Written & directed by: ItsJustSomeRandomGuy (aka Michael Agrusso & Brinna Li)
Spider-man – “Hi, I’m a Marvel.” Superman – “And I’m a DC.”
Part of what makes a spoof video funny is that spoofing means getting away with pretty much anything from situations which wouldn’t ordinarily take place.For instance with two power houses such as Marvel and DC holding onto their characters pretty firmly, the chances of them connecting in a film is slim to non-existent.To put it another way, there’s more chance of seeing a decent Punisher movie one day than there is of seeing Marvel and DC characters interacting on screen.Thankfully the long running internet spoof series ‘Hi, I’m a Marvel...and I’m a DC’ by ItsJustSomeRandomGuy, managed to make the dream a reality and gave fans what they wanted.
Picking up an idea from a series of commercials describing the differences between a Mac and a PC, a series of short videos were created by Michael Agrusso and Brinna Li, who were better known as ItsJustSomeRandomGuy.The videos started off with just Spider-man and Superman standing in front of a white backdrop talking about the differences between being a Marvel and a DC, in light of their movie franchises.The situation was simple enough and led to a number of amusing discussions as Spider-man pointed out to Superman a few problems with his most recent movie at the time, Superman Returns.The points Spider-man made were ones which fans had been vocal about on forums and in reviews following the movie’s release, meaning it was something ripe for spoofing.So as Spider-man described the lacklustre response by fans to Superman’s movie, the jokes came as he described the success he and his fellow Marvelites were having on the flipside.As the videos developed more characters were added in order to build upon that initial premise; with Wolverine being drafted in to talk about his feelings towards the third X-Men movie being directed by the ‘guy from Rush Hour’ after their director left to make Superman Returns.
Over time more characters appeared, all poking fun at all the plot holes and backstage problems that arose in making other characters movies and soon the spoof videos became connected.So where as the original ‘I’m a Marvel...and I’m a DC’ videos were pretty much stand alone spoofs, the later ‘After Hours’ sketches which were set in a bar, were part of a much larger series with a running theme.These videos with the increased character count soon made sure the ‘I’m a Marvel/DC’ universe became a fleshed out world that was a mix of Toyfare magazine’s ‘Twisted Toyfare Theatre’ and popular TV show Robot Chicken.The videos themselves may not have had the technical grandeur of Robot Chicken (or the budget), but they didn’t need it because the jokes were all there.Sure, the gags were catered for fans who knew a bit more than what just happened in the movies, but that was half the fun of the series.Marvel and DC has always had a friendly rivalry, something which fans of both companies have shared a part in and this has also meant sharing a love for what works and doesn’t work with each character.With both companies branching into movies and finding different degrees of success, ‘ItsJustSomeRandomGuy’ found the perfect way in which to highlight this, meaning it didn’t matter if you were a Marvel or a DC, as long as you were a fan of one of them, you could see the funny side of a bit of rivalry.
CHECKING OUT THE COMPETITION: *Numerous characters appeared in the videos including Nick Fury, Sandman, Professor Charles Xavier, Blade, Deadpool, Batman, Poison Ivy, Rorschach, Dr Manhatten, The Joker, and Lex Luthor.
*A recurring character who appeared throughout the ‘After Hours’ series was Lance the bartender, who was neither a Marvel nor a DC.Lance secretly worked for Lex Luthor, but proved popular amongst the Marvel’s and DC’s because he was such a good bartender.His colleague the Hulk was less than popular amongst the Marvel’s and DC’s, because he was always too busy reminiscing about the glory days when he had a hit TV show, to pour drinks.
*ItsJustSomeRandomGuy, is actually a combination of the talent of two people; and of course numerous action figures.