This weekend, moviegoers came out in droves to see Avengers: Endgame, which serves as Chris Evans' final rodeo as Captain America. The actor has played the role for about a decade now, and Evans is now ready to hang up the suit and call it a day on the super-heroics. But the record-breaking, three hour mega- blockbuster won't be the last time people will to gleam at Cap's trusted patriotic red white and blue shield. Well, at least, not if a few superhero loving MIT students can help it.
According to the YouTube video, some MIT "hackers" wanted to celebrate the big release of Avengers: Endgame in a major way. And that meant turning the famous Dome into Captain America's famous shield. Sure enough, come sunrise, the Dome was plastered in a decorative banner celebrating Steve Rogers well-used fighting companion. While the hackers have not revealed themselves publicly (at least, as far as we know), they weren't afraid to get some nice drone footage of their efforts.
Check out the video below.
There's no doubt that this effort — much like Kevin Feige's long-running Marvel Cinematic Universe — required a lot of strategic planning and proper mechanics in order to get it right. You don't get something like that done on the fly; you need the right numbers, the proper skills and some brave people working with you to accomplish this mission. And similar to Endgame, it was a big success. Whether or not the facility at MIT appreciate it or not, there were certainly a lot of people who were very fond of the efforts required to pull off such a daring stunt.
It should be noted that these superhero fans earned the warm respect of none other than Captain America himself, Chris Evans. The actor became aware of it through the magic of social media, and it didn't take long before he showed his appreciation for the banner hanging on the Dome. On Twitter, here's what he said:
After Avengers: Endgame, Captain America's days will wind down significantly. Once the shield is hung up, the actor is ready to call it quits on the whole enterprise — though Chris Evans' definitely wasn't shy about showing his sincere appreciation and gratitude for the many, many fans who showed up (and continue to show up) to see the cinematic movie event in theaters near them.
While Chris Evans' time with Cap is coming to a close, Captain America continues to live on in the hearts of superhero fans everywhere. That was made apparent by this elaborate but loving effort by a bunch of rogue MIT students. Much like the American flag, the banner waves on, and it recognizes the Avenger's past decade of fighting off bad guys and saving the day on the biggest screens in the world.
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Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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