The rivalry between Marvel and DC is one for the ages. The rivalry has continued on into the films from both camps. Marvel has been on a winning streak in the movie arena as all their releases have been more or less massive successes. DC, on the other hand, has had to earn the respect of both fans and critics. This was in its truest form when Batman Vs Superman was released earlier this year. The film’s negative commentary overshadowed what the movie was all about.
BvS, however, you looked at it did contain some memorable scenes. One being the fight scene between Batman and superman which ended in a truce after both heroes realize that both their mother’s names were Martha. This commonality leads them to turn their attention to Lex Luthor, the villain who was manipulating both heroes. The scene has often been mocked and trolled by fans who find the whole thing absurd (the film did receive criticism for taking itself too seriously). And the biggest troll has been the most unexpected.
The writers at Marvel comic seem to not think too highly of the scene and have underhandedly played their hand at trolling DCEU and Batman V Superman. In the comic book, Spider-Man/Deadpool #6 (released right after the movie), artist Reilly Brown and writer Scott Aukerman write a story that takes Marvel heroes Deadpool and Spider-man to Hollywood. One of the scenes has a background with a movie poster reminiscent of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, though it’s titled Nighthawk v. Hyperion: Yawn Of Boredom and has the tagline, “You won’t believe their mothers share the first name.”
Marvel was not finished with their little comedic criticism. In the new Uncanny X-Men #1, there is a backup story written by Anthony Piper. The story focuses on Domino, who makes a deal with her old X-Men teammate Sunspot to assassinate a man who has been hunting down mutants. She goes on the mission, entering a compound with two guards who are deep in conversation. The first guard tells the second about someone he was about the kill until the victim started shouting the name “Martha.” The second guard notes that Martha is the name of the first guard’s mother. It turns out the victim’s mother’s name was also Martha. The coincidence managed to convince the first guard that he just couldn’t kill this would-be victim after all. Domino shows up and kills both guards before they even know she’s there.
You decide for yourself if this was just plain trolling, or just Marvel’s twisted little sense of humor.