Red, white, blue…and butts? Mark Ruffalo trolled Captain American himself on Independence Day and we’re here for this new way to celebrate the fourth of July. In this hilarious throwback clip posted to Instagram, Evans is seen in character as Jake Wyler from the 2001 comedy Not Another Teen Movie. In the video, Evans confidently struts through the halls of a high school with a big smile on his face. He approaches what in the movie was a framed photo of himself (you know, normal high school wall decor), and has been replaced by his own Avengers rump in the clip, smirks and shakes his head before walking off. The caption? “Happy #FourthofJuly! 🇺🇸🍑”
Oh, Mark Ruffalo, you cheeky thing. (Bonus points for the peach emoji.) Ruffalo was clearly drawing on a theme here, as fans have been referring to Evans as America’s Ass in reference to a line from the film Avengers: Endgame. That Captain America costume leaves little to the imagination, after all, and fans were quick to offer their appreciation. The franchise decided to get in on the joke by making the name official and thus, a new meme was born. Evans doesn’t seem phased by his new title and may even be embracing it, if this image from Reddit is any indication. (Hey, if you’ve got it, why not show it off?)
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The post was all in good fun as the Avengers cast has become close over the years and often rib each on social media. Ruffalo in particular is known to share behind-the-scenes images of the cast hanging out between takes or during press tours, with Chris Hemsworth being another frequent target of his jokes. This birthday post Ruffalo made in honour of Evans shows his true feelings, though: just look at that bromance in bloom! It’s nice to see this sweet, earnest message mixed in between all the amazing trolling.
We have to wonder how Ruffalo and Evans will keep their bond going now that their run as superheroes has come to an end. Maybe it’s time for a follow-up to Not Another Teen Movie with Evans returning to his alma mater as a football coach and Ruffalo starring as a beloved guidance counsellor? Or, a sequel to the 2004 classic 13 Going on 30, which starred Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner. Whatever projects the duo takes on next, we hope the bromance (and the trolling) continues for years to come.