Jaze Phua, a Singaporean filmmaker dubbed as the unofficial winner of the “Naruto” mirror run challenge, has gone viral once again, and this time it’s for his super low-budget “Avengers: Endgame” trailer.
Phua mainly used DIY (Do-It-Yourself) props for the parody trailer including cardboard cut out in the shape of Tony Stark/Iron-Man’s helmet, a water bottle (by the looks of it), and a huge Nokia 3310 to make it look like Thor’s Stormbreaker axe.
However, one of the most creative shots in the parody trailer shows the filmmaker using his hands to imitate the scene where Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) is trapped inside the airship of the Guardians of the Galaxy somewhere in outer space.
Phua admitted that they spent a fairly small amount of money on the project, noting that his creativity and DIY skills helped to keep the budget low.
“We spend $2.70 on black whiteboard markers for our beard, $10 on Crispy Chicken Meal and other than transportation costs, it cost pretty much nothing but [a lot of] effort because we DIY-ed almost everything. Just trying to prove a point to some clients that you get for the price you pay sometimes,” the creator, who also played some of the roles in the trailer, told CLEO.
As for the cameo of Nokia 3310 in the trailer, Phua cited the phone’s indestructible nature as the reason why he decided to include it in his “Avengers: Endgame” parody.
“I personally used a 3310 once and guess what, it’s still in my drawer and it actually still works the last time I turned it on for fun last month,” he said. “Personally thought Nokia 3310 is the strongest phone ever made. Marvel should create Nokia Man!”
During the interview, Phua said that he was very much surprised by how people received this parody.
“I didn’t and don’t expect much when I do videos like that because we can’t predict what can go viral but what’s for sure is that I just want to make people smile and laugh watching our videos,” he said.
Images screenshot via YouTube / Jaze Phua