Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will finish with “Avengers: Endgame.” This movie will be the culmination of over a decade of Marvel superheroism on the big screen, while also signaling the beginning of Phase 4. With all the buzz and speculation surrounding it, there are a multitude of things to be excited for before its release on April 26.
How will the snapped Avengers be brought back?
At the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” half of the universe’s population was disintegrated with a snap of Thanos’ fingers, thanks to the Infinity Gauntlet. This includes half of the Avengers, such as Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Falcon and Spider-Man, among others. Characters like Spider-Man and Black Panther have confirmed sequels in Phase 4, which begs the question: How will they return? There are many theories floating around, like the Time Stone being used to reverse the snap or a character going into the Soul Stone to retrieve the fallen heroes. My personal theory involves Captain Marvel and the unknown extent of her powers. She has not been confirmed to have the ability to time-travel, but being one of the most powerful characters in the MCU means she could reasonably acquire this ability to go back in time and prevent the snap.
Ant-Man in the Quantum Realm
In the post-credits scene for “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Ant-Man gets trapped in the Quantum Realm when his allies are snapped during an experiment. However, in the Endgame trailer, we see him at Captain America’s front door and in multiple other scenes with the rest of the team. This obviously means he will escape the Quantum Realm during the movie, but when and how? We have already been shown the Quantum Realm is a nearly inescapable place, so what will Ant-Man have to do to return to his friends? This may involve him learning to master the complexities of the Quantum Realm and using it to his advantage.
Hawkeye and Ronin
In the trailer, Clint Barton is shown with a stylish new mohawk and a new outfit, which leads many to believe he will become Ronin. In the comics, Ronin is an identity assumed by Barton after a series of traumatic events. He forgoes his bow and arrow for a pair of katanas and a brooding demeanor. After becoming Ronin, Barton mentors the young Kate Bishop into taking up the mantle of Hawkeye. In the MCU, this role of Bishop will presumably be filled by his daughter, as seen in the trailer where he is training her to use a bow. With this young girl adopting the role of a superhero in the final movie of Phase 3, I believe she will become one of the standout members of the new Avengers that may result from Endgame.
Who will live to see Phase 4?
There have been many rumors surrounding the actors and actresses who have been in the MCU since the beginning. Robert Downey Jr., who portrays Iron Man, set the standard for the MCU heroes with 2008’s “Iron Man.” So far, Downey Jr. has only been scheduled for Endgame, and given his solemn attitude while isolated in space during the trailer, the end of Tony Stark is looking more and more likely. He has already put his life on the line to save the world once during the climactic battle of “The Avengers,” but ultimately survived. Sacrificing himself once again in Endgame would further cement his heroism and set the stage for a new hero to lead. Chris Evans, who portrays Captain America, is also rumored to end his MCU career with Endgame. Along with Iron Man, he has led the Avengers in their fight to protect the universe. In a recent tweet, Evans showed his love for playing the role of Cap and everyone who supported him along the way.
Although he does not explicitly state Endgame is his last movie in the MCU, his emotional words are those typically seen in actors saying goodbye to their long standing roles.
Endgame is looking to live up to its name, and if all of the hype surrounding it is an indicator, it likely will. “Avengers: Endgame” releases in the U.S. on April 26.