When Marvel Studios has a class photo, only 79 of the coolest kids get invited to pose, which means that just like in Avengers: Infinity War, everybody from the TV shows gets left out. In that way, it also feels a lot like an Avengers: Infinity War appetizer.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off a year-long celebration of its 10-year anniversary by posing for what was deemed a “Class Photo” on October 7. On Thursday, Marvel released the photo and an accompanying featurette to celebrate the occasion.
The photo contains too many people to really tell who’s who from first glance. But at the front and center, deservedly, are Robert Downey Jr. — who kicked things off in Iron Man (2008) — and Kevin Feige, chief of Marvel Studios. Behind them are Stan Lee and Chris Evans, who plays Captain America.
And scattered around them are actors who’ve been in one or more of the many other MCU films, arranged with no discernable pattern whatsoever. There’s Thor next to Pepper Potts, but also Doctor Strange next to Scarlet Witch, which actually kind of makes sense when you think about it.
Check out the photo here:
Mixed in with Marvel’s many heroes, you’ll see tons of people you probably won’t recongize. That’s because directors and other people important at Marvel Studios also make it into the class photo. You can spot Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi striking a silly pose next to Jeff Goldblum in the back. Director James Gunn, who did both Guardians of the Galaxy movies, sits next to Spider-Man, who’s next to War Machine.
One brave soul on Reddit attempted to list every recognizable person in the photo.
But where’s Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki? And if Vin Diesel showed up to represent Groot, then why didn’t Bradley Cooper for Rocket Raccoon?
Even the random kid from Iron Man 3 made it in:
Missing from this epic photo include just about anybody from the Marvel television shows. Some of the fan reactions say it all:
Even Agent Phil Coulson, who’s fake death served as a catalyst to bring the team together in the first Avengers movie, is missing.
Not even any members of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. make the cut:
Hayley Atwell, who starred in her own spin-off series, Agent Carter, was included, probably for her prominent role in Captain America: The First Avenger and in Winter Soldier:
The accompanying featurette is totally worth the watch and includes the MCU’s many actors casually greeting each other. We also get reaction interviews from some of them, presumably following the photo shoot.
Don Cheadle points out that there was “a ton of fanboying and fangirling going on in that room,” which is just a total delight to see: