We’re in the endgame now. The massive finale to the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe–and the end of MCU Phase 3–is coming and with each passing day until the theatrical release of Avengers: Endgame, fans learn new things about what to expect from the upcoming film.
However, with so much being revealed in the weeks and months before Endgame, it can be hard to keep up. Whether it’s new trailers, a poster that seemingly gives away the return of characters you weren’t sure you’d see, or the endless stream of potential theories about how the Avengers could possibly save the universe that was turned to dust by Thanos (Josh Brolin), there’s a lot to talk about.
To keep things simple, GameSpot has come up with this one-stop shop for everything you need to know–and everything we’ve learned thus far–about Avengers: Endgame. This movie is surely going to change the game for the MCU, so make sure you’re caught up on everything before it hits theaters.
Release Date And Tickets
Clearly, this is the most important piece of information. You have to know when you’re going to get to see Endgame. Thankfully, you won’t have to wait too long. Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on Friday, April 26. Of course, given how movie releases work, that means you should have your first chance to see it the evening of Thursday, April 25. Tickets have not yet gone on sale.
Thus far there have been two trailers for Avengers: Endgame–plus a Super Bowl commercial. The first trailer for the movie arrived back in December, showing us the glorious returns of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)–who were absent during Infinity War. That trailer was followed by the Super Bowl commercial, which gave us a look at what became of the world after Thanos snapped his fingers. It’s not pretty.
Most recently, the second full trailer shows the remaining Avengers assembled and introduces Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). Those wondering how she came into the picture should definitely catch up on our post-credits explainer for the Captain marvel movie.
Of course, when new footage arrives, we have to comb through it for every little detail. The first trailer gave us some hints about what happened to characters we didn’t necessarily see turn to dust, while the latest trailer leans heavily on connections to the MCU’s past. Then there’s the Super Bowl commercial, which confirmed that Captain America (Chris Evans) is getting his trusty shield back.
Our Best Theories
With so much mystery swirling around Endgame and how, exactly, the Avengers plan to undo the mass genocide unleashed by Thanos, there are plenty of theories to dig through. For GameSpot, the sky’s the limit when it comes to theorizing what’s to come. After seeing the first trailer, we were convinced the Avengers would travel back in time to fight Thanos. Meanwhile, the Super Bowl commercial has us wondering if Nebula (Karen Gillan) was actually helping to stop Thanos or if she was perhaps helping him as some sort of a double agent.
Stan Lee’s Cameo
No, we don’t know what Stan Lee’s cameo will be in the new film just yet. However, we do know one was filmed before the legendary comics figure passed away in late 2018. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that there were still a couple of cameos left and that one of them was for Endgame.
What To Catch Up On
If you’re not caught up on the MCU heading into Endgame, that can be daunting. With over a decade of movies to wade through, surely they can’t all be integral to the plot, right? Thankfully, they’re not. What’s more, we’ve done the heavy-lifting for you in figuring out what movies you really need to watch and how to do so digitally before Endgame arrives in theaters. Just follow along in our handy guide.
What Comes Next In Phase 4
With so much hinging on Avengers: Endgame, how can Marvel possibly follow it? At this point, a lot of the future of the MCU remains unknown. For instance, there’s no telling which of the original Avengers will actually survive the fight that’s coming in Endgame.
That said, we do have some hints about what happens next in the MCU and some idea of what the film and TV–yes, TV– future of this franchise looks like. Arriving later in 2019 is Spider-Man: Far From Home, a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. As far as we can tell, this is is set after the events of Endgame. However, the world looks no worse for wear after Thanos snapped it all away, which could be a tease of how he’ll be dealt with in the fourth Avengers film.
Additionally, we know that another Doctor Strange movie is in the works, as well as a Black Widow standalone project, and a film about Kung Fu master Shang-Chi. On the TV side, there are a number of projects in development for Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+. There will be a series based around Loki (Tom Hiddleston), as well as one featuring Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany). It remains to be seen if these will be set before or after Endgame, though it’s worth noting all three of those characters were killed in Infinity War.