Austin Powers was one of the powerhouse comedy film franchises of the late 1990s and early 2000s. The kitschy takeoff of the popular British spy movie genre made audiences laugh around the world. Just as soon as the craze started, it seemed to have disappeared.

The most recent Austin Powers movie was 2002’s Goldmember. The trilogy raked in $676 million in worldwide box office receipts. It’s been gone for a while, but the Mike Myers-led trilogy was a major hit with fans.

The cast of the famous flick reunited for a Super Bowl commercial touting General Motors’ commitment to electric vehicles. Myers revisited his role as the devious Dr. Evil. Seth Green returned as his bratty but modern son, Scott. Even Rob Lowe was there.

If that wasn’t enough to get Austin Powers’ name trending on Twitter, a series of fake tweets attributed to Senator Ted Cruz made their rounds. In the tweets, Cruz was alleged to have made the same exact Austin Powers joke while refering to several Democratic leaders over the course of several years.

They were confirmed by Snopes as fakes, but enough people believed them that they were widely shared. The fact that nobody thought twice about Ted Cruz doing such a thing was not surprising.

Austin Powers fans have been hoping for a sequel for twenty years now. The rumored fourth film has bbeen in development hell since at least 2005. This new Super Bowl commercial might be the closest we ever get to Austin Powers 4.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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