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“Avengers: Endgame”: The Russos Actually Had Told Us the Title Months Ago

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So the first trailer for Avengers 4 finally has released. And as we expected, the end of the promo revealed the film’s ultra-secretive title. It’s officially called Avengers: Endgame. And Marvel has been coy about it ever since Avengers: Infinity War debuted.

Actually, the Avengers films’ directors might have revealed the title a while back. And no one of us really picked up on it.

Remember when the Russo Brothers posted that picture of an empty set, asking us to “look hard” for clues? We all certainly did that, but still struggled to find anything except for maybe four A’s. Well, as it turns out, the Endgame title may have been in the picture all along.

Back in September, months before we did find the official title, GOAT Movie Podcast actually had found the Endgame clues. No one really paid attention until now.

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In the tweet, there’re two photos of the set. One of them is as it was first released, while the other has the word “Endgame” written on top of various structures around the room. And when we look back and forth between the two pictures, it’s not too difficult to figure out that it’s all already connected.

In all honesty, this might be a massive stretch. But the fact that the title actually turned out to be Endgame give it a metric ton of validity.

However, the biggest hints at the Endgame title did not come from a photo, but rather from a couple of lines throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Of course, everyone still remembers the line from Doctor Strange in Infinity War where he told Tony Stark, “We are in the endgame now.” But that was not the first time someone in the MCU had used the phrase.

Back in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony Stark told the rest of the team that the galaxy beyond Earth was the “endgame” and that they needed to start focusing their attention out there. Little did we know, this poignant line would become a fixture of the franchise going forward.

What about you? What was your guess for the Avengers 4 title? Let us know in the comments!

Avengers: Endgame is set to arrive in April 26th, 2019.

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“Avengers: Endgame” Takes a Big Jump in Catching Avatar, Less Than $7 Million Away

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Avengers: Endgame is now on Avatar’s tail at the global box office. The Marvel Studios’ flick has earned another $2.8 million this weekend, bringing its worldwide box office total to $2.781 billion. At this time of writing, that puts Endgame’s box office behemoth a mere $7 million shy of typing Avatar’s $2.788 billion box office record.

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(Photo: Box Office Mojo – Updated: July 15, 2019)

For his part, Avengers: Endgame co-director Anthony Russo is trying not to think about whether the movie will catch or top Avatar.

“I mean, look at it, I know it sounds very sensational, and all but I try not to focus on it because there is no – even if we do not pass Avatar, there is no way I want to have a shred of regret about anything associated with this movie,” the filmmaker said at the MTV Awards. “So I refuse to kind of consider it, you know?”

However, Avengers: Endgame already passed Avatar to becoming the second highest-grossing film ever at the domestic box office. After being re-released in theaters, Endgame returned to the domestic box office top 10. The movie earned another $1.69 million in North America this weekend, bringing its domestic total to $851 million.

During a press tour for Avengers: Endgame, directors Anthony and Joe Russo expressed, “We poured our hearts and soul into Avengers: Endgame, hoping to tell a story that would inspire audiences around the world. Our family of cast and crew all felt honored to be entrusted with bringing the Infinity Saga to a close. To Kevin Feige, everyone at Marvel and Disney, and the incredible, global community of fans, thank you.”

Avengers: Endgame is now being re-released in select theaters. The film will be hitting digital on July 30 and available in Blu-ray on August 13.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.

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MCU: The Difference Between “The Snap” and “The Blip”

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Ever since the end of Avengers: Infinity War last year, fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe have referred to the biggest event that wiped out half of all life on Earth, and across the galaxy – as “The Snap.” It makes sense, considering Thanos literally snapped away half the population after accumulating all of six Infinity Stones. However, it works more as a movie-going term, considering not everyone knows how it all went down.

The people on the streets of various cities and towns across the planet, far removed from the Battle of Wakanda (Black Panther), would likely refer to it as something else, especially after everyone returned in Endgame. And with Spider-Man: Far From Home, finally it gives us a different term for this event, with the students of Midtown High referring to their disappearances and return as “The Blip.

Recently, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke with Fandango about the nomenclature, explaining how it all differentiates in the MCU.

