Avengers: Endgame is the biggest box-office earner in the history of movies. Yes, its staggering worldwide haul of almost $2.8 billion saw it out-gross its nearest competitor, Avatar, by around $7 million. So it’s fair to say that Endgame is a cultural phenomenon – and it’s one that fans are going to watch multiple times. Why? Well, they’re likely seeking answers to the many complicated questions the movie poses. Questions such as, where does Gamora go? Or, what was that noise at the end? We’ll dive into these and more now – but, if you’re the one person who hasn’t seen the movie yet, beware of huge spoilers ahead…
20. Could Vision ever return?
Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) murdered poor Vision (Paul Bettany) in Infinity War – and alas it seems his death stuck. So while Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) were granted get-out-of-jail-free cards, Vision remains dead. His girlfriend, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), even references him in anger when she faces off against Thanos. But is there a glimmer of hope on the horizon for the android man?
After all, there’s a TV series called WandaVision coming up on the new Disney+ streaming service soon. Little is known about the plot of the show, but Wanda – a.k.a. Scarlet Witch – is very powerful and the extent of her powers hasn’t really come out in the M.C.U. yet. Perhaps, then, WandaVision will be about a grieving Scarlet Witch forcing Vision back to life and having to deal with the consequences.
19. Where has Valkyrie’s flying horse been all this time?
For the final battle of Endgame, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) turns up in style. Yes, she’s riding upon a winged horse like the valkyries of myth. That flying horse – known as a Pegasus – was last seen in a flashback sequence during Thor: Ragnarok. In that scene, Valkyrie’s army – and presumably all their flying horses – is wiped out by Hela (Cate Blanchett). So where did the horse in Endgame come from?
Well, since Valkyrie herself survived the Hela battle, maybe some horses did too. But in that case, where’s her chosen Pegasus been all this time? After all, it’s not seen until the final battle – even though it would have been useful before that. Ah well. Give it an extra sugar-cube for its impressive efforts.
18. Who was the teenage boy at Iron Man’s funeral?
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is no more. At the end of the movie, we see his funeral and all the big names are there: Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and the daughter she and Tony had together. The camera even pans over all these characters. But it also focuses for a moment on a teenage boy at the back of the crowd.
That young guy is Harley Keener (Ty Simpkins). Remember him? Tony met him as a boy in Iron Man 3, and the pair bonded over a love of technology. And although Harley spent only a small amount of time with Iron Man, he must have been deemed important enough to attend the funeral. They really were connected, after all…
17. How did Captain America lift Thor’s hammer?
Captain America (Chris Evans) wielding Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) hammer was a crowd-pleasing moment. But how exactly did it happen? Especially since the last time Cap tried to lift Mjolnir – all the way back in Avengers: Age of Ultron – it moved only slightly. So what was it that finally made Cap worthy? Some fans think they have the answer.
During Age of Ultron, fans have suggested, Captain America genuinely wasn’t worthy. That’s because he was keeping the terrible secret revealed in Civil War: the identity of the person who killed Tony Stark’s parents. So once the matter was resolved, it’s possible that he could go forward as a hero worthy of Mjolnir. But then again, others have suggested Cap could have lifted the hammer in Age of Ultron – but that he chose not to when he saw the look on Thor’s face. Pick a theory!
16. Why can 2012 Hulk talk?
By the time of Endgame, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) has managed to absorb the Hulk into his own being. This guy is known as Professor Hulk. So when Bruce travels back in time to 2012 in Endgame, he’s rather embarrassed to see his former self Hulk-smashing during the Battle of New York. But there’s a potential plot hole in there: 2012 Hulk is seen as being able to talk.
This is despite Hulk not really learning to speak properly until the events of 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. Yet in the 2012 bits of Endgame, he’s able to complain about having to take the stairs. That’s quite a transformation from someone who should only be able to say “Hulk smash” and “Puny god” at that point in time. Maybe Hulk always had a reasonable vocabulary but chose not to use it until the events of Ragnarok?
15. What went on with the Aether?
As Thor reminds everyone during Endgame, at one point the Aether – a.k.a. the Reality Stone – was quite literally inside Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Yet Rocket (Bradley Cooper) apparently removes it from Jane at some point. How exactly did he do that? And – seeing as how all the Stones need to be put back where they were found at the end – how did the Aether go back into Jane?
Well, at the end of Endgame, Captain America takes on the task of returning the Stones via time travel. So presumably he’d have had to meet Jane Foster in the past and re-inject her with the Aether… somehow. That conversation must have been interesting – but alas, we never saw it.
14. Who was Katherine Langford meant to be playing?
Before Endgame was released, news came out that 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford was playing a role. But in the final film, she was nowhere to be seen. What happened? Well, after the storm of spoilers had quietened down, directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed to MTV’s Happy Sad Confused that Langford would have been the older version of Tony Stark’s daughter, Morgan.
