(WARNING: The following contains a substantial SPOILER for the first few minutes of the newly released xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Proceed with whatever level of caution your current adrenaline rush suggests to you is wise.)
Now, with Nick Fury himself, #SamuelLJackson, playing a major role, it always seemed likely that the newly released #ReturnOfXanderCage would feature at least a small nod to the actor's iconic Marvel role — not least because the film also stars the very voice of Groot, #VinDiesel.
As it turns out, though...
'xXx: Return Of Xander Cage' References The Avengers In A Super-Dorky Way
Which isn't to say, of course, that the film's super-nerdy nod to the MCU isn't delightful in its gleeful silliness. It's simply that it sure is gleefully silly. The reference comes early in the movie, as Jackson's returning Agent Gibbons presses Brazilian soccer player Neymar to join the xXx program.
As part of the introduction to the athlete, the action briefly pauses, and the screen is filled with pertinent information — including the fact that Neymar only took the meeting because (you guessed it) he thought he was being recruited for #TheAvengers. Which is enormously silly (Neymar would surely be more of an X-Men kind of guy) but entertaining nonetheless.
Next week, Cristiano Ronaldo meets with Henry Cavill, and is confused that he isn't dead, while David Beckham tries to persuade Mark Hamill to train him as a Jedi.
Still want more deeply silly action after watching xXx: Return of Xander Cage? Never fear, we've got you covered right here.
In the meantime, though, what do you think? Will we see Neymar — or Xander Cage — join The Avengers anytime soon? Let us know below!