The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a vast, confusing, and sometimes hilarious place. So far, the franchise’s 14 films (beginning with Iron Man in 2008) have graced the world — and the internet — with relatively serious content that is often taken with a huge grain of salt. That’s the beauty of comic book content: Even a fight over morality is full of sarcastic remarks and quippy one-liners. Meme culture took that tension and ran with it.
The Avengers really kicked off the Marvel memes in 2012. Some of the fandom’s biggest jokes at the time were simple: Steve is old and doesn’t understand technology, Clint Barton’s Hawkeye is just a dude with some arrows and no powers, and Thor and Loki might have a weird kinda-incestuous thing for each other. From there, it grew to the monstrous level it is today.
Below is a list featuring 30 of the funniest Marvel traversing around the internet. It’s not all of them — because a list that size would be physically impossible to make — but there’s some good stuff in there. Now, eat some plums, and have a good laugh.
Don’t forget: The Civil War meme was big back in the day.
It got personal.
It got incredibly specific.
And it got very, very weird.
Okay, we’re done with these. Just one more.
Cap is old and doesn’t understand technology.
Or, y’know, pop culture.
And Cap isn’t the only one who texts.
Real world crossover is very much a thing.
And the trolls never stop.
But Thor wishes Steve would stop.
When Spider-Man embraced his inner Deadpool for a hot second.
DC characters pop up every once in a while.
Bucky Barnes is literally always confused.
Poor Bucky Barnes.
There’s a lot of confusion going on in the MCU.
And a lot of Spider-Man actors.
Shouldn’t these be reversed?
We totally get the Spider-Man hate now.
Old-school Spidey is the best Spidey, let’s be honest.
Channeling his inner Mulder.
Then there was that time a Marvel meme got so big it transcended the genre.
It worked on just about anything.
An oldie but a goodie.