Tony Stark's Cheeseburger

Tony Stark's Cheeseburger

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Tony Stark's Cheeseburger refers to a series of jokes, memes and reactions about a series of references to cheeseburgers in the Marvel superhero films Iron Man and Avengers: Endgame. Following the release of the latter, many online expressed their sadness upon being reminded of Tony Stark's first cheeseburger in the 2008 film Iron Man.


On May 2nd, 2008, the film Iron Man was released in the United States.[1] In the film, after Tony Stark (portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.) escapes imprisonment, he demands a cheeseburger before speaking to the press about his experience (clip below).

11 years later, in the film Avengers: Endgame, the character Happy asks Stark's daughter Morgan (portrayed by John Favreau and Alexandra Rachael Rabe, respectively) what she would like for lunch. She answers, "Cheeseburgers." He responds, "Your dad liked cheeseburgers too. I'll get you all the cheeseburgers you want."[2]


Following the premiere of Avengers: Endgame on April 24th, 2019, fans of the movie began tweeting their reaction to the callback, which many believe to be bittersweet. For example, that day, Twitter user @amonstergd tweeted a video of a person holding a McDonald's cheeseburger with somber music playing over the soundtrack. They captioned the video, "spoilers without context". The post received more than 16,000 retweets, 69,000 and 1.4 million views.

On April 27th, Twitter [3] user @winterxcevans tweeted an image of Lisa Simpson crying in response to the mentions of cheeseburgers in the film. The post received more than 2,800 retweets and 10,000 likes in less than two weeks (shown below, left). Twitter[4] user @BonokuS posted an image of Peter Parker (portrayed by Tobey MacGuire) crying in the film Spider-Man in response to an offer for a cheeseburger. The post received more than 800 retweets and 3,000 likes in less than two weeks (shown below, center).

Over the next few weeks, others continued to share jokes and memes referencing cheeseburgers in the films (example below, right).

Several media outlets wrote about the cheeseburger references, including USA Today,[5],[6] PopBuzz[7] and more.

Lisa Simpson crying in a hoodie in reaction to touching references from the movie Avengers Endgame picture of Tobey MacGuire crying when offered a cheeseburger Dwight from The Office crying when hearing the word cheeseburger

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h-------- there's gonna be so many confused Burger King employees this weekend who don't know how to handle people crying when they order a cheeseburger 2:31 AM - 28 Apr 2019 Fun fact: He was eating a cheeseburger from Burger King when he decided he was going to turn his life around. That's why in the first Iron Man, when Tony begins his path to redemption he has a cheeseburger from burger king with him And now Morgan H. Stark loves cheeseburgers zoul @itszoul How time flies. Robert Downey Jr used to be a drug addict since he was just 6 years old and from 1996 through 2001, Downey was arrested numerous times on charges related to drugs. But look at him now, one of... Show this thread 3:36 PM -2 May 2019 Me anytime I try to enjoy a delicious cheeseburger for the rest of my life GIF 10:06 PM -29 Apr 2019
Everything started with "I am Iron Man" and a cheeseburger. Everything ended with"I am Iron Man" and a cheeseburger. 10:09 AM - 3 May 2019 Someone buy Peter a cheeseburger pls #SpiderManFarFromHome 10:35 AM -6 May 2019 I rewatched iron man and wanted a Bk cheeseburger too 08 BURGER ING % 卯 GER NG KING 1:58 PM -6 May 2019

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