The Umbrella Academy season contains a brilliant reference to a scene from Avengers: Endgame
Number 5 enjoyed his own Captain America moment in season 2 of The Umbrella Academy. Portrayed by Chris Evans, Captain America / Steve Rogers has featured a ton of memorable scenes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some like “that language! "Or the end of Avengers: Endgame with the phrase" Avengers ... reunited! Certainly remain in the memory, Cap's personal catchphrase has become 'I can do this all day,' a quote that represents his determination, spirit and will. Rogers first uses this phrase when he is beaten by a thug in The First Avenger, but he repeats it throughout the franchise, even in time travel in Avengers: Endgame in his attempt to repair the damage caused by Thanos. to the whole universe.
Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy also features a time travel apocalypse story, albeit with many more talking goldfish, Swedish killers, and excessive flatulence. The second season of the Netflix series sees the Hargreeves brothers trapped in the 1960s, and Number Five is desperate to find a way home before another apocalypse destroys the world. Having failed in this endeavor by using a briefcase to time travel straight from The Commission, Five has a flash of inspiration, realizing that his last stop on the timeline before heading home was the Kennedy assassination. . Five could find his younger (but physically much older) self and use his briefcase.
It's a seemingly foolproof plan, with both versions of Cinco, theoretically, wanting the same thing. Unfortunately, finding yourself on the timeline comes with seven increasingly unpleasant side effects, including irrational paranoia and homicidal rage. Unwilling to trust himself, old man and young Number Five begin beating each other (and Luther's testicles). The reference to Captain America occurs when young Five and old Five are fighting, with the latter asking "Are you tired yet?" and his opponent replies "I can do this all day."
Not only is it a nod to Captain America of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the scene specifically alludes to Avengers: Endgame. In the 2019 movie, Cap is one of the members of the Avengers team that travels to the Battle of New York in 2012, after having recovered Loki's scepter that contains the gem of the mind, he ends up fighting against his self. younger. While it's the older version that wins out, Steve Rogers of the past takes advantage of this moment to use his “I can do this all day” catchphrase during the fight. The jaded and unimpressed response given by Major Rogers proves to be one of the MCU's most memorable Captain America moments.
The situation is fully reflected in season 2 of The Umbrella Academy. As with Avengers: Avengers Endgame, two different eras of the same character are caught in a fight after attempts to save the world using time travel don't go as well as might be expected. Noting the similarities between Number 5's storyline and Captain America's, The Umbrella Academy clearly couldn't resist including a more open nod to the Marvel character in their own doppelgänger fight sequence.
The second season of The Umbrella Academy is packed with great references and Easter eggs, some of which play into the 1960s era, and some have a more meta perspective, like the Captain America catchphrase. Diego drops a Star Wars reference, a movie sign uses movie titles to indicate the years we're in, and Klaus uses songs from TLC and Backstreet Boys as part of his cult teachings. Netflix's The Umbrella Academy has always thrived in pop culture to some degree, but the recognition of Avengers: Endgame perhaps shows that even dysfunctional superheroes look up to their Marvel counterparts.
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