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Avengers: Endgame - Complete Marvel Easter Eggs and MCU Reference Guide

This text consists of nothing however huge Avengers: Endgame spoilers. You’ve been warned. Now we have a totally spoiler free overview proper right here.

Avengers: Endgame is the fruits of 11 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe storytelling. That’s a whopping 22 MCU films, every of which has been full of deep lore from the pages of Marvel Comics. That makes for loads of Marvel Easter eggs that may be hunted down by followers and students. And as of proper now, it is solely streaming on Disney+.

However Avengers: Endgame is the primary of those movies not involved with establishing sequels and even introducing new characters. As a substitute, it’s a celebration of all that has come earlier than, and a real conclusion for the 22 film saga. It additionally owes as a lot of a debt to Marvel’s huge display historical past because it does to the comics. Normally, the MCU is a veritable feast of fan service for Marvel followers of all eras, nevertheless it additionally now boasts a sprawling continuity of its personal that's spectacular sufficient that it might spend as a lot time (or extra) calling again to its earlier entries because it does the comics.

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Right here’s how this works. We’re looking for each single Marvel and MCU reference packed into Avengers: Endgame. However there’s no method we caught ‘em all, proper? That’s the place you are available in. In the event you noticed one thing we didn’t, tell us within the feedback or on Twitter, and if it checks out, we’ll replace this and provide you with a shout.

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WHEN DOES AVENGERS: ENDGAME TAKE PLACE?

Avengers: Endgame takes place 21 days after the conclusion of Avengers: Infinity Battle (making it 23 days since Thanos first arrived on Earth). A further day goes by earlier than Carol Danvers rescues Tony Stark and the entire workforce has their meetup at Avengers HQ. In fact, then we leap 5 years into the long run...

That 5 12 months time leap probably received’t imply a lot for lengthy. With no new Marvel films (apart from Spider-Man: Far From House, which picks up proper after the conclusion of Endgame) till 2020, the actual world will catch as much as the Marvel Cinematic Universe very quickly. Consider, Infinity Battle came about in 2018, which suggests the opening of Endgame additionally takes place in 2018, in order that 5 12 months time leap is known as a 4 12 months leap in “our” time. Marvel at present has films scheduled via 2022 (and after all there will likely be extra) so by the point the following section occurs, we'll be all caught up.

Whew. Anyway, on to the remaining...

IRON MAN

We’re kicking issues off with Tony Stark as a result of, properly, after 11 years, 22 films, and one heroic, heartbreaking demise scene, he deserves it.

- It's cute however not essentially important that Tony introduces himself to his father as “Howard Potts.”

- Mungo Jerry was an early ‘70s rock band finest recognized for his or her hit “Within the Summertime.” You may positively see a bit of Tony Stark facial hair taking place on this pic. That is Group's Yvette Nicole Brown complaining about Tony's hippie beard. Possibly if Thor had been at Camp Lehigh she would have thought extra Bee Gees.

- Howard Stark reveals that Tony’s mom was contemplating naming Tony “Alphonso” as a substitute of “Anthony.” Al Stark doesn’t fairly have the identical ring, does it?

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Morgan H. Stark

As promised in Infinity Battle, Tony and Pepper have had a baby, and Tony named her after an eccentric cousin of his. The elder Morgan Stark has by no means appeared within the MCU, however first confirmed his face in Tales of Suspense #68, again in Iron Man’s early days in 1965. It’s...not an excellent necessary story.

- Younger Morgan is keen on cheeseburgers. We discovered that Tony had cravings for them within the first Iron Man film shortly after he returned from captivity.

Pepper Potts

- The blue/purple tint to Pepper’s Iron Man armor helmet (and later the armor itself) is a nod to how she appeared as “Rescue” on the Iron Man: Animated Adventures sequence. In the event you've by no means seen it, yow will discover it on Disney+.