It seems that a manifestation of the future Morgan was supposed to happen after Tony snapped Thanos away. “The intention was that his future daughter… forgave him and sort of gave him peace to go,” Joe Russo explained. But the scene was cut because, according to Anthony Russo, the audience “didn’t feel an emotional association with the adult version of his daughter.”
13. What happened to Sharon Carter?
Poor Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp). The niece of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) gets very close to starting a relationship with Steve Rogers in Captain America: Civil War, but then… nothing. By the time Infinity War rolls around, in fact, Sharon just isn’t around for some reason. Did Steve decide dating his lost love’s niece was too weird?
Whatever the case, Sharon’s not present during the final battle or at Tony Stark’s funeral. We don’t even know if she ended up being snapped away or not. And now, of course, Steve has returned to the past to be with Peggy Carter. Did he talk to Sharon first? Did he even leave her a sorry-it’s-over note? Steve, you cad.
12. Is Black Widow really dead?
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) met her end in Endgame when she sacrificed herself to gain Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) the Soul Stone. It was a sad, largely triumphant conclusion to her story. But that didn’t stop fans from asking: is there any way to bring her back? After all, a Black Widow movie directed by Cate Shortland is scheduled to arrive in November 2020.
Yet the events of Black Widow will take place after Captain America: Civil War but before Endgame. The question of whether or not she could have survived Endgame will likely not be explored, then. But what about when Cap put the Soul Stone back, you ask? Nope – according to Joe Russo at least, even that wouldn’t bring her to life.
11. Where did Captain America get Falcon’s shield?
At the end of Endgame, an aged Captain America gives his shield to Falcon (Anthony Mackie). Falcon is now free to take up the mantle of Captain America – a persona he also had in the comics. This will probably form part of the plot of the upcoming show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. But where did the shield actually come from? Because the last time we saw it, it was shattered.
There are two potentialities – one simple and the other confusing. Possibility one is that Cap simply got another shield made or was even working on a new one before the events of Endgame had happened. But there’s also the idea that if Cap’s time travel leads him to a parallel world – one where he could live happily with Peggy – the shield might actually be from that universe.
10. How did Thanos’ spaceship get to the future?
In the MCU, you need something called Pym Particles in order to time-travel. The Avengers had enough of them for one round-trip each, so there weren’t exactly a lot of them lying around (even if Cap and Iron Man did manage to pick up a few more from the ’70s). And 2014 Nebula (Karen Gillan), who arranges for Thanos to warp into the future with his army, already used hers beforehand.
So if 2014 Nebula didn’t have any Pym Particles left, how did she manage to take Thanos’ crew forward through time? What exactly was done? Well, the Russo Brothers answered the question when speaking to Chinese-language website QQ. “There is a guy called Maw in his army,” they said. “He was a great wizard. Thanos himself was a brilliant genius as well. Those two easily reverse-engineered and mass-produced Pym Particles.” Now you know!
9. What happened with the Sokovia Accords?
Remember the Sokovia Accords, the document that split the Avengers down the middle in Captain America: Civil War? This agreement would have made the superheroes answerable to the government. In the movie, Iron Man was all for the idea, yet Captain America was not. But what happened to the Accords in the wake of the Snap?
Perhaps we’ll never know. No mention of the Sokovia Accords is made in Endgame, after all. Plus, Captain America is no longer a fugitive in Endgame – implying that the government has other things on its mind than rogue superheroes. And in all honesty – especially with so many now dead – the world has probably long since moved on.
8. Where is Loki now?
Believe it or not, Loki is still in play. Yes, he died in Infinity War – but he got another chance at life thanks to the Avengers’ time-travel plan. At one point in Endgame, you see, the Hulk sends the Tessaract flying and allows Loki an opportunity to escape scot-free. So the god of mischief disappeared to who knows where…
In a post-Endgame interview, though, Anthony Russo confirmed Loki’s fate. “Loki could absolutely still be alive in an alternate timeline,” he told the Los Angeles Times. And the character will certainly be back, as he’s due to star in a new TV series for Disney+. Presumably, then, Loki’s disappearance in Endgame is a setup for that.
7. Did Cap see the Red Skull again?
Attentive viewers of the MCU (and possibly even non-attentive ones) will have noticed that the being who guards the Soul Stone on Vormir is none other than Captain America’s nemesis Red Skull (Ross Marquand). And the character explains in Infinity War how he came to be there. He said, after holding an Infinity Stone, “It cast me out, banished me here, guiding others to a treasure I cannot possess.”
But that means that when Cap travels back in time to return all the Stones to their places of origin, he’ll presumably run right into his former enemy. Throw Natasha’s death into the mix and things get even more tricky. So while the face-off between Captain America and Red Skull must have been intense… we didn’t get to see it!
