Avengers: Endgame Draft Teamed Captain America Up With Red Skull

Avengers: Endgame scriptwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have revealed that they considered teaming up Captain America and the Red Skull. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were always envisioned as the climax of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a celebration of the shared universe Marvel had built over the course of the last decade.

The two films saw the MCU’s greatest heroes team up against the threat of Thanos, the Mad Titan who was determined to erase half the life in the universe with a snap of his fingers. The most exciting possibilities were unexpected, unprecedented team-ups; Iron Man working with Doctor Strange, War Machine with Rocket Raccoon from the Guardians of the Galaxy, and of course the assembled might of Captain Marvel and the A-Force.

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But Marvel considered some even more unusual team-ups. Speaking at a dedicated “Writing Avengers: Endgame” panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 (via CBR), Markus and McFeely revealed that Marvel considered forcing Captain America and the Red Skull to work together. Marvel had composed a so-called “Manifesto” of loose ends that the writers could tie together through time travel, and the Red Skull was numbered among them. “In the manifesto document, there was one theory that [it was] Cap who goes to space,” Markus remembered, “and he has to collaborate with Red Skull to get the Stone.” While it was an interesting idea, it was never developed.

Captain America: The First Avenger was Markus and McFeely’s first script for Marvel Studios, and Markus noted that they’d always had a vague idea that the Red Skull could return. “We did send him to space and send him away very much on purpose,” he noted, although he confessed at the time he had no idea where the Red Skull had been transported by the Tesseract.

It sounds as though Marvel never really developed the idea of a Captain America/Red Skull team-up; in fact, the idea seems to predate the concept of “a soul for a soul,” that a sacrifice has to be made by anyone who seeks to acquire the Soul Stone. As Markus and McFeely developed the idea of the Soul Stone and worked out how it fit into their plot, they saw another role for the Red Skull; he could have been transported to Vormir, where he had become guardian of the Soul Stone. Over the years, the Red Skull’s proximity to the Soul Stone had led to his very soul being consumed, and he was left just a shadow of a man. By the time Steve Rogers arrived on Vormir returning the Soul Stone at the end of Avengers: Endgame, it’s possible the Red Skull wouldn’t even have recognized him – or cared about him.

More: Why Marvel Recast Red Skull For Avengers: Infinity War

Source: CBR

2019-07-19 01:07:19

Thomas Bacon

Avengers: Endgame Star Dave Bautista Wishes Drax Killed Thanos

The entire universe was gunning for Thanos in Avengers: Endgame and Dave Bautista reveals that Drax will be left unsatisfied by the fact that he did not finish off Thanos himself. Drax the Destroyer was introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy as someone who sought revenge on Ronan the Accuser for the death of his family. It’s revealed at the end of the movie that Drax’s real target is Thanos.

At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Drax fought Thanos (and was originally going to have a one-on-one fight with him) but he was snapped away along with half of all living beings in the universe by the Infinity Gauntlet. The present-day version of Thanos was beheaded by Thor at the start of Avengers: Endgame and the time-traveling version of Thanos was destroyed by Tony Stark, who used the Infinity Gauntlet to erase him from reality.

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Thanos might be gone, but Drax is due to return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The question of Drax’s future in the MCU was brought up in an interview with Bautista in GQ. The actor believes Drax will need a new foe to focus on in the next movie, as he will have been left unsatisfied by the fact that he wasn’t personally responsible for the demise of Thanos. Bautista said:

“I don’t know. I think he’s going to be a little unsatisfied he didn’t kill Thanos himself. I thought about that a long time ago. James [Gunn] is super creative, and he’s also a fan so he will dig through and come up with a new villain and something for Drax that I’m sure people will appreciate. He’s a genius.”

The role of Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies is similar to that of his comic book counterpart, with the exception of the comic version of Drax originally hailing from Earth. The comic version of Drax has actually succeeded in his goal of killing Thanos in the past, as he tore Thanos’ heart out of his chest during the Annihilation crossover. Drax’s entire story arc has revolved around his mission to avenge his family, but the sacrifice of Tony Stark was too important to the story of the MCU going forward to allow Drax to finish off Thanos himself.

The question now is where the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie will take the character. Bautista believes that writer-director James Gunn might come up with a new villain for Drax to face in the future, but the drive for vengeance won’t be the same as it was when Thanos was the villain. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is still in the early stages of development and isn’t expected to be released until 2021, but it’s possible that more information about the film will be revealed during the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. 

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Source: GQ

2019-07-15 01:07:30

Scott Baird

Avengers: Endgame $7 Million Away From Breaking Avatar’s BO Record

The ongoing battle for all-time box office supremacy between James Cameron’s Avatar and this year’s Avengers: Endgame is nearly at a close, as Avengers: Endgame is now just $7 million away from breaking Avatar‘s decade-old record as the highest-grossing film in history.

Projected to have already surpassed Avatar at the worldwide box office by this point back during its first couple of weeks in theaters, Avengers: Endgame has snaked its way towards its coveted goal a bit more slowly than anticipated. Though it beat James Cameron’s sci-fi epic in the domestic box office ring during its initial run earlier this summer, Avengers: Endgame has still yet to top Avatar in the worldwide market, despite getting a theatrical re-release late last month. Avengers: Endgame is by no means a disappointment for Disney by any means, however, as the thought of coming so close to Avatar’s incredible $2.787 billion figure – let alone exceeding it – likely seemed unthinkable prior to Avengers: Endgame’s premiere.

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According to VarietyAvengers: Endgame scored another $2.8 million at this weekend’s box office, inching it’s all-time gross revenue to $2.78 billion and putting the film just $7.2 million away from finally shattering Avatar’s long-time record. Reasonably, this most recent injection of moviegoer money can be traced to Spider-Man: Far From Home’s second weekend in theaters, especially when adding the weight of the deep, intrinsic plot connections between the films.

Because its not known how much longer Disney will keep the Avengers: Endgame re-release in theater, things have really come down to the wire in this battle of the ages of this and last decade’s biggest blockbusters. Avengers: Endgame co-director Anthony Russo has previously implied that it ultimately won’t matter to him whether or not the film surpasses Avatar’s previously untouchable success, but one has to wonder if he and the rest of Avengers: Endgame’s filmmakers will change their tune if the movie suddenly comes out on top in the coming days. Of course, even if Avengers: Endgame achieves this impressive milestone, the coming storm of Avatar 2 still looms on the horizon of 2021.

The odds of film history being made by Avengers: Endgame over the course of the next week or so are looking quite likely, and the newly set bar stands to potentially be near-unconquerable, with Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it having each only been able to climb past the $2 billion mark. Of course, the list of history’s highest grossing films is considerably top-heavy with newer films, so it’s likely only a matter of time before Avengers: Endgame’s likely throne is taken by another, even more wildly successful movie.

