Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?!

21 Mar

I just checked the dates and it’s been just over four years since first released an animated short of Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?! BaZONKers!


In February, 2009, I had been working at Marvel Entertainment as an assistant video editor for a few months when the call went out for new video content ideas for My coworkers were aware of my previous animation work from my ToyFare days, and when actor Christian Bale had his infamous on-set blowup, it sparked the perfect idea to use the oddest Marvel character we had – M.O.D.O.K. – in a stop-motion animated Marvelized parody video of poor Bale. I quickly learned an intense amount of video production and animation tips and tricks during this one small project. My fellow video editors Jason Harvey and Ramon Olivo introduced me to the wonders of After Effects and how to use green-screen correctly. I owe them both many, many thanks for taking the time to teach me about visual effects, working with hi-resolution video, audio tweaking, and so much more.

When we got the greenlight to begin production on more What The–?! episodes I suggested that Jon Gutierrez and Sean Collins, two former Wizard colleagues, be brought on to help write and pitch gags like we did together for Twisted ToyFare Theater. Jon G. gets credit for suggesting we call our web-series “What The–?!” which is a reference to the classic “Marvel: What The–?!” comics that were published in the past. They were just full of ridiculous Marvel parodies and, I think, the birthplace of Spider-Ham. Also on board at the start of What The–?! were two Marvel employees who performed improv comedy at Upright Citizen’s Brigade and the Magnet Theater in NYC: Peter Olson and Jesse Falcon.

When I had my first recording session with Jesse (who voices about 90% of the characters in What The–?!) I had no idea what to expect. I was told that apart from his job as Director of Product Development at Marvel, he was a voice actor and comedian but I was blown away by the awesomely insane, screechy, nasally voice that Jesse screamed into the microphone as we recorded in Joe Quesada’s empty office. And so were the Marvel employees in the surrounding vicinity. When Jesse had finished yelling his lines, we opened the door to reveal Tom Brevoort and Nick Lowe with baseball bats in hand, ready to defend themselves against whatever creature was surely to emerge from our “recording booth.” Thus our M.O.D.O.K. was born.

Over the course of the last four years the What The–?! crew, including John Cerilli, Ryan Penagos, writers Mark Basso, Josh Sky, Justin Aclin, Alejandro Arbona, and Tom Brennan, worked on over 50 shorts. Early on, Editor Ben Morse took on a bigger role as Producer of What The–?! and continues to do a darn fine job of it to this day. Most recently, writer Todd Casey (of ThunderCats fame) has become largely involved in the writing of What The–?! and I think we have some of our greatest episodes ahead of us, waiting to be shared with the Internet.

If you want to check out more about the history of What The–?! the awesome Caleb Goellner of ComicsAlliance interviewed Ben Morse, Jesse Falcon and me in a 3-part article here:      Part 1          Part 2: Jesse Falcon          Part 3: Ben Morse 

I’ll slowly be posting recaps of older What The–?! episodes with as much neat, behind-the-scenes info like audio outtakes, storyboards, and in-progress footage that I can scrounge up. Hope you enjoy!


One Response to “Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?!”


  1. Casting Internets | UnitedMonkee - April 1, 2013

    […] excellent new blog already, but I’ve actually had time to read it. Dig his posts about What The?!, Twisted ToyFare Theater and his love of Marvel […]


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