We Are in the Endgame Now
So we have made it all the way through all of the MCU’s current movies. Hopefully, you have been following along with my weekly series Road to Endgame. If not, how dare you, and here are links to Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3. So, get to reading! Anyway, here we are after looking back at some highlights of the movies and my life over almost 11 years; we are at the culmination of the current MCU. In this last article before Avengers: Endgame premiers we will reflect back on the MCU, my life and what I hope to see in Endgame and for the future of the MCU!
Man, I thought I was hyped for Infinity War. Then this huge trailer dropped for Endgame and the hype exceeded everything! Part of it is, we have no idea what to expect (unless you are cursed with spoilers). We don’t even know if we can trust the trailers after the tomfoolery the Russo brothers pulled with Infinity War. But, just wow, everything about that trailer was amazing!
I mean, yeah, we know the heroes are going to save the day. Spider-Man is coming back as Spider-Man: Far from Home releases later this year and other characters that got dusted have confirmed sequels in the works. We just don’t know how and what sacrifices will have to be made. So, there are a ton of speculations and fan theories floating around; I am just going to quickly give what I hope to see in Avengers: Endgame.
Till the End of the Line
I hope Captain America dies. I know what you are thinking: “but Brent, you talked in the last three articles how much you love Captain America and Chris Evans”. Yes, that is true, but look, Evans is done playing Cap and the character needs that moment. I want that classic scene from the Infinity Gauntlet comic with Cap standing up to Thanos with every hero down and Cap just giving the speech! That would be an epic moment for the big screen Captain America to go out with.
I want Tony Stark to retire as Iron Man. I think having two big deaths would be too much. Let Tony Stark continue in a mentor role to the newer heroes, much like he is to Spider-Man. It also lets Robert Downey Jr. pop up in small roles in the future and maybe put the suit back on for a dramatic comeback in a few years. I also want to see Thor take over the role as “Odin”, sitting on the throne to lead what is left of the Asgardian people. That would make his story come full circle since the first Thor movie.
We also have to get that “Avengers Assemble” line in Avengers: Endgame. Marvel has held off on it for almost 11 years now, through three Avengers movies, so, man, you know they are going to give it an epic moment in this culmination of the current MCU. I want them to yell that and then a huge circle shot of all the heroes just like the first Avengers movie!
So, Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of the first three phases of the MCU (well, Feige says Far From Home is the finale of Phase 3). Basically, for these first three phases, we have been looking at just individual heroes getting together to face the looming threat of Thanos, which has been teased since 2012’s Avengers. Now with Phase 4 on the horizon, we don’t know where we are headed.
We really don’t know much about Phase 4 or Spider-Man: Far From Home. Mysterio looks great in the Far From Home trailer, and there look to be some other villain teases, but not much information can be found about the state of the MCU. Obviously, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and others already have sequels in the works. We have also heard rumblings about an Eternals movie and a solo Black Widow movie. But nothing has been officially announced for premiere dates or filming.
With the addition of Disney+ and MCU character television shows, MCU is going into new directions. Yeah, the Netflix shows were supposedly connected, but it never felt like it. I mean if Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Punisher popped up in Endgame I might just literally die (that is not going to happen, plus I don’t really want to die). I am very excited to see how these shows and characters affect the MCU going forward, now that the television shows will be directly connected to the MCU.
It is weird to reflect back on your life when all these movies came out. Like, I went from a college kid not knowing much about anything to an MMA fighter, to college graduate, to being married, to owning a house and so much more in between. It is also crazy how much these heroes have entered the culture as a whole. Thanos went from that purple guy at the end of Avengers that people had to google, to literally everybody knowing his name. Things like Wakanda and vibranium are common things that everybody knows and Rocket Raccoon and Groot are household names. That is crazy to think about, as someone who grew up loving comic books and their characters—that now people actually know and care about all these different characters.
Not only that, but they have gotten people deeply invested in these characters. I have never been an Iron Man fan but I love Tony Stark in the MCU. When he got stabbed in Infinity War I gasped audibly. My wife, who never cared for comic books or any of the characters in her life until we started dating, can name off all the characters, who are her favorites, and wears Marvel t-shirts to the movies.
Now superheroes are as mainstream as anything, and it is not the ones you would have thought 20 years ago. It is not the X-Men, it is not Spider-Man, it is not even really Batman or Superman. With the success of “original Avengers” Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man, it showed that these “lesser-known” characters can be mainstream. Now Captain Marvel and Black Panther are household names; Doctor Strange is getting a sequel. Heck, even on the DC side of things Aquaman and Shazam! are two hit movies.
Honestly, and this will sound a little strange, I would not be totally upset if the MCU ended with Endgame. If after Avengers: Endgame we had our heroes save the day and were left with a new group of heroes. They take over and we are left with an open book. It would be a good send-off and good closed-book storytelling. Look, we all know that isn’t happening, there is too much money to be made and I want to see what other creators have in store for the MCU. But if the MCU did end after Endgame I wouldn’t be totally upset. They brought so much to these characters and brought such invigoration to them that seeing them go out with a bang would be fine by me.
So, that is it. Avengers: Endgame premiers this week, so after that everything will be out on the table. I hope you enjoyed this weekly series Road to Endgame. It was fun and challenging to write at the same time. I have my tickets for Endgame and am waiting for Saturday morning! What do you think will happen after Endgame? Do you have any reflections on the MCU? Let us know in the comments.