The countdown to the follow-up to 2018's 'Avengers: Infinity War' is nearly over as fans prepare for the end of MCU’s third phase
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 22nd film is being billed as the franchise’s biggest and best movie yet.
The sequel to 2018’s box office-smashing Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame is set to arrive in UK cinemas this month to bring about the end of the franchise’s Phase Three. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has already been hyping up the importance of Endgame, saying that it “will bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale.”
We’ve rounded up all the information that’s currently available on the film for your reading pleasure – and we’ll keep it updated as more details about the movie emerge in the coming weeks.
- Three hours runtime has been confirmed
- New TV spot confirms the Avengers split into teams.
- Karen Gillen teases an almighty showdown between Nebula and Thanos.
- The latest trailer has a scene that the directors claim “isn’t real”.
- A new 60-second snippet sees the Avengers facing off against Thanos for the first time since The Snap.
- Chris Evans responds to rumours that Captain America will die.
- A new batch of character posters has given us an idea of who has survived the snap…
- Avengers: Endgame’s suspected 3 hour run-time looks likely – with AMC supposedly revealing it by accident.
- The latest series of teaser posters have been released to mark one month to go until the film’s release.
- Mark Ruffalo teases the plot during lie detector test – Hulk and Black Widow romance, anyone? What about the Hulk actually being a Skrull?
- Gwyneth Paltrow hints about her future in the MCU – is she about to face the wrath of Thanos?
- Fans spot that two Thor characters Dr Erik Selvig and Darcy Lewis are likely to have survived the Infinity Snap.
Have any trailers been released?
Yes! After the first full trailer, we’ve been handed a new 60 second snippet. In a nutshell, it’s one of the most telling sequences so far. As well as an emotional moment that sees Cap telling Iron Man that he trusts him (get the hankies ready), we see the surviving members of the Avengers preparing to face off against the Mad Titan for the first time since the devastating impact of the snap.
“You could not live with your own failure,” Thanos boldly tells the group.
“And where did that bring you? Back to me.” We’re seriously not ready.
This comes after the second trailer arrived last month.
After receiving our first glimpse at the film in December last year, a second snippet also aired during the Super Bowl in February 2019.
Unsurprisingly, things look very dark as we see Steve Rogers attempting to deal with the unparalleled misery that Thanos has unleashed.
“Some people move on. But not us,” Rogers boldly declares.
There’s also a telling shot of Tony Stark working alongside Vision, which suggests that perhaps all is not lost.
It comes after the first trailer showed a similarly bleak look at things.
“Part of the journey is the end”, says Tony Stark in the first trailer. It finally revealed that it’s called Avengers: Endgame too. Watch it in full below.
On April 11, Marvel released a new TV spot called “Mission” which shows how the Avengers section off into teams for the final showdown.
The clip features new footage from the team in their white – possibly Quantum Realm capable – suits (as Screenrant notes) and shows that they will work in smaller groups.
In addition, a host of new Endgame posters have been released (March 26) to mark one month to go until the film hits cinemas.
In the latest trailer, there is a moment where Captain American and Tony Stark meet up for the first time since Civil War. However, in a recent interview, Fox’s Kevin McCarthy asked the directors to explain more about the scene when they revealed it was in fact not in the finished movie.
Explaining his favourite moment to the directors, McCarthy said: “My favorite moment in the new trailer is Tony saying ‘Do you trust me?’ and Cap goes ‘I do.’ Like, to me, that could have been a moment where there could have been a joke or whatever, ‘cause they have that funny banter back and forth. But it was a beautiful moment because of the stakes of what’s happening.”
McCarthy went on to ask the directors how they felt about the scene. In response, Joe Russo said: “So you know that we tell people that we manipulate trailers in order to obfuscate what happens in these films? That actually is not in the movie.” You can see the clip here:
How long will it be?
Get your butts ready – it looks like we could definitely be in for a three-hour trip to the cinema. In a 2018 interview with Empire Magazine, the Russo Brothers spoke about how they’re struggling to cut down the length as the April 2019 release of Infinity War draws ever closer.
According to the pair, “There’s a high probability that this movie will clock in at around three hours. It’s a big movie with a lot of story.”
Joe Russo previously admitted on Instagram that “the running time on Avengers 4 is currently sitting right at three hours. We’ll see if that holds.”
It turns out it does hold. As the below screenshot shows, it’s clocking in at a mammoth three hours and one minutes. Brace your bums.
Although that seemed up in the air, it seems they’re definitely sticking to their guns.
