Next year is set to feature a serious showdown between Marvel and DC, and to some extent Fox’s Marvel properties. It seems the perfect occasion for Youtuber ItsJustSomeRandomGuy to return with a brand new “Hi, I’m a Marvel… and I’m a DC” parody video. The Marvel vs. DC rivalry comes to life (as much life as plastic action figures can provide) in a three-minute clip that asks some rather poignant questions about the direction of both cinematic universes – between well-timed zingers.
In the video above, we are first introduced to the established Marvel Universe in the form of the Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Hulk. Next come the duo of Superman and Batman for DC, who despite their lengthy history in cinema are only just now crossing paths in live-action with Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The work to play catch-up prompted the Iron Man character to ‘congratulate’ Batman and Superman on an epic with a supposed run-time of six and a half hours. Batman hit back at the nature of the Marvel Avengers movies with, “Your movies should lay off the plot device of ‘Tony Stark invents something that almost destroys the world… again’.”
Much of the trash-talking was left to Batman and Iron Man (who are pretty much the DC and Marvel equivalents of one another, so it’s to be expected). Meanwhile Captain America and Superman were having none of it, instead spending their time genuinely being happy for one another with the sort of good will and mutual society lacking amongst some of the most hardcore DC and Marvel fans.
Superman was reluctant to get into it with his Marvel rivals, noting that “everyone’s gonna be fighting everyone next year,” but the Man of Steel wasn’t above a dig at 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four failure, suggesting that the studio may be fighting a losing battle with reality. Ant-Man also made a cameo in the parody video to drive this point home, saying, “Did you hear, guys? My movie did okay! I’m not the lowest grossing Marvel movie!”
Ant-Man seemed to beat previously low expectations, with a current box office gross of $360 million, while The Incredible Hulk still has the dubious honor of being the lowest-grossing Marvel Studios movie. Meanwhile, Fantastic Four will likely be at least a $60 million write-off for Fox.
While the basis for this YouTube series may be a bit stale (the last “I’m A Mac” commercial ran in 2009), the humor is very current. It’s hard not to notice that Marvel and DC fanboys and fangirls often carry on in a manner not dissimilar to Apple and Microsoft customers, and it’s very common to find Marvel fans or DC fans in the comments section of rival projects declaring to everyone that failure is inevitable, themes are tired or redundant, and that their preferred cinematic universe shows more promise over the long term.
One question remains: If Marvel is Apple and DC is PC… Exactly who or what is Fox supposed to be?
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man– July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman solo films will be coming at dates TBD.