“It came pretty fast. We always referred to it as the Blip, then the public started referring to it as the Snap,” Feige explained. “We think it is funny when high school kids just call this horrific, universe-changing event the Blip. We have narrowed it down. The Snap is when everyone disappeared at the end of Infinity War. And The Blip is when everybody returned at the end of Endgame. And that’s how we’ve narrowed in on the definitions.”

Actually, not everyone knows what happened in Wakanda, even though Steve Rogers/Captain America refers to the Mad Titan by name when conducting his support group in Endgame. So it stands to reason that not everyone actually knows about Thanos snapping his fingers, or that they’d even refer to the disappearances of friends and family so colloquially.

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At least we now have some defining terms for two of the most significant events to take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hopefully, we will get more stories to explore the five-year time period between “The Snap” and “The Blip,” so we could learn more about how the world managed to move on and adapt to these horrible events.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is globally playing in theaters now. Avengers: Endgame will arrive digitally on July 3o and Blu-ray on August 13.

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“Avengers: Endgame:” Fat Thor Gets an Official Name From Marvel

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The latest crossover event from Marvel Studios has brought about dramatic changes for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including some facts that will drastically alter the future of the franchise. Avengers: Endgame sees two of the “Big Three” taken off the board, with the death of Tony Stark/Iron Man and the “retirement” of Steve Rogers/Captain America, but Thor also has a major change in his status quo as well.

One of the changes to Chris Hemsworth’s character saw his normally chiseled physique being effectively snapped away. And after a time jump, we are introduced to a more robust version of the God of Thunder. While fans have affectionately referred to this character as “Fat Thor,” the special features for Endgame seemingly now gives him an official name: Bro Thor.

The special featurette announced for Avengers: Endgame goes by the name “Bro Thor,” as described:

“His appearance has changed, but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created.”

This name is pretty applicable as it does not just describe Thor’s physical stature, but does more to explain his state of mind instead. After killing Thanos and the five-year time travel, Thor’s priorities shift toward playing Fornite with his best pals Meek and Korg while attempting to drink every bottle of beer in Norway.

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And the end of the film sees Thor reignite his heroic fire as he joins the Guardians of the Galaxy. Though it is not clear yet of Chris Hemsworth has actually joined the cast of this popular Marvel series, the actor is hopeful that he will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

“I would play that character [Thor] again. I love it so much, especially if there is something unique to do with it again. I really felt like the last three films were very different each time. And it felt like a totally different character. But I don’t even know when or if they are shooting [Guardians 3],” Chris Hemsworth said.

“I will work with any of those guys. Asgardians of the Galaxy. That is actually great! You might have just got me my next job. Thank you, man.”

Avengers: Endgame hits digital HD on July 30 and Blu-ray/DVD on August 13.

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Avengers: Endgame Officially Getting Re-Released With New Footage

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It looks like Avengers: Endgame might be able to beat Avatar’s massive box office record after all. The movie has lost the majority of its momentum by now, almost two months after its initial release, but Avengers: Endgame is about to get another major boost to ticket sales. No, it is not just because Spider-Man: Far From Home is arriving in theaters in July. Avengers: Endgame is indeed hitting theaters for a second round, along with some additional footage that did not make it into the official cut in April.

While attending the press junket for Spider-Man: Far From Home in London, Brandon Davis from Comicbook had a chance to speak exclusively with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who confirmed that Avengers: Endgame would be heading back to the big screen for a theatrical re-release. Not only that, this version of the film will arrive with extra scenes that were not included in the first theatrical release.

“We’re doing that,” Kevin Feige said of an Endgame re-release with new footage. “I don’t know if it has been announced. And I don’t know how much… Yeah, we are doing it next weekend.”

So, Avengers: Endgame is now coming back to the big screen with new footage, which is an incredibly exciting announcement given the hype around the film. What’s even more exciting is the fact that Endgame is arriving next weekend, and fans can see it again before the premiere of Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 2.

This action should also help Avengers: Endgame tackle the immense box office hurdle that is James Cameron’s Avatar. As of Wednesday morning, Avatar still holds the global box office record of all time with $2.788B. Meanwhile, Avengers: Endgame is very close to that number, with a current total of $2.750B. It has looked as though the final chapter of this Infinity Saga would not be able to topple Cameron’s sci-fi epic, but the re-release with new unseen footage could do the trick.