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Source: Variety

2019-07-14 03:07:35

Phillip Tinner

Avengers 5 Theory: Endgame Set Up Kang As Marvel Phase 4’s Villain

Avengers: Endgame might have set up the villain for Marvel’s Phase 4, with its time-travel plot paving the way for Kang the Conqueror to be the antagonist of Avengers 5. With Thanos and the Infinity Stones over with, the MCU is in need of a new Big Bad for whatever form the next Avengers movie takes, and Kang would fit the bill nicely.

There’s been a lot of talk about how Marvel will replace Thanos, who proved a major hit as a villain, especially in Avengers: Infinity War, with lots of talk about characters such as Galactus, Annihilus, or even Norman Osborn. There’s no shortage of villain options for the MCU, but since they like to tease things before they happen, it’s worth looking back at Avengers: Endgame and what it might be setting up.

Related: How Marvel Phase 4 Will Avoid Avengers Fatigue

Thanks to its use of time-travel, one of the biggest hints is to Kang the Conqueror, a villain who is all about traveling through time, and would be a big enough threat to take on the Avengers. Although his rights were with Fox, the Disney takeover means he’s very much in play, and there’s a chance he’s already shaping into the villain of MCU Phase 4 and Avengers 5.

In Kang the Conqueror’s first Marvel Comics appearance, he wasn’t called Kang at all. Debuting in Fantastic Four #19, he went by the name Rama-Tut. Real name Nathaniel Richards (he might be a descendant of Reed Richards), he traveled back in time to Ancient Egypt, becoming the Pharoh and taking the future-Apocalypse as his heir. It wasn’t until The Avengers #8 a year later that Kang the Conqueror would formally appear, fighting an Avengers line-up that included Thor, Wasp, and Spider-Man (all heroes who’ll be present in the MCU’s Phase 4), but then having various identities is kind of Kang’s thing.

Other iterations of the character include Immortus, a future version of Kang who resides in Limbo, and Iron Lad, who was an original part of the Young Avengers team. There’s also Victor Timely, the mayor of a small town Kang established as a place to go for some down time. The reason for having multiple alter-egos is that Kang the Conqueror is a time-traveler, and alongside these versions are multiple duplicates of Kang, with each journey through time creating a new one.

Although Richards doesn’t actually possess any typical superpowers, he is a genius who specializes in time-travel, and possesses a time-ship that allows him to visit any century, through which he’s able to collect an array of different weapons and armors to give himself enhanced abilities, utilizing incredibly advanced technology that no one else has access to or can match. He’s also able to recruit different armies, which leads to him conquering different time periods, and further enables him to go toe-to-toe with superheroes. That, combined with his ability to time-travel better than anyone else, makes him a compelling choice for The Avengers 5.

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Avengers: Endgame fully introduced time-travel to the MCU. Although this had already been shown with Doctor Strange and the Time Stone, it took on a much greater importance here, and by utilizing the Quantum Realm it established a means of time-travel existing without the use of an Infinity Stone (which is handy given they’ve been destroyed). However, along with establishing this new form of time-travel, it also meant creating multiple timelines.

As the Ancient One explained in Avengers: Endgame, every time the Avengers take an Infinity Stone from its place in the timeline, a new branch reality is created. In theory, these are closed by Captain America returning the Stones back to their correct place in time, but it’s not quite so simple. We see Loki take the Tesseract and disappear, while Cap decides to stay in the past of another reality (if you listen to the Russos’ explanation, at least), which leaves two of these branches very much in play. Add in the Thanos from 2014 making the leap to the present of 2023, and there are potentially three (and maybe even more) timelines created in Avengers: Endgame that still exist in the MCU.

That’s on top of the different dimensions that were already established by Doctor Strange (the Dark Dimension) and Ant-Man (the Quantum Realm), meaning that despite how Spider-Man: Far From Home treats it, the multiverse does indeed exist in the MCU, which means there’s scope for a villain like Kang the Conqueror to exploit that and emerge in Avengers 5.

With time-travel and multiple timelines now firmly established within the MCU, then the chances of Kang the Conqueror appearing in Phase 4 are greatly increased, because both of those elements allow for him to turn up at just about any point. Following on from Thanos and the Infinity Stones, then it’s unlikely Marvel will be setting up their next villain in such a direct, all-encompassing way, but since they already have everything needed to introduce Kang then he makes perfect sense as the next antagonist.

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Phase 4 will be switching between expanding the cosmic arm of the MCU (The Eternals, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Doctor Strange 2) and telling smaller, more street-level stories (Black Widow, Shang-Chi, Spider-Man 3). In Kang the Conqueror, Marvel would be getting themselves a villain who can do both: as a time-traveler, he fits in with the former, but since he’s also an Earth-origin character without real superpowers, he doesn’t feel too big for the latter.

The Eternals is a cosmic MCU prequel, so there’s a chance of them further developing ideas around time-travel and different dimensions, and likewise Doctor Strange 2. Loki, the Disney+ TV series, is another way Phase 4 can indirectly tease Kang. Looking at the planned Disney+ MCU series, they all have some sense of purpose: Falcon & Winter Soldier is about establishing the new Captain America; Hawkeye will be setting up Young Avengers. Loki is oddly separate from that because he’s just off on his own, but Kevin Feige has promised these shows will have an impact on the MCU. Since Loki will be in a different timeline, then by using that as one of the building blocks of Kang gives it a place in the grander scheme of things. It’s also worth noting that Kang has connections to the Fantastic Four, and with the Fox deal being completed things have fallen nicely into place for him to appear, although Marvel’s First Family showing up in the MCU still feels like it’s a long way off.

It’s unclear as yet just how the Avengers will be shaping up in Phase 4, but Avengers 5 will happen at some point. It’ll need to pull together a group of different heroes and disparate strands, and Kang being the villain can link Phase 4 and Avengers 5 all the way back to Avengers: Endgame, which is the kind of storytelling and world-building Marvel love to do. If he turns up in Avengers 5, then it connects things together, and most importantly gives the Avengers an all-new threat to face who’d be different to Thanos, but still worthy of the team-up.

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2019-07-13 04:07:30

James Hunt

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2019-06-26 15:06:43

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2019-06-26 14:49:48

Avengers Endgame: 30 Things You Completely Missed

Warning: SPOILERS for Avengers: Endgame

It’s finally upon us. The launch of Avengers: Endgame brings the first age of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a close – and a brand new batch of Easter eggs and franchise callbacks and comic references. The world’s love for Marvel’s heroes only continues to grow, which means the cast and crew of Endgame now have the chance to bury not only comic book secrets into their films, but layer after layer of MCU connections, too. That means twice as many moments of fan service with Marvel Comic nods, character cameos, shared universe connections and references even the biggest of fans might miss.