Speaking to Collider’s Steve Weintraub, Joe Russo previously said that early test screenings are reacting positively to the lengthy run time.
“I think the studio is down with what the best story is. Right now, we think the movie is playing well and we’ve had great responses from our test audiences and we’re feeling very good about where it is. We’re still doing work to it. We’re not done with it. Again, this is a culmination film of 22 movies, it’s a lot of storytelling to work into it. Emotion is an intrinsic part of that to us,” he explained.
“When you have to tell a really complicated story and you want strong emotional moments with the characters, it just requires a certain amount of real estate. This one, in particular, feels like three hours worth of real estate.”
Although it sounds like a test for the strongest of bladders, Coming Soon’s Alan Cerny says that there could be an intermission to break things up. A welcome loo break no doubt, but could it also be a chance for us to have a good old cry as some of our favourite Avengers bite the dust? Who knows.
Additionally, in March 2019, it was reported that the landing page on AMC accidentally revealed the Endgame run-time, listing it at three hours and two minutes.
What is the title and release date for Avengers 4?
The film is called Avengers: Endgame and is released in the UK on April 26, 2019, and in the US on May 3, 2019.
As for the title, Mark Ruffalo teased fans that he’d accidentally revealed it during a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
“I trust that you will cut my spoiler slip on the show tonight. That was “off the record” homey. Please don’t get me in trouble with Marvel (Barry) again. DM me back”, he wrote in October 2018.
Ruffalo, of course, is known for letting the cat out of the bag – having inadvertently revealed the Infinity War ending a year before it was released.
When the footage aired, it saw Ruffalo’s admission being bleeped.
The Russo brothers were seemingly in on the joke too, telling Mark he’s fired…
In response, he pleaded: “Guys,can we talk about this?”
But in a final twist, he DID reveal the title that he’d blurted out on the show. Well, kind of…
“Sir, please reveal the Avengers 4 title officially…”, one fan pleaded.
He aptly responded: “It’s Avengers 4: Register to Vote”.
Is Avengers: Endgame the second part of Infinity War?
Originally, Infinity War was set to be released in two parts – Part 1 and Part 2 – but on May 4, 2016 the Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed that this was no longer the case. The first film will retain the title Infinity War, while the second is: Avengers: Endgame.
“The movies are two very different movies,” Joe Russo said earlier in 2018 this year.
Do we have any idea of the plot for Avengers: Endgame?
Details on the plot of the new film are scarce at present, but the events of Avengers: Endgame will surely pick up from where Infinity War leaves off next year – especially given that Avengers: Endgame is being treated as a sequel.
However, an official synopsis has provided a few cryptic clues.
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos,” the synopsis reads.
“With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.”
So, it’s the rescue effort that we expected it to be. Still, that’s one mammoth task.
At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, we saw Thanos (Josh Brolin) successfully collecting all six infinity stones, and managing to complete his grand plan: removing half of the universe’s population from existence. As he did this, we saw him get rid of Black Panther, Spider-Man, Scarlet Witch and Star-Lord, amongst others. The sequel will undoubtedly deal with the loss of all the heroes, and that massive cliff hanger we were left on.
In June 2018, Popbuzz reported that Marvel Studios shared two featurettes to fans at CineEurope in Barcelona – one from Avengers: Endgame and one from the Captain Marvel movie. If what has been reported is true, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) have a discussion in the film about multiple realities. This suggests that Ant-Man will have a sizeable part in the movie. But this was all according to a Reddit user who watched the featurettes. Believe what you will.
An interview with Robert Downey Jr., meanwhile, could have revealed a spoiler for the upcoming movie. Eagle-eyed fans on Twitter have noticed the background in a recent video interview with the actor is suspiciously similar to that of Shuri’s lab in Infinity War.
“Just letting you guys know that Tony meeting Shuri and going to Wakanda is basically confirmed from this photo,” wrote @SpideySensesYou. “It’s his A4 look with the blonde hair and gray beard. Also the background is the same as Shuris in Infinity War.”
Speaking to Digital Spy, Dave Bautista previously said that the hold-up in production of the latest Guardians of the Galaxy film could now affect the plot of Avengers: Endgame .
He said: “It’s kind of a strange situation to be in now where we’ve lost our director for Guardians…Guardians 3 is really up in the air and I don’t know what they’re going to do with it.”
“It’s on permanent hold for now, and that may make a difference in what they do with our characters in Avengers 4. To be honest with you, right now I really don’t know.”