6. Is half the universe now a different age?
In Infinity War, half of the world’s population got snapped away. But Endgame mostly takes place five years later, during which time the people left behind aged – as would naturally be expected. When all the snapped characters eventually come back at the finale of Endgame, though, they seemingly haven’t aged a day. So what does this mean going forward?
According to one of the Endgame writers, Stephen McFeely, Spider-Man is the same age he was when we last saw him because he got snapped. “I can only assume that most of the main characters got blipped and maybe some ancillary characters are now older. And then you’ll get some comedy from that,” McFeely told the HeroBlend podcast.
5. Where is Mjolnir now?
Thor’s been without his trademark weapon for quite some time now. He lost it during the events of Thor: Ragnarok and so didn’t have it throughout Infinity War or the beginning of Endgame. But during his trip back in time to Asgard in Endgame, the god of thunder realizes he can take the opportunity to get Mjolnir back.
And yet at the end of the movie, Mjolnir is left with Captain America. So during Cap’s trip back in time to return the Infinity Stones, presumably he left Mjolnir back on Asgard where Thor found it. We don’t get to see this moment, of course, but we can probably safely assume it took place.
4. Why didn’t Nebula die when she shot her past self?
Nebula in Endgame has changed a lot since we first met her in 2004’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, she’s grown so much as a character that when she’s confronted with her past far-more-villainous self in Endgame, Nebula is appalled – and kills her. But why didn’t Nebula disappear altogether after she murdered the past version of herself? Well, it’s all to do with the MCU’s take on time travel.
You see, this version of time travel is different from others. In the MCU, everything that happens when a character travels to the past sparks a new timeline – without affecting the main one. So now there’s a timeline out there where Nebula dies in 2014. But in the primary timeline, Nebula is fine because her past already happened. That’s how Captain America was able to live out the rest of his life with Peggy Carter in the past, too.
3. What sort of world have the snapped-back people returned to?
Endgame appears to have a happy ending. Sure, some of the heroes are dead, but everyone who was snapped away by Thanos has been restored to life. Except… the world the snapped-characters have returned to is far from the one they left. Five years have passed, after all. Some governments might have collapsed in that space of time – and some loved ones might have moved on.
Plus, there must have been people who weren’t snapped – but who died as a result of someone else getting snapped. The snap surely caused a plane crash or two, for instance. Well, luckily for everyone, the MCU doesn’t seem to run on that kind of reality. The events of Endgame appear to genuinely put the world to rights (even though logically it wouldn’t have worked out that way).
2. Where does Gamora go?
In Infinity War, it was asked, “Where is Gamora? Who is Gamora? Why is Gamora?” Now another question can be added to that list: When is Gamora? The answer to that is, of course, that Gamora is now a woman out of time. Why? Because she jumped out of her 2014 timeline and turned against Thanos, just as she did in Guardians of the Galaxy. And now she’s presumably stuck in 2023.
But after the big battle against Thanos, where does Gamora go? Since she doesn’t know Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) or any of the Guardians, she has no reason to stick around. But chances are high that the search for Gamora will form part of the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 plot. Back in 2017, you see, director James Gunn stated that Gamora had a big role to play in the third installment. Unfortunately, though, we’ll have to wait until at least 2022 to see it.
1. What was that noise at the end?
The post-credits scene is a beloved MCU tradition… but it may have ended with Endgame. Yes, expectant audiences sat through all the credits and got nothing at the end. Nothing except some stylized closing titles for the original Avengers actors and… a mysterious clanging sound. What does it mean?
To some, it sounds like metal being forged – so perhaps it’s a sound bite from the very first Iron Man movie. But there’s another theory making the rounds that is outlandish – but plausible. With Disney’s acquisition of Fox, the company now has the rights to the X-Men characters. And the most famous of the X-Men is known for having metal claws. So is Wolverine finally going to show up in the MCU?
If you’re still looking for answers to questions you have about other Marvel pictures, though, you should perhaps pay attention to a couple of MCU stars in the months leading up to a major movie release. You see, the film’s stars are generally expected to remain tight-lipped about any potential spoilers. And Chris Hemsworth can certainly relate to that, as he’s one of the leads in Marvel Studios’ incredibly popular cinematic universe. On the spoiler front, however, the actor has revealed that a castmate of his simply cannot be trusted.
For movie fans, the summer of 2008 might be considered as one of the most memorable years of the noughties. After all, the likes of Wall-E, Tropic Thunder and The Dark Knight all hit the big-screen during that period. There was one lesser-known property that kicked off this particular summer box-office race too.
Yes, in May 2008 Marvel Studios released Iron Man. And unlike The Dark Knight, which is a sequel, Iron Man boasted a number of characters that were arguably unknown to those outside the comic-book community. Yet despite that apparent disadvantage, the Marvel film proved to be a smash-hit.
