Mark your calendars because April 26 marks the end of an era –– at least for Marvel fans.
This date signifies the release of the new movie, “Avengers: Endgame,” the finale of the Marvel franchise that fans have followed.
In a sense, “Avengers” films began with “Iron Man,” originally released in 2008. The movie followed genius billionaire Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr., “Avengers: Infinity War”) on his mission to protect the world the only way he knows how –– inventing. During the after credits of this movie, which Marvel is now famous for, we see a mysterious man whom comic book fans know as SHIELD leader Nick Fury in Stark’s home. Fury explains to him that Stark has just become a part of something a whole lot bigger. Only comic book fans have an idea of just how big this “something” is.
Since “Iron Man,” Marvel has greatly expanded its cinematic universe. Its producers have created a total of 22 movies thus far, including two more Iron Man ones, two Thor flicks, three Captain America films and more.
Besides the consistent cameo appearance from Stan Lee, Marvel heroes have crossed paths with other characters on the big screen. Audiences have witnessed Iron Man chase a web-slinging Spiderman, Thor and Doctor Strange exchange cheesy one-liners and even Captain America and the Black Panther duke it out at an airport in Germany.
Finally, Disney released “Avengers: Infinity War” in 2018. This movie brought together nearly every character introduced in the Marvel comics universe so far. From the original Avengers to the Guardians of the Galaxy, Paste magazine reported that this picture became the second highest grossing film of 2018.
Although the movie did receive very positive reviews, the ending subverted many audience’s expectations. Only avid comic book readers would know that the villain, Thanos, would succeed in his mission to end half of life in the universe, and also end with the supposed fading away or deaths of many of the audience’s beloved heroes. This included the Winter Soldier, Groot, Falcon, Spiderman and Doctor Strange just to name a few.
The after credit scene displays a fading Fury desperately using his final moments to contact someone. The logo shown on the transmitter is Captain Marvel’s, a character not yet introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe [MCU].
This ending posed many questions with the most obvious one being: How will Marvel bring these supposedly dead characters back?
Audiences hoped to have this question answered in the movie that came out three months later, “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” but were left with more questions as Scott Lang’s allies also disappear, and Lang is left trapped in the quantum realm.
With the release of “Captain Marvel” on March 8, moviegoers have shown their enthusiasm to learn more about their heroes’ situation. Box Office Mojo reported that the movie quickly reached the top of the charts at the box office. Currently, it has grossed over $1 billion.
In the meantime on Dec. 7, Marvel released a trailer for “Endgame,” which featured a hopeless Stark floating through space, a Hawkeye suit upgrade and the devastated Avengers. This left fans even more eager to know what events will unfold in the “Endgame” film, which, in turn, has sparked a lot of fan theories.
The theory with most significance is the one that states that Captain America will die. With the actor’s statement that he’s finished with his role as America’s patriotic soldier, many fans speculate that Chris Evans, as Captain America, will save the day through an act of self-sacrifice –– something that is definitely not out of the ordinary for the character.
Another theory is that the Avengers will save the day through the use of time travel. Audiences came to this conclusion after seeing pictures circulating online with cast members filming in costumes from a previous era.
Though we can speculate all we want, we won’t know for sure until the end of April. And that’s possibly why Hollywood producers have titled this last installment, “Endgame.”