And remember to be on the lookout for a new version of Avengers: Endgame next weekend!

One last time. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

 

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“Avengers: Endgame:” The Second Movie Ever to Cross $800 Million Domestically

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And just like that, Avengers: Endgame has reached another milestone.

Thanks to an extended holiday weekend, the latest Marvel Studios film eventually has become the second movie ever to cross $800 million at the domestic box office. In the fifth weekend in theaters, Avengers: Endgame has grossed north of $803.63 million domestically, strengthening its second spot in the market of all time.

This weekend has been exceptionally kind to the movie after a series of the larger-than-typical week over week drops. Dropping over 50% in each of the first four weekends, the four-day weekend allowed Avengers: Endgame to mark just a 25,6% drop over last weekend’s gross over $29.97 million. In total, Endgame earned an estimated $22.3 million stateside this weekend.

Despite crossing $800 million domestically, Avengers: Endgame still trails Star Wars: The Force Awakens by a healthy $133 million, an uphill battle as the Marvel property heads deeper into its theatrical release. Globally, Endgame is just $103 million away from Avatar’s highest-grossing film title, something that industry experts anticipate will not happen until Labor Day weekend, if this blockbuster can stick it out in theaters that long.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner. Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos.

Avengers: Endgame now continues its box office run as the film moves into the second month in theaters. And the Avengers flick will be followed by Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 2 while Captain Marvel will be released digitally on May 28 ahead of a home media release on June 11.

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“Avengers: Endgame” Officially Surpasses Avatar at All-Time Domestic Box Office

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Avengers: Endgame has officially passed Avatar, becoming the second-highest grossing film ever at the domestic box office. Its total now stands at a whopping $780 million. Star Wars: The Force Awakens remains the highest-grossing movie of all time at the domestic box office with $936.6 million.

Avengers: Endgame is also the second-highest grossing film of all time worldwide. It has earned $2.56 billion globally, passing James Cameron’s Titanic. At the worldwide box office, now Endgame still trails Avatar’s $2.78 billion total by $224 million.

Opening with $350 million domestically and $1.2 billion worldwide, Avengers: Endgame immediately became a threat for the all-time box office crowns. Crossing the $2 billion mark in just the blink of an eye, the movie remains on pace to surpass Avatar and top the $2.7 billion worldwide gross of the 2009 sci-fi epic. As Endgame inches closer to that milestone, it has just beaten James Cameron’s film in the U.S.

(Box Office Mojo chart – Updated: May 19, 2019)

During a press release issued when Avengers: Endgame had its first $1 billion global opening in box office history, Walt Disney Studios chairman, Alan Horn, said, “Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios team have continued to challenge notions of what is possible at the movie theatre both in terms of storytelling and at the box office.”

“Though Avengers: Endgame is far from an end for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these first 22 movies constitute a sprawling achievement, and this weekend’s monumental success is a testament to the world they have envisioned, the talent involved, and their collective passion, matched by the irrepressible enthusiasm of fans around the world.”

So, what do you think about this record of Avengers: Endgame? Let us know in the comments!

Avengers: Endgame is still playing in theaters. Other upcoming MCU film is Spider-Man: Far From Home which swings into theaters on July 2.

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Captain Marvel Suit in “Avengers: Endgame” Was Entirely CG

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After the debut in her own film in the last few months, Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), better known as Captain Marvel, certainly made an impression on the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Endgame. She brought the superpower she promised, with a sweet new haircut and an updated take on her classic suit as well. However, as it turns out, Carol did not always have that suit in Endgame. In fact, the whole thing was added in the post-production process.

After the release of Endgame, during an interview with Weta Digital’s Matt Aitken, a VFX supervisor on the film, when the topic of working Captain Marvel into the story came up, Aitken explained there were actually some changes made after they shot her initial scenes.

Remember, most of Avengers: Endgame was shot before Captain Marvel, and Brie Larson filmed all of her scenes for the film in the same suit she wore for her solo outing. And when everything came together, the creative team thought it was strange if the character had the same suit for 25 years, so they ended up making a suit on their computers and added it to Carol in post.

