Monday, May 4th is a big day for Star Wars fans. It is, after all Star Wars Day, a day celebrating the wildly popular franchise with fans wishing each other "May the Fourth" and taking to social media to celebrate the nerdiest of all holidays in the best possible way. But for Marvel fans, this year's May 4th holds a different significance. May 4, 2020 marks the eighth anniversary of Marvel's The Avengers opening in theaters.
The Avengers opened in theaters on May 4, 2012. The film saw Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) assemble for the first time, coming together to save the world from Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and an invading alien army. The film as a record-setting success, ultimately bringing in $1.51 billion at the worldwide box office a number that made it the highest-grossing superhero movie in history at the time.
While there have been more Avengers films since -- 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2018's Avengers: Infinity War and 2019's Avengers: Endgame -- that first Avengers film remains iconic and fans want to make sure everyone remembers that, even on Star Wars Day.
Read on for how fans are celebrating the eighth anniversary of The Avengers.
Giant nerd day
It’s Star Wars day AND the birthday of the first Avengers movie we love a big giant nerd day pic.twitter.com/VzPLI4bwu0— frothy slothy (@SlottTV) May 4, 2020
Great Captain America Moments
Chris Evans in The Avengers. Happy 8th Anniversary to this movie!! pic.twitter.com/CRRojgHf0k— Chris Evans Ultimate (@CEvansUltimate) May 5, 2020
It’s been 8 years since The Avengers assembled. I seriously wish I could watch this film for the first time again. pic.twitter.com/JXnHXQHX3H— malachi (@MCUMarvels) May 5, 2020
Tip the hat
I know it’s Star Wars Day and all but we should also tip our hats to Avengers 1. It was released in theaters 8 years ago today. Shoutout to the #Avengers— Super Hero Homies! (@SuperHeroHomies) May 4, 2020
All I see in my feed is people arguing about Star Wars. But still, happy anniversary to one of the greatest genre films ever made. A true achievement, a monumental movie that was a true gamer.
Eight years ago today, the Avengers hit the silver screen! pic.twitter.com/dwQJ2Ar50f— Greg Bishansky (@GregXB) May 4, 2020
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