The Russo Brothers made sure to make the Avengers’ ultimate mission and ‘last hurrah’ an all-out celebration of Marvel’s Cosmic history for fans. The Infinity War may have crushed the Avengers’ hopes of saving the day, but their mission to ‘avenge the fallen’ is fantastic news for the audience. We’ve collected the very best Endgame Easter eggs, secret backstories, inside jokes, and huge Marvel Cinematic Universe hints that fans could have overlooked – and are breaking them all down here.

So with one final SPOILER warning, let’s get started. Here are the 30 Things You  Missed in Avengers: Endgame.

30 Hawkeye’s Daughter

There’s no question that the opening scene of Endgame will give Hawkeye fans a special treat. Until the pre-snap sequence breaks their heart, Clint is helping his daughter Lila Barton train up in her archery skills (and she shows some talent, hitting a bullseye before being turned to dust along with her brother and mother). While passing on the “Hawkeye” name will give fans a taste of the upcoming TV series, in which Clint passes on the Hawkeye name and hero moniker to Kate Bishop (his successor in the comics), the actress playing the part is also a bit of an inside joke.

The part of Lila Barton is played by Ava Russo, daughter to director Joe Russo, whose other daughter Sophia previously played a teenage girl in Captain America: Civil War.

29 Director Joe Russo’s Cameo

Sticking with director Joe Russo for a moment, the support group scene which introduces audiences to the world post-snap should be watched closely for a few reasons, as well. On the one hand, fans can have their hearts warmed when they realize that with Sam vanished in Infinity War, Steve Rogers has apparently taken over his job of helping others (as Sam suggested might be helpful when the pair spoke about combat overseas in Captain America: The Winter Soldier).

But one of the attendees will stand out from the others, since he’s director Joe Russo in a cameo. Russo had previously appeared as Nick Fury’s surgeon in Winter Soldier as well, so fans can decide whether they are intended to be the same character, or merely another chance for the director to get in front of the camera.

28 The Creator of Thanos Finally Gets a Cameo

While most of the attendees of Steve Rogers’ support group (struggling to deal with the task of moving on despite half of the world having turned to dust) all blend together, except of course director Joe Russo’s extended dialogue, one character does stand out. While cutting between the members responding to Cap’s input, one older man in the group is held in frame for longer than the others. He may look familiar to some, but his creations are now known to the entire world.

The man is Jim Starlin, writer of the original Infinity Gauntlet comic book, and the man largely responsible for turning Thanos into the cosmic Titan that the movie version is based on. His influence is felt throughout the cosmic side of the MCU, so it’s only right he should officially join it himself.

27 Ant-Man Lives in The ‘616’

After being stranded in the Quantum Realm since the post-credits scene of Ant-Man and The Wasp, fans didn’t know how long Scott Lang would truly be lost. Thankfully, Endgame reveals that what felt like years was actually just a matter of hours. The passage of time is a mystery, just like the possible intervention of a heroic rat bringing Scott back into the normal world. But that’s not what fans should be watching for.

The abandoned van in long term storage will need to be searched in future viewings, but one thing audiences can spot is that it’s stored in the lock-up labeled “616” – an impossible to miss reference to Earth-616, the version of our planet that the heroes of Marvel Comics occupy in the larger Multiverse.

26 Yes, That’s Ken Jeong in a Cameo

The directors Anthony and Joe Russo have made plenty of room for cameo roles, calling on cast members from Community to round out the background characters of the MCU (a TV series which had the brothers behind the camera for many acclaimed episodes). And when Scott Lang returns to his van in a basically abandoned storage locker, they drop one of their most well-known collaborators… but fans probably won’t recognize him.

Even if they think that the security officer hidden behind a crude disguise actually is Ken Jeong, the fact that he never speaks may make it seem like a long shot, since he is arguably the most recognizable Community cast member to claim an MCU role. But his appearance is all viewers will have to go on, making it one of the best such Easter Eggs for Russo fans.

25 Another Type of ‘End Game’

There’s one other secret detail worth noting when the camera cuts to Ken Jeong’s security guard character, but it’s a bit of a deeper cut than even devoted Marvel fans will care to research. Yet every MCU fans knows that when a character is shown reading a book, the question of which book is the first one they should be asking. In this case, it’s The Terminal Beach, a collection of short stories by British author J. G. Ballard.

While most well-known for his novel Empire of the Sun, along with Crash and High-Rise – all of which have been adapted into films or TV series – Ballard is acclaimed for his variety of short stories. And, no surprise, The Terminal Beach includes one in which a condemned man lies out his life comfortably, completely unaware of when his execution will arrive. The title? “End-Game.”

24 Pepper & Tony’s Daughter Morgan

Despite running into some relationship troubles thanks to Tony’s PTSD in Iron Man 3, both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War showed that Tony and Pepper Potts were well on their way towards a happy ending. A happy ending that included a child (a biological one, not a surrogate son like Peter Parker). When Tony and Pepper enter the story of Infinity War, Tony shares a dream in which Pepper and he already had a son. Not only that, but the child was named after Pepper’s eccentric uncle, ‘Morgan’ – a name officially bestowed upon the pair’s daughter in Endgame.

The name holds special meaning for fans of Iron Man comics. Morgan Stark wasn’t Tony’s son, but his cousin, at least in the classic comics. Originally introduced as the scheming son of Howard Stark’s brother, later comics would see Morgan’s jealousy towards Tony transform him into the supervillain Ultimo, operating a massive mechanical monster. Hopefully this female version of Morgan will, ironically, face a brighter future (even if it’s one in which half the universe died and was brought back five years later).

23 Pepper’s RESCUE Armor

When Tony Stark first introduces his daughter Morgan into the MCU, the bombshell idea of seeing his and Pepper’s child may distract some fans from the setup of another armored warrior in the MCU. The helmet that Morgan appears doesn’t belong to her, but a special present that Tony is working on for Pepper. A suit of armor that Marvel fans know will turn her into RESCUE, her own superhero alter ego from the comics (a surprise somewhat spoiled when Gwyneth Paltrow took a photo of herself in the armor).

Fans had hoped to see Pepper Potts don her own suit and identity for years, and came close when Pepper wielded part of the Iron Man suit in Iron Man 3. But in the final battle she makes her debut, fittingly, coming to the rescue of the Avengers. The color scheme is a perfect match for the version made popular in Marvel’s Iron Man Armored Adventures animated series.

