Avengers: Endgame not only gave us an epic end to the Infinity saga, but it also closed the book on several characters’ storylines, paving the way for a new generation of Marvel superheroes to lead the MCU in a new direction
WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: ENDGAME
After Iron Man saved the universe by using Thanos’ infinity gauntlet against him, Captain America went back in time to place the infinity stones back in their rightful place in the current timeline. But rather than come back to the present, Steve Rogers stayed in the past to be with his lover Peggy Carter. He then passed on the mantle of Captain America to his friend Sam Wilson.
Despite closing out his storyline, Steve Rogers might still have some story left to tell in the MCU.
As part of the new Disney+ streaming service, a television series centered on Loki, Thor’s half-brother played by Tom Hiddleston, is in development. How a Loki series would work after his death in Infinity War was a mystery until now.
In an interview with Business Insider, directors Joe and Anthony Russo explained that a loose end for Endgame could lead to a new plot for the upcoming series. When traveling back in time to 2012 (during the events of the first Avengers film), the heroes accidentally let past Loki escape with one of the Infinity Stones they were trying to recover. According to the Russo brothers, this would create a new timeline that Captain America would have to rectify during his mission.
“Loki, when he teleports away with the Time Stone, would create his own timeline. It gets very complicated, but it would be impossible for [Cap] to rectify the timeline unless he found Loki. The minute that Loki does something as dramatic as take the Space Stone, he creates a branched reality.”
Of course, this is just speculation and it hasn’t been confirmed, but it would be amazing to see Chris Evans in the MCU one last time.
This weekend, Avengers: Endgame finally hits theaters. After ten years and twenty-one films, the most epic chapter in the MCU’s history will finally be released. If there was any worry about whether or not the film is any good, these early Twitter reactions should be a clear indication.
On Monday night, Endgame had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A handful of journalists and reviewers were able to see it. Though a review embargo is still in place, many of them posted their reactions online:
#AvengersEndgame is a masterful epic – a true culmination of 22 films that not only concludes the story, but expands upon it. You’ll learn more about the other movies while this one unfolds. If Infinity War is the brawn, Endgame is the brains. And wow, what an ending! pic.twitter.com/94ttBUQKJ0
Wow. #AvengersEndgame is staggering. It’s surprising in ways I never saw coming and satisfying in ways I didn’t realize I needed. It’s kind of the ultimate gift to fans of the MCU. It’s very long and has a few hiccups, but is everything you’re hoping for and more. pic.twitter.com/RO97kw9fs5
Imagine the best possible version of #AvengersEndgame and somehow the film still surpasses all expectations. I cried 5-6 times. It’s the most emotional, most epic, MCU film. A tribute to ten years of this universe and holy shit the great fan service in this movie. Soooo good.
Man #AvengersEndgame kicked my ass. It was an epic conclusion to 11 years of films. It had laughs, incredible action and absolute emotional rollercoaster. It was the series finale for these cast of characters that I had been hoping for. Congrats to all for pulling off the feat.
This can’t be understated: #AvengersEndgame is everything you want it to be and more. I am absolutely floored. A perfect reflection on the last 11 years that pays off everything in the best way possible. Without question my new favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Stunned. pic.twitter.com/5LvFw9UEBQ
Don’t know how any @MarvelStudios fan walks out of #AvengersEndgame disappointed. Movie is loaded with incredible set pieces and tons of small character moments that leave you wanting more. An epic conclusion to 10 years of Marvel movies. Thank you to everyone that worked on MCU. pic.twitter.com/HbXkwuYL5y
Just watched Avengers: Endgame. I don’t believe hyperbole is possible for this movie. It is the ultimate Marvel movie in every way possible and words cannot describe how epic it is. And yes, Hawkeye is a rockstar.
The general consensus seems to be that Avengers: Endgame is an epic film that balances humor and sadness well and not only serves as a proper sequel to Infinity War but also a tribute to the last eleven years of MCU history.
From debating who would get ‘Thanos Snapped’ to assumptions about Thanos himself, we were so far off with our theories for Avengers: Infinity War. Ironically, we haven’t seemed to learn just how wrong our theories are, and so they keep on coming.
No? Then please, watch the film before reading! | Image via Buzzfeed
Last year, comic book fans and fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU for short)—both the hardcore and the passive—joined forces in experiencing one of the most soul-crushing moments in fandom history: the devastating simultaneous deaths of Avengers: Infinity War.
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Leading up to the premiere of the film, fans theorized about who would get snapped… and who would be snapping Thanos.
The biggest theory was that we’d lose the lovable Steve Rogers (Captain America), which left many of his fans bracing for the impact. Others feared that Tony Stark (Iron Man) could be the next to go; considering how frequently Tony has come close to sacrificing himself, that was and could still be a huge possibility.
Just sayin’. | Image via Pinterest
That being said, we all had our theories on which Avenger we’d have to say goodbye to.
Who the heck knew the Russo brothers would go all Game Of Thrones on us!?
My sentiments exactly, Loki. | Image via Gifer
Typically, with big Hollywood action films, the plot works out in favor of the heroes no matter how dire the odds may be. With Avengers: Infinity War, only Thanos got his happy ending.
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Granted, this does follow the plot of the original comic books—but for those of us who never read the comics, it was quite the shock. So many of the characters we had grown to love one by one were taken away from us! Even the characters we were only just introduced to, GONE.
