Vine is therapeutic.
We’ve touched on how those little six-second vignettes can be assembled to create a perfect compilation, but a recently resurfaced YouTube meme demonstrates just how uplifting Vine compilations can be — especially if they’re poking fun at some of Avengers: Infinity War’s most emotional, devastating and intense scenes.
[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.]
A crop of new Vine compilations (shorter than the average 10-minute classic Vine compilations on YouTube) have appeared on the platform and directly tie the Avengers: Infinity War’s most dramatic moments to enshrined, six-second bits. Gamora’s death, Spider-Man’s fade into dust and Captain America’s reunion with Bucky Barnes are all popular examples. It’s a pretty simple addition to pre-existing Vines, too. People simply edit in the names of superheroes the Vine pertains to, and let the comedy speak for itself.
Avengers: Infinity War retold through Vines is a treat. That’s it. There isn’t a deeper, underlining reason for why Infinity War Vines are important, or why their existence is necessary. Vine and Infinity War are significant in their own ways, but it’s not like meme participants are looking to get a message across with their remixes.
No, what Vine’s Infinity War meme represents is Vine’s everlasting universality. Infinity War is an easy choice for editors and jokesters to use because it’s popular and utterly ridiculous. Pair Infinity War’s overdramatic developments with the quick, six-second jabs that make Vines special, and the result is a near-perfect couple of minutes.
Infinity War’s ending is downright depressing. Just about everyone’s dead, Thanos is master of the universe and true love is over. It’s not exactly a joyous occasion. Vine edits take Infinity War’s darkest points and turn them into something genuinely funny.
While Avengers-as Vines videos have existed on YouTube for years, Infinity War gives editors something new to work with: an entire cast of heroes in one film.
Part of the reason these Vines work as well as they do is because the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe is represented. There are Vines for T’Challa, Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes; Vines for Doctor Strange, Iron Man and Spider-Man; and even Vines for Thor and Star-Lord. It took a decade for Avengers: Infinity War to become a reality and, to an extent, that’s represented in the six-second Vines.
Watching Vines is never a bad idea. Infinity War references are just an added bonus. These might just be the best thing to cure any bout of internet boredom you’re suffering and, like all Vine compilations, there are hundreds populating YouTube to waste time watching.