22 Tonsberg, The New Asgard

The Norwegian city of Tønsberg truly owes the Marvel cinematic Universe some tourism money at this point, now that Avengers: Endgame reveals the seaside town to be not only Thor’s new home on Earth, but what remains of Asgard. The sign welcoming Banner and Rocket Raccoon into the town proclaims it has also been designated “New Asgard.” Which is fitting, if fans remember the movie history of the location.

Not only was Tønsberg the site where Odin led his war against the Frost Giants on Earth in the prologue of the first Thor movie, it was also the place where Johann Schmidt a.k.a. Red Skull discovered the Tesseract. Fans didn’t know that the ‘Cosmic Cube’ was actually an Infinity Stone back then, but at this point we’re just assuming the residents of Tønsberg (in reality a city of over 40,000) know every bit of the MCU’s history.

21 Hulk-A-Hulk-A-Burning-Fudge Ice Cream

After missing two full years of Earth time fighting in the gladiator pits of Sakaar, Dr. Bruce Banner had plenty to catch up on when he returned to the planet at the beginning of The Avengers: Infinity War. Aside from the breakup of the Avengers, Banner also discovered that he had a new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream named after him. Well, technically, named after his green half.

We can’t begin to imagine what Hulk-A-Hulk-A-Burning-Fudge would taste like, although it’s apparently better than Tony Stark’s “Raving” tribute. Thankfully the scene of the remaining Avengers sharing meals includes a shot of Hulk diving into a massive tub of the dessert, meaning he too is a fan of the Hulk-inspired creation. We hope… otherwise that’s just a bit tacky.

20 ‘Professor Hulk’ Joins The MCU… With a Twist

Marvel fans have guessed for some time that the movies were building Bruce Banner and the Hulk towards some form of a shared identity. In the comics, the two managed to find common ground in the formation of a new, third form, dubbed ‘Professor Hulk.’ As Bruce explains in Avengers: Endgame, it’s a version of themselves that combines Hulk’s brute strength and invulnerability with Bruce Banner’s intellect and self-control.

In the comics that Professor Hulk was actually a distinct character, while the movie casts aside most of the idea of Banner and Hulk as separate beings. Instead, Bruce found a way to sort of… half-transform into Hulk. Possessing more of his natural appearance, voice, and mind. While still being green and almost impossible to kill, obviously.

19 Hawkeye Becomes Ronin

As the only true ‘family man’ of the Avengers film franchise, Clint Barton’s wife and children were revealed as part of Avengers: Age of Ultron, helping to raise the stakes for his character, in particular. That makes it all the more heartbreaking to consider what he lost in the snap of Thanos’ fingers. When the first whispers of Hawkeye becoming an avenging angel began to surface, fans knew exactly what would cause his fall…

In the opening scene of Avengers: Endgame the worst comes true, as fans watch while Clint’s family is erased. He responds by donning a black and yellow costume, a mask and hood, and a samurai sword to kill killers around the globe. A not so subtle transformation into Ronin, the masked moniker he took on following the comic book Civil War, but a faithful adaptation all the same.

18 Captain Marvel’s Modern Haircut

For a regular movie, the fan base coming out of the theater wanting to talk about the height of characters’ hair might be a bad thing. For Captain Marvel Carol Danvers, it’s actually called out on screen by Rocket Raccoon. But for fan of Marvel Comics, the change from Carol’s ‘90s hair to a short up-do is perfectly in keeping with her modern character re-design.

While neither her origin movie nor Endgame explain why she’s able to breathe in space, it’s obvious that she no longer needs a full face mask or partial helmet to pull off space flight. As a result, she no longer needs to worry about a hairstyle that would be beaten down by a helmet. The answer? A short, seriously coiffed cut that might deserve a supporting cast nod all on its own.

17 There Might Be a Hint of Namor & Atlantis

With the world more broken than ever before and only half of the heroes left alive to keep the pieces together, Black Widow has taken it upon herself to organize what’s left into an overseeing task force. But in the scene where her teammates communicate via holographic projection (first seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) the movie may also drop a hint of another, aquatic superhero in the MCU’s future.

When it’s revealed that a massive seismic incident has occurred along the ocean floor, the action plan offered by Okoye is… well, to do nothing. As it stands, the Avengers aren’t really built to handle “earthquakes at the bottom of the ocean.” But it seems odd to mention the home of Marvel’s Atlantis in potential crisis, and a disaster that only Namor the Sub-Mariner could address. It might be a stretch, but so was the Wakanda Easter Egg in Iron Man 2, and look where that ended up.

16 “Hail Hydra”

The Avengers traveling back to the events of their previous movies is a premise filled with small gags and callbacks (like audiences first enjoyed in Back to the Future). For Steve Rogers, it means the opportunity to fight himself during the events of The Avengers. But it also means the chance to homage one of Cap’s greatest fight scenes to date: the elevator ambush in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Only this time around, it’s to give Steve the upper hand. Since he knows everyone present in Agent Sitwell’s team are Hydra sleeper agents, he whispers “Hail Hydra” to fool them into thinking he’s on their side. While it serves the movie’s plot first, it’s worth mentioning the comic book version that stirred up controversy when Captain America revealed he was Hydra all along by uttering the same phrase (the Hydra mantra).

15 The Shawarma Scene is Avengers Canon

What began as an offhand joke by Ton Stark in the first Avengers movie eventually became a delight to fans after the movie’s credits. We’re referring, of course, to the Avengers’ group meal of shawarma, after they managed to defeat Loki and the invading Chitauri army in New York City. The audience was treated to a short clip of the Avengers cast silently enjoying shawarma… and now Avengers: Endgame has worked the scene into the MCU timeline. When the Avengers descend their tower, fans may be too focused on Tony’s attempts to hijack the Tesseract to listen to the past version.

If they do, they will hear Tony and Thor explain to S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Pierce that “where they’re headed” is to take in some lunch, and then on to Asgard. This puts the shawarma scene into the timeline between Loki’s defeat and their gathering to send him home in shackles. Which begs the question… where was Loki while they were filling their stomachs?

14 The Stan Lee Cameo

The Marvel movies have ranged from obvious to subtle and poetic when it comes to Stan Lee cameos, and Endgame’s means of paying tribute to the comic icon definitely falls into the ‘fans will notice it’ variety. As the first Avengers film to include a glimpse of Lee after his passing, audiences may be pleased to see one of the most outrageous cameos yet. After Doctor Strange got trippy, and Ant-Man and The Wasp basically alluded to acid flashbacks for the elderly Lee, Avengers: Endgame once again waves the ‘hippie’ flag proudly.

Lee appears driving past Camp Lehigh with a female friend, proclaiming to the military base that they should “make love, not war” with a bumper sticker shouting his ‘Nuff Said!’ slogan. The license plate also includes the number “420” because… well, it was 1970.

