Link Tank: How Avengers: Endgame Rejected the Found Family Trope

Avengers: Endgame, science fiction and fantasy shorts and films, offbeat holidays in April, and more!

Perhaps one of the most disappointing aspect of Avengers: Endgame is its rejection of the found family trope the MCU initially appeared to promise.

“For some reason, in the movie where it should have mattered the most, the grand finale that is Avengers: Endgame, the central idea of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was not only forgotten, but soundly rejected. Instead of concluding a decade’s worth of storytelling premised on the notion of the found family by emphasizing the idea, Endgame separates the heroes, both visually and emotionally, at every turn, and completely annihilates the MCU’s beloved chosen family in favor of establishing the dominance of the normative one.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Google has donated free Wi-Fi access and about 4,000 Chromebook to California students.

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“Google is providing 4,000 Chromebooks to California students and free Wi-Fi to 100,000 rural households during the coronavirus pandemic. CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday tweeted the good news, writing that he is ‘proud to work with [California Gov.] Gavin Newsom … to help bridge the digital divide in our home state.'”

Read more at PCMag.

If you don’t have the time or patience for a Netflix binge, check out these science fiction and fantasy shorts and films.

“Since we’re now all spending our hours indoors, there’s been newfound time to inhale entire seasons of a TV series or full movie franchises in one sitting. But in the event that you’re just looking for a quick hit of sci-fi or fantasy (or horror!), we’ve got five shorts worthy of briefly capturing your attention.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

With every major festivals canceled in the wake of the coronavirus, here are some essential performances you can still enjoy on YouTube.

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“Now that our show-going lives are temporarily on hold, musicians are getting creative about how to perform for fans via livestreams. But if these intimate homely performances are starting to make you pine for grander times, when it was still fine to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with sweaty people as you dance and sing along to an incredible performance outdoors, we have a temporary solution to relive some of those exhilarating moments.”

Read more at Thrillist.

There is such a thing as compassion fatigue, and with everything going on in the world, it’s easy to succumb to it.

“This week, President Trump presented Americans with what his administration considers to be a realistic scenario: by the time the COVID-19 outbreak is over, somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans will be dead. That is ‘a very low number,’ Trump explained to the press, adding that if fewer than 200,000 people die, he will consider his administration to have done “‘a very good job.'”

Read more at The Week.

If you’re not prone to celebrate Easter, the month of April are full of minor and offbeat holidays you can commemorate.

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“Spring is in the air, as is the promise of several offbeat holidays—even if you don’t like pranks or chocolate bunnies. Here are 40 of them.”

Read more at Mental Floss.