Avengers: Endgame has been out for less than a month and it’s already one of the biggest films of all time. It’s out-grossed Titanic and is currently gunning for Avatar’s crown. Reportedly, one of the reasons it’s making so much is because fans are going to see it multiple times. Maybe they’re seeking answers to the many complicated questions the movie posed? Beware of huge spoilers ahead…
20. Could Vision ever return?
Poor Vision was murdered by Thanos in Infinity War and alas it seems his death stuck. While Gamora and Loki were granted get-out-of-jail-free cards, Vision remained dead. His girlfriend Wanda Maximoff references him in anger when she faces off against Thanos. But is there a glimmer of hope on the horizon for the android man? There is, after all, a TV series called WandaVision coming up on the new Disney+ service.
Wanda – aka Scarlet Witch – is very powerful and the extent of her powers hasn’t really come out in the M.C.U. yet. In the famous “House of M” comic book series she literally rewrites reality. Perhaps this is what WandaVision will be about? A grieving Scarlet Witch might force Vision back to life and have to deal with the consequences. The series is rumored to air in 2020 or 2021 – so we’ll find out then.
19. Where has Valkyrie’s flying horse been all this time?
For the final battle of Endgame, Valkyrie turns up in style. She’s riding upon a winged horse like the valkyries of myth. That flying horse – known as a Pegasus – was last seen in the flashback sequence of Thor: Ragnarok, where Valkyrie’s army and presumably all their flying horses were wiped out by Hela. But where did this one come from?
Since Valkyrie herself survived the Hela battle, maybe some horses did too. But in that case, where’s her chosen Pegasus been all this time? Asgard is destroyed now, so presumably the horse went to New Asgard with Valkyrie. Yet it’s not seen until the final battle, even though it would have been useful before that. Ah well. Give it an extra sugar cube for its impressive efforts.
18. Who was the teenage boy at Iron Man’s funeral?
Tony Stark is no more. At the end of the movie we see his funeral and all the big names are there: Nick Fury, Peter Parker, Captain Marvel, Pepper Potts and the daughter she and Tony had together. The camera pans over all these people. But it also focuses for a moment on a teenage boy at the back of the crowd.
That young guy is Harley Keener. Remember him? Tony met him as a boy in Iron Man 3 and they bonded for a bit. Harley was played by Ty Simpkins – who is 17 years old now – making the character a teenager too. Although Harley spent only a small amount of time with Iron Man, he must have been deemed important enough to attend the funeral. They really were connected after all…
17. How did Captain America lift Thor’s hammer?
Captain America wielding Thor’s hammer was a crowd-pleasing moment. But how exactly did it happen? The last time Cap tried to lift Mjolnir – all the way back in Age of Ultron – it moved only slightly. What was it which finally made him worthy? Some fans think they have the answer.
During Age of Ultron, fans have suggested, Captain America genuinely wasn’t worthy. That’s because he was keeping the terrible secret revealed in Civil War: the identity of the person who killed Tony Stark’s parents. So once the matter was resolved, it’s possible that he could go forward as a hero worthy of Mjolnir. But then again, others have suggested Cap could have lifted the hammer in Age of Ultron but that he chose not to when he saw the look on Thor’s face. Pick a theory!
16. Why can 2012 Hulk talk?
By the time of Endgame, Bruce Banner has managed to absorb the Hulk into his own being. He and his monstrous alter-ego are one and the same. Therefore, when Bruce travels back in time to 2012 he’s rather embarrassed to see his former self Hulk-smashing during the Battle of New York. But there’s a problem and potential plot hole in there – 2012 Hulk is seen as being able to talk.
Hulk doesn’t really learn to speak properly until Thor Ragnarok. But in the 2012 bits of Endgame, he’s able to complain about having to take the stairs. That’s quite a transformation from someone who should only be able to say “Hulk smash” and “Puny god” at that point in time. Maybe Hulk always had a reasonable vocabulary but chose not to use it until the events of Ragnarok?
15. What went on with the Aether?
As Thor reminds everyone during Endgame, at one point the Aether – aka the Reality Stone – was quite literally inside Jane Foster. Rocket apparently removes it from Jane at some point, but how exactly he did so isn’t seen. And that leads to another question – seeing as how all the Stones need to be put back where they were found, how did the Aether go back into Jane?
At the end of Endgame Captain America takes on the task of returning the Stones via time travel. So presumably he’d have had to meet Jane Foster back in the past and re-inject her with the Aether… somehow. That conversation must have been interesting – but alas, we never saw it.
