With the release of this year's epic blockbusters Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe came to an unforgettable conclusion. Marvel Studios likely assumed fans would want to take a breath before diving into Phase 4, but all of us superhero enthusiasts are already eager for the next batch of films and television shows to arrive!
Unfortunately, it's still going to be about a year until we get new MCU content, so in the meantime, we just have to occupy ourselves with the bevy of Avengers memes that are circulating the internet. The gigantic Infinity War and Endgame crossover events were filled with meme-worthy moments, and fans just can't help but make jokes out of big Marvel headlines like Spider-Man's potential removal from the MCU and the impending arrival of the Eternals, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four.
These memes are all good for a laugh, but the more we look at them, the more we recognize a truth which wasn't immediately noticeable while watching the films—the Avengers don't make any sense! Check these funny memes out and see how several of the Earth's Mightiest Heroes' greatest moments were completely illogical, and a number of the franchise's biggest developments were outright ridiculous.
20 WHERE CAN THEY GO FROM HERE?
When Red Skull first started messing around with the Tesseract in Captain America: The First Avenger, he unknowingly kicked off an Infinity Saga which would eventually bring Thanos to Earth and lead to him snapping away half of all existence.
Avengers: Endgame saw our heroes take the Mad Titan and his forces down in one of the coolest battles in cinematic history. It was the biggest victory yet for Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and topping it will be nearly impossible. So why wasn't that saved for the MCU's final film? It can only go down from here!
19 WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER AVENGERS?
When Nick Fury believed Mysterio's faux Elementals were threatening to destroy the entire planet, he turned to teenager Peter Parker for help. Peter desperately tried to recommend more experienced heroes like Thor, Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel, but Fury (who turned out to really be Talos, the leader of the Skrulls) insisted that Spider-Man was the best Avenger for the job.
He seems to have forgotten that Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Falcon, Black Panther and several others were available. Like Harry Osborn in the original Spider-Man trilogy, he claimed he had nothing left... except Spider-Man.
18 WAKANDA FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER...
When Chadwick Boseman was first cast as T'Challa in Captain America: Civil War, he appeared to be thrilled to portray the young king of Wakanda. As time went on, however, it became very apparent that he grew tired of photographers and fans always telling him to cross his arms and say "Wakanda Forever."
By the time Avengers: Infinity War came around, Chadwick looked like he was being forced against his will to be the MCU's Black Panther. Everyone who has lost love for their job after a few weeks knows that feel.
17 OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
Captain America is basically the perfect man. He's respectful, charming, funny, responsible, strong, ridiculously handsome and has the build of a Greek god. Steve Rogers' somewhat shy personality kept him from going on the countless dates he undoubtedly could have found if he really tried, but he finally abandoned that "cute boy next door" vibe in Infinity War and went full "daddy."
As Nomad, Steve painted over his uniform, let his hair grow out and grew a beard. He became more of a rebel, and many fans felt that made him even more dreamy.
16 THE UNIVERSE'S TRUE SAVIOR
When Marvel insisted that Carol Danvers was going to be the most powerful member of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, fans assumed she would be key to the Avengers' victory over Thanos in Endgame. Captain Marvel did do some serious work in the film, but existence's true savior was actually none other than Scott Lang.
Ant-Man's knowledge of the Quantum Realm helped Tony Stark figure out time travel, which allowed the Avengers to assemble their own Infinity Gauntlet and bring back those who Thanos snapped away. Without Scott, the heroes never would have defeated Thanos and saved everyone.
15 T'CHALLA MESSED UP
For centuries, the technologically-advanced civilization of Wakanda remained a secret to the outside world. Outsiders believed that the African nation consisted of a few mere farmers until T'Challa came forward at the end of Black Panther and revealed the truth.
The young king promised that "Wakanda will no longer watch from the shadows," but when the Avengers brought Vision to Wakanda and caused Thanos' incredibly destructive army to arrive at his doorstep, T'Challa likely regretted his decision.
14 BRUCE BANNER WHO?
We've all seen countless variations of the now-iconic Distracted Boyfriend meme, but this may be one of the best. When the Avengers needed help safely removing an Infinity Stone from Vision's forehead so they could destroy it and prevent Thanos from assembling the complete Infinity Gauntlet, they turned to scientific genius Shuri... and forgot all about their own resident science whiz Bruce Banner. Bruce couldn't have felt great about his teammates choosing a teenager over him.
13 WE'LL NEVER FORGIVE STAR-LORD
When the Avengers faced off against Thanos and his minions in Infinity War, they knew that they could perish in their quest to save the universe from the Mad Titan. They didn't care, though, because heroes often have to put their own lives at risk to save innocents.
This meme thanks several of Earth's Mightiest for their willingness to do "whatever it takes" to save us all... but makes sure to leave out Star-Lord, the guy who ruined a nearly-successful plan to strip Thanos of his Gauntlet because he was angry about the loss of his crush.
12 HIJACKING CAP'S THIRD SOLO MOVIE
Marvel fans love Captain America, but there's no denying that Spider-Man and Black Panther stole Steve Rogers' spotlight in Civil War. Leading up to the film, it was easy to forget that Civil War even counted as the third Cap adventure, because all anyone could talk about was T'Challa and Peter Parker's arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Since Iron Man and Thor were very much the clear stars of their third solo films, we can't help but feel that Steve got robbed with his. According to this meme, he feels the same way.
