Today in Movie Culture: Everything You Missed in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ How ‘Blade’ Led to the MCU and More

Today in Movie Culture: Everything You Missed in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ How ‘Blade’ Led to the MCU and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:


Easter Eggs of the Day:

Now that everyone on Earth has apparently seen Avengers: Endgame, according to the billion dollars it made over one weekend, it’s time to get into spoiler territory on the 22nd Marvel Cinematic Universe installment. So, here’s Mr. Sunday Movies with an amusing deep dive into all the Easter eggs and other important details you may have missed:


Fun Fan Theory of the Day:

Who is the most important characters in Avengers: Endgame? The one character who does one little thing without which the rest of the movie couldn’t take place? Remy the rat from Pixar’s Ratatouille, of course. Huh? Here’s a fun video by Karsten Runquist making the case that the animated rodent is not only in Endgame as a crossover character but is one of the most significant superheroes on screen:


Plot Song Parody of the Day:

Avengers: Endgame has closed the door on an era for the MCU, one that was opened by Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man. To commemorate that character’s arc through the decade-long series of movies, Aaron Fraser-Nash offers up another Avenger song, this one from the perspective of Stark set to the tune of Jason Derulo’s “Whatcha Say”:


Alternate Casting of the Day:

Black Widow has been one of the most important characters of the MCU since the third installment of the franchise, and she’s particularly significant to the plot of Avengers: Endgame. But can you imagine anyone other than Scarlett Johansson in the role? IMDb looks back at what other actresses almost played the Marvel character, including eventual MCU stars Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman:


Character Evolution of the Day:

A few years into the MCU, Steve Rogers finally made his debut in Captain America: The First Avenger, and he’s been one of the franchises’s leading characters ever since. Now he has one of the biggest parts of Avengers: Endgame. Here’s Burger Fiction with a montage chronicling the evolution of the character through the last eight years of this cinematic universe:


Fan Art of the Day:

The original Avengers are obviously important, but the newest addition to the MCU is probably it’s most powerful and has her own great significance to the plot of Avengers: Endgame. Before Carol Danvers arrived to save the day, though, she had her own recent solo installment. Here’s some fan art by Teen Titans Go! to the Movies production designer Dan Hipp paying tribute to a memorable moment from Captain Marvel:


Cosplay of the Day:

One of the MVPs of Avengers: Endgame is Nebula, a character who has come a long way since debuting in Guardians of the Galaxy. So, fans should be happily cosplaying as the daughter of Thanos while heading to the theater to catch the new Avengers movie, but the makeup job needed may seem an intimidating task. Fortunately, Megan of Nsomniaks Dream has a tutorial on how to do Nebula’s look perfectly:


Expert of the Day:

Avengers: Endgame may seem like just mass entertainment, the kind of movie with a lot of action and special effects without too much to think about. Well, there’s more depth to the Marvel Cinematic Universe than other movie franchises. For Wired, Harvard professor Chris Robichaud explains what we can learn about philosophy — particularly the ideas of deontology and consequentialism — from the latest installment (warning: spoilers):


Movie History of the Day:

Now that we’ve seen the “Endgame,” what was the movie that spawned the MCU? Well, literally that would be Iron Man, of course. However, before that, another comic book adaptation arrived that was based on a Marvel superhero and that paved the way for Marvel Studios to set out on the epic mega-franchise we know today. Here’s a video from Insider on the historical significance of Blade:


Mashup of the Day:

Now we move on to Disney’s next gigantic blockbuster: Aladdin. Tickets are now available for the upcoming live-action reimagining of the studio’s 1992 animated classic, and for the occasion we’ve got a fun little mashup from Space Taste to share combining the trailer for the movie with Dwayne Johnson’s portrayal of the Scorpion King in the Mummy movies:

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