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I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC is a popular Fan Film series on YouTube, created by ItsJustSomeRandomGuy and his former collaborator, who goes by ItsJustSomeRandomGal. The videos feature popular Marvel Comics and DC Comics characters (well, action figure versions of them, anyway) dealing with the successes and failures of their respective movies and comics, sometimes humorously, sometimes dramatically.There are five main sub-series of videos in this series:
I'm A Marvel... And I'm A DC: The original series, focusing on Marvel and DC Comics characters arguing about their respective movies in the style of Apple's popular "I'm a Mac and I'm A PC" ads.
Superman v. Spider-Man: Some time after the release of Superman Returns, and before the release of the then-highly anticipated Spider-Man 3, RandomGuy made these first short films, contrasting DC's movie adaptations with Marvel's. Mainly, the videos focused on the more disappointing aspects of Superman Returns in comparison with the more successful parts of the Spider-Man films. Once it was a video with the villains (Lex Luthor and Green Goblin). Eventually, other Marvel and DC characters were brought in to put in their two cents, like Batman (who scoffed at the supposed "darkness" of Spider-Man 3), The Incredible Hulk (who reminisced with Superman about "the good old days", namely the 70s/80s), Wolverine (who argued with Superman over whether or not the Man of Steel "stole our director") and the Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer who beat out DC that year due to lack of "competition".
Wolverine v. Watchmen: During the first half of 2009, both the Watchmen film and X-Men Origins: Wolverine came out. So, RandomGuy made a series of videos where Wolverine debated with members of the Watchmen cast such as Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, and the Comedian over their respective movies and source material. Eventually, Wolverine got bored with them, so he had Cyclops debate with Nite Owl, which led to both of them lamenting being the "nice guys" on their team. Wolvie came back, only to find out that he had to butt heads with last year's box-office winner, Batman, since the Watchmen movie tanked. There was also a brief PSA urging people not to watch the illegally-uploaded workprint of Wolverine. Finally, all the previously-seen Watchmen characters had to face off against one more cast member from Wolverine... Deadpool. Hilarity Ensues.
Deadpool vs. Green Lantern: After the news broke that Ryan Reynolds was cast as Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern film, Wade Wilson and Hal Jordan start comparing and contrasting themselves with each other. Then Hal tells Wade that Ryan Reynolds is going to play both of them, which Wade did not know. Wade doesn't take the news too well, and Hilarity Ensues. Again.
Green Lantern vs. The Mighty Thor: Hal Jordan and the God of Thunder square off, with Hal initially having a hard time competing with Thor's numerous titles and faux-Shakespearean dialogue (luckily, his film "hath screenwriters that toneth things down substantially for thine MTV generation"). They nearly come to blows before admitting that they're both just covering their nervousness, and it looks like they've resolved their differences until Deadpool claims Jordan stole his actor, sparking some company loyalty in Thor.
Green Lantern vs. X-Men: First Class: Hal Jordan tries to debate with Magneto, only to be slammed by a locker repeatedly for twenty seconds before Hal strikes back. Then they argue about their franchises. Xavier tags in and uses a Jedi Mind Trick to end the debate. Hal realizes this and demands another go, and he gets Mystique. This is interrupted when he notices the blue person is naked.
Green Lantern vs. The Critics: Hal Jordan is confused when the other superheroes are all nice to him, Deadpool then shows him his films page on Rotten Tomatoes. Hal is shocked and angered by this, and eventually saddened. The rest of the superheroes cheer him up by reminding him that the fans are still on his side whether or not they liked the film. Deadpool then has a 'Reynoldsing' after Hal answers that he'll be fine with losing Reynolds, Hal now resigned to the fact that Green Lantern probably won't get a sequel. This is now Hilarious in Hindsight due to the fact that if Wikipedia is to be believed, it just might get one after Justice League. Assuming Justice League ever comes out.
Green Lantern vs. Captain America: Hal Jordan at first didn't really want to debate with Captain America and quickly left before Cap stops him. Hal explained that he didn't want to be demonized for insulting the resident Captain Patriotic before Cap assures him that he won't take his insults personally. Instead, it was Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, and Deadpool who did and rushed to Cap's assistance, much to his chagrin.