“She was filmed with here physical costume with a great costume from the costume department, but after her sequences were filmed, it was decided by the filmmakers that her costume needed to be more different from the costume that she was wearing in the 25 years ago, whatever the era of Captain Marvel, the Captain Marvel movie,” explained Aitken. “So we ended up replacing her costume with a CG suit for all her shots.”

So when we see all of those gold shoulder pads as well as updated logos, they were all created by computers. These kind of CG effects are all around films like Endgame, but they are just much harder to notice with the naked eyes. All of the Quantum Realm suits were made with VFX as well.

What do you think of Captain Marvel’s suit in Avengers: Endgame? The film is now in theaters.

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New “Dark Phoenix” Trailer Features the X-Men’s own “Avengers: Endgame” as An Epic Finale

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A brand new IMAX exclusive trailer for Dark Phoenix goes back to the beginning of the franchise, showing off the full X-Men saga from the first X-Men movie in 2000. As we can see in the video above, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Ian McKellen, along with all the other mutants who have graced the big screen in the last 20 years, stuffed into preamble for this latest installment.

Aside from The New Mutants – which has been pushed back a couple of times with a current release date of April 2020 – now Dark Phoenix is rumored to be the last film in the X-Men saga.

That concept is similar to one of the TV spots for Avengers: Endgame, which featured the ten years of Marvel Cinematic Universe culminating in one last showdown. However, the key difference is that instead of avenging those lost and defeating the Mad Titan (Thanos), the X-Men go against one of their own: Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey (who they also went against in The Last Stand, but this is a different kind of Jean Grey).

Can Jean Grey be the new Thanos?

So, does a look back into the past of this franchise have as much emotional weight for Dark Phoenix as it did for Endgame? Word is still out on just how the last X-Men film delivers its final emotional punches, but Endgame did raise the bar.

Dark Phoenix is expected to bring the past 20 years of X-Men films to a close.

Today has been dubbed “X-Men Day” in celebration. A new featurette looking back on the film franchise’s legacy was also released.

On the nostalgia side, 20th Century Fox delivered a more hefty lookback – less Dark Phoenix trailer but more sentimentality – where the cast members of X-Men films talk about the impact of the franchise and how it changed comic book movies.

Along with the IMAX trailer, Marvel Studios also released a new throwback poster in the style of Steven Spielberg’s go-to artist, Drew Struzan.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters on June 7th.

 

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“Avengers: Endgame:” Why Captain America Gave the Shield to Sam Wilson/Falcon Instead of Bucky Barnes

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The end of Avengers: Endgame might surprise many fans, not because Captain America (starred by Chris Evans) did survive in the film, but because he decided to retire and pass his iconic shield down to the right-hand man Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie). It was an emotional scene in which might have raised more questions than answers. And one of biggest questions being, why Cap choose Falcon over his life-long friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan)?

According to Endgame screenwriters, there is a certain quality Falcon possesses that Bucky does not because in some ways he still has the risk of being mind-controlled again.

“It is pretty hard to give it to Bucky,” co-writer Christopher Markus told Variety. “As much as we love him, he’s on the dark path and is still recovering from that. And Sam is really a truly stand up guy. It was not a wildly difficult choice, certainly. I think Bucky has a lot more stories as Bucky and as someone headed on a path of atonement. And Sam has ascended into his new role.”

Also asked by Variety if Bucky’s nod of understanding was scripted, McFeely confirmed it was. “Yes,” he replied. “Our assumption is that he and Steve [Rogers] had a long conversation before Steve went back.” That means Bucky did already know about his best buddy’s decision.

McFeely went to agree with his writing partner, saying it was the story arc to dive into, especially with the series for Falcon & The Winter Soldier streaming soon on Disney+.

“The thing that gets me the most is that it is much better for both of their stories this way,” says McFeely. “Certainly, Bucky getting the shield would provide lots of stories. I do not know if it gives Sam much story. And again, there is a streaming show coming, right? I don’t know what they are doing but Sam having the mantle of Captain America, how he feels about that, and Bucky working or having some kind of relationship with HYDRA. I think that is pretty rich.”

“Again, particularly as Bucky has to confront the mind control past. Captain America has always represented the best of the idea of America, you know? And giving it to an African-America guy… it is great! Not patting ourselves on the back, I am just saying that is pointing toward a better America.”

