Hi there. Look, you know will always be spoiler free for you. As part of our code, we aim to bring you what you need to know walking into the cinema to see the latest release without spoiling the best parts for you with clickbait. But this movie is a lot, it is the culmination of the entire MCU including Infinity War. If you have not seen Infinity War then don’t pass this point but also don’t go see Endgame in Cinemas.
We will do our best to prime you from here but know we are going to talk about what happens in every Marvel movie leading up to this point so if you have been in a coma since 2008 might be best to have a small marathon then come back to us.
Well, here we are. 22 movies later in the most ambitious, biggest interconnected story universe ever to come to cinemas. From the moment that Tony Stark first said ‘I am Iron Man’ in 2008 a new age of superhero movies was born which are not an understatement to say are on the scale that defined a generation.
A year ago we sat and watched Infinity War with Thanos snapping half of all known life in the Universe out of existence after acquiring all 6 Infinity Stones. It was brutal and cinematically for pop culture, the closest we can compare it to is the end of Empire Strikes Back. So how did we get here? How did this happen? That is probably the right place to start… We know that the MCU began with Tony Stark kidnapped and nearly dead in the desert before returning as Iron Man but for this one we need to talk about the stones.
The Infinity Stone saga began in Captain America when the Red Skull found the Tesseract (Space) hidden in Norway presumably by Asgardians. After a tussle the Tesseract was lost but recovered by the SSR later known as SHIELD by Howard Stark where it sat until it was used in the mid-90s in a Department of Defense/NASA initiative to create spacecraft under the Kree scientist Mar-vell. This lead to the accident that gave Captain Marvel her powers.
The Tesseract remained on Earth with SHEILD until Loki (presumed dead for the first time) came to claim it for Thanos while wielding a staff that we later learned held the Mind Stone (that we didn’t really learn until Avengers: Age of Ultron). After Loki was defeated he returned to Asgard with Thor who shortly thereafter returned to Earth due to Jane Foster coming into contact with the Reality Stone (or fluid/goo not really a Stone as Thor would put it) in Thor the Dark World.
With 3 stones accounted for the next was discovered by Peter Quill in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie at the same time as we got a proper explanation of the stones being elemental forces of the Universe. The Power Stone which was almost delivered to Thanos went to be stored with the Nova Corps leaving two left. The next of which, the Time Stone having already been on earth for a long time under the guard and use of the Sorcerer Supreme.
This brings us up to Infinity War where Thanos, in possession of three stones already sacrificed Gamora to retrieve the Soul Stone which gave us the location of all 6 stones within the MCU before the events at the end of Infinity War.
So where does Endgame pickup? This is very hard to say because there are spoilers abound so lets go with what you probably already know. Endgame is set after Infinity War but even if you have managed to avoid all spoilers aside from the major trailers then you still know next to nothing about the film with most of the big reveals in trailers being taken from the first 20-30 minutes of the film almost. Further to that some of the reveals in the trailer are red herrings – there are lines that are said that are not in the film, different characters saying the actual lines said and a whole lot more, somewhat akin to Infinity War trailers showing Thanos with fewer stones then he actually did at the same part of that movie.
Right now you are an open green field of wide eye optimism so what do you need to know going into the film? Probably the most important piece of information we have for you is that the film is 3 hours and 1 minute long, so unless you were reframing from fluids since the night before you are going to need a bathroom break at some point so here it is in the most spoiler-free way we can say it…
At approximately the midway point – 1hr 30min into the film Captain America and Hawkeye will be talking beside a lake/body of water outside with some other Avengers there. That is a 2-3 minute window for you to make a run for it because everything after that point you are not going to want to miss.
For Infinity War it has been said it was the most ambitious crossover ever attempted and this film is, well Infinity War Part Two. While the first half of the film will hit you emotionally (well most of the film will actually to be honest) there are scenes in Endgame that make parts of Infinity War look like it was shot using a budget from selling Kevin Smith’s Comic Book collection all over again.
Endgame is the second part of Infinity War and if Infinity War is not your favourite Marvel movie of all time then Endgame probably won’t be either, but without a doubt, you are going to need to see this more than once and probably on the biggest screen imaginable for moments that previously you might have only thought you would see on a gatefold cover of a milestone number comic.
We know that this is not the end of the story with Spider-Man: Far from Home being the official end to Phase 3 and Phase 4 being announced around San Diego Comic Con time. Disney and Fox merger having gone through and multiple Disney+ (US Disney Stream Service) series have already been announced that will directly connect with the MCU such as the Falcon & Winter Soldier one on top of the rights for Deadpool, Fantastic Four and X-Men reverting back to Marvel.
But trust us True Believer – Regardless of what happens in Endgame the stories that came before will always be there for you.
Avengers: Endgame is in cinemas across Australia right now (with the rest of the world getting it this week so try not to spoil it for anyone)