One of MIT’s most famous fictional graduates is making waves around campus this week.
— luis edgardo cotto (@CitizenCotto) May 9, 2016
Early in the new film, billionaire Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who Marvel’s website says graduated with two master’s degrees at age 19, lectures a roomful of students before announcing that he is funding the grant requests of everyone in the room.
Despite the fictional mogul’s largesse, some MIT students seem to be siding with #TeamCap instead, if this picture of a replica of Captain America’s shield sitting atop the Great Dome is to be believed.
The objects are likely part of a “hack,” a yearly MIT tradition in which students play harmless practical jokes, often in the form of amusing additions to campus buildings. A website cataloguing MIT’s hacks lists four hacks so far in 2016, including a tribute to singer David Bowie following his death in January.