Howard Stark and the Agent Carter Connections

- It’s uncommon to see the tv arm of the MCU acknowledged on the large display, so it’s good to see Agent Carter’s James D’arcy return as Jarvis, nevertheless briefly. Between this and seeing Peggy Carter doing her enterprise as director of SHIELD, that is as shut as we’re going to get to a correct Agent Carter reunion.

- That’s latter-day Howard Stark John Slattery right here, reasonably than First Avenger/Agent Carter Howard Stark, Dominic Cooper.

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- Once we first see Howard Stark on this film, he's on the lookout for that rat bastard Arnim Zola, who didn’t add his consciousness to a pc till 1972 (one thing we see play out in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a film that additionally will get loads of love in Endgame).

The Dying of Tony Stark

It seems that proper earlier than Tony says “I...am...Iron Man” a nod each to the famed Black Sabbath lyric and his last phrases from the primary movie, he appears to be staring off, probably hinting that he's experiencing the sort of cosmic consciousness that the Infinity Gauntlet all the time brings with it, and that's made well-known in so many Jim Starlin Marvel comics.

Who's at Tony Stark’s Funeral?

- In attendance at Tony Stark’s funeral yow will discover all of the surviving Avengers, plus a couple of particular friends, together with Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill, Marissa Tomei’s Might Parker, William Damage’s Thaddeus Ross, and Ty Simpkins’ Harley Keener from the immensely underrated Iron Man 3.

- The floating funeral bouquet incorporates Tony’s first arc reactor, the one which Pepper custom-made to learn: “Proof that Tony Stark has a coronary heart.”

We examined the importance of Tony Stark's funeral (and its attendees) proper right here.

CAPTAIN AMERICA

- We lastly get to listen to Cap declare the famed “Avengers Assemble!” battlecry, one thing which we have been teased with in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

- Cap’s protect getting shattered in battle with Thanos is a second proper out of the unique Infinity Gauntlet comedian. It didn’t cease Steve there, both.

Captain America vs. Thanos Infinity Gauntlet Comics

- Cap swears a number of occasions on this film, one thing he has been reluctant to do up to now. Are you able to blame him? In fact, that doesn’t make him any much less worthy to wield Mjolnir when the time comes, an occasion that has been teased since Avengers: Age of Ultron. And goddamn it'd simply be the only most triumphant second in MCU historical past.

- Cap has hoisted Mjolnir on a couple of events within the comics, making him one of many few Marvel characters who've been canonically deemed worthy (not even a couple of soiled phrases can change that). Probably the most notable time was in the course of the Worry Itself occasion, which allowed Cap to make use of the hammer for optimum world-defending impact.

Captain America With Mjolnir Thor's Hammer

- Endgame additionally leans closely on all the trilogy of Captain America films, with their occasions getting direct references, but in addition driving smaller moments within the movie. For instance, Tony and Steve’s journey again to 1970 is certainly one of many issues that helps heal the rift between the pair from Captain America: Civil Battle. However extra straight…

The First Avenger

- We hear the primary theme from Captain America: The First Avenger when Tony returns Steve’s protect to him.

- The situation of New Asgard is Tonsberg, the identical Norwegian village from The First Avenger the place the Tesseract had been hidden from prying eyes by Odin worshippers till that Nazi douchebag the Purple Cranium got here alongside and swiped it. You may see why Thor selected this location.

- Steve and Tony go to Camp Lehigh to search out the Tesseract in 1970. Camp Lehigh is the place Steve first skilled to grow to be an excellent soldier, and was his stateside base of operations in the course of the conflict. It’s a Marvel Universe landmark that dates all the best way again to Captain America Comics #1 in 1940.

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- Apparently sufficient, Steve’s phony uniform is emblazoned with the identify “Roscoe.” This could be a attain, however within the wake of the unique “Secret Empire” (not the Nazi Cap one) story from the comics (within the 1970s) by Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema, when Cap briefly renounced his crimson, white, and blue costume, the Falcon took on a junior companion by the identify of Roscoe Simons to take Cap’s place. It...it didn’t finish properly for younger Roscoe. However Cap carrying Roscoe’s uniform right here (yeah, I do know, first identify/final identify...no matter) is a pleasant reversal of Roscoe carrying Cap’s within the comics.

