SpongeBob Squarepants has had an amazing 2019 as he has become a massive meme star and co-starred in the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Now, a group of hilarious fans have put the cartoon character square into the deciding battle of Avengers: Endgame. In a meme on Reddit, SpongeBob and Patrick come upon Thanos while he's sitting in anticipation of the Avengers in the final third of the film.
Patrick's terrified expression and SpongeBob's questions are from the episode "Hall Monitor". The starfish thinks he's seen a threat around when really it is just his friend trying to help him. A nice touch to this meme is the embellishment of the natural style for SpongeBob to something a bit more dramatic. The oil painting quality of the re-drawn panels echoes that tension during Endgame.
Thanos is more than just menacing in memes though, his journey in the movie is filled with both humor and tragedy. Let's not forget that the Mad Titan meets his end twice in the film. The first time comes barely 15 minutes in as Thor takes his revenge for letting the snap occur in Avengers: Infinity War. On the commentary track for the film, the creative team expressed some surprise that audiences laughed when the decapitation occurs on Titan II.
Co-writer Stephen McFeely called the reactions "nervous shock." Stephen McFeely also added that the buildup and subversion of audience expectation played a role as well. He said, "But I think the [Alan] Silvestri score and the long slow walk here make you go, 'Oh, crap. Yeah, this is... We've got nothing now.'"
That quick resolution was a bit of a swerve but it all ended up going according to the Mad Titan's plans. Past Thanos learns of his fate from Nebula after he sees the footage later in the film. The creative team termed the look on his face "satisfaction," because he was encouraged by the development.
"This moment is one of my favorite moments in the movie, where Thanos gets nothing but satisfaction from seeing his head chopped off," co-writer Christopher Markus starts.
Director Anthony Russo jumps in to add that the scene, which includes a very faint smirk from Thanos, is a "vindication." This moment gives him the idea to say that he is "inevitable," during that fateful interaction near the end of the film.
Upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall of 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, WandaVision in Spring 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, What If…? in Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021, and Black Panther 2 on May 6, 2022.