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The only thing that can ~snap~ us out of this devastating loss is the delightful thought of unlikely characters teaming up to tackle the threat. Seeing the motley crew of Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Spider Man, and The Guardians of the Galaxy was especially hilarious!
Up until this happened…
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And don’t even get me started on Steve losing Bucky Barnes, again, after everything Steve did to bring Bucky back!
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Not to mention The Hulk’s complete uselessness in the film!
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Hopefully The Hulk seeks counseling to help bring him back to the angry tank he once was.
Now that’s better! | Image via Tenor
All in all, pretty much everything we thought could never happen wound up happening.
As rough as it was to sit through the depressing ending, the reviews are incredibly high for Avengers: Infinity War, and not too many fans are so up in arms about our heroes’ loss.
Then again, the adapted film is still fairly true to the comic books as Thanos did succeed in acquiring all the infinity stones and wiping out half the population, so it makes sense that the typically critical fanbase was not up in arms about the Russo brother’s adaptation.
That being said, the film is straying away from the original Avengers:Infinity War plot. Thanos’ personality and motives for example are starkly different between the comic and film, which was also something we did not expect.
Originally, in the comics, Thanos’ sole reason for gaining the power of the Infinity Stones and wiping out half the population of the universe is to impress the literal personification of Death, Mistress Death. The abridged version of how that came to be is this: Thanos went mad with his violent, murderous nature; met with Mistress Death and fell for her; tortured and killed various people to impress her; and then, after she lost interest in him, sought out the infinity stones to execute a galactic genocide, which is when he snaps away half the population of people in the universe.
Thanos and Mistress Death kissing. | Image via Marvel Wiki
Even without reading the comics, viewers can still clearly see that the MCU portrayed Thanos’ character as ‘the bad guy,’ at least when we first meet him. After watching the film, we see a man with a noble mission but an inarguably heinous execution.
When all was said and done, I have to be honest, I don’t know how I feel about Thanos. On one hand, yes, he killed off more than a trillion of innocent living beings, and that’s most likely just a minimum estimate, including our beloved Marvel characters, but Thanos’ final scene in Avengers: Infinity War almost makes me respect the guy. Emphasis on almost.
That smile in the end is one thing that I’m sure no one expected. The emotions actor Josh Brolin gives to the Marvel villain gives a surprisingly human dimension to the character Thanos, drastically different from the version in the comics and very different from typical villains overall.
I have to say, the lack of an evil laugh at the end of the film is also quite refreshing.
Yeah, I’ll take Thanos’ smile over this any day. | Image via Gyfcat.
On top of having an alternate version Thanos, the characters involved (and their ultimate fates) are also distinct from the comics. With a lack of the X-Men and Fantastic Four superheroes in the MCU, this could either mean an introduction in Endgame or just a continuation of the current Avengers’ characters battling it off with Thanos.
Either way, from this point onward, I think it may be safe to say that plot in the film could be even more drastically different in the upcoming film Avengers: Endgame. Which means we have no clue what to expect!
In spite of being so caught off guard with Infinity War‘s ending, fans are continuing to share their theories on what will happen next—especially whether or not the beloved characters we lost are coming back. Many fans are saying that the Avengers we lost will be revived; others say this could be the perfect moment for other mainstream Marvel characters to be brought into the MCU.
We shall see what happens next when Avengers: Endgame premieres April 26th… and we’ll see who else will feel the crushing defeat of their theories being proven dead-wrong.
And preferably, we won’t have to deal with this reaction again…
After experiencing the shocking and painful ending to Avengers: Infinity War, I don’t think there’s anyone who’s feeling so good.
With the stakes so high against characters we grew to love, some that had just been introduced mind you, everyone was on edge. Guessing games were played and theories debated on which few would get Thanos snapped. No one expected that the series would go all Game of Thrones on us and crush all our hopes to dust.
I remember watching Infinity Wars myself, the crowd cheering on their favorite characters, the laughter, the excitement, and then the credits rolled. Absolute silence, save for one sound, a crying child.
Who would have ever thought that a series owned by Disney, and typically marketed toward little kids, would make any child cry?!
For the sake of the children who haven’t already experienced Infinity Wars, night show host, Jimmy Kimmel, and Avengers cast members attempt to undo the trauma of witnessing intergalactic genocide with a PG adapted picture book.
The book was read Monday night by cast members Mark Ruffalo (Buce Banner/The Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and Chris Evans (Captain America).
While I commend their attempt at making a child-friendly picture book, the visuals of seeing all my favorite characters turned to dust in any format still stings pretty badly.
Another Marvel superhero has joined the billion dollar club.
Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, just crossed a billion dollars in worldwide grosses yesterday. As of this writing, the movie’s global tally now stands at $358 million domestic, $644 global.
This is the seventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to cross the billion dollar mark. This includes Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man 3, and all three Avengers films.
It’s not surprising to hear that a Marvel film did well at the box office, but this news is especially good considering that there were trolls who tried to sabotage the film online.
With her movie proving a success and her role in Avengers: Endgame, which is rumored to be pretty big depending on footage revealed at CinemaCon this week, it looks like Captain Marvel is here to stay. Here’s hoping a sequel comes sooner rather than later.