With Robert Downey Jr. starring as the titular hero, Iron Man earned over $585 million worldwide on an estimated budget of $140 million. Domestically, too, it ended up as the second-highest grossing movie of 2008, just behind The Dark Knight. But that wasn’t the only surprise in store for audiences.
In June 2008, you see, Marvel released their second movie of that summer, The Incredible Hulk. And although it didn’t prove as popular as Iron Man, as shown by its disappointing box-office return, the action flick left filmgoers with a tantalizing tease. That’s because, during an end-credits sequence, Downey Jr. briefly appears in a cameo that connects the two movies.
From there, Marvel kicked off its ambitious cinematic universe, which is better known as the MCU. So after Iron Man 2 came out in 2010, Thor hit the big-screen the following year, with Chris Hemsworth portraying the lead role. And a few months later, Captain America: The First Avenger burst onto the scene, establishing another major Marvel character. Each of these movies also featured at least one element that connected it to all of the others.
This strategy enabled Marvel to then pull off a seemingly impossible task in 2012. That’s when The Avengers brought all of the major Marvel characters together in one film for the first time. And thankfully for Marvel, the movie enjoyed incredible success because of it. In fact, it earned over $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the sixth-most successful release in box-office history.
Since then, the MCU has gone from strength to strength, recruiting a wide range of actors to join the franchise. Mark Ruffalo is one of them, as he replaced Edward Norton as the Hulk in The Avengers. Ruffalo has gone on to appear in another four Marvel movies, too, including 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok alongside Hemsworth.
The pair’s chemistry arguably played a big role in that film’s success, as the characters of Thor and Bruce Banner spent much of their screentime bickering. Then in 2018 Hemsworth and Ruffalo also co-starred in the second Avengers sequel, titled Infinity War, which earned an eye-watering $2 billion at the worldwide box-office.
A few months after Infinity War’s release, though, Hemsworth revealed a behind-the-scenes tidbit. As the MCU films get bigger every year, you see, the studio naturally has to entrust the actors with more secrets. And with that in mind, the Aussie actor opened up about which of his castmates is prone to revealing a spoiler or two.
“Mark Ruffalo, without a doubt,” Hemsworth told Esquire magazine in June 2018. “The amount of times he has potentially derailed these films. But he’s also the person I probably love the most. He’s just the most — just one of the kindest people you’ll meet. And so, [it’s] completely forgivable every time he gives away some plot point.”
“[Ruffalo] could get away with murder,” the Aussie actor added. “Anyone else, it might be highly scrutinized and punished, but he’s beyond forgivable.” So it’s perhaps not surprising that, since completing Thor: Ragnarok, Ruffalo has built up a reputation for leaking spoilers to the public, much to Marvel’s chagrin.
For instance, at the Thor: Ragnarok premiere, Ruffalo actually accidentally streamed some of the film on his Instagram page. The infamous incident obviously left the actor red-faced, but he tried to explain how it happened on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert some time later. “I went backstage, and I was doing the Instagram Live,” he said.
“It was fun and games and everyone loved it, and then I was doing the audience,” Ruffalo continued. “And then they said, ‘Return to your seat; we’re going to start the movie.’ So I pushed the button, what you think is going to stop [the stream]. But then there’s another button to stop it.”
“The first button just tells you to push the second button to stop it,” Ruffalo added. “So I ended up shoving [my phone] in my pocket and sitting down and watching the movie.” The actor was eventually made aware of what had happened some 20 minutes later – and Ruffalo admitted that he had feared for his job.
That wasn’t the first time that Ruffalo had inadvertently given something away ahead of an MCU release, though. In July 2017, for instance, he sat alongside co-star Don Cheadle to discuss Infinity War with Good Morning America. And when the subject of the ending came up, the actor dropped a bombshell.
“Wait until you see [Infinity War],” Ruffalo said. “Everybody dies!” At that point, Cheadle quickly cut him off, but it didn’t end there. “Not everybody,” he continued sheepishly. “No? Is that? Can we rewind that part? Am I in trouble? What’s the next question?” While fans wouldn’t have known it at that time, the star’s statement proved fairly accurate upon the film’s release.
Despite those mistakes, though, Ruffalo isn’t alone in the spoiler-giving department. After all, co-star Tom Holland also seems to be prone to revealing secrets. The young actor who plays Spider-Man in the Marvel movies actually made a similar error ahead of an Infinity War screening in 2018. “I’m alive!” he told the audience, hinting at Spidey’s ultimate fate in a film that the crowd had yet to watch.
Yet while that mistake came out of an unfortunate misunderstanding, it seems that someone at Marvel highlighted Holland as a potential spoiler threat. So with that in mind, co-star Benedict Cumberbatch seemingly shadowed Holland during the press tour to ensure that he didn’t give anything away.