- “Don’t do something silly till I get again/You’re taking all of the silly with you” is a superb Steve/Bucky trade from The First Avenger.

- When Steve is preventing himself, he says to...himself... “I can do that all day,” which is, after all, Steve’s mantra that he first says in The First Avenger and then repeats in Civil Battle.

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The Winter Soldier

- Two of the important thing dickbags displaying as much as run cleanup within the aftermath of the Avengers are Jasper Sitwell and Crossbones. In fact, we get a pleasant nod to that tremendous elevator struggle scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier at one level.

Captain America "Hail Hydra"

- Steve saying “Hail Hydra” is extra than simply one other enjoyable nod to The Winter Soldier. In 2016 Marvel took a substantial quantity of shit for the notorious “Nazi Cap” story, Secret Empire, the place due to some cosmic dice (that’s the Tesseract to you MCU followers) associated shenanigans, Cap’s historical past was briefly rewritten so he was a Hydra agent.

- Getting Robert Redford to return as Alexander Pierce is a formidable feat by itself.

Sam Wilson, The Falcon, and the New Captain America

- Following Thanos’ snap, Steve seemingly turns into a grief and trauma counselor, which was Sam’s job after we first met him in The Winter Soldier.

- When Falcon makes his huge return he says “in your left” which is one other good nod to The Winter Soldier after we first met him and he first met Steve. It shouldn’t be a shock that TWS looms massive on this film, because it’s the one which put the Russos on the MCU map.

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- Sam Wilson has frolicked within the comics as Captain America. Cap has a behavior of handing off the protect every now and then. The primary actual time was to John Walker, though Steve had no say in selecting him. Then there was the time Bucky spent as Cap (and he did a wonderful job). The factor is, Cap didn’t actually get a say there, both, as he was fairly lifeless on the time.

However Sam is the one man to wield the protect who was truly given Cap’s blessing proper out of the gate, and rightfully so. Coincidentally, it occurred at a time within the comics when Steve had additionally been “aged up” to his “precise” aged state, very like what we see on the conclusion of Endgame. He additionally will get a ridiculously cool costume out of the deal...

Sam Wilson as Captain America

- The truth that The Falcon and Winter Soldier are slated for a workforce-up sequence on Disney+ signifies that it’s going to take a while for him to get used to the concept of being the person with the protect, and don’t be stunned if that sequence offers nearly completely with the buildup to Sam lastly deciding to simply accept the duty and put on the crimson, white, and blue. It is attention-grabbing (and a bit of regarding) how little Steve and Bucky work together on this film, although.

The Ultimate Destiny of Steve Rogers

- Cap’s quest to return the stones leaves the door open to a sequence of Captain America films in numerous time durations. Possibly. Most likely not. Don’t maintain your breath. Nonetheless, there's all the time an opportunity that Steve Rogers (even when he is not Captain America anymore) can nonetheless be part of the MCU in some capability.

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It is also price noting that the Russo Brothers say that Cap created an alternate timeline by doing this, and determine since they directed the rattling film, they might know.

- Aged Steve seems to be carrying the identical tan jacket that pre-tremendous soldier serum Steve wore in Captain America: The First Avenger. It suits once more.

- The music taking part in as Steve and Peggy dance is “It’s Been a Lengthy, Lengthy Time” a 1945 hit with lyrics which are actually, actually acceptable. This seems to be the model with Kitty Kallen on vocals with the Harry James band.

Set all of your worries about paradoxes apart and simply benefit from the second. Now, in case you’ll excuse me, I've to go weep for a bit.

We wrote extra concerning the implications all of this might need for Agent Carter continuity proper right here.

