Spoiler alert: Plot points for Avengers: Infinity War will be revealed below.
There were a few Avengers who bailed on Infinity War: Hawkeye, Ant-Man, and Valkyrie, for example. But there was another Avenger who did show up, but kinda-sorta bailed before the real shit went down.
Wong, a powerful magician in addition to being Dr. Strange’s right-hand man, got a firsthand glimpse of Thanos’ flunkies tearing through New York City, but decided he left the stove on or some shit as the rest of his cohorts spun off to the far reaches of space.
Given that he was there and then, well, not, and also that he offered up no good reason for why he couldn’t join the party, fans have essentially anointed him as that friend: the one who’s always down, but never there.
And the memes piled up, serving as a necessary distraction from the grief caused by the flick’s ending that we’ve otherwise been trying to meme away.
Of course, one could also chalk up Wong’s act of self-preservation as simply that. It’s not like he’s at the top of the top of call sheet.
Whatever the case, it’s a shame he wasn’t there. Somebody needed to call out Star-Lord on his bullshit.