Students Cover MIT Dome With Captain America’s Shield

A fake MIT Police car atop the University's Great Dome

A fake MIT Police car atop the University's Great Dome

Pranksters at Massachusetts Institute of Technology honored the release of "Avengers: Endgame" over the weekend by turning the campus' Great Dome into Captain America's shield. One of the pranksters, who did not identify himself, told the Boston Globe they had been planning the "hack" for about a year, when news about the new Marvel movie was announced. "We hope people look at it and it gets their imagination going".

MIT did not immediately respond to Geek's request for comment.

MIT students over the weekend draped the university's signature Great Dome with a giant cloth version of Captain America's red, white and blue shield.

Raymond Huffman, a 20-year-old from New York's Long Island, says he didn't have anything to do with this year's prank, but posted on YouTube aerial video he shot from his drone of the final product that's since generated tens of thousands of views.

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Some of the "hackers" involved told The Boston Globe that this had been planned for months. "Everyone thinks it's awesome".

Interestingly, the shield also has a local connection as Chris Evans, who plays Captain America on screen, is a resident of Boston - and is also the nephew of former US Congressman Michael Capuano.

The dome redecoration was carried out by an ambitious group consisting of dozens of people, who call themselves the MIT "hackers".

When they're not placing erroneous objects-a campus police vehicle, piano, model Wright Brothers plane, fire truck, replica Apollo Lunar Module-on top, they're transforming the structure into a propeller-topped beanie, R2D2 head, Red Sox logo, and rainbow pride flag.

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