All my friends know that if ever there’s a day where I don’t respond to a text chain with at least one GIF, I’ve probably been taken over by a pod person. I know, I know, some people don’t like GIFs, and if that’s you, that’s cool (but also, you probably shouldn’t give me your number). But for me, I often find that text-only communication makes it hard to determine tone, and that’s where GIFs come in handy.
For example, there’s a big difference between this:
Same word, but the first one clearly implies an irritated tone, while the second is more pleasantly surprised. You might not be able to tell which someone meant by a text alone, but the intent comes through loud and clear in a GIF.
Plus, sometimes you don’t need words at all, and just want a visual representation of your feelings, such as:
I’d be hard pressed to come up with words that could convey that particular mood better than the above GIF.
So in honor of Civil War Week, here are ten GIFs Marvel fans should have saved, for when words just aren’t enough.
1. “Check out my Captain America tattoo!”
2. “I can’t believe anyone would be Team Cap. Those people are idiots. Wait, you’re not Team Cap, are you?”
3. “I can’t go see Civil War, I have to go to a Tupperware party for one of my mom’s friends where I won’t know anyone.”
4. “YES, NETFLIX, I AM STILL WATCHING DAREDEVIL.”
5. “I saw this thread on Reddit about how people think Peggy and Steve are still somehow going to end up together, and how does that make any sense?”
6. “Wait, but you don’t really think they should’ve used Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man in Civil War, right?”
7. “Is it weird that I like the Punisher more than Matt Murdock?”
8. “Didn’t you read that thinkpiece on how superhero movies are ruining the art of cinema?”
9. “Actually, in the comics –“