Superman Shirt Angers Fans as AFL Celebrates Naming of Marvel Stadium

Naming rights for sporting stadiums is big business, and when the AFL (Australian Football League) announced that Etihad Stadium in Melbourne would be changing its name to Marvel Stadium, “AFL Game Day” TV host Hamish McLachlan created a stir amongst fans when he wore a Superman T-Shirt to celebrate the rebranding.

From September 1 the stadium will now be known as Marvel Stadium, with the AFL signing an eight-year naming rights deal with the Walt Disney Company. Channel 7 presenter Hamish McLachlan stated at the start of Sunday’s show that he was “Marvelling up”, except he was wearing a Superman T-Shirt underneath his jacket.

Later in the show McLachlan embarrassingly noted, “We’re asking everyone today about superheroes because of Marvel. I’m wearing Superman – he isn’t a Marvel character apparently, but he was my favorite superhero.”

This caused quite a stir on social media, with fans ripping in to the TV host about his mistake.

Source: News.com.au

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MattComics
May 28, 2018 6:15 pm

Eh. Awkward and embarrassing, sure.

But not everybody outside the geekosphere knows which company which hero belongs to even if they have a favorite because they aren’t steeped in it all like we are let alone taking sides in petty brand wars.

Superman is my favorite as well but both pantheons of heroes are cool in different ways.

sundevil82
May 29, 2018 2:27 pm
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Yeah i agree. If youre not claiming to be well versed in comic book lore than its not a big deal at all and perfectly understandable to make a mistake. Its not worth the effort to get worked up about stuff like this.

JasEl
May 29, 2018 9:18 pm

I find it more funny than aggravating

sman1938
May 30, 2018 2:28 pm

to be fair… with Superman being one of the few DC characters to do multiple crossovers with Marvel characters….Superman VS Spiderman, Superman and Spiderman, JLA VS Avengers, Marvel VS DC… Superman has been in more Marvel comics then some of Marvels lesser known villains.. easy mistake to make…

jer
jer
May 31, 2018 12:31 am

Angry Marvel fans/Remember this if it weren’t for Superman your hero wouldn’t exist !!