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The Real New York City Sky Looked Oddly Like The Avengers

By: Christy Mathew

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Scott Westerfeld, a young adult fiction author, recently shared a photo of the New York City sky with a hole in the clouds that resembled the portal from The Avengers. With nearly $1.5 billion in box office receipts, the 2012 picture became the third highest-grossing film of all time.

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The film Avengers was a smash hit, propelling the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the mainstream. Fans flocked to the movies to see Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America save the world from Loki and his army.

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Thanos orders Loki to take the Tesseract so that he can invade Earth and murder its population. Scientist Erik Selvig uses the Tesseract to open a gateway from across the cosmos after being seduced by Loki. He does it from the top of a skyscraper in New York City, resulting in a large hole in the sky. In Avengers: Infinity War, audiences learn that this was only the beginning of Thanos’ plan to wipe out half of the universe’s life.

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“Brooklyn’s up to some weird stuff today, it seems,”; Westerfeld wrote on Twitter after posting a photo of the strange-looking sky. “It looks like the third act of THE AVENGERS is about to start,”; writer/editor Zach Gilbert answered with an image of the gateway from The Avengers.

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Gilbert is referring to the striking resemblance between the two photographs. The most notable distinction is that a piece of a rainbow can be seen in the Westerfeld image. Although the 2021 hole appears to be larger than the 2012 hole, it has the same impact. Take a look at the following tweets:

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The Brooklyn Bridge, which appears in The Avengers, is also depicted in Westerfeld’s illustration. The film’s production team went across New York City to capture some location scenes; then added visual effects to achieve the ideal appearance for the finished product; which audiences have come to know and love. Those visual effects are just one aspect of what has made the MCU such a success.

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The fact that an image like this can remind people of a scene from a film released nine and a half years ago; demonstrates the MCU’s cultural impact. These films are not only popular at the time of their release; but they are also watched over and over again for years to come.