Recognize this guy? He’s this guy in L.A. who appears in the Marvel Comic Hawkeye (the Kate Bishop storyline). This panel is from #20, which came out last week.
Here he is picking out cat food …
… in a grocery store:
Does this seem familiar to anyone?
It seems like it’s an homage to an opening scene in Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973) starring Elliott Gould, in which Gould’s Philip Marlowe visits a grocery store at 2 a.m. to get cat food (unsuccessfully) and brownie mix for the neighbors.
This The Long Goodbye scene, of course, is the reference point for a detective movie of a different sort: The Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski (1998), where the Dude makes a late-night run to a Ralph’s (in L.A., of course) for some creamer:
So what’s it all mean? Does it mean that Hawkeye‘s a great comic and its creators are smart and witty? Sure, but that’s not it.
Does it mean The Long Goodbye must be a pretty important movie to find itself in a comic and other movies? Probably, but that’s not it.
Here it is: Almost anything can relate to The Big Lebowski if you have the time.
You just need to keep the mind limber.