The joke started when Yahoo! Movies asked Affleck and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice co-star, Henry Cavill, about the negative response the film received from critics. While Cavill began to answer, Affleck looked down and spaced-out, a look that many took to assume the actor was saddened by the question. It became a joke, with remixes of the video featuring Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” in the background. Affleck finally responded to the meme, telling the BBC it was a good lesson in not talking during interviews alongside Cavill.
“It taught me not to do interviews with Henry Cavill where I don’t say anything and they can lay Simon and Garfunkel tracks over it,” Affleck said. “That’s one thing I learned.”
Affleck’s sad boy phase slowly lost the internet’s interest — but was never truly forgotten. Now, however, the Batman v Superman actor has been replaced with another, superhero-adjacent figure: Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios.
Like Affleck, Feige received the Simon and Garfunkel treatment following an interview with FilmStarts. In the interview, Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal spoke about how Tom Holland’s Peter Parker could appear in Venom and other stand-alone Spider-Man movies, essentially making those characters part of the MCU. Feige, who had just last week given a completely different answer, looked on with a blank expression on his face.
It didn’t take long for people to point out just how sad Feige looks in the interview — not unlike Affleck’s face in his own interview — and the various remixes and GIFs to start springing up.
Whether or not Feige was actually sad during that specific moment in the interview is, of course, unknown, but he does look confused at the very least. Again, that makes sense considering that Feige recently confirmed characters like Venom would have nothing to do with the MCU, despite Pascal’s confirmation that they would all exist in a similar world.
As of right now, the only character being shared by the two studios — according to their arrangement — is Spider-Man. Homecoming is a Sony movie that Marvel has complete creative control over. Future installments of Marvel films, including the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, will star Spider-Man, but Sony won’t have any say in what the character does. There’s still no confirmation on if Holland’s Peter Parker will appear in future stand-alone movies, like Venom and Silver & Black, for Sony.