Spider-Man and...?: While on the spiked milkshakes, Spidey finds himself face-to-face with his rebooted self, both versions ready to tear into each other's mistakes. It finally ends when Professor X (by the suggestion of Batman and Iron Man) channels in some degree of guilt. Once his two selves find common ground, it allows him to realize that the shortcomings of both movies were out of his control. However, when he declares that his film just might outgross Batman's, Batman just offers the webhead yet another milkshake.
Superman vs. Iron Man and Wolverine: It starts out rather easy-going for one of these videos since Superman isn't making any negative remarks against Tony, but then Batman decides to backup his fellow DC character and Captain America shows up to reign in Tony. Batman and Ironman end up fighting while Superman and Captain America stand on the sidelines commenting about being the Nice Guy. Superman later gets a little better at making critical remarks, but then Wolverine starts pointing out problems in Man of Steel that were considered good things in his own film. Once again, Batman and Tony get involved in the discussion and start fighting each other.
Superman vs. Thor: Thor fires the first real shot by calling Superman boring and predicting he'll be overshadowed by Batman again. Superman reminds him of how much extra screentime Loki got and how one-dimensional his main villain was. Right on cue, Batman and Loki show up to kibitz - at which point Supes and Thor throw up their hands and leave the Spotlight-Stealing Squad to fight it out themselves.
Superman vs. Wolverine: Superman and Wolverine start out complaining about Bryan Sing — Technical Difficulties — and how so many of their problems could have been solved if the director never left the X-Men movies to work on Superman Returns before they reluctantly decide that there is no point complaining about the past now... Then Wolverine mentions his latest movie is about going back in time specifically to change the past. One time travel trip later and the Marvel and DC comic-based movies have changed. Thanks to Deadpool's Breaking the Fourth Wall abilities, he's able to fill them in on what's happened: The Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn't exist, there is a Justice League movie based on the work of Michael Bay, and Deadpool has three films. The pair quickly have second thoughts about the new timeline.
Parodies: During the second half of 2009, the comic book movies stopped coming out. For lack of anything else to do, Spidey started making pitches of the cast as part of parodies of the other movies. Some of these are because Hulk spikes his milkshake.
After Hours: Originally an excuse to depict pretty much all the Marvel and DC characters hanging out together and arguing over their movies without sticking to the Mac/PC format, this series eventually gained its own storyline, filled to the brim with suspense, humor, and the occasional CMOA.
Season One: Season One begins with various Marvel and DC heroes hanging out in a superhero bar, discussing previous, current, and upcoming film projects. Eventually, a plot starts to form as, at a nearby villains' bar, Lex Luthor tries to convince Marvel villains such as Doctor Doom, Magneto, and Venom to join him in altering the past so their movies would turn out better. Failing that, Luthor goes with a second plan - to wipe out all Marvel comics. Throughout all this, Superman tries to come to grips with people perceiving him as too powerful, and not being as flawed and relatable as other heroes.
Season Two: Happy Hour: "Happy Hour," the second season, centers around a plan by the Joker to control all superheroes and make them like his "straight man" - Batman. The Joker's plan has one flaw, though: Spider-Man's immune to his mind control, due to his view of reality already being changed by Mephisto. Subplots include Spider-Man's eagerness to join Batman in crimefighting, the Green Goblin trying desperately to win Harley Quinn's heart, and both the Goblin and Lex Luthor tripping out on sedatives.
Season Three: Zero Hour: The third and currently longest season, picking up where "Happy Hour" left off. All seems fine in the Randomverse: The bad guys are dealing with another loss, the hero bar ("Stan's Place") is expanding, and Goblin and Harley are together following Joker's disappearance. All hell breaks loose, however, when Lance's head appears. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor is trying to make a vision he had come true, which predicted the good guys on the ground beaten and humiliated — but no one seems interesting in helping him besides Lars, the European Douche.
