is such a good combo idea I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner.
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The shoe itself follows the standard Super.Fly 4 design, which has drawn raves for its performance on the court. The Zoom Air base unit provides a sturdiness around ankle with a lightweight feel.
Featuring a red and green colorway interspersed with a black base, there isn't much to quibble with regarding the design. The colors fade into one another and are better seen in spots depending on the lighting, which is exactly what you'd want. Perhaps the lime green tongue of the shoe makes it a little difficult to wear as a casual, but the Super.Flys are mostly an on-court release anyway.
Plus, for collectors, a release like this is all about scarcity. Many have been waiting a long time for Marvin the Martian to get his own shoe, especially after the world flocked to the Hares. Plus, there's that whole Space Jam thing too; I'm pretty sure people liked that movie.
For all fans of good cartoon villains, though, it's only right that the OG of the kicks game finally gets a pair to call his own. Just, like, don't blow us up for real, OK, Marvin?
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