13 The Last Community Cameo?

Tony and Steve’s plan to travel back to 1970 and steal the Tesseract from government custody (before accidentally allowing Loki to steal it just after The Avengers) is a solid one, as plans go. Unfortunately they don’t realize until they are actually on site that to the employees of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, the face of Captain America might be a little familiar. However, it ends up being Tony Stark’s facial hair that is the real tipoff for one suspicious woman.

The woman is perhaps better known to audiences as ‘Shirley,’ yet another cameo from a Community alum. This time being played by actress Yvette Nicole Brown, in what might end up being the last of its kind now that Anthony and Joe Russo have decided to step away from Marvel Studios.

12 Cap’s Secret Identity: ‘Roscoe (Simons?)’

Fans can debate the effectiveness of any disguise worn by Captain America, but in army uniform, it’s not impossible to believe that another soldier could have the body or looks of Steve Rogers. But make no mistake, Marvel fans: Steve’s choice of disguise is no coincidence. According to the name on his dress shirt as he’s picking his way through camp Lehigh with Tony, he’s undercover as “Roscoe” – which is a key name in the Captain America legacy.

It refers back to Steve’s time out of the Captain America identity. While Infinity War paid homage to Steve’ Nomad persona, the name her refers to the man who stepped up to replace Steve as Cap (one of them, anyway). The man was Roscoe Simons… who is perhaps best known for being tortured, killed, and put on display by Red Skull. Not a happy story for Roscoe, but a fitting tribute all the same.

11 Ant-Man’s Vintage Helmet

As part of the Ant-Man movie’s story, it was required that Hank Pym’s original Ant-Man suit and technology be more or less identical to the one that Scott Lang stumbles across. The version of Scott in Endgame has the newer model, but because the film never dove into Hank’s prototype phase in the 1960s, there was never a chance to see how his designs actually began. Until now.

Well, fans at least get a good look at his first attempt at a helmet. The shiny chrome helmet can be seen on Hank’s workbench before Steve Rogers calls him to get him out of his laboratory. It’s a dead ringer for his first comic book version of the Ant-Man helmet (and a seriously far cry from where he eventually took the technology).

10 Tony Stark Gets His Last Words With His Father

While the movie is a team-up film in every sense of the word, the story, like the entire Marvel movie universe, begins with Tony Stark. And thankfully, his visit to Camp Lehigh in 1970 ends up letting him meet his father before he ever came into his life as a son. Fans are sure to have their favorite moments of their entire scenes together, but one key detail shouldn’t be missed. Back in Captain America: Civil War, fans got to see Tony’s last conversation with his mother and father, before leaving young Tony for what would be their deaths at the hands of the Winter Soldier.

As they leave, Tony’s mother tells him to say something nice to his father, and he does. But the sentiment, “I love you Dad. And I know you did the best you could,” is revealed to be a fantasy. As the real Tony says, “that’s how I wish it happened.” When saying goodbye to his father this time around, Tony gets to tell him in person.

9 Thanos Breaks Captain America’s Shield

The image of Captain America’s shield broken into pieces first appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as part of a nightmare vision shown to Tony Stark by Scarlet Witch. It was used as a symbol for total defeat, but in Avengers: Endgame, it becomes something more. For Cap, even a shattered shield can’t stop him from fighting. The real Easter Egg is how it gets broken. We won’t dive into the feasibility of Thanos hacking his way through a vibranium shield with his own weapon, and simply point to the comics.

It’s a rare moment from Infinity Gauntlet recreated almost perfectly, where Thanos also reduced the shield to splinters just by slashing away at Steve. The movie version still ends up with a cool half-shield, but the imagery is as powerful as ever.

8 Captain America is Worthy of Mjolnir

Back in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it seemed downright impossible that anybody but Thor would ever be able to lift the hammer Mjolnir. In fact, that assumption was used for a laugh when Vision passed it to the god of thunder, beginning the debate of whether or not the idea of “being worthy” extended to artificial beings. But nobody, least of all Thor, forgot how the hammer slightly shifted when Steve Rogers tried to lift it after a cocktail party in Avengers Tower.

In Avengers: Endgame that tease is made good on, with Steve Rogers lifting it overhead and wielding the powers of lightning. Captain America has used the hammer a number of times over Marvel history, but rarely in as pure a fashion as in Endgame. Nobody should be surprised… Thor sure isn’t.

7 Captain America Stands Against Thanos Alone

Every single member of the audience will remember the first moment that the deceased heroes realized Cap was in need of their help, and began to filter into the New York battlefield from Wakanda and Titan. But the moment leading up to that assembly is one of the most long awaited reference to the original Infinity Gauntlet comic. When all the heroes have fallen… and only Captain America remains to stand on his feet.

The image of Cap confidently striding up to Thanos, and telling him that so long as one man stands opposing him, Thanos can never claim he has won. The movie cuts the dialogue and puts an army behind Thanos, but the power and meaning of Cap marching to the front line all by himself remains completely intact.

6 You Got It, Cap

The Wasp may only play a small role in Avengers: Endgame, but a small moment between her, Scott, and Steve Rogers should be enough to delight fans of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly’s MCU franchise. After Wasp and Ant-Man have been pulled in for a mission of their own – to get the van-sized quantum tunnel back online and send the Infinity Stones back to their original times – Steve sends the team into action. It’s then that Wasp shoots out a supportive, determined, “We’re on it, Cap.” She and Scott share a meaningful look followed by a smile.

It’s a moment that will be lost on fans who don’t remember the pair’s exchange in Ant-Man and The Wasp, when Scott apologized for not inviting Hope along to fight in Captain America: Civil War. Referring to him as “Cap,” Hope points it out with a smirk. Scott tells her (flustered) that “Cap” is what is what his friends call him.

5 Iron Man 3’s Kid Sidekick Harley

Given how iconic a hero and leader Tony Stark turned out to be among the Marvel community (whether he ever intended to be or not) it’s no surprise that so many of the MCU’s heroes turn out for his funeral. The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, S.H.I.E.L.D., and even General “Thunderbolt” Ross. But one teenager standing by himself is sure to puzzle a few viewers.

It’s a reminder that a long time has passed between Endgame and Iron Man 3, but the then-young Harley Keener clearly never forgot the generosity of Tony Stark. Played by actor Ty Simpkins, Harley remains one of the best characters to ever deflect Tony’s trademark snark and sarcasm right back at him.

4 The Asgardians of The Galaxy

After Thor leaves the remainder of Asgard under the protection of their new Queen… well, whatever name Valkyrie chooses to take, we suppose, he finds a new home aboard the Benatar with Rocket, Star-Lord, and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy crew. At least, until he finds a new mission of his own. Slapping Star-Lord on the shoulder and noting they have now become the “Asgardians of the Galaxy,” their slow wrestle for control of the team begins almost immediately.

