Hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years since Robert Downey, Jr. first put on a metal suit and started punching people really hard, and the world went totally bananas for it. For longtime comics fans, it was a minor miracle. For Marvel, it was a chance to finally build that Scrooge McDuck swimming pool full of money.
In honor of the first 10 years of the studio’s run of unbelievable luck—equaled only by Pixar in modern times, really—Marvel somehow managed to corral almost every single person of note who worked on the films from phases one through three of the MCU. It’s an impressive achievement by any standard, but especially when it comes to pulling together all these ridiculously famous people for nothing more than a photo op. Feel free to play “name that person,” but be warned, the writers and directors make it pretty damn tough to bat 1.000 in this game.
More enjoyable is the brief video Marvel released simultaneously, basically explaining how much of a nerdy gushing fan every single person became while in that room. You’ve got people like Chris Hemsworth and Elizabeth Olsen freaking out about meeting so many actors they love, along with the requisite handshakes with Stan Lee being captured for posterity. And, of course, Robert Downey, Jr. is front and center of the entire production, as he likely always will be, barring any more unforeseen naps in strangers’ beds. It’s a real nostalgia trigger for those of us who have been die-hard aficionados of the MCU. What’s that? No, we haven’t watched it four times in the last five minutes, why do you ask?
This took place last October 7, which is honestly closer to the start of the school year than the end, which probably explains the lack of yearbooks being passed around for everyone to sign.