Rorschach & Deadpool: A tie-in series to Season 3. After being teased back in May 2009 and subsequently becoming a minor internet meme, the Sitcom featuring everyone's favorite Sociopath and The Merc With The Mouth as an Odd Couple is finally here! Rorschach is looking for a man "behind everything," but every lead he can find keeps getting shot by Deadpool before they talk. It originally appeared that the entire thing was, as Deadpool put it, an excuse to "give the people what they want," but now seems to have tied into the main plot with Rorschach's discovery of a Plan Q folder on the desk of Dark Future Joker.
Goblin Bloggin': This faux video blog, taking place within the continuity of "After Hours", takes a look into the life of the Green Goblin...or RandomGuy's extremely popular version of him, anyway. Viewers get to learn more about Gobby's life of crime, his parenting skills, his love life, and his odd obsession with Willem Dafoe. (Dafoe!)
Sh*t Superheroes Say: Each of these videos runs a minute and ten seconds. The superhero in question spouts several quotes, which define his respective philosophies, pivotal events, and relationships with other characters in a satirical and humorous manner.
This series contains examples of:
Action Figure Actor: His natural voice is uncannily similar to the one he uses for Clark. He definitely has Clark's wholesome personality, as revealed in behind the scenes commentary and video greetings.
Deadpool: My guns allow me to kill for money, shoot fleeing suspects, and get free DVDs from Best Buy!
And when the Joker confronts Darkseid with the truth about their fictional existence.
Joker: Oh, I was mad long before you came along, oh Master of Pain and Suffering and... Blue Shorts.
Aside Glance: Iron Man gives one during the Spider-Man reboot video when he suggests one way to let studios know what mistakes to avoid is a "fair use parody video".
Awesomeness Is Volatile: "So does that mean both our movies together will make people's skulls cave in from sheer awesomeness?"
Bad Future: Green Goblin and Deadpool get sent to one at the end of Zero Hour #3, where Future-Lex was waiting for Superman to arrive. He is not amused.
Apparently the Bad Future is the result of 'Plan Q' and as Lex can attest, "Plan Q blows."
Back from the Dead: The Joker is back in Rorschach and Deadpool #2, possibly under the name of Joe Polachi.
Batman Gambit: By Batman. One in particular happens in Zero Hour #2, when Batman convinces the heroes to let the villains leave withLance's head. The villains teleport away, but they leave Lance's head; Batman correctly deduced that it was immune to teleportation.
Another example is from Happy Hour #5, when Batman realized that Spider-man's perception of reality was altered by Supernatural means, he let Lance try to brainwash Spidey, correctly deducing that Science and Supernatural would clash.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: In this universe, it's not just reserved for Deadpool, though he is still able to go a step further than everyone else by acknowledging that he is an action figure and commenting on the show's animation.
When there was a six month gap between the release of two episodes of Zero Hour, Deadpool has the line "I've waited 6 months for this!" even though in their world maybe two minutes passed between the two episodes.
Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Hal brings an American flag, an apple pie, and an apple flag pie to his sketch with Captain America.
In their parody trailer for Inglourious Basterds, Deadpool gives us quite the gem when he's giving the "Fear Speech." "And the Skrull will grow to fear the pain they will feel at our hands, and at the edge of our knives *camera cut to Wolverine* and at the edge of our knives that come from our hands."
Breakout Character: Ever since his fist appearance, Deadpool has become a major character in all the shorts; he's now used more than what series main characters Spiderman, Superman, and Batman generally are.
And before him there was Green Goblin, to the point of getting his own spinoff.
Butt Monkey: The Green Goblin tends to get the most abuse out of any villain or hero.
Spider-Man is a close second. He's on the receiving end of Tony Stark's electrical arc blasts very often, gets his milkshake spiked all the time, and when he appears amidst the Avengers and Batman's argument, nobody even notices him.
Came Back Wrong: The Joker, done intentionally by Darksied to make him his slave.
Catch Phrase: "Hi, I'm a Marvel" "And I'm a DC". Other characters have their own interpretation, with Batman merely stating "I'm Batman", Hulk saying "Hulk Marvel", and Rorschach going "(hrmm)...DC". It didn't work out with Hellboy, who was, by his own words, "Independently owned by [his] creator who distributes his work through Dark Horse".
