An era will end in April, when Marvel Studios releases AVENGERS: ENDGAME — the film previously known as AVENGERS 4. The first trailer confirmed that AVENGERS: ENDGAME will carry on immediately following 2018’s AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, to explore the consequences of the horrific universal genocide committed by Thanos.
AVENGERS: ENDGAME is expected to be the swan song for several heroes, with the likes of Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. coming to the end of their contracts with Marvel. The stakes are higher than ever before – and even Captain America and Iron Man could pay the ultimate price as they try to put the cosmos to rights. Here’s everything we know about AVENGERS 4.
The AVENGERS: ENDGAME Release Date
While Marvel typically follows a staggered release plan, to optimize box office depending on national holidays in different regions, AVENGERS: ENDGAME has one worldwide release date.
The first trailer confirmed the AVENGERS: ENDGAME release date for April 26, 2019. That’s a week earlier than we previously expected in the US, as the film was originally set to arrive in the US on May 3.
The Cast Of AVENGERS: ENDGAME
The core cast of AVENGERS: ENDGAME is the O.G. Avengers: Chris Evans (Captain America), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).
Their bolstered by the two surviving members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper). Official artwork has confirmed two other major new figures will join up with the Avengers as well: Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). Josh Brolin has been confirmed to reprise the role of Thanos, Marvel’s most powerful and ruthless villain.
Although the rest of Earth’s defenders were killed in the snap, most are expected to return. AVENGERS: ENDGAME boasts a larger cast than any other Marvel movie to date, and it’s even been teased that there’s a single scene featuring absolutely every major Marvel character. Some other unlikely figures are also confirmed, including the likes of the Ancient One (played by Tilda Swinton), a character who died in 2016’s DOCTOR STRANGE. John Slattery is reportedly reprising the role of Howard Stark, Tony’s father.
The Plot Of AVENGERS: ENDGAME
The first AVENGERS: ENDGAME trailer teased that the surviving heroes have a plan. Set photos suggest that AVENGERS: ENDGAME is a time travel film, with the Avengers presumably attempting to rewrite history in order to either avert or undo the snap. Most notably, photos have shown Marvel recreating a big event from a previous film, with an extra character added. Time travel certainly explains how some characters could return even though they were killed off long ago.
One theory says the Avengers will use the Quantum Realm to travel in time. Introduced in ANT-MAN, the Quantum Realm is a plane of reality where the normal laws of time and space break down. Significantly, ANT-MAN & THE WASP’s post-credits scene saw Ant-Man trapped in the Quantum Realm. He was warned against stumbling into any “time vortexes,” which could well be what the Avengers use to travel through time.
Whatever the truth may be, the film’s title clearly refers to a dire warning from Doctor Strange. “We’re in the endgame now,” he told Tony Stark in INFINITY WAR, hinting that their plan is the only chance the Avengers have to stop Thanos.
AVENGERS: ENDGAME Will Carry On From The Events Of INFINITY WAR
The first trailer for AVENGERS: ENDGAME showed Earth’s Mightiest Heroes reeling, apparently defeated. They risked everything to stop Thanos from achieving his insane goal of erasing half the life in the universe, but they ultimately failed. Thanos got the final Infinity Stone, and the Avengers watched friends and loved ones crumble to dust. Worse, the effect has been reproduced across the entire universe, and Earth is struggling to recover from the horror.
Tony Stark and Nebula were marooned on the doomed planet Titan. They managed to leave Titan in the Guardians’ ship, but without sufficient fuel, they’re stranded in deep, deserted space. Food and water have run out, and according to a voice-over they only have one day’s worth of air left. Things have never looked so bleak for the Avengers.
What Is Thanos’ Role In AVENGERS: ENDGAME?
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR ended with Thanos triumphant, settling down to live as a farmer, satisfied with the chaos he has wrought. He paid a hefty price to achieve his goal, even sacrificing his daughter Gamora in order to gain the Soul Stone. As far as Thanos is concerned, however, the sacrifice was worthwhile.
His role in AVENGERS: ENDGAME is currently unknown. When he learns the Avengers are trying to put matters right, however, he’ll be sure to work against them. And Thanos still wields the unlimited power of the Infinity Stones – even if the Infinity Gauntlet was damaged during the snap.
What About New Threats In AVENGERS: ENDGAME?
Leaked marketing has teased that Thanos won’t be the only foe to face the Avengers in ENDGAME. According to toy boxes, the Avengers will find themselves taking on “new threats” that may be even more dangerous than the Mad Titan.
Marvel is coy about revealing any new dangers. A popular theory says the Celestials will return, but there’s sparse evidence to support this conclusion. Another recent theory is that the Mind Stone itself could be the real enemy, having orchestrated the chaos that has befallen the galaxy.
The AVENGERS: ENDGAME Trailer Broke Records
The first trailer for AVENGERS: ENDGAME was the most-watched trailer in history. It was viewed more than 289 million times in the first 24 hours after it being released online. That’s clearly an indicator of just how much interest there is in AVENGERS: ENDGAME – and it strongly suggests this will be another hit for Marvel Studios.
So when will the next AVENGERS 4 trailer hit? We haven’t had any indication so far. First, we’re likely to see the debut SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME trailer. Marvel could even wait until close to the CAPTAIN MARVEL release date, on March 8, to show off more ENDGAME footage.
AVENGERS: ENDGAME Will Transform The MCU
When the dust settles from AVENGERS: ENDGAME, the MCU will never be the same. Marvel has been quiet about the post-ENDGAME MCU, however. The studio doesn’t want anyone to have a clue what will happen in AVENGERS 4 so it is offering as few details as possible.
The only thing that’s certain is that SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME will be set minutes after ENDGAME, and will use Peter Parker to introduce viewers to the new status quo.