Dubsmash War 2015: The Best Gift Ever To Fandom

My dear readers, what you are about to see may destroy you. It may leave you in tears. You may have to grab your nearest comfort object to scream into (for the sake of that object, I hope it is inanimate). You may be filled with that weird and irrational fandom rage where you are angry because you love something so much and you officially can't even. My friends, let me give show you some examples of expected and understandable reactions:

All these feelings are normal. You are not alone. I, personally, died. That's right. I am actually dead. I am a ghost, posting this from beyond the grave. I now haunt fandom and my squees will be heard on the internet for all of eternity. Don't be sad for me; it's how I wanted to go. This is me now:



Okay, so what happened? Well...Wait! First, before we get to that, you need to go and make sure you are following Hayley Atwell on Instagram and Twitter. Go, go! You should also check to see if you are following the Agents of SHIELD cast members, too. A lot of them are GREAT at social media. Especially Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennett and Brett Dalton. Don't worry, I'll wait for you. Done? Great! See what you were missing??


Recently, Hayley Atwell discovered Dubsmash. Dubsmash is a lip synching app. The videos are called "dubs." This is the best thing that has happened to the internet in a long time. Hayley has been churning out videos like it's her job. Highlights include Hayley and her BFF Billie Piper lip singing Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" and Hayley lip singing Nicki Minaj songs. Rumor has it Brett Dalton introduced her to Dubsmash. This might be the one thing anyone ever thanks Grant Ward for.

During the week of Comic Con International in San Diego, CA, Hayley and another one of Hayley's BFF's, James D'Arcy, also known as Edwin Jarvis (together they are affectionately known in the fandom as D'Atwell) started making videos and calling out AoS casts members. Mainly Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennett. As the war escalated, the two sides tried to surprise the other with song choice (Hayley and James found videos from Chloe's days as a Chinese Pop Star), best performance (Chloe and Clark did an inspired video to Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money"), and For The Win mic drops. Everyone thought that Team SHIELD won it all when the entire cast did "We Are The Champions" with Clark dressed up as Peggy Carter (question: when did he have time to go out and get a full on Agent Carter outfit--including the hat??), but then Hayley and James leveled all the way up by heading to the Captain America: Civil War set (!!!) and doing "Another One Bites The Dust" with Captain America himself, Chris Evans.

Now everyone thought that THAT was the touchdown, but oh no. Hayley wasn't done yet. No, our queen kills 'em and then buries 'em. Chris, Hayley and James did a dub of "I Had The Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing, which ends in a passionate lip lock with Hayley and Chris while James holds a sign which says "No one puts Jarvis in a corner." Please note that Clark Greg is married to Jennifer Grey (aka "Baby" in Dirty Dancing). For the record, this is where and how I died. This was too much for my Steggy (Steve/Peggy) heart to take.

Team SHIELD have admitted that the battle was won, but they have promised that the war is far from over. This is one war we all benefit from.

A hero, Gabikki, has compiled the whole thing into a video for us:


Another hero has put together this master post of the tweets and videos if you don't want to or can't watch the video:

Master Post of tweets, dubs, and videos


Finally, I leave you with this as a reminder to PLEASE FOLLOW HAYLEY AND GET YOUR LIFE:



Niala Terrell-Mason's picture
on July 19, 2015

Hey, I'm Niala! I'm black, bisexual, super liberal, a Unitarian Universalist (I'll wait while you Google that), and a long time fangirl. I love fan conventions, Marvel, Star Trek, fan fiction, Tumblr, Harry Potter, most of the shows that Fox cancels and books. I work in a public library and I am a grad student pursuing a masters of divinity in interfaith chaplaincy (aka someone who does religion for a living). I hope you think I'm funny.