Also, with Iron Monger and the Joker: "Hi, I'm a Marvel." "And I'm the Joker."
Character Development: Actually a plot point in Zero Hour. Darkseid notes that Goblin is unique compared to the other comic book characters as he's shifted from his character in the comics to one that actively blogs and has, more or less, a steady relationship.
Character Exaggeration: Impressively, this version of Harley comes across as even more obsessed with the Joker than the original - no mean feat. It can be a little striking if you rewatch something like Harley's Holiday.
Chekhov's Gun: "Bats, I think I might have been married and forgot about it..."
Cold-Blooded Torture: The Joker puts Goblin through this in Happy Hour, using Lance to forcibly teach Goblin multiple languages so that his mind would eventually suffer from information overload and collapse.
Continuity Nod: Captain America's shield hanging up on one of the walls in the superhero bar in the first episode of "Happy Hour".
Lex (to Iron Man and the Green Goblin, holding the box with Lance's head): I would explain the importance of this item, but I'm afraid it would be too difficult to to comprehend, even for esteemed scientists such as yourselves. No, only someone as intelligent and sophisticated as me could- (discovers box is empty) MOTHERF-!!!!!
And again, after Future Lex gets Deadpool and Goblin out of the past instead of Superman.
Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: An In-Universe example, as provided by the Green Goblin. He states that if all heroes were to be as dark as Batman, not only would the heroes lose what makes them interesting, since there is no Lighter and Softer heroes for contrast, comics would get so depressing that the audience might as well kill themselves.
Day Dream Surprise: Green Goblin beats up all the heroes and frees him and Spider-Man... not. Shows up again in Zero Hour with Green Goblin and Deadpool's awesome epic nuclear fight to the death, complete with an announcer and an audience... not.
Deconstruction: Every season of After Hours takes a trope and examines its effects on the superhero genre. Tropes explored so far are...
Do-Anything Robot: The LMDs that Lex employs. Their powers include teleportation, electrical beams, instantaneous knowledge transfer, and nanobot control.
Dull Surprise: At the end of the first After Hours, when Iron Man passes out and crashes through the floor of the bar.
Spider-Man: Huh. Batman: What? Spider-Man: Nah, I just...never knew this place had a basement...
Dying Momentof Awesome: The Joker gets teleported to Apokolips and runs into Darkseid at the end of Happy Hour, and he tries to explain what Stan's Place is. Naturally, his captor loses his patience and sees it as insignificant fiction, stating he is only interested in reality's conquest. Cue his naturally very amused reaction and a surprisingly amazing speech on reality, explaining that the reality they live in IS fiction. It ends with the line "If there's anyone dominating reality around here, it's Stan Lee, not you." This is what ultimately gets him killed, but it's chilling in an absolutely awesome way.
The Joker's back, well, sort of, in Rorschach and Deadpool #2, possibly under the pseudonym Joe Polachi.
Batman and Superman briefly revert to their Golden Age "bestest friends in the whole world" dynamic due to time travel. ** During the first round of the "movie tournament", Cap is confused when Superman starts acting smug and over-patriotic. He explains that he's 50s Superman and tells Cap to look up Superdickery.
Excuse Plot: Deadpool thinks the whole setup for the "Rorschach & Deadpool" Sitcom might be:
Rorschach: What are you doing here? Deadpool: Well I think I'm supposed to say I got hired to pop this guy's boss, but personally I think I'm here because our Theme Song became a minor internet meme. Gotta give the people what they want! Rorschach: What? Deadpool: I know, right? You wanna put us together, fine, but at least justify it! I mean, where are we, anyway? Is this my world, is it yours? Does this have anything to do with the Hero Bar? Rorschach: Spider-Man and the others don't seem to think so, but something about this man we're looking for feels off to me. Deadpool: Ooo, Continuty!
Face Palm: Goblin's antics while drugged force Spider-Man into doing this.
