The cast of Avengers: Infinity War (and also Paul Rudd) faced an even more terrible fate than Thanos this week: reading mean tweets about themselves on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The segment began in 2012 with the first ever edition of Celebrities Read Mean Tweets - whose victims included Anna Faris, Will Ferrell and Kristen Bell - and it proved so popular that it's been running semi-regularly ever since, with variations like Oscars Edition, Music Edition and President Obama Edition.
The bigger the target, the funnier the mean tweets, and nothing is bigger right now than Avengers: Infinity War. Anthony and Joe Russo's massive-scale team-up of Marvel superheroes broke both the domestic and global opening weekend box office records this past weekend, so to stop the Avengers' egos from swelling too much, Kimmel invited them onto his show to read some of the weirdest and meanest things that random people have tweeted about them.
Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Winston Duke, Elizabeth Olsen, Don Cheadle, Dave Bautista, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Rudd, Karen Gillan, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt and Chris Evans all line up for the firing squad, with tweets that cut them down over everything from having skinny legs to looking like a snapping turtle. The only Avengers not featured in the video are Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo - presumably because no one ever has anything mean to say about them.
When they're not being brutalized on social media, the Avengers are joining forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop the Mad Titan Thanos from collecting all six Infinity Stones and wiping out half of all life in the universe (and if none of that makes sense to you, just go back and watch these movies). Paul Rudd's character, Ant-Man, is one of the few Marvel superheroes not featured in the movie, but you can see him in Ant-Man and the Wasp later this summer. The first full-length trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp is arriving on May 1, giving fans little time to recover from Infinity War before they have to get excited for the next big Marvel movie.
Next year will see Brie Larson make her debut as Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel, an origin story set in the 1990s, before joining the rest of the team in Avengers 4. This time next year, we could be watching Mean Tweets - Avengers Edition #2, with an even more epic cast.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018