THOR

- That is our first have a look at “alternate” variations of Thor within the MCU, though Jason Aaron’s spectacular run as author in recent times has handled us to youthful and far older variations of the character. None have this specific model of Thor’s specific traits or hangups, however there's some precedent for time-slid, bizarre Thors in Marvel Comics.

- The film makes a valiant try to redeem the widely unloved Thor: The Darkish World, with Thor and Rocket sneaking round within the background of recognizable scenes, loads of references to the Darkish Elves and Jane Foster’s predicament, and the touching reunion between Thor and Frigga (apart from her “eat a salad” crack...Jesus, mother!) shortly earlier than her demise.

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- Other than New Asgard’s connection to The First Avenger, the concept of Asgard having a spot in Midgard actually stems from J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel’s time as artistic workforce on the God of Thunder, the place Asgard spent a while hovering 12 ft off the bottom close to Broxton, Oklahoma.

- Thor turning New Asgard over to Valkyrie isn’t a factor from the comics, nevertheless it does really feel very very like a set-up for future Valkyrie adventures within the MCU correct.

- So, based mostly on assorted time journey weirdness and Loki making his escape throughout The Avengers portion of the time heist, does this imply that Loki can as soon as once more be alive in MCU continuity? It could appear that method. This would definitely assist clear issues up for the Disney+ Loki sequence that Tom Hiddleston is ready to star in. Although it has been reported that the Loki sequence may comply with Loki as he interferes with moments all through historical past. We went into extra element about whether or not Loki is now alive once more within the MCU proper right here.

- When Rocket goes to gather drunk Thor, Korg, voiced by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is hanging out taking part in video video games and carrying a pineapple-lined Hawaian shirt that he has busted via along with his rock shoulders. It's in all probability a reference to the wonderful potential romphim (that’s a romper for males - get it?) Taika wore to SDCC whereas selling Thor. It might simply be a coincidence as a result of Taikia loves pineapples and insisted his character put on a pineapple shirt. Both method, rad casualwear for Korg.

HULK

- Bruce Banner says he began fascinated about the Hulk as “a remedy” reasonably than as “a illness” which is why he is ready to be the “better of each worlds,” Banner’s smarts and sensitivity paired with Hulk’s uncooked energy. He mentioned he spent "18 months in a gamma lab" to merge the 2 halves of himself. That is not precisely the way it went down within the comics, nevertheless it's affordable comedian e book logic.

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- There’s loads of precedent for “good Hulk” within the comics, as properly. Maybe the head of “good Hulk” tales got here, coincidentally sufficient, in the course of the period that introduced us the unique Infinity Gauntlet story, the early 1990s. That Hulk was reasonably keen on stretchy, tracksuit-lookin’ monochrome outfits, too. There’s a complete stretch of Unbelievable Hulk written by Peter David that you need to try if “good Hulk” is your factor.

Smart Hulk from the Infinity Gauntlet Comics

- Amusingly, Banner turning his Hulk right into a constructive position mannequin, full with spouting platitudes like “take heed to your mom,” feels just like the 1980s persona of legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan. In fact, Hulk Hogan turned out to be a complete asshole in actual life, however no matter.

THANOS

Thanos retreats to Planet 0259-S, which is the world we glimpsed on the conclusion of Infinity Battle. There’s no extra Marvel Comics connection to that planetary designation, BUT…

...apparently Thanos referred to it as “the Backyard.” Within the Thanos Quest sequence that led as much as the unique Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos needed to declare the Time Gem from an Elder of the Universe referred to as “The Gardener” who had created his personal “backyard” on the Blue Space of the Moon (house to the Inhumans...of whom we will by no means converse once more after that dreadful TV sequence). Anyway, all of that looks like a little bit of a attain, as Thanos sees himself as a god and “the backyard” is his personal private eden, however hey, no matter.

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- “I'm inevitable.” I can’t recall any situations of Thanos uttering these particular phrases within the comics, however he positive says stuff prefer it on a regular basis, typically referring to himself within the third individual just like the jerk he's.