Goblin's antics also caused Batman to do this. With Bats, he doesn't even need to be drugged.
Filler: "Zero Hour" contains over a year's worth, much to the frustration of viewers.
First Name Basis: Most of the superhero community call each other by their real names, even spanning across universes, such as Batman and Iron Man calling each other Bruce and Tony respectively and Superman calling Wolverine Logan.
A heartwarming example comes when Batman calls Spiderman "Peter".
Foreshadowing: An especially nice bit comes in "Happy Hour #1", when Harley suspects someone else than Batman might have a chance to ruin the Joker's plan. The Joker tells her "Name one who could possibly stop me" — and the scene immediately cuts to Spider-Man, who indeed proves vital in stopping the Joker.
If you think carefully, the miniseries' titles also foreshadow the main villains, with Happy Hour referring to The Joker ('happy' = 'Joker'), and Zero Hour referring to Darkseid ('zero' = 'omega').
Franchise Zombie: At the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Spidey is worried that Sony will just keep rebooting him as many times as it takes to hold onto the rights, until they can do an adaptation of the 2099 series because it actually is 2099.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: During the scene in the continuity song where different Marvel characters hold signs spelling the word, "continuity", Deadpool actually holds his decapitated head, with the letter Y located where his head should usually go.
Genre Savvy: There are FAR too many examples to put here.
Good Cop/Bad Cop: Rorschach & Deadpool. Who's the good cop in this situation? It's Rorschach.
Groin Attack: A variation - the Joker straps a bomb to the Green Goblin's crotch.
Batman: So, you went after Harley, huh? Green Goblin: Yeah. The Joker tends to go for the really obvious jokes, doesn't he?
Batman (on the Hulk spiking Alfred's tea to get an "Authentic" Harry Potter parody): I can't imagine how you can possibly humiliate him any more than this! Alfred: Brüno! Rated R... Hulk: He fluent in German too.
Imagine Spot: One Batman vs. Iron Man video featured Iron Man mulling over the success of The Dark Knight. He imagines it to be so popular that people not only pre-order tickets, but also cryonically freeze themselves and go back in time from the future (where it's still sold out) just to see it. Even aliens, Santa Claus, and Jesus Christ get in line to see it.
I'm Going to Hell for This: One of the 2010 C 2 E 2 videos. Putting subtitles under Daredevil saying "Does Daredevil not know what this says?" Ghost Rider himself says "Take it from me."
Inner Monologue Conversation: Used in a competition between Wolverine and Rorschach. As the characters' mouths never move, this is only noted by stating that it's occuring and a slight change in inflection.
It's All My Fault: Batman realizes this is the one thing both versions of Spidey will agree on, and tells Professor X to give it everything he's got. Cue increasingly-garbled wails of "It's all my fault!"
"Okay, just give it ten percent of all you've got, Professor, ten percent."
Just Between You and Me: Darkseid reveals his plans to Goblin and Deadpool. It's justified in that he'd learned of the nature of his existence at that point and believed it to be what he was supposed to do.
Green Goblin: Harley, we've been through this! He's not coming back! Harley Quinn: But he always comes back! Every time he faked his death he always came and found me!
Possibly subverted in Zero Hour 1 of 2 — after the Joker tells Darkseid that Stan Lee has the power that Darkseid wants, Darkseid zaps the Joker. It's then double subverted, with him returning using the alias Joe Palachi.
Late-Arrival Spoiler: It's hard to talk about the plot of After Hours Season 3, which revolves around Lance's head, without revealing the twist in Season 1 that Lance the bartender is actually an android.
Little "No": Superman utters this twice in After Hours, first when Spider-man disappears from existence and again when Batman disappears too.
Long List: The Green Goblin's description of what happened to him during Happy Hour.
"I had my heart broken, my bones broken, I was shot, electrocuted, a victim of attempted crotch bombing, run over, drugged, drugged again, really drugged, fake drugged, electrocuted while learning Spanish and Portuguese, defeated the Joker, got defeated by the Joker, was inexplicably rescued by the guy I helped put in prison, and then reunited, and it feels so good. So all in all, a pretty average Wednesday."