Marvel Comic fans know that the Asgardians of the Galaxy are actually another standalone team of heroes. The name is likely just a nod for comic fans, since that team’s roster includes Thor’s sister Angela, another Valkyrie, the Frog Thor, Skurge (killed in Ragnarok) and more. But don’t count on seeing them in the MCU just yet.

3 Old Captain America Passes The Torch

It’s a fitting end to Steve Rogers’ role in the MCU, and Chris Evans’ time as Captain America that the closing scenes of the movie should focus on the love of his life Peggy Carter, and the life that they finally got to share together. The technology is jaw-dropping to turn the youthful Evans into a century-old man, but the means of making a comic book story so much more emotional is the real wonder. In the comics, natural aging eventually came for Steve Rogers as well.

In that version of the story Steve had the super soldier serum removed from his blood by a villain, allowing time to wither away his strength into the age he actually should be. It was then that he passed on the shield to his replacement, Sam Wilson. The movie manages the same, while giving Steve the happy ending he always deserved.

2 Steve & Peggy’s Song

After Captain America: The First Avenger ended with Steve waking up in the modern world and lamenting that he “had a date,” it only seems right to conclude the story of these Avengers by making sure that he made it after all. But if the scene of Steve and Peggy slow dancing and sharing a kiss in their home isn’t heartwarming enough, the song they’re dancing too is too perfect for words. “It’s Been a Long Long Time” may mean more to Steve than Peggy, but the lyrics alone are practically written for these reunited lovers.

Kiss me once, then kiss me twice/Then kiss me once again/It’s been a long, long time/Haven’t felt like this, my dear/Since I can’t remember when/It’s been a long, long time/You’ll never know how many dreams/I’ve dreamed about you/ Or just how empty they all seemed without you…

1 The Iron Man Clang in The Credits

There may be no better way to tell fans that the Marvel Universe they watched develop has truly come to its conclusion than to have a post-credits scene teasing… nothing at all. There is no Avengers: Endgame post-credits scene awaiting fans, but there is a small Easter Egg. As the music fades and the last credits roll, the audio fades in of a hammer clanking against an anvil. That’s the sound effect of Tony Stark hammering together his first suit of armor and the arc reactor to keep him alive, as a reminder of how this all began. One man, in a cave, with nothing but a box of scraps.

Those are all the Easter Eggs, Marvel Comic references, inside jokes, and secret details that we could find in Avengers: Endgame, but there are sure to be more as the days, weeks, and months ahead reveal more and more. If we’ve missed any, be sure to let us know in the comments!

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2019-04-26 01:04:12

Andrew Dyce

The Guardians of the Galaxy Look A Bit Different After Avengers: Endgame

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Avengers: Endgame.

Avengers: Endgame might be the end of a decade-long story, but it also results in a new beginning, especially for the Guardians of the Galaxy who now have Thor on their team. After a seemingly never-ending emotional roller coaster, the original Avengers came together to form a plan to beat Thanos and get back those that he took away. For that to happen, a few characters had to pay with their lives. Those losses will now affect the surviving Avengers and their allies among the galaxy.

Each character dealt with PTSD following the Mad Titan’s snap. Some handled it more harshly than others. Clint, for example, shed his Hawkeye identity to turn into a deadly assassin known as Ronin. Thor’s grief took him a different route. He lost most of his Asgardian people at the start of Avengers: Infinity War. After failing to take out Thanos the first time, the Norse god became overcome with even more guilt. He constructed New Asgard but let go of his muscular, god-like appearance, transforming into an unkempt, overweight shell of his previous self. Without a sense of purpose, Thor preferred drowning himself with beer and self-loathing.

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Thankfully, the Hulk and Rocket convinced Thor to assist in their new mission. The quest re-teamed Thor and Rocket to go back to Asgard in the hopes of retrieving the reality stone. The journey served as a wake-up call for the God of Thunder. Not only did he realize his importance to the Avengers team, but also that there’s more than one way to be a hero.

Avengers: Endgame set up a number of storylines that could be investigated in future MCU installments. It also provides gaps in the timeline that can be explored through the various projects in development through Disney+. The Avengers have been through a lot since they were first introduced as an official team in 2012. It’s time for a new chapter for the Avengers and the fellow heroes present in the MCU. By the looks of it, the Guardians of the Galaxy will be getting their own changes with the addition of a new member.

The Avengers successfully defeated Thanos using time travel and undid his galactic destruction, but it was a costly feat. Now down a few members, the original heroic squad will never be the same. But that doesn’t mean the MCU won’t feature epic team-ups in the future. Endgame closed out with Thor joining the Guardians of the Galaxy in what could be a perfect setup for an upcoming movie.

The God of Thunder went through a very emotional realization throughout Endgame. In the end, he took his mother’s message to heart, forgetting who he is supposed to be. Instead, Thor must succeed as the person he already is, even if that means taking more time to find himself again. To follow that path, Thor handed off the reins as the leader of New Asgard to Valkyrie and jumped aboard the Guardians’ ship.

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Thor clearly felt a bond with members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, specifically his “rabbit” and tree friends, Rocket and Groot. Thor spent much of Endgame as a lost soul overcome with grief and failure. Rocket was a major factor in helping the hero snap out of his self-loathing behavior. It makes sense why Thor would feel a kinship to Rocket. Now that he regained feeling worthy enough, it’s no surprise that Thor would want to assist on new quests.

Even though Thor’s addition would greatly help the Guardians on their missions, some members seemed more welcoming than others. Peter Quill and Thor quipped at one another regarding the leadership of the group. Drax and Mantis hilariously suggested that the two should solve their disagreements with a knife fight. As fun as it is to see the two powerful egos to banter back in forth, it’s obvious that they would have each other’s back when necessary. So could this be the official introduction to the Asgardians of the Galaxy in the MCU?

While Thor joined his new group on the ship, he referred to them as the “Asgardians of the Galaxy.” At first, it seemed like Thor was just having a laugh at the pun he came up with, combining the Guardians’ title and his own Asgardian identity. The line was probably added in there as a joke, but there’s actually a team known as the Asgardians of the Galaxy in Marvel Comics.

