Of particular note for anyone who grew up in the era of Degrassi: The Next Generation, the final lines of the trailer—when various Avengers repeat the mantra “whatever it takes”—recall that show’s very catchy and memorable theme song. “Whatever it takes / I know I can make it through / If I hold it up / I know I can make it through.” It’s pretty much an anthem of early 2000s pop culture, from a simpler era when Drake was still a dude named Aubrey and we still thought low-rise jeans were a good idea.
— [soul cool] 🔜@C2E2 & @PAXEast (@DashingSoulJay) March 14, 2019
Twitter user @DashingSoulJay added the first few lines of the Degrassi theme to the end of Endgame‘s trailer, right after Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Iron Man repeat the line, “Whatever it takes.” Honestly, the whole song really fits Endgame‘s theme of perseverance in the face of a grave catastrophe. In Endgame‘s case, it’s the disappearance of half the world’s population. In Degrassi, it’s middle school.
If you’re unfamiliar with Degrassi: The Next Generation, it was a reboot of the ’80s Canadian drama series, which had three previous iterations: The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High, and Degrassi High. The Next Generation aired on CTV in its native country and on TeenNick (then titled “The N”) in the States starting in 2001. Set in a Toronto middle school, it followed a small group of students and the heavy things preteens are forced to grapple with: drugs, eating disorders, abortion, queer identity. It was seminal for a generation, and as aforementioned, introduced the world to the man who would become Drake. (His recent music video for “I’m Upset” reunited most of the cast.)
We’re always glad for some Degrassi representation, so we’re all in on this mashup. Let’s just hope the Avengers manage to avoid teen melodrama.
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