Also, when the "take away the armor" scene from The Avengers is applied to Batman.
And in the first After Hours, when Batman decides to list off all of the movies that he's been in.
Deadpool also, though he (and many others) would argue that it's not really his head. Currently uses it to shut up other heroes who angst about idiotic choices made in their films. So far, it's worked.
Meanwhile, in the Future: Justified in that the time travel devices of Zero Hour can only send the user back and forth a very specific amount of time instead of to an exact point.
Medium Awareness: All of the characters are aware of their status as comic book characters who has movies based upon their stories, and discusses how well their movies are doing both in box office, in the press, and amongst the fans. Deadpool takes it all a step further, and is fully aware that he is a stop-motion animated action-figure in a fanmade show.
Mood Whiplash: Played for Laughs in the Parodies series, when they start with an Inglourious Basterds parody with the Skrulls serving as the Nazi-analogue complete with the scalping speech, causing the bar patrons to cheer at the violence, then move to a District 9 parody where the Skrulls are the Prawns-analogue (but they kept the scalping reference from the previous parody), and the bar patrons are all horrified at Man's Inhumanity to... Skrull.
My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: After having the entire languages of Spanish and Portuguese zapped into his brain, the Green Goblin threatens the Joker with a foreign phrase even Gobby himself doesn't understand. It turns out to translate to "What a nice dress. May I try it on?"
This was in fact a Night Court shout-out, wherein Dan Fielding uttered almost exactly the same line as the Goblin.
No Fourth Wall: The Randomverse as it's known is designed so the characters are aware they are comic book heroes and movie stars. Naturally though, Deadpool seems to be the only one aware that they are in fact toys ("I always wanted my own action figure. Now I am my own action figure!"). Nite Owl, who is next to him, has no idea what he's talking about. He also calls attention to the style of animation used in the series, via yellow subtitles.
He also tries to use the yellow subtitles as a weapon against Hal Jordan, who will also be played by Ryan Reynolds in the upcoming movie.
One guy uses it to make a hilarious joke at Daredevil's expense. He then asks if he's going to Hell for making it (Ghost Rider: "Take it from me...")
Non Sequitur Thud: Iron Man, Green Goblin and Spider-Man have all uttered at least one.
Spider-Man: [about Green Goblin] Honestly, who's stupid enough to get that drunk? Iron Man: Look, Comic-Con went really well, all right? I've been very good, everybody was celebrating, everyone was doing it, we thought we could make it to Tijuana, they dropped the charges, so just shut up, okay?! [awkward silence]
Not So Different: Iron Man and Batman discover they are both rich, orphaned millionaire playboys with high-tech toys, a butler, a sidekick, and hot love interests, despite Batman's insistence that he is completely different from Iron Man.
Pacing Problems: A huge amount of season 3 has been spent just explaining the plot.
Perspective Magic: Many of the action figures are scaled differently, so they are placed different distances from the camera to appear that they are in the same scale - sometimes backfires when one of the two figures is out of focus because of this.
Playing Drunk: Goblin pretends to appear high, long after his sedatives have actually worn off in order to avoid being brainwashed by the Joker.
Superman "You sure Goblin's really drugged up?"
Ironman "Trust me, no one sings Grateful Dead songs like him without being on something"
Superman "I don't know, whatever trip he's on, it seems king of... generic"
Public Service Announcement: The respective casts of Wolverine and Watchmen deliver one to discourage people from seeing the workprint of Wolverine someone uploaded online. Why? See Spoof Aesop below...
Reset Button: Used at the end of Season One of "After Hours". Spider-Man was hoping for something more climactic, though, and goes on a rant about this trope. Batman gets in on the act with him as they debate the pros and cons of it.
Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Logan tries to rewrite history to prevent Bryan Singer leaving the X-Men franchise. Superman points out that they spent the whole first season trying to stop Luthor from meddling with time, but Logan says it's okay for them to do it because they're the good guys. Naturally, they end up undoing all their changes anyway.
Ship Tease: Batman/Wonder Woman in the Mastercard commercial parody and the "Sh*it Batman Says" video.