14. Who was Katherine Langford meant to be playing?
Before Endgame was released, news came out that 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford was playing a role. But in the final film, she was nowhere to be seen. After the storm of spoilers had quietened down, directors the Russo Brothers revealed to MTV’s Happy Sad Confused that Langford would have been the older version of Tony Stark’s daughter Morgan.
A manifestation of the future Morgan was supposed to happen after Tony snapped Thanos away. “The intention was that his future daughter… forgave him and sort of gave him peace to go,” Joe Russo explained. But the scene was cut because, according to Anthony Russo, “We didn’t feel an emotional association with the adult version of his daughter.”
13. What happened to Sharon Carter?
Poor Sharon Carter. The niece of Peggy Carter gets very close to starting a relationship with Steve Rogers in Captain America: Civil War, but then… nothing. By the time Infinity War rolls around, Cap is a fugitive from the law and Sharon just isn’t around for some reason. Did Steve decide dating his lost love’s niece was just too weird?
Either way, she’s not present during the final battle or at Tony Stark’s funeral. We don’t even know if she ended up being snapped away or not. And now, of course, Steve has returned to the past to be with Peggy Carter. Did he talk to Sharon first? Did he even leave her a “sorry, it’s over,” note? Steve, you cad.
12. Is Black Widow really dead?
Black Widow met her end in this film when she sacrificed herself to gain Hawkeye the Soul Stone. It was a sad, largely triumphant conclusion to her story. But that didn’t stop fans from asking – is there any way to bring her back? After all, a Black Widow movie is still scheduled to arrive at some point, directed by Cate Shortland.
However, it seems likely the Black Widow film will be a prequel, not a sequel. There’s a lot of material there – Natasha’s childhood and training as a secret agent, for a start. But is there no way she could have survived Endgame? What about when Cap put the Soul Stone back? Nope – according to Joe Russo at least, even that wouldn’t bring her to life.
11. Where did Captain America get Falcon’s shield?
At the end of Endgame, an aged Captain America gives his shield to Falcon. Falcon is now free to take up the mantle of Captain America, a persona he also had in the comics. This will probably form part of the plot of the upcoming Falcon and Winter Soldier show. But where did the shield actually come from? Last time we saw it, it was shattered.
There are two potentialities – one simple and the other confusing. Possibility one is that Cap simply got another shield made or was even working on a new one before the events of Endgame had happened. But there’s also the idea that if Cap’s time travel lead him to a parallel world – one where he could live happily with Peggy – the shield might actually be from that universe.
10. How did Thanos’ spaceship get to the future?
In the Marvel universe, you need something called Pym Particles in order to time-travel. The Avengers had enough of them for one round trip each, so there weren’t exactly a lot of them lying around, even if Cap and Iron Man did manage to pick up a few more from the ’70s. 2014 Nebula, who arranges for Thanos to warp into the future with his army, already used hers beforehand.
So if 2014 Nebula didn’t have any Pym Particles left, how did she manage to take Thanos’ crew forward through time? What exactly was done? Well, the Russo Brothers answered the question when speaking to Chinese-language website QQ. “There is a guy called Maw in his army,” they said. “He was a great wizard. Thanos himself was a brilliant genius as well. Those two easily reverse engineered and mass-produced Pym Particles.” Now you know!
9. What happened with the Sokovia Accords?
Remember the thing which split the Avengers down the middle in Captain America: Civil War? The Sokovia Accords would have made the superheroes answerable to the government. Iron Man was all for the idea and Captain America was not. But what happened to the Accords in the wake of the Snap?
Perhaps we’ll never know. No mention of the Sokovia Accords is made in Endgame, although the man responsible for them, Secretary Ross, was at Tony Stark’s funeral at the end. Plus Captain America was no longer a fugitive, implying the government had other things on their mind than rogue superheroes. And in all honesty – especially with so many now dead – the world has probably long since moved on.
8. Where is Loki now?
Believe it or not, Loki is still in play. Yes, he died in Infinity War, but he got another chance at life thanks to the Avengers’ time-travel plan. When the Hulk threw a wrench into things and sent the Tessaract flying, Loki saw his chance to escape scot-free. He grabbed it and disappeared to who knows where?
In a post-Endgame interview, Anthony Russo conformed Loki’s fate. “Loki could absolutely still be alive in an alternate timeline,” he told the Los Angeles Times. No matter what, he’ll be back, as he’s due to star in a new series for Disney+. Presumably, his disappearance in Endgame is a setup for that.