The screenwriter also made sure to point out that he was unaware of what Marvel Studios has planned for the Disney+ show, even though he thinks Sam Wilson’s movement into the Captain America mantle should play a good part.

(Sam Wilson as new Captain America – a fan art from DevianArt)

Avengers: Endgame is now in theaters. Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives on July 2.

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“Avengers: Endgame:” Why Gamora Returned But Black Widow Did Not

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As we saw in Avengers: Endgame, both Gamora (star Zoe Saldana) and Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (star Scarlett Johansson) died on Vormir to unlock the Soul Stone. However, the Gamora still alive by the close of Endgame is a past version displaced from 2014.

“It is not the Gamora that was killed by the Soul Stone. That’s the Gamora from the past,” Endgame co-writer Stephen Markus explained to Variety.

“When Gamora went off the cliff, the Gamora from that time period died. But this is the Gamora from prior to that. So she is still alive. And she traveled in the time machine to the present. You know, as you do.”

“As you do,” co-screenwriter Stephen McFeely quipped.

Meanwhile, the original Gamora, who starred in both Guardians of the Galaxy and the Vol. 2, perished in Infinity War when her adoptive father Thanos (star Josh Brolin) murdered her to win the Soul Stone.

In Avengers: Endgame, Nat prevents her long-term closest friend Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (star Jeremy Renner) from sacrificing himself. And the death of Black Widow gives the Avengers one of the six desperately needed Infinity Stones required to resurrect half of the universe that was vanished five years earlier.

“In our minds, her journeys had come to an end if she could get the Avengers back,” McFeely told the New York Times.

“She comes from such an abusive, terrible, and mind-control background. So when she gets to Vormir and has a chance to get the family back, and that is a thing she would trade for. But the toughest thing for us was that we were always worried that people were not going to have time to be sad enough. When the stakes are still out there, and they have not solved the problem. We lost a big character – a female character – but how do we honor it? We have this male lens, and it is a lot of guys being sad that a woman died.”

Ultimately, Black Widow is the one who dies so the rest of the Avengers can obtain the Soul Stone, and her death has become a controversial topic about Endgame.

One of the biggest criticisms to follow Black Widow’s death was her lack of a funeral. During a Q&A with Endgame co-director Joe Russo posted on Chinese website TencentQQ (translated by Reddit), the lack of this scene was finally addressed. In typical Russo fashion though, he suggested many possible explanations for why it was not in the film.

“Did you forget when the heroes mourning for her after they returned from past? Maybe her funeral happened off screen. Maybe it’ll be shown in future installment because there’re still tons of stories in MCU that are waiting to be told.”

So the lake-set mourning footage was the closest Nat would get to a funeral just before the plot moved on towards its finale, in which the Avengers assemble superheroes from across the universe for one last stand against Thanos, who threatens to burn the Earth to cinders. Iron Man/Tony Stark dies stopping the Mad Titan. And Endgame finished with a funeral for the hero who launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Tony gets a funeral. Natasha does not,” said Markus.

“That is partly because Tony is the massive public figure and she has been a cipher the whole time. It was not necessarily honest to the character to give her a funeral. And the biggest question about it is what Thanos raises there on the dock. ‘We have the Infinity Stones. So why don’t we just bring her back?’”

“That is the everlasting exchange,” said McFeely. “You bring her back, you lose the stone.”

As for the screenwriters, retrieving a still-living Black Widow from an earlier timeline “would have been a weirdly selfish decision.”

“Like, effectively, we are going to kidnap a version of Black Widow who knows nothing about the current circumstances and bring her to the future just so we can have one. It is not really asking her whether she wants to go.”

So the deaths of the Gamora in 2018 and 2023’s Black Widow are irreversible, part of an everlasting exchange preventing their resurrection.

We will know where Gamora goes from here as soon as Guardians of the Galaxy franchise arrives. The Guardians Vol. 3 will be written and directed by the return of James Gunn.

Scarlett Johannson will reprise her role in the first Black Widow standalone film, previously reported to be a prequel set back in 2006, a handful of years before Natasha Romanoff joins Earth’s mightiest heroes. Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow is set to open sometime in 2020.

Avengers: Endgame is now in theaters.

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