- The fixed references to killing child Thanos are way over simply the outdated "killing child Hitler" thought experiment, as that is kind of the plot of the present Cosmic Ghost Rider sequence from Marvel Comics.

DOCTOR STRANGE

- At one level, Tony and Natasha are speaking about Physician Unusual, and Pepper misidentifies his tackle as Sullivan St, which Tony corrects to the proper (and shut by) Bleecker St. For you Marvel obsessives, Unusual’s sanctum is situated at 177A Bleecker St in NYC’s West Village. Don’t attempt to discover it, because it’s properly hidden by assorted mystic spells. Cool neighborhood, although. Amusingly, Tony additionally dismisses Unusual as a “Bleecker St. magician” as if Stephen is a few hippie who wanders across the Village doing card tips for vacationers and not the frakkin' Sorcerer Supreme.

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HAWKEYE

- Followers who felt shortchanged by the shortage of Hawkeye in Infinity Battle get a lot to work with this time round. Certainly, the filmmakers discover Clint’s journey so important to Endgame that they used his “snap” second as a “pre-credit” scene, the primary of its form in Marvel Studios historical past. Right here, we see Nathaniel Pietro Barton (so named for the fallen Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron), Lila Barton, and Laura Barton all vanish into mud.

- Clint even tells younger Lila, “nice job, Hawkeye.” Clint will certainly be instructing extra archery within the close to future, as Disney+ has a Hawkeye TV sequence deliberate, the place Mr. Barton will move on his mantle to Kate Bishop. Now we have extra information on Kate Bishop right here.

- Clint’s midlife disaster/revenge spree brings him a brand new costume. Within the New Avengers comics, he was referred to as Ronin on this garb, and the reasoning behind it was utterly totally different. We wrote extra concerning the historical past of Ronin proper right here.

- The person we see him preventing is Akihiko, performed by Hiroyuki Sanada, making his first (and final) MCU look. Within the comics, Akihiko led the Shogun Reapers, an armored science division of the Yakuza. He appeared within the current (and very cool) Nick Fury comedian e book sequence by James Robinson and ACO.

- Within the pages of Marvel Comics, Clint’s mom’s identify was certainly Edith.

BLACK WIDOW

- When Natasha goes to Vormir, the Purple Cranium calls her “daughter of Ivan,” a element about her personal historical past that even Natasha didn’t know. Which is so unhappy.  

- “We’re a good distance from Budapest” Hawkeye cracks to Natasha after they’re flying the Milano, a reference to a dialog they'd within the first Avengers movie. We’re by no means going to be taught what occurred there, are we?

- Natasha’s heroic demise right here mirrors Gamora’s in Infinity Battle. However her demise now all however ensures that the upcoming Black Widow solo film will likely be a prequel of some form.

- Steve and Natasha’s friendship, which was a foundational a part of The Winter Soldier, continues to be robust right here. She has been urging him to “get a life” since The Winter Soldier when she was continually attempting to set him up, though it seems that within the time since Infinity Battle she has misplaced any semblance of a lifetime of her personal.

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- Anyone else discover that Natasha cuts her bread in a way that Nick Fury wouldn't approve of?

SPIDER-MAN

- The hug between Peter and Tony is a reversal of that humorous second in Spider-Man: Homecoming when Peter thinks he’s getting a hug within the automotive and...most definitely will not be. This hug, nevertheless, is likely one of the purest, most touching moments in MCU historical past.

- We additionally get to see the hideous Iron Spider armor in all its “glory.” Hopefully for the ultimate time.

- Whereas the age distinction is simply too nice for this to ever be a factor within the MCU, Peter Parker did certainly date Carol Danvers (briefly) throughout her Ms. Marvel days within the comics.

CAPTAIN MARVEL

- Within the aftermath of the snap, Carol Danvers reduce her hair brief to her iconic ‘do with what was a reasonably unlucky wig, since this was filmed earlier than her solo film. It was controversial when she bought it within the comics insofar as some fanboys hate it any time she doesn’t have lengthy hair. Anticipate those that ship ValCap to find it irresistible. It’s anybody’s wager when within the timeline any potential future Captain Marvel films could also be set and due to this fact what hair she’ll have. The similarity to Annette Benning’s Mar-Vell hair might be no accident, too.