“But I know I’m in Avengers 4. I’ve shot most of it already. I do have two days of reshoots. But other than that, I have some really great scenes that I hope they use. But I guess that it remains to be seen what they’ll do with the characters.”
Meanwhile, Mark Ruffalo has spoken out about the Hulk’s future in Avengers 4. Appearing on The Marvelists podcast, he discussed his character’s part in the upcoming movie, saying he had had some say in his storyline.
“I can’t really talk about it, what I want, because I’ve had so much a hand in where it’s going, my own little hand,” he said when asked what he wanted for the Hulk from the film. “But I will say that I want to see this conflict [between Bruce Banner and his alter-ego] carried out and see where that takes us and see, can they come to terms with it?”
This week on The Marvelists, Peter and Eddie go green with rage. Well, not really rage. Maybe extreme giddiness (but I digress). The boys are joined alongside with “Puny” Bruce Banner before and after the gamma bomb went off. Yes, we have a Hulk as we are joined with both Lou Ferrigno and Mark Ruffalo.
He continued: “Do they get a moment? I always thought it would be great to see them in some sort of subspace where they get to battle it out with Banner’s brains as some sort of his own superpower, like psych weaponry or psi weaponry against Hulk’s brute strength and have these two characters battle it out.
“I always thought that would be the ultimate comic book ending or something, opening to these characters.”
In September 2018, Karen Gillan – who plays Thanos’s ‘daughter’ Nebula in Guardians Of The Galaxy and Infinity War – teased the idea that Nebula will have a big showdown with her father.
The 30-year-old wrote on a Instagram post, which showed numerous early alarm calls for reshoots: “You know what this means… Nebula has some unfinished business with Daddio.”
Since Nebula was one of the only Guardians left after Thanos killed off half of the universe, it’s likely she’ll want revenge on her father.
Doubling down on the claims in April 2019, she said:”It’s maybe safe to say she suffers from some daddy issues because her dad is Thanos, so who wouldn’t?” Gillan admitted. “I’m excited for her to face the source of this abuse.
“She’s talked about how she wants to inflict revenge, so we all know about that. I’d like to see her try to face that.”
Realising that maybe she said too much, Gillen backtracked: “I don’t know if she will. Maybe she won’t. I just got really nervous I gave something away, so I’m going to stop.”
We’ll take that as a yes…
One new detail which emerged in November 2018 is in regards to Avengers: Endgame’s running time. Director Joe Russo revealed in an Instagram Q&A (see above) that it is currently estimated to be a three-hour-long film – meaning that it’ll be the longest Marvel film to date.
“The running time on Avengers 4 is currently sitting right at three hours. We’ll see if that holds,” Russo said. “We’re about halfway through the editing process… we’re really just scratching the surface on our VFX shots. There are more than 3,000 VFX shots in the movie; those require a lot of time and thought and energy and effort, and we’re very early in the phase of getting VFX done. We’ve just started work with Alan Silvestri on the score, and we’re still editing picture at this point.”
All this, of course, before we get to the small matter of who might actually die. The obvious contenders are the ones who didn’t survive the snap, but what about the ones whose fate was never confirmed?
Well, Gwyneth Paltrow has offered a cryptic hint about her future in the MCU.
“I mean, I’m a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point,” she told Variety.
“I feel very lucky that I did it, because I actually got talked into it. I was friend with [Iron Man director] Jon Favreau. It was such a wonderful experience making the first Iron Man and then to watch how important it has become to fans.”
It all sounds a liiiiiitle bit too reflective – is Pepper’s time up?
Elsewhere, in Maech 2019, Chris Evans responds to rumours that Captain America will die.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the subject of Steve Rogers/Captain America’s death was broached.
When quipped that Evans watched some of the film until Captain America dies, the star replied jokingly: “Right, exactly. After I die by Tony’s hand, I just said, ‘You know what? I can’t watch this.'”
The Hollywood Reporter made the same joke later on when Evans said that he “choked up like three times” watching Endgame. Could it be true?!
I’ve heard it’s going to feature time travel?
Yeah! Well, maybe. In a series of on set photos we saw the Avengers back at the battle of New York, but whilst Captain America and Thor are wearing their original uniforms (as seen in 2012’s The Avengers), we also see Tony Stark in totally different getup to how he originally appeared, and Ant-Man is also there – giving the impression the duo somehow travelled back in time to the battle.
In addition, Popbuzz’s June 2018 report says that Tony Stark and Scott Lang are talking about a technology that allows the Avengers to go to multiple realities and collect the infinity stones. There’s speculation among fans that this is to do with the Quantum Realm, which is featured in Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel. If true, Avengers: Endgame will break the rules of time and space to grab the infinity stones back from Thanos.
