At the end of Avengers: Infinity War the credits promised "Thanos will return". But while Josh Brolin's purple, giant villain will return to Avengers: Endgame in April, who else is going to do it? If you've already seen Infinity War ( and many of you ), you know it's a bit of a mystery. And a three-hour mystery of revelations directed by Joe and Anthony Russo – so make your toilet breaks before you sit down.
Here are the spoilers!
In his search for a balance of the universe, Thanos acquired all the infinite stones and zapped half the population of the universe as he threatened. Many of Marvel's greatest heroes were among the vanished half of the population … transformed into piles of sand that flew away.
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So Avengers: Endgame now has a big situation: By no means are all those Marvel heroes who make money lost forever. But some of them probably have to bite the dust for dramatic reasons (and because some actors have publicly talked about going on ). We have to wait to see who is retiring early, but right now we can sum up what we know.
What about this name?
There was much speculation about what the movie would be called – For a long time it was simply known as Avengers 4, and many feared that the actual title could be a huge, brave spoiler. Endgame was mentioned early in the rumor game, in part because Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) says it in Infinity War Tony Stark ominously says, "We're in the final now."
The term actually comes from the chess world and refers to the game phase, in which only a few parts are left, which seems allegorically meaningful. In Infinity War, Thanos and the Avengers were brought together in a huge chess game, and then Thanos pulled out a seeming checkmate.
But the game may not be over yet. Doctor Strange himself made an enigmatic sacrifice and handed the time-marker to Thanos, just as chess players could strategically sacrifice a piece to work toward a later victory. Now we wait to see exactly how the endgame takes place and what sacrifices are yet to be made.
When will Avengers: Endgame come out?
Officially, Avengers 4 is scheduled to be released on April 26 in the US, April 25 in the UK and April 24 in Australia.
Need a super specific countdown? Marvel launched a countdown clock in November 2018 just in case you just want to sit there and watch how it works until the release date.
The film was shot in a row with Infinity War which began in August 2017 and the main photography ended in January 2018. The shooting was done in the Atlanta area. According to the Scottish newspaper The Daily Record, more scenes were shot in July 2018 in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland.
In February 2019, the directors Joe and Anthony Russo confirmed that it still takes three hours that could change. That would be the longest movie in the MCU – Avengers: Infinity War was 2 hours and 40 minutes long.
The film is the fourth in a series. So if you want to see all three previous Avengers movies, check out The Avengers of 2012, The Avengers of 2015 : Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War of 2018 . Finished with that? There are many other Marvel movies that you can see to enjoy the backgrounds of the various heroes. Here is our suggested command to see them in.