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- Rocket razzing her concerning the brief hair is ideal, as a result of Carol spent a while with the Guardians of the Galaxy within the comics, a lot of which they spent teasing one another. As soon as Carol was in command of the area station Alpha Flight (which by the way was the sort of world protect Tony laments at his cabin that they need to have constructed - it didn’t work as a result of Nazi Cap was the one who orchestrated it) Rocket steals a bunch of stuff from her fancy area station.

- Carol spends a lot of the film in outer area doing...outer area stuff? She’s fast to remind that there are different planets within the universe, which is true, nevertheless it does appear to be a really lengthy errand for some medication to heal Tony, on the expense of attending to see their nice comics chemistry. House is normally the place Carol goes when issues get heavy and she all the time does assist folks - perhaps a future film will give her extra time with whoever continues to be an Avenger and then they will name her out for operating away.

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Judging by glowy appearances and the tip of Captain Marvel, it appears we’re getting the Binary model of Captain Marvel with out having to cope with the torture or the white gap enterprise, which is handy with regards to a souped-up powerset with no emotional fallout too early in her story.

- Carol's costume in the course of the finale seems barely extra just like the Mar-Vell model of the go well with, with a nod to her Ms. Marvel sash, as properly.

ANT-MAN

- The 5 12 months time leap getting old Cassie Lang as much as her teenage years bodes properly for the prospects of some sort of Younger Avengers property down the street, as Cassie has taken on the superheroic identities of “Stinger” (when small) and “Stature” (when large) within the comics.

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- Seen on younger Hank Pym’s desk in 1970 is a classic, comedian e book correct Ant-Man helmet. Presumably a prototype.

WANDA AND VISION

- Imaginative and prescient isn’t actually talked about within the last third of the movie, though he's alluded to when Wanda completely loses her shit with "you took every thing from me." Within the comics, Wanda has been recognized to go off the deep finish every now and then, and the depth on show on this film definitely feels prefer it might result in one thing like that down the street.

Since Imaginative and prescient requires the thoughts stone to exist with free will (as established in Age of Ultron), when Cap goes again into the Quantum realm, does he return the thoughts stone to its rightful place and deliver Imaginative and prescient again to life? Does that make the upcoming Disney+ sequence WandaVision a prequel?

- At Tony’s funeral, Hawkeye tells Wanda he needs he might let Natasha realize it labored. “She is aware of,” Wanda tells him. “They each do.” She is seemingly speaking about Imaginative and prescient right here.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

- Rocket Raccoon is carrying his traditional costume from the comics for many of the film, which is a bit more swashbuckling and outdated-faculty sci-fi than what we’ve come to know from the flicks. Now we have some extra information on the bizarre-ass historical past of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel Comics proper right here.

- Tony misidentifies Rocket as “Ratchet” at one level, and someone must make an acceptable “Ratchet Raccoon” meme/parody ASAP.

- The Asgardians of the Galaxy are completely a factor within the comics, albeit with a distinct lineup to what we've right here. Nonetheless, that lineup is profoundly totally different than what we’re going to get right here, because it consists of Valkyrie (who's remaining in New Asgard within the MCU), Thunderstrike (the alternative Thor from the ‘90s), Angela, Throg (sure, the Frog Thor), the Executioner, and Child Loki. Don’t count on to see most of those characters ever present up within the MCU.

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- Nebula does certainly briefly decide up the Infinity Gauntlet right here, and for a second it felt like we have been going to get that traditional second from the Infinity Gauntlet comedian, the place Nebula turns into a god and Thanos is compelled to work with the heroes to place shit proper.

- Witnessing the occasions of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 (notably Peter Quill’s dancing antics) from the attitude of people that don’t get to listen to the soundtrack is a superb storytelling trick.