But Thanos turned everyone into dust! Are they coming back?
Probably? With sequels to Black Panther and Spider-Man planned for release, surely not everyone can remain as dust! Also, looking at IMDb, a host of the characters who met their ends in Infinity War are listed on the cast list for Avengers: Endgame.
Some eagle-eyed fans have pointed out that a forthcoming ‘Infinity War’ comic book features Thor characters Dr Erik Selvig and Darcy Lewis, and takes place after the ‘Infinity Snap’, indicating they survived the extinction.
That said, fans are reading a lot into the recently released trailer. In one moment, Tony Stark’s ship drifts through space and appears to bear a slight resemblance to a swallow.
According to fans, it could represent something a lot more sinister. One wrote on Reddit: “The swallow tattoo was a symbol used historically by sailors to show off their sailing experience, usually tattooed on the chest, hands or neck.
“Seeing swallows was a sign that their travels were nearing an end.”
A new list of character posters has given an idea of who survived the snap. All the dearly departed characters are seen with grey backgrounds, while it’s a full colour effort for those who survived. Check them out below.
So who is in the cast?
IMDb have published a long list of the actors who are due to star in Avengers: Endgame, which include Karen Gillan (who plays Nebula), Brie Larson (Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America) and Evangeline Lilly (Hope van Dyne / The Wasp).
Also set to appear are Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark / Iron Man), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton / Hawkeye), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa / Black Panther), Gwyneth Paltrow (Rescue / Pepper Potts), Pom Klementieff (Mantis) and Ty Simpkins (Harley Keener).
According to Digital Spy, Tessa Thompson may be returning to the line-up as Valkyrie after her and Chris Hemsworth started sharing some Instagram Stories of them seemingly travelling to the set of Avengers 4 together.
Thompson played Valkyrie alongside Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok but did not, to the surprise of many, appear in Avengers: Infinity War. The two are also currently filming Men in Black together.
Is Hawkeye returning?
After his absence in Avengers: Infinity War, we can only presume that Hawkeye will return for the film’s sequel.
But Jeremy Renner is remaining coy – posting a teasing Instagram photo.
“Day is done! It’s Friday … enjoy your weekend everyone @marvel@avengers #purplebadguy #hawkeye#widow? #avengers? #A6 ? #sendinglove #cawcawmfs#isanyonegonnashowup??? #whoISstillALIVE?“, he wrote.
And what about Captain Marvel?
Captain Marvel (played by Brie Larson) is definitely going to appear in Avengers: Endgame. In the end credits scene of Infinity War we saw her being summoned by Nick Fury and Maria Hill (before they turned into dust), so it could be that Captain Marvel is coming to the rescue.
Going by a new update by Feige on September 7, Marvel is going to play a significant role and she could be as bad ass as Thanos himself.
Feige told Entertainment Weekly: “She is more powerful than any character we’ve introduced thus far. So that alone tells you that there’s a reason Nick hit that button at the end, when he realised that they were up against something far bigger than they had ever been up against before.
“And having her on your side is hopefully going to change the balance of power in a way that they desperately need.”
The Russo brothers. After directing Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the brothers – Joe and Anthony – have taken the reins for Avengers 4 after also helming Infinity War.
Separately, the brothers have directed numerous episodes of Arrested Development and Community.
The script has been written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who also penned the screenplay for Infinity War.
When did Avengers: Endgame start shooting?
Avengers:Endgame started shooting on August 10, 2017, and production was due to continue through to July 2018.
It started filming under the working title Mary Lou 2 – Infinity War of course went by the name Mary Lou during production.
Will everybody appear on screen together at any point?
Hell yeah! Sebastian Stan (who plays Bucky Barnes) revealed that there is one scene where tons of the cast will appear on screen together. Speaking to The Independent, he revealed: “There was one scene, I think, we had where everybody was there. I can’t really talk about that scene, but I knew it took them three months in planning this scene to have everyone there. You look around and you just saw everyone from Samuel L. Jackson to Michael Douglas to Michelle Pfeiffer. Everybody was there.”
Where is filming taking place?
Filming began straight after production wrapped on Avengers: Infinity War, with a number of the locations that were used for Infinity War also being utilised for Avengers: Endgame .
This includes Pinewood Atlanta Studios in the US state of Georgia, downtown Atlanta, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Production on the film in Georgia was affected back in September 2017 due to the effects of Hurricane Irma.