A variant of this is used with Wolverine, who finds out that even with adamantium claws, Stabbing Superman isn't going to work.
Superman: It's OK Logan, I've got you. Wolverine: Oh, you've got me, eh? * claws pop out* Guess who's got you! Superman: I wouldn't do that if I were you. Wolverine: Oh you wouldn't eh? Well-* clanging sound is heard offscreen* DAAHHH!!! SONUVA-
Shut Up, Kirk!: While the Green Goblin is not exactly a hero, he might as well be when he was lecturing the Joker on why he shouldn't turn every superhero to be like Batman. The latter simply electrocuted the former in the middle of his speech.
Deadpool: He was a douche and now he's in a bag? Come on, people, the jokes practically write themselves!
The Stinger: At the end of each season of After Hours / Happy Hours. First season : The Joker comments and laughs at the failure of Luthor's plan. Second season : the Joker teleports on Apokolips and gets captured by Darkseid, who shows great interest in Stan's Place...
I'm sure that his power ring's a lot of fun/ but can it ever really be as cool as my M16 with laser sided scope oh my GOD I love this thing.
Suicide as Comedy: The Green Goblin attempts to hang himself in the Spider-Man reboot video over dispair over Willam Dafoe. He survives due to a combination of his enhanced physiology and being the Ensemble Dark Horse.
Those Two Guys: Professor X and Magneto, they both always played cards or board games in the hero bar. Despite the fact that Magneto is a villain.
Time for Plan B: The Joker invokes Plan Q when Lance tells him that it's one that can teleport him out of harms way. It teleports him right into Darkseid's hands. Plan Q blows, apparently.
Time Marches On: A few of the earlier videos suffer from this when the characters make jokes about upcoming movies that later turn out differently than people expected they would. In one of the Batman vs. Iron Man videos, for example, Batman quips that Iron Man shouldn't be expecting any tie-in deals from Panda Express, since his movie features him beating up a diabolical Chinese mastermind named "The Mandarin" (at the time, Marvel had announced that the Mandarin would be the villain of Iron Man 2).
Now that the Mandarin has been announced as the villain for Iron Man 3, the above quip is no longer outdated, if suspiciously far-sighted.
Also the line "If Marvel and Edward Norton simply can't agree, we'll see Bruce Banner being played by David Duchovny" from the 100th episode musical. We wound up actually seeing Bruce Banner being played by Mark Ruffalo.
Getting back to the first Iron Man/Batman video, Tony states "Of course, if I had lost my parents like you did, I might have grown a conscience much earlier." Bruce responds " And it would be nice to have my parents around and still be a hero." This is before we all saw the Iron Man movie and learned that Howard and Maria Stark died in Tony's youth. (Random Guy might possibly have been referencing the 2007 Invincible Iron Man animated film, in which Howard Stark was alive and well.)
And then there's the first one just a few videos in, where Spider-Man talks about his upcoming third film having three villains as if that's a good thing. This is pointed out in the commentary.
Time Travel: Lex Luthor's plan in Season One of "After Hours" centers on this.
Time Travel also shows up in season 3: Lance's head is from the future.
Parodied in the first Jonah Hex video, where Iron Man is about to explain what happened to Rhodey's first actor, but the video cuts to a screen with the message "Whoops! Technical Difficulties." Turns out Iron Man didn't actually tell Jonah what happened, and instead just stood there for a few seconds while the Technical Difficulties screen popped up before saying "That's why!"
Then Lampshaded by Hex.
Hex: But all you did was just stand there for a few seconds and then say "that's why."
This became a Running Gag regarding the "allegations" surrounding Bryan Singer. Any time he's mentioned, the technical difficulties sign appears, followed closely by lawyers (even if they're in another dimension).
World of Snark: It started with disputes. And one-liners continue to permeate the series.
You Are Not Alone: Invoked in the ending of "Happy Hour" when Spider-man explains that he can't let go of Lance's head because he's not as strong or dedicated as Batman and that he's all alone. Batman promptly shows him that he is not.