The team first debuted in September 2018 in Asgardians of the Galaxy #1. The series, which is still in publication, was created by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Matteo Lolli. The band of Asgardians includes some very interesting characters. Here’s a breakdown of the Asgardians of the Galaxy team:

  • Angela – The long lost sister of Thor who brings together the team that goes on to call themselves the Asgardians of the Galaxy. She was also a previous member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Valkyrie – The warrior is also known by her Asgardian name, Brunnhilde. In the comics, Valkyrie was a part of the Defenders and a founding member of the Secret Avengers.
  • Annabelle Riggs – A scientist on Earth that shares a connection with Valkyrie allowing them to switch places through a host body.
  • Throg – Also known as Puddlegulp, Throg comes from a community of frogs living in Central Park. It’s later revealed that he’s actually a human named Simon Walterson who was turned into a frog by a witch. He eventually finds a shard of Mjolnir and becomes the Frog of Thunder. And yes, he wears a Thor costume.
  • Thunderstrike – Kevin Masterson is the son of Eric Masterson, a man who served as a host body for Thor. Kevin gets his powers from a mace left by his father.
  • Kid Loki – A reincarnation of Loki who encompasses all the traits as the God of Mischief.
  • Destroyer – A magical suit of Asgardian armor that is remotely controlled by Kid Loki.
  • Skurge the Executioner – The former villain is tricked by Kid Loki into leaving the afterlife to join the misfits who call themselves the Asgardians of the Galaxy.

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It’s safe to assume that Throg, Kid Loki, and their friends won’t be featured in the MCU, but what does Avengers: Endgame mean for the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy? With Thor 4 still up in the air, it now remains possible that Marvel Studios intends to combine a Thor sequel with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Director James Gunn has been reinstated after his controversial firing following his Twitter debacle. Even though adding Thor to the Guardians might not be Gunn’s decision, it could have been something Marvel Studios planned all along.

When looking back, Thor: Ragnarok matches the tone of both Guardians of the Galaxy installments. The character of Thor had a notable amount of chemistry with the Guardians and Chris Hemsworth’s comedic persona as the God of Thunder fits perfectly with Star-Lord and his crew. Considering Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been delayed for quite some time, this gives the creative team plenty of time to add Thor to the Guardians’ equation.

This also gives the MCU an opportunity to feature one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes without having to delve into another solo story. The Gamora from Infinity War is still dead but there is now a past version of Gamora lurking around in the present timeline. Since she has no memories of the Guardians, she felt no allegiance to joining them after taking out Thanos. Quill clearly wants to search for her which provides evidence to the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Whatever option they decide, it’s safe to say that Thor will be a part of that new mission.

Next: Everything We Know About Avengers 5

2019-04-26 01:04:10

Kara Hedash

8 Most Important Iron Man Moments In The MCU (That Will Affect Him In Endgame)

As the grandfather of the MCU, Iron Man holds a special spot in the hearts of most Marvel fans. Since 2008, we’ve watched as he invented new suits, conquered villains and battled alien armies— all while sporting a perfectly-sculpted goatee. But on April 26, Phase 3 of the MCU will come to a close and it will be time for the original Avengers to step aside, allowing a new generation of heroes to take the spotlight.

There are several key moments from Tony Stark’s MCU journey that have been particularly important in shaping who he is today, and they will surely be on his mind during Avengers: Endgame, influencing the final chapter of his story. Here are Iron Man’s eight most important moments in the MCU.

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8 Escaping the cave and starting afresh in Iron Man

Iron Man’s journey as a superhero didn’t begin with a test tube or a magic stone, but in a dark cave in the Middle East. Captured by terrorists, Tony Stark was coerced into building a weapon— or at least, that’s what he wanted the terrorists to think. In reality, Tony was building the very first iteration of the Iron Man suit, which he would later use to blast his way out of captivity.

The Iron Man suit wasn’t the only thing Tony Stark took out of that cave with him, though. Having witnessed American soldiers die because of the very weapons he created to defend them, Tony was forced to reckon with the dark legacy of Stark Industries. He also became close friends with a fellow captor named Yinsen, who helped Tony to realize the importance of family and the hollowness of his playboy lifestyle. Forced into three months of self-reflection, Tony came back to America a different man, shutting down the weapons arm of his company, focusing on his close relationships and building a new prototype of the Iron Man suit. Tony will begin his Endgame journey isolated in the darkness of space with Nebula, so we have a feeling his time in that shadowy cave will be heavy on his mind.

7 Getting together with Pepper Potts in Iron Man 2

When we first meet Tony Stark, he’s the billionaire equivalent of a frat boy, flirting with anything that moves and eschewing serious relationships like they’re trying to hand him things. But over the course of his MCU journey, Tony comes to realize the importance of close relationships and starts to build something real with Pepper Potts. In Iron Man 2, the two finally get together in the final act of the film, and ever since, Pepper has played a central role in Tony’s story arc.

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For fear of losing his loved ones to the superior firepower of extraterrestrials, Tony has obsessed over building bigger and better Iron Man suits for the most part of the past seven years. But even his most advanced suit couldn’t defeat Thanos, and half of his friends faded to dust before his very eyes. Luckily, Pepper Potts survived the Snap, and she’ll likely play a central role in Tony’s Endgame journey.

6 Flying the nuke into the wormhole in The Avengers

One of the appeals of Tony Stark is that he isn’t your typical hero. Unlike Captain America, he’s not a walking, talking ethics textbook, preferring sassy one-liners to inspirational speeches. But despite his narcissistic nature, Tony still puts others first, showing the world that you don’t need to have a perfect moral compass to be a hero. In The Avengers, even if the first thought on Tony’s mind when that missile was heading for Manhattan was, “Screw this, I’m getting shawarma,” that’s not the thought he acted on, and it’s the action that defines the hero. Putting his life on the line, he directed the missile into the wormhole and saved millions of people in New York City.

This moment was a turning point in Tony’s story arc, showing that it wasn’t just the Iron Man suit that made him a hero, but also the man beneath the metal. In Avengers: Infinity War, Tony made a similar decision, flying off into the deep recesses of space to defend the Earth from Thanos. It’s because of this selfless decision that Tony is now stranded on the opposite side of the galaxy, but we know he’ll eventually find his way back to his fellow Avengers on Earth.

5 Reckoning with the constant threat of alien invasion in Iron Man 3

In Iron Man 3, we see Tony struggling to come to terms with his experience during the alien invasion of Manhattan. Having witnessed the might of alien forces, Tony fears the possibility of another attack from space and becomes obsessed with preparing for the next invasion, experiencing panic attacks whenever anyone mentions New York.

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Although he eventually overcomes his anxiety about the battle in Manhattan, Tony’s fear of an extraterrestrial war becomes a recurrent theme in his story arc, driving him to continuously work at his suits in preparation for future alien attacks. All of his fears came to fruition in Avengers: Infinity War, but despite seven years of preparations, he still couldn’t stop Thanos from getting his way. In Avengers: Endgame, it seems that Tony will start to realize that the key to defeating Thanos isn’t fancy technology, but the unity of the Avengers.