11 SORRY SPIDEY!
Ever since he first swung onto the screen in Civil War, fans have embraced Tom Holland's take on Peter Parker and his heroic alter-ego Spider-Man. He's received more praise than his predecessors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, and Far From Home seemingly established that he'd eventually lead the Avengers and be a staple in the MCU for years to come.
Then drama between Disney and Sony emerged and changed everything. Due to some financial disagreements, the fan-favorite hero was removed from the MCU entirely. Sorry Spidey, but the Avengers are giving you the boot.
10 NOT ANOTHER ORIGIN STORY
Speaking of the battle for the cinematic rights to Spider-Man, this meme puts a hilarious spin on the web-slinger's shocked reaction at the end of Far From Home. In the film's end credits scene, Peter freaked out when Mysterio revealed his secret identity to the entire world. Here, however, he's freaking out over his two owners—Disney and Sony—potentially forcing him into yet another reboot.
Losing Uncle Ben once is bad enough, but no one is prepared to have to start over and lose him a fourth time!
9 THOR JUST DOESN'T GET IT
In Avengers: Infinity War, Thor traveled to Nidavellir to obtain a weapon that could replace his broken hammer Mjolnir and help him enact revenge on Thanos. Etri warned him that taking the full force of a star to make this weapon could be fatal, but Thor confidently said "only if I die."
Etri was understandably confused, since that possibility was exactly what he'd warned the oblivious God of Thunder about.
8 RIP QUICKSILVER
Captain America's super soldier serum granted him super strength as well as enhanced speed and stamina, but since it didn't make him bulletproof, he was gifted a vibranium shield for protection.
Hawkeye doesn't have powers at all, but S.H.I.E.L.D. didn't provide him with any protection whatsoever. When Ultron tried taking him out, the only shield Clint Barton had was Quicksilver's body. The heroic speedster sacrificed his life running in front of bullets to save Hawkeye, and now, he only lives on in hilarious memes like this one.
7 HAVEN'T THEY LEARNED BY NOW?
Iron Man seemingly ended with Tony announcing to the world that he was Iron Man, but audiences who stuck around after the credits started rolling got to see Nick Fury show up in the billionaire's home and reveal that he'd just entered into a whole new universe. From then on, nearly every MCU film has had a post-credits scene.
For some reason, though, several "fans" still leave the theaters the moment the screen goes black instead of sticking around to watch the inevitable post-credit scene! Whenever this happens, we give them a look just like these MCU stars.
6 JOHNNY STORM'S REDEPTION
When Disney recently purchased 21st Century Fox, Marvel Studios finally got the cinematic rights back to the Fantastic Four. Thankfully, however, the stars of Fox's mediocre Fantastic Four films didn't have to wait until now to be in good superhero movies!
Chris Evans and Michael B. Jordan both portrayed Johnny Storm in Fox's films, but they redeemed the Human Torch with their fantastic portrayals of Captain America and Erik Killmonger, respectively, in the MCU.
5 HULK'S GLOW UP
Over the past decade, the MCU has done a great job developing several of their most significant characters. Tony Stark started out as a billionaire playboy who Cap accused of being incapable of making the sacrifice play, but he became Earth's greatest hero after he gave up his life to save all of reality in Endgame.
Iron Man's growth is nothing compared to Hulk's, though! When he wasn't busy fighting the likes of Ultron and Thanos, the giant green rage monster got his eyebrows threaded, got a stylish haircut and even found time for a nose job.
4 WHAT WAS HAWKEYE DOING?
In Avengers: Infinity War, Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Guardians of the Galaxy risked their lives to try to stop Thanos and his army from completing the Infinity Gauntlet and snapping away half of all existence. So many of the MCU's greatest heroes came out of the woodwork to team up against the Mad Titan's forces, but one hero was noticeably absent.
Hawkeye was nowhere to be found in all of the madness. He was probably at home relaxing like Full House's Michelle Tanner, chowing down on some snacks and watching the chaos from afar.
3 DAREDEVIL'S VISION PROBLEM
Infinity War was one of the MCU's greatest films, but the lack of a cameo from Marvel TV heroes like the Defenders, Runaways and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was definitely a source of disappointment for many fans. This meme tries to make sense of one particular hero's inability to fight alongside Earth's Mightiest.
Daredevil can't possibly become an Avenger... because he can't work with Vision. Get it?
2 GOOSE VS. THANOS
Marvel Studios really hyped up Carol Danvers as the Avengers' greatest tool against Thanos and his Infinity Gauntlet, but one particular cosmic MCU character might have received even more praise and attention from the studio—Goose from Captain Marvel!
Goose was secretly a Flerken, a very dangerous race of alien. He looked cute, he proved in his cinematic debut that he shouldn't be underestimated. Some fans suspected that he may be the true key to defeating Thanos, but sadly, he never showed up in Endgame.
1 A CLASSIC SPIDER-MAN WISECRACK
One of the reasons Spider-Man is so beloved by fans is because he's always joking around in moments that should be serious. It doesn't matter if Spidey is in the middle of a fight for the fate of the entire universe.... he can still be counted on to make a few hilarious jokes in between punches.
This meme imagines a particularly savage quip that the wall-crawler could have made during his Civil War fight against Captain America. Cap could've asked if Peter was too young to be an Avenger, allowing Spidey to fight back with a joke about how Steve Rogers is technically a senior citizen and possibly too old to be alive.