Trailer mash-ups are certainly nothing new, but thanks to YouTube as fans are getting the opportunity to be more and more creative with videos placing their favorite movie characters in very different scenarios. Some recent highlights include Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice becoming Wayne in a mimic of Logan or Suicide Squad being reimagined in the video game realm of Fallout 4.
Even though it only came out yesterday, the new trailer for Justice League has inspired its fair share of spins. A popular trend is contrasting DC’s super-group to Marvel’s counterpart, The Avengers (such as this mash-up), but one video has gone a step further.
Thanks to YouTube channel DrMachakil, the cinematic universes of Marvel and DC collide with the hilarious new mash-up of the Avengers reacting to the trailer. When all eyes on the internet tuned into the hotly anticipated new look at Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman on Saturday, apparently Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanoff and company were watching too.
The video takes its inspiration from the party scene early in Avengers: Age of Ultron, although here Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are not interrupted by the squealing feedback of Ultron entering the room, but by the debut on their widescreen monitor of the new Justice League footage. The trailer is played in full, intercut with various Avenger reactions of worry and doom at the sight of Zack Snyder’s next chapter in the DCEU. The real fun begins, though, when the Justice League trailer concludes with a toss of Thor’s mighty hammer into the monitor, followed by a scene with the well-placed Avengers dialogue like Banner saying, “Oh, it’s definitely the end times” and Vision adding, “Well, they’re going to show up again. The risk is far greater if we do nothing.” It’s all capped off with some joyful awkwardness from Scott Lang in Ant-Man.
Fans who have pleaded their undying allegiance to either Marvel or DC may take the trailer mash-up with a grain of salt, already concluding that Justice League will be the greatest superhero movie ever, or that nothing will ever be able to match the Avengers’ impressive assembly of films since the debut of Iron Man in 2008.
No matter which side of the comic book movie page fans come down on, all have to agree that, like Vision implies, “competition” is good, because it will prevent the likes of Snyder or Avengers co-directors/writers Anthony and Joe Russo from resting on their laurels. Comic book movie fans need to be respected for their knowledge and allegiance to the original source material, and this inventive Avengers/Justice League mash-up is a reminder that everybody is indeed watching, hopefully inspiring Marvel and DC filmmakers in the process to do the same.