4 Seeing a vision of his fellow Avengers dead in Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Although Scarlet Witch eventually sided with the Avengers, she began her MCU journey by planting a vision in Tony Stark’s head that would go on to haunt him for years. Playing on all of his greatest fears, she showed him a version of the future in which aliens return to Earth and kill all of the Avengers. As Tony recounts to Nick Fury later in the film, the worst part of the vision wasn’t that everyone else was dead— it was that he was the sole survivor. Seeing this version of the future leaves Tony feeling as if he hasn’t done enough to prepare for the possibility of extraterrestrial attacks, and as a result, he creates Ultron, which… well, we all know how that turns out.

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Even after the failure of Ultron, the image of his fellow Avengers dead at his feet influences Tony’s decision-making for years, leading to the creation of Vision and the reinstallation of the Arc Reactor in his chest. In Avengers: Infinity War, Scarlet Witch’s version of the future becomes a reality despite all of Tony’s preparations, and although the original Avengers are still alive, Tony will almost certainly struggle with survivor’s guilt in Endgame. 

3 Falling out with Steve Rogers in Captain America: Civil War

Although Tony clashed with Steve Rogers from the beginning, the two managed to maintain a close friendship despite their differences. But this all came to an end in Captain America: Civil War, when it was revealed that Steve had kept the truth about the death of Tony Stark’s parents a secret.

This led to an intense battle between Steve and Tony and a rift in the Avengers that persisted right up until Avengers: Infinity War. Even in the face of alien invasion, Tony still hesitated to contact Steve Rogers for help. But the Snap changed everything, and in Endgame, the two will be forced to resolve their differences and fight together one last time.

2 Becoming a mentor to Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Things were a lot different during the early days of the MCU. Few people discussed ants and superheroes in the same sentence. Talking raccoons had not yet taken over pop culture. And Tony Stark was about as far from a father figure as you can get.

But over the course of the past 11 years, Tony has slowly embraced a more family-centered lifestyle, and in Spider-Man: Homecoming, he became a mentor to Peter Parker, taking him under his wing and helping him adjust to his new heroic lifestyle. This made it particularly hard to watch as Peter faded to dust in Tony’s arms during the third act of Infinity War. Tony’s relationship with Spider-Man has changed him, and Peter’s death will certainly have a significant impact on Tony’s Endgame journey.

1 Watching his friends fade to dust in Avengers: Infinity War

It wasn’t just the death of Peter Parker that Tony bore witness to in Avengers: Infinity War. Every new ally he made during his time in space faded into nothingness before his very eyes.

Although losing Peter Parker will no doubt affect him the most in Endgame, the deaths of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange will also weigh heavy on his conscience, pushing him to get back to Earth and do whatever it takes to bring back the fallen.

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2019-04-26 01:04:10

Leanne Louie

Every Marvel Movie Releasing After Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame may be the culmination of the MCU so far, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of upcoming Marvel movies on the way. Marvel Studios is currently keeping their long-term plans under wraps, with Marvel visionary Kevin Feige confirming no Phase 4 announcements would be made until after Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Avengers: Endgame is the swan song for the OG Avengers, but the future is bright for the MCU, with a range of new and diverse heroes – including Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel – ready to take center-stage. What’s more, now the Disney/Fox acquisition is complete, it’s only a matter of time before the Fantastic Four and the X-Men join the shared cinematic universe.

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All that said, we still know a fair bit about the future MCU slate. Avengers: Endgame is the second of three Marvel blockbusters to drop in 2019, and a number of other projects are in development, expected to release between now and 2021. Sequels to the likes of Captain Marvel, as well as another outing for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, are certainly expected, but these are the ones that are confirmed.

Spider-Man: Far From Home – July 2, 2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the last film in Phase 3 and first after Avengers: Endgame, and will serve as an extended epilogue to Avengers: Endgame. “So much happens in [Avengers: Endgame], as you can imagine,” Kevin Feige explained, “and so much is affected by it that we felt what better person to hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU, in a grounded, realistic manner, than Peter Parker?” The plot will see Spider-Man head to Europe on a summer vacation with some of his classmates, and he’ll team up with Nick Fury in order to take on the threat of Mysterio and the monstrous Elementals who are tearing through the continent.

Read More: Spider-Man: Far From Home – Every Update You Need To Know

Black Widow – Likely May 2020

There’s been clamor for a Black Widow movie since Scarlett Johansson was introduced playing the character in 2010’s Iron Man 2. The film is finally becoming a reality after Avengers: Endgame in Phase 4, however, with filming due to start in June. Johansson is rumored to be netting a $15 million paycheck for the movie, with Florence Pugh, David Harbour and O-T Fagbenle recently joining the cast.

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The Eternals – Likely 2020

Marvel has always liked to toss in a curveball now and then, and The Eternals is definitely one of their most unexpected projects after Avengers: Endgame. Created by the legendary Jack Kirby, in the comics the Eternals are an evolutionary offshoot of the human race created by ancient, powerful aliens known as the Celestials. Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani are reportedly in talks to star, and there are rumors the film will introduce the MCU’s version of Hercules.

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Black Panther 2 – Likely 2021

Black Panther 2 is a natural priority for Marvel Studios after Avengers: Endgame, given the first film was the highest grossing domestic film of 2018 and earned them an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Ryan Coogler is set to return as both writer and director, but so far he hasn’t dropped any hints about the plot.

Read More: Black Panther 2 Movie – Every Update You Need To Know

Doctor Strange 2 – Likely 2021

Doctor Strange played a major role in Avengers: Infinity War, and seems to have been set up as a major player in the future of the MCU after Avengers: Endgame. After years of rumors, at last Marvel is pressing ahead with Doctor Strange 2. C. Robert Cargill will reportedly return as writer, while Scott Derickson is on board as director. Benedict Wong has suggested filming could begin later this year, essentially confirming this for a 2021 release.

Read More: Doctor Strange 2: Every Update You Need To Know

Shang-Chi – Unknown

Another unexpected priority for Marvel after Avengers: EndgameShang-Chi will be a martial arts movie directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. No details have yet emerged about this project, but there are rumors it could be heading to Sydney’s Fox Studios to shoot in Australia.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – Likely 2023

One of Marvel’s most troubled productions, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 looked like it may never happen after writer-director James Gunn was fired over social media messages he posted back before he worked for Disney. Convinced he was truly repentant, Disney rehired Gunn, but the result is a significant delay; Gunn has committed to shooting Warner’s The Suicide Squad before returning to Marvel. Production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is expected to begin in 2021, which essentially confirms this for a 2023 release.

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2019-04-25 12:04:12

Thomas Bacon