It goes without saying that the racial tensions and exposing of police brutality in America right now brought on by George Floyd’s death But while we can’t expect masses of spandex-wearing heroes to appear out of nowhere to save us ala Avengers: Endgame, some genius edited that Marvel movie into a powerful (and funny) anti-racism message to not only support Black Lives Matter and the George Floyd protests but to remind us to not lose hope.
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Podcast host Jemele Hill posted on Twitter the aforementioned Avengers: Endgame anti-racism fan edit, where it proceeded to go wildly viral for how it perfectly captured the mood regarding Black Lives Matter and the George Floyd protests.
This viral clip is a two-minute snippet taken from the climatic battle of Endgame where Captain America is making his final stand against Thanos, only for every single Marvel hero to appear out of nowhere to join the fight.
The brilliance of this Endgame anti-racism fan edit lies in the labels put on every Marvel character. Everyone is recast as different types of activist, protester and associated party involved in Black Lives Matter and George Floyd protests fighting for systemic change.
It’s brilliant in a very relevant and irreverent way, and it deserves to be watched on loop.
The actual creator of this Avengers: Endgame anti-racism fan edit is not known but the internet suspects it is the work of Twitter user @vantaeotvn.
It seems like they were inspired to create this little Marvel masterpiece after seeing a hilarious tweet that listed off all the different groups that have gotten involved in the Black Lives Matter and George Floyd protests, such as the Amish, K-pop stans, countless celebrities, and “witches”, all of whom were labeled in the Avengers: Endgame clip.
After all the clip went viral, @Vantaesosvn – who is staying anonymous for obvious reasons – issued out a statement about their Avengers: Endgame clip and thanking everyone “who liked [their] edit.”
They then clarify that as relevant as the Endgame clip is, “it is not meant to be over analysed” and was meant to show “how great it was that everyone is coming together” during these tense times.
After expressing how they want to make some changes to the labeling – like having Thanos as “racists” instead of “police” (though having his sword as ‘bunkerbaby” is spot on) – they make sure to clarify that they’re a BTS fan account first and foremost so maybe don’t follow them unless you want a heap of K-pop content.
At a time where we could use a little hope and encouragement to keep fighting, this little Avengers: Endgame has appeared to done the trick. Editing Marvel movies into anti-racism messages is one way of getting involved, but there are many other ways to help the Black Lives Movement, which we’ve listed right here.
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