Does this imply that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 goes to be about attempting to rescue Gamora? Is it potential her story truly did finish in Infinity Battle? The thought of getting to cope with a much less properly-developed Gamora in Guardians 3 appears considerably lower than interesting, however maybe its finest to simply belief the MCU imaginative and prescient. Possibly.

We wrote far more about what occurred to Gamora in Endgame proper right here.

THE STAN LEE CAMEO

Stan Lee is driving a automotive with a “‘nuff mentioned” bumper sticker. That was, after all, one of many many, many catchphrases that he typically signed off the Stan’s Soapbox column with. Additionally, the um...the license plate says 420. We wrote far more about what looks like an in any other case minor Stan Lee cameo and its implications for the broader MCU proper right here. “Hey man, make love not conflict!”

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TIME TRAVEL

- There are, after all, loads of references to the Again to the Future trilogy all through Endgame, from “no betting on sporting occasions” to the crack about not dropping Scott within the 1950s. No want to put all of them out right here, proper?

- Rhodey suggests killing Child Thanos, a reference to the a lot-mentioned moral query: when you have the flexibility to journey via time, must you return and kill Child Hitler?

- There doesn’t appear to be any wider MCU or Marvel Comics significance to the April 7, 1970 date when Tony and Steve make their journey again to Camp Lehigh, but when anybody has any information that I don’t, please tell us.

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- Tony references three bits of physics logic when discussing the difficulties of time journey. The Planck Scale is (ummm...forgive the mangling of this) an try to reconcile problems with relativity with issues of absolute measurements of issues like models of measure in relation to time.

“The Deutsche Proposition” seems to discuss with David Deutsche, a quantum physicist who has executed some work with multiversal idea. If anybody can clarify this to me, ummm...please do.

I’m not going to even try to faux to grasp what the EPR Paradox’s relation to Endgame and this film’s time journey legal guidelines could be, nevertheless, on condition that it seems to be vaguely associated to quantum entanglement/”spooky motion at a distance” which um...I dunno, if two characters within the MCU have ever been entangled on the quantum degree it positive would appear to be Steve and Peggy, wouldn’t it? Anyway, crying once more...

We tried to elucidate all the Avengers: Endgame time journey guidelines proper right here.

MUSIC

Along with boasting what could be Alan Silvestri’s finest, most evocative work within the MCU, Endgame includes a shocking variety of deep reduce needledrops, the sort you may usually affiliate with Guardians of the Galaxy films.

It’s a daring transfer to make use of Visitors’s mournful “Mr. Fantasy” to kick issues off, with strains like “do something take us out of this gloom” that appear notably acceptable for the best way issues open for our heroes (and everybody else). Later, they digs deep into The Kinks catalogue to bust out “Supersonic Rocket Ship” throughout their journey to New Asgard. With lyrics like “My supersonic ship's at your disposal/In the event you really feel so inclined/We're gonna journey quicker than gentle” which are appropriately sci-fi, but in addition “No person must be out of sight/No person's gonna journey second class/There will be equality/And no suppression of minorities” it looks like it anticipated the web’s military of infants who continually scream about how Marvel and Star Wars are “all of a sudden” mixing politics with their grand epics. Lol at these clowns ceaselessly.

MISCELLANEOUS COOL STUFF

- The entire girls of the MCU coming to again up Carol Danvers is not only an important second in its personal proper, however seems like a bit of nod to A-Power, G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett’s all lady Avengers workforce. Whereas there isn’t a ton of crossover between the comedian e book lineup and the one we see on display right here...who cares? It’s nonetheless superior. Possibly there’s nonetheless hope for the #WomenofMarvel poker video games Carol Danvers has within the comics (sure she actually calls them that).

- Howard the Duck is outwardly seen in the course of the last battle, simply to the fitting (our proper, not her proper) of Wasp when she exhibits up. Preserve an eye fixed out! Howard guidelines. He ought to run for President once more.

