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In comics, a crossover event is when something happens that’s so big, the implications from it are felt across the entire shared universe, rather than just a single comic series. People like crossover events because it’s fun to see characters who aren’t normally together interact with each other, and it makes the setting feel more real when you can see the rippling cause and effect from world-shaking events that disrupt the status quo. Of course, while crossover events are fun, they usually mean something bad happened, like a war or some sort of major societal tragedy. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently dealing with the aftermath of a major crossover event—the Infinity War. Thanos’ snap erased half the population from existence, and then Tony Stark’s sacrifice brought them all back five years later. It’s interesting to see how all of the MCU properties have had to deal with this shake-up in the universe since the Blip, as it’s referred to within the MCU. But it’s particularly interesting when you consider the similarities between the Blip and the real-life crossover event we have all been experiencing for the past year: the COVID-19 pandemic. [read more]