7. Did Cap see the Red Skull again?
Attentive viewers of the M.C.U. (and possibly even non-attentive ones) will have noticed that the being who guards the Soul Stone on Vormir is none other than Captain America’s nemesis Red Skull. And he explains in Infinity War how he came to be there. After holding an Infinity Stone, “It cast me out, banished me here, guiding others to a treasure I cannot possess.”
But that means that when Cap travels back in time to return all the Stones to their places of origin, he’ll presumably run right into his former enemy. Throw Natasha’s death into the mix and things get even more intense. The face-off between Captain America and Red Skull must have been intense… but we didn’t get to see it!
6. Is half the universe now a different age?
Half the world’s population got snapped away and it goes without saying that they didn’t age during that time. Meanwhile, the people left behind did age, as would naturally be expected. When Ant Man finds his daughter Cassie again, she’s a teenager. So where does this leave everyone going forward?
Spider-Man, for example, is the same age he was when we last saw him. And according to one of the Endgame writers, Stephen McFeely, so are many of his schoolmates. They all got snapped. “I can only assume that most of the main characters got blipped and maybe some ancillary characters are now older. And then you’ll get some comedy from that [in Spider-Man: Far From Home],” McFeely told the HeroBlend podcast.
5. Where is Mjolnir now?
Thor’s been without his trademark weapon for quite some time now. He lost it during the events of Thor: Ragnarok and so didn’t have it throughout Infinity War or the beginning of Endgame. But during his trip back in time to Asgard, he realizes he can take the opportunity to get Mjolnir back.
And yet at the end of the movie, Mjolnir is left with Captain America. After all, he can wield it now. So during his trip back in time to return the Infinity Stones, presumably he left Mjolnir back on Asgard where Thor found it. We don’t get to see this moment, but we can probably safely assume it took place.
4. Why didn’t Nebula die when she shot her past self?
Nebula has changed a lot since we first met her. She’s grown so much as a character that when she’s confronted with her past far-more-villainous self, it’s maybe not all that surprising that she would be appalled and kill her. But why didn’t she disappear after she murdered the past version of herself? Well, it’s all to do with the M.C.U.’s take on time travel.
This version of time travel is different to others. Everything that happens when a character travels to the past sparks off a new timeline without affecting the main one. So there’s some timeline out there where Nebula dies in 2014. But in the primary timeline, Nebula is fine because her past already happened. It’s confusing – but that’s how all the time travel works in the movie. That’s how Captain America was able to live out the rest of his life with Peggy Carter in the past, too.
3. What sort of world have the snapped-back people returned to?
Endgame appears to have a happy ending. Sure, some of the heroes are dead, but everyone who was snapped away by Thanos has been restored to life. Except… the world they’ve been placed back into is far from the one they knew. Five years have passed. Some governments might have collapsed in that space of time and some loved ones might have moved on.
Plus there’s all the people who weren’t snapped, but died as a result of someone else getting snapped. What happened to them? Luckily for everyone, the M.C.U. doesn’t really seem to run on that kind of reality. The events of Endgame appear to genuinely put the world to rights, even though logically it wouldn’t have worked out that way.
2. Where does Gamora go?
In Infinity War it was asked “Where is Gamora? Who is Gamora? Why is Gamora?” Now another question can be added to that list, When is Gamora? The answer to that is, Gamora is now a woman out of time. She jumped out of the 2014 timeline, turned against Thanos just as she did in Guardians of the Galaxy and now she’s presumably been stuck in 2023.
But after the big battle against Thanos, where does Gamora go? Since she now doesn’t know Peter Quill or any of the Guardians, she has no reason to stick around. Chances are high that the search for her will form part of the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 plot. Back in 2017 director James Gunn did state that Gamora had a big role in the third installment. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until at least 2022 to find out.
1. What was that noise at the end?
The post-credits scene is a beloved M.C.U. tradition. But the tradition may have ended with Endgame. Expectant audiences sat all the way through all the credits and got nothing at the end. Nothing except some stylized closing titles for the original Avengers actors and… a mysterious clanging sound. What was it?
It sounds like metal being forged, so perhaps it’s a sound bite from the very first Iron Man movie, where Tony Stark created his armor? But there’s another theory making the rounds that is outlandish – but plausible. With Disney’s acquisition of Fox, the company now has the rights to the X-Men. And the most famous of the X-Men is known for having metal claws. Is Wolverine finally going to show up in the M.C.U.?