Avengers: Endgame is set to be one of the biggest films of all time, especially following the massive worldwide success of Infinity War. Numerous memes sprung out of the film surrounding the Mad Titan, Thanos.
With Endgame set to premiere in just over a month, take a look back at some of the best memes to come out of Infinity War before Endgame sets up plenty of new ones.
Jake Peralta Vs. Thanos
Part of what made Thanos such a compelling villain in Avengers: Infinity War was the surprisingly understandable motive behind his actions. He truly saw himself as the only figure strong enough to actually go through with the dirty (but necessary, in his mind) work of saving the universe. Of course, this still means he murdered literally half of everyone, as Jake Peralta from Brooklyn Nine-Nine is quick to point out.
thanos after watching the new captain marvel trailer pic.twitter.com/QHVrkWSkp1— captain* (@iamgeekingout) December 4, 2018
Following Avengers: Infinity War, the arrival of Captain Marvel might be the secret weapon the heroes need to bring the fight back to Thanos. Posted following the release of the second Captain Marvel trailer, this account accurately sums up the natural response to seeing Carol Danvers realizing her full power, namely a concerned Thanos just casually deciding to get out before Carol starts throwing cosmic powered punches.
That Face, Though
Thanos is such a big bad, he can toss around Iron Man and swat away Black Panther, not to mention hurl entire planets when he's Gauntlet-charged. With those super powered heroes failing to even really slow him down, things don't look good for Hawkeye.
While he's proven how dangerous a man with a bow and some arrows can be, he's still just a guy with some churched-up sticks going up against a cosmic god. That Elmo face is pretty representative of what must be going on in Clint Barton's head.
Hey guys. It's Me, Thanos
Thanos never sneers and rarely screams during his confrontations with the heroes. If anything, he's even a bit sympathetic to their attempts to stand before him, and says as much, even in the trailer.
So it's almost kind of perfect to imagine Thanos trying to explain to everyone just why he had to kill half of all life in the universe, and why it was the right thing to do. Hell, he'd think it was polite of him.
Perfectly Balanced, As All Things Should Be
Multiple times throughout Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos speaks about his philosophy that all things must be balanced if life is going to continue. This is the lesson he learned from the loss of his homeworld of Titan, and what convinces him to claim the Infinity Gauntlet. But from a meta standpoint, it makes sense that the Infinity War would end in defeat, so long as the heroes succeed in Endgame, because then everything would be balanced.
Star-Lord got a lot of (reasonable) shade thrown at him after his emotional breakdown inadvertently frees Thanos from Mantis's powers. But Thor makes a similar mistake, letting his anger get the better of him and failing to take Thanos out in one shot because he just has to see the look on Thanos' face.
This meme sums up Thor (and everyone in the audience) realizing the mistake Thor just made.
The Most Powerful Thing In The Universe
By managing to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos became the single most powerful being in the entire cosmos. But for some fans, it was fun to imagine him going even further on his hunt for magical items. In this picture, he's also managed to collect the Triforce (from Legend of Zelda,) the Chaos Emeralds (from Sonic the Hedgehog,) the Dragon Balls and the five pieces of the Forbidden One (from Yu-Gi-Oh.) That understated curse word in the tweet sums this one up pretty nicely.
Thanos Loves Bubbles
It's always fun to see a good subversion of a meme. The meme of Eric Andre shooting Hannibal Buress has been used for almost everything. However, the reveal that this version of Buress had the Infinity Gauntlet and was able to convert the bullet into bubbles (like Thanos did to Star-Lord when he tried to shoot Gamora) makes this one of the few times he gets the better of Andre. Truly, the Infinity Gauntlet can do anything.
The THANOS System
In It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Dennis Reynolds is basically a sociopath. One episode revealed the system he'd developed towards scoring dates, and it is terrifying. But from the perspective of someone like Dennis, it makes perfect sense. This meme suggests Thanos did something similar when deciding that the universe needed to be halved, although this meme references his comics motivation of impressing Mistress Death.
The Way Things Used To Be
One of the many memes to come out of Infinity War centered around Thanos and Doctor Strange speaking on Titan, and Thanos using the Reality Stone to show him how his world used to be. Fans took to the internet and changed the location, with this one in particular touching on the debate between fans of the original Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives April 26.