It’s not like such a question really needed to be asked, but judging from yesterday’s box-office report, we don’t have to ask what movie everyone (and by “everyone,” I mean “people who survived the ticket apocalypse on April 2, 2019, and were actually able to get tickets despite the Internet breaking in half”) went to go see this past weekend. We already know. That movie was Avengers: Endgame. It was the culmination of eleven years, twenty-two films, three attractive White dudes named Chris, one female superhero allowed to be the hero of her own story without having to share the spotlight with a male superhero, and little to no acknowledgment of the television shows that supposedly take place in the very same universe.
But over those eleven years and those twenty-two films, a lot of people have obsessed, thirsted, Kermit-flailed, laughed, and cried over these films and the characters in them. (Some of those people have also felt the need to act like trolls, sexists, and bigots when discussing those same films and the characters in them, but we’re not giving those assholes any attention) And to show their love and appreciation for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and especially to the actors who helped bring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to life, Twitter started the hashtag #ThankYouAvengers and shared many a tweet thanking the actors for all of their hard work.
There was an idea, called the Avengers Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they could become something more. See if they could work together and when we needed them to fight the battles we never could. #ThankYouAvengers pic.twitter.com/txyOUPLGmA— stella ︽✵︽ SAW ENDGAME// got spoilers (@tonysassb) April 27, 2019
#CaptainAmerica will always be my fave Avenger. Steve continued to look after and represent the little guy long after he ceased being one himself. Thank you, @ChrisEvans for portraying him so well. #ThankYouAvengers pic.twitter.com/NGUW32NLf4— Lisa Bee, First of Her Name (@leebee4life) April 27, 2019
After seeing #AvengersEndGame, I can confidently say that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the Star Wars of this generation. The cultural impact not only on movies, but the real world in general, shows me that. #ThankYouAvengers pic.twitter.com/ecKxnDOJmS— Evan J Gamber (@GamberJoshua) April 27, 2019
#ThankYouAvengers. What a gift this has been, and always will be. The sheer number of young girls and boys that will continue to find great inspiration in these (layered, flawed but ultimately human at heart) superheroes will be the greatest legacy of the MCU.— Jo Garfein (@jopinionated) April 28, 2019
I grew up watching you, waiting for every movie, dissecting every storyline in comment sections I would have never thought to set foot in.— Selena Adera🍩 (@Selena_Adera) April 27, 2019
You expanded my horizons and paved the way for the rest of America's discovery of Wakanda. #ThankYouAvengers pic.twitter.com/0uHF1pthzw
The story lines. The origin stories. The easter eggs. The way everything tied together was nothing short of cinematic perfection. You brought the characters that I grew up reading about to life. #ThankYouAvengers ❤️ pic.twitter.com/EPG6nozn4c— ✨🙎🏽♀️✨ (@the_K_nicole) April 27, 2019
This is the sound of building a whole universe around so many captivating characters with heart whelming stories that touched lots of lives in the span of 11 years. #ThankYouAvengers pic.twitter.com/2niuZYjzod— R A D ⎊ He Is Iron Man (@StaarksHeart) April 28, 2019
There has never been a movie franchise that’s given me more joy to share with my family and friends than the #MarvelCinematicUniverse. The MCU is the GOAT. Thank you, #MarvelStudios. #ThankYouAvengers #AvengersEndgame pic.twitter.com/6xFIbOcppC— Sean Gerber (@MrSeanGerber) April 27, 2019
Even Captain America, and proud owner of America’s Ass himself, Chris Evans, was touched by the sentiment being expressed all over Twitter.
And there were those who not only made sure to shout out Jon Favreau, who helped get the entire MCU ball rolling when he directed Iron Man.
Man, @Jon_Favreau is such a major reason we got @RobertDowneyJr and this beautiful Marvel Cinematic Universe. So thankful for his foresight. #ThankYouAvengers #AvengersEndgame pic.twitter.com/cTE10qXTWq— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) April 27, 2019
As well as give a shout-out to the longtime casting director for Marvel Studios, Sarah Halley Finn.
The real hero: Sarah Finn, casting director of the MCU. pic.twitter.com/STTbnHqk9b— Exasperated GM | Whatever It Takes (@gplowe92) April 26, 2019
Thank you Tony— Stark (@ohmytargaryen) April 27, 2019
Thank you Steve
Thank you Natasha
Thank you Clint
Thank you Thor
Thank you Bruce
Thank you Robert Downey Jr
Thank you Chris Evans
Thank you Scarlett Johansson
Thank you Jeremy Renner
Thank you Chris Hemsworth
Thank you Mark Ruffalo #ThankYouAvengers pic.twitter.com/cP868PKluL
Despite the many issues I have with Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is no denying that what they were able to do and how they were able to juggle so many of those balls without dropping any of them since 2008 is a monumental achievement and one that other studios are still trying to replicate with varying amounts of success. As much as I really like the DCEU, I know that it’s still going to take a lot for its films and its very existence to stop being treated as a punching bag and laughingstock by so many people on and off the Internet, whether said treatment is merited or not. And the less said about the ‘Dark Universe’ that was originally pitched by Universal Pictures, the better. (Though news of writer/director Leigh Whannell stepping in to adapt The Invisible Man for Blumhouse is definitely something to look forward to).
For putting so much care and quality into bringing so many beloved comic-book characters to life, and for giving us reasons to appreciate their stories from the past and greatly anticipate their new stories to come in the future (whether it’s in the pages of comic books or onscreen in movie theaters everywhere), the actors, writers, directors, and many other crew members over at Marvel Studios deserve many a round of applause.
And also lots of shawarma to eat to their hearts’ content.
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