10 things you should know before watching 'Avengers: Endgame' (Spoiler-free)

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  • Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019

Avengers: Endgame

1) I don't remember what happened in Avengers: Infinity War. Can you remind me?

In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos managed to collect all six Infinity Stones onto his Infinity Gauntlet, and wiped out half the population of the entire universe with a single snap of his fingers. Avengers: Endgame is supposedly set five years after the events in Infinity War. (Read our review here.)

2) Who got 'snapped'?

A number of superheroes got snapped, including T'Challa/Black Panther, Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Doctor Stephan Strange, Groot, Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Drax The Destroyer, Mantis, Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp, Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier and Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, along with Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Hank Pym (the former Ant-Man), and Janet Van Dyne (the former Wasp). Oh, a few heroes were also killed by Thanos way before the snap, including Loki, Gamora and Vision.

 3) So, who's left?

The 'original' Avengers - Steve Rogers/Captain America, Tony Stark/Iron Man, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Thor, Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Bruce Banner/Hulk, and also James Rhodes/War Machine, Rocket Raccoon, Nebula, General Okoye of Wakanda, and Scott Lang/Ant-Man. Oh, and a certain interstellar superhero named Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel.

Recent posters have also revealed that Happy Hogan (Stark's assistant), Pepper Potts (Stark's fiancee), Aunt May, and Wong (Dr Strange's assistant) survived as well.

Avengers: Endgame
I don't care how 'effective' it sounds, I'm NOT ok with 'Project Thanus'.

4) Why wasn't Ant-Man in Avengers: Infinity War, and how did he survive being 'snapped'?

This was explained in a post-credit scene at the end of Ant-Man And The Wasp, which showed that Scott had ventured into the Quantum Realm at the time of the snap. So while Hope, Janet and Hank were all snapped, it somehow missed Scott.

It remains to be seen whether this is because he was in the Quantum Realm or because he just wasn't part of the 50% that were 'chosen' to be snapped.

Also read: Watch the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ cast recap the entire MCU with a song

What do you mean black isn't my colour? What am I supposed to wear, a bright purple costume?
What do you mean black isn't my colour? What am I supposed to wear, a bright purple costume?

5) Hawkeye, who was also absent in the last movie, shows up here with a black costume. What's up with that?

That would be his 'Ronin' costume. Ronin, which means 'lone samurai' in Japanese, is a persona that has been taken by several characters in the Marvel comics, but Clint Barton only took it after the events of the Civil War storyline.

Since the last time we saw Clint was in Captain America: Civil War, where he retired from active duty to be with his family, we're guessing that Thanos' snap probably took his family from him, prompting him to fight crime as Ronin as a way to cope with his grief.

Avengers: Endgame
Big guy with a big hammer, take that away, what's left?

6) Why wasn't Captain Marvel around during the Infinity War?

As we saw in the recent Captain Marvel movie, Carol was away in deep space when Thanos invaded Earth to claim the Infinity Stones. We're assuming that news of the battle in Wakanda never reached Nick Fury, who only managed to page Carol just before he disintegrated.

Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Fiege has already called Carol the 'most powerful' superhero in the MCU. Her presence, along with fellow heavy hitters Thor and Hulk, will certainly help to balance the scales when it comes to taking on Thanos head on.

Avengers: Endgame
The only reason I don't let Hulk out right now is because I don't want him ripping my favourite shirt.

7) But Hulk never played a part in the final battle of Infinity War. What happened to him?

After being battered and toss around like a rag doll by Thanos at the start of Infinity War, Hulk has gone into 'hiding' inside Bruce Banner, seemingly afraid to come out because of how weak Thanos made him feel.

Considering how important Hulk was in defeating the enemies in both previous Avengers films, we'd bet our purple pants that he's going to come out at some point and change the playing field at some point during Endgame.

Behold, the universe's scariest scarecrow.
Behold, the universe's scariest scarecrow.

8) By the way, what is Thanos doing now?

Well, apparently he has hung up his armour and taken up farming somewhere. We're not entirely sure what he's doing, but it's safe to say that he's feeling pretty proud of himself right now.

9) What else do I need to know before going into the cinema?

The movie is over three hours long, so make sure you go to the restroom before the movie, or you might miss crucial parts of the story while you’re on a toilet break.

10) Anything else?

If you are among the first ones to watch the movie, congratulations. But remember, there are many more Avengers fans who would love to watch it without knowing what happens beforehand. So please, refrain from posting spoilers on your social media feeds. Remember, #ThanosDemandsYourSilence, so #DontSpoilTheEndgame.

Also read: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ footage leaked, forcing fans to flee social media

Directors Joe and Alex Russo penned an open letter imploring fans not to spoil Endgame for others.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo penned an open letter imploring fans not to spoil Endgame for others.

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