Earlier this week, Marvel Studios released a series of character posters for Avengers: Endgame spotlighting the surviving characters and those lost in the events of Avengers: Infinity War with the tagline "Avenge the Fallen." Immediately after the character posters were unveiled, fans posted their own versions of the posters online using the social media hashtag #AvengeTheFallen.
Ranging from poignant to hilarious, including one of late Marvel Comics writer and editor Stan Lee and a series of official parodies for The Walking Dead, the posters were an immediate and imaginative take on Marvel Studios' latest press for its massive event film. Below, we gathered some of the best fan posters to use the viral Marvel Cinematic Universe meme.
Shared on Facebook by user David Crownson, this slyly meta-textual character poster features original James Rhodes actor Terrance Howard. After appearing in Marvel's first Iron Man film, which launched the MCU in 2008, Howard was replaced for 2010's Iron Man 2 by Don Cheadle, reportedly due to salary disputes and creative differences with director Jon Favreau.
Nerdist and IGN writer Benjamin Bailey shared a character poster on Twitter featuring John Wick holding his beloved puppy. Killed by enforcers from the Russian mob at the beginning of the original 2014 film, Wick's own quest for vengeance kicked off the acclaimed action trilogy.
Shared by Twitter user Neophenom, this set of fan posters honored several fan-favorite characters killed by Thanos not included by Marvel Studios' official series. The characters included here are Heimdall and Maria Hill, both killed over the course of Infinity War, and Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, killed by Thanos' use of the Infinity Gauntlet during the mid-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
One of the more nonsensical additions to the meme is the Tyrannosaurus Rex from 2001's Jurassic Park III. The hulking dinosaur, of course, met its own gruesome end at the maw of a Spinosaurus during the film, helmed by Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston. T-Rex, gone but not forgotten.
In the coming weeks leading up to the release of Endgame, new additions to the meme have been added regularly, poking fun at the solemn marketing campaign. And judging by the wave of fan art, the surviving MCU heroes will have plenty of fallen comrades to avenge, canon or not.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau and Bradley Cooper, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Brolin. The film arrives April 26.