- In the course of the group remedy session, Steve is speaking to none apart from Joe Russo, one half of the Russo Brothers directing workforce. Joe is taking part in the MCU’s first canonically homosexual character on the large display for Marvel (there have been a handful on TV), it appears. That...that may’t be proper, can it?

- One of many different members of that remedy group? None apart from Jim Starlin, the creator of Thanos!

- There aren't one, however two shout outs to the New York Mets on this film. The primary is, after all, the flyover of a abandoned Citi Discipline. In fact, that might principally be Citi Discipline throughout any variety of Mets Septembers when the workforce has been mathematically eradicated from playoff rivalry. The opposite is, after all, Joe Russo’s anecdote in the course of the group remedy scene. I level these out as a result of Peter Parker is canonically a Mets fan, each within the comics and within the MCU, and additionally as a result of despite the fact that it's by no means truly acknowledged, we will just about assume that Steve Rogers is a Mets fan by default, as he would have been rooting for his or her religious fathers (and equally Steve Rogers-esque perpetual underdogs), the Brooklyn Dodgers, again earlier than he went into the ice within the '40s. The truth is, it was a Brooklyn Dodgers recreation taking part in on the radio when Steve wakened on the finish of The First Avenger.

The primary theme from Captain America: The First Avenger performs when Tony offers Steve his protect again, which makes for one last (albeit roundabout) New York Mets connection. When beloved Mets third baseman and workforce captain David Wright retired in 2018, he left the sphere for the ultimate time to that very piece of music. David’s nickname for many of his profession? “Captain America.”

- The safety guard watching over the warehouse the place Scott Lang’s van is being saved is studying a group of JG Ballard brief tales referred to as Terminal Seashore. One of many tales contained in that quantity? Somewhat quantity referred to as “Finish-Sport.” We’re positive it's as uplifting and bouncy as the remainder of Mr. Ballard’s catalogue. Oh, and the safety guard in query? That is Group's Ken Jeong.

- The earthquake below the ocean, “we deal with it by not dealing with it.” On the one hand, this a superbly regular little bit of pragmatism. On the opposite, it's a must to marvel if perhaps, simply perhaps, this can be a trace on the existence of Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Assuming he does certainly exist within the MCU (and to be clear, there are some complicated rights points surrounding the character, Marvel Studios, and Common), he’s the sort of character who would have the ability to concern himself with this. Most likely not, as Endgame is admirably targeted on the right here and now of its characters and the MCU, however it could be Easter egg malpractice to not no less than point out it right here.

- Vormir is described as “the middle of celestial existence.” This might be a coincidence, however the Celestials are historic, godlike cosmic beings who're central to the mythology of Jack Kirby’s Eternals, who coincidentally are set to get an MCU film of their very own quickly sufficient. Two Celestials have already appeared within the MCU, Knowhere, from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, is the severed head of a Celestial, and later within the film you'll be able to see Eson the Searcher on a monitor display. 

- Rhodey’s worries that skeletons on spikes are gonna begin leaping out is, after all, a generalized reference to the sorts of shenanigans that Henry Jones, Jr. will get as much as within the Indiana Jones trilogy. What, there was a fourth one? By no means heard of it. Anyway, throughout this scene, whereas the rating definitely isn’t quoting from any of John Williams’ iconic themes from these movies, it does sort of do an appropriately adventurous swell there.

DOES AVENGERS: ENDGAME HAVE A POST-CREDITS SCENE?

No. As a substitute, we get the pre-credit scene with the Barton household changing into “mud within the wind” (that musical cue would have been far too on-the-nostril). However in case you hear very fastidiously, because the music in the long run credit fade out, you'll be able to hear a faint clanging...the sound of Tony Stark forging the Mark I armor within the cave from the very first MCU film in 2008. We wrote a bit of bit extra concerning the significance of this proper right here.

“I’m wonderful. Completely wonderful.” - Tony Stark, talking for all of us.

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