It's been exactly two years since Avengers: Endgame concluded the Infinity Saga paying off three phases of MCU storytelling and cementing itself into pop culture history.
No doubt Endgame was a theatrical experience of a lifetime as clips of audience reactions to the film are still circulating online today. The film even surpassed James Cameron's Avatar for a time as the highest-grossing film in box office history.
Considering the film's impact on the MCU and the film industry as a whole, Endgame deserves to be celebrated and acknowledged whenever possible, and it appears those involved with the film would agree.
RUFFALO & THE RUSSOS CELEBRATE ENDGAME'S ANNIVERSARY
To commemorate the two-year anniversary of Endgame's theatrical release, the film's directorial duo Joe and Anthony Russo shared their thoughts and a few images to social media.
The Russo Brothers shared three images and a short video via Instagram with the caption, "2 years since the release of Endgame... Which theater did you see it in for the first time?"
Joe and Anthony Russo also shared the same images to Twitter with a similar caption, promoting further fam engagement years after their latest MCU film debuted.
Which theater did you see Endgame in for the first time?— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 26, 2021
To mark the film's anniversary, longtime Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo also posted an image of himself along with the original Avengers who survived Thanos' Infinity War snap, to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the epic MCU event.
The actor captioned the group photo saying, "Can’t believe it’s been two years since the premiere of Avengers Endgame. Love you all 3000 💚. Congrats to Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, and all our extended MCU family newly introduced in their shows so far. Excited to see what’s next for Tom Hiddleston & Jeremy Renner!"
ENDGAME'S THEATRICAL LEGACY
Marvel fans who saw Avengers: Endgame in theaters on opening night understand better than anyone the value of the shared experience that movie theaters offer. And due to COVID-19, it's an experience that hasn't been available to audiences for some time.
Theater chains themselves have not only dealt with closures and financial woes this past year, but also the threat of streaming services being on the rise which could cause theaters to become essentially obsolete. The Russos reminding fans of Endgame's theatrical release and the experience that it provided is a great way to promote the theater industry, especially now that it's becoming safer to buy a ticket again.
In addition, Ruffalo's caption congratulating the cast of both WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, as well as expressing excitement for Tom Hiddleston's upcoming Loki and Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye series on Disney+, was a great way to connect the franchise's past with its future and remind fans that the MCU is a vast, ongoing story that is far from over.