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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” 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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“Avengers: Endgame:” Deleted Hulk Scene Revealed

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Currently, Avengers: Endgame is still playing in theaters everywhere, which means the MCU cast and crew have been busy promoting what already became the second-highest grossing film of all time. The writers of Endgame, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, recently spoke with the LA Times about their writing process and discussed a scene that ended up not making the final cut.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

In Endgame, it was revealed that Bruce Banner (star Mark Ruffalo) figured out a way to combine himself with the Incredible Hulk, creating a perfect balance between the two characters that in the past they had always struggled to live together. Co-writers Markus and McFeely made it clear that Hulk was still out there doing the hero gig, a fact that we almost saw in the movie.

“You never know what is actually going to make it out into the world,” explained Markus. “We did have a scene illustrating more actively what Hulk had been up to in terms of being a superhero, as opposed to just starting it in the diner and explaining things. But it did not give you anything that you did not get from just sitting in the diner eating pancakes. So it came off more as noise than as content.”

“It takes us forever to learn those things. But if that scene isn’t doing more than one thing, it is probably not worthy of being in the movie,” McFeely added.

While it would have been fun to see the new version of Hulk saving the day, that diner scene was definitely enough to give fans a clear picture of what he has been up to. It is also an incredibly charming and funny footage, so it ultimately feels like they made the right call.

Avengers: Endgame is now showing. Other Marvel Cinematic Universe films include Captain Marvel, which is still playing in select theaters, and Spider-Man: Far From Home, which hits theaters on July 2.

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“Avengers: Endgame” Cast Shared Their Favorite Marvel Memories

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Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame broke records at the global box office with its historic $2 billion mark, and capped off the past decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The stars behind Avengers: Endgame reflected on their favorite Marvel memories. You can watch the brand new featurette above.

1. Scarlett Johannson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow

“My favorite moments are often times at the premiere because it gets to see everybody all in one place.”

2. Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye

“It is emotional personally for all of us and also the movie is personal.”

3. Danai Guirira as Okoye

“Those times we get to be with each other, and I really understand the work that you have been doing.”

4. Karen Gillan as Nebula

“I just love playing my character so much. I think she [her character Nebula] is still misunderstood, but the people are starting to understand her a little bit more.”

5. Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America

“I have had a few quiet moments with [Robert] Downey Jr. He has always really been such a wonderful mentor in a lot of ways, and I have really kind of said to myself. Don’t forget this.”

6. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man

“The whole process has been celebratory. I have not really had a bad trip yet. I am super grateful.”

7. Paul Rudd as Ant-Man

“You know it is the one that I just kind of still cannot believe that it has happened.”

8. Mark Ruffalo as Hulk

“There is a lot of pathos in these last two that I just do not think you see in superhero movies.”

9. Don Cheadle as War Machine

“This is the one that I’m most excited to see. This last one.”

10. Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel

You can also watch behind-the-scenes photos and videos that these beloved characters shared on social media. Enjoy!

Avengers: Endgame is in theaters now. Get the tickets on Fandango!

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“Avengers: Endgame” Cast Shared Behind-The-Scenes Photos and Video

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The cast of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame was not supposed to take these BTS pictures. But they did anyway.

Avengers: Endgame has conquered the world, breaking records from the box office with over $2 billion, surpassing Titanic. The cast behind this blockbuster started releasing these behind-the-scenes photos and video that they took on the set of Endgame, though technically illegal, they were not supposed to take at all.

We all knew that Captain America didn’t follow the rules. So what did we expect?

Of course, we cannot endorse such behavior, but since it is all already out there. Scroll down to see the rowdy roundup of the cast’s candid looks at Avengers: Endgame!

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.

01. Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff

02. Chris Pratt as Star-Lord

03. Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne

04. Karen Gillan as Nebula

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05. Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

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06. Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts

07. Zoe Saldana as Gamora

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08. Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye

09. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man

10. Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America

and few more photos from the Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo.

Stan Lee.

Thank you, Marvel!

 

 

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Director James Cameron Congratulates The Avengers on Sinking Titanic at the Box Office

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Earlier this week, Avengers: Endgame became the second-highest grossing movie in the box office history in less than just 14 days after its initial release. The fifth movie ever to earn more than $2 billion worldwide, Endgame still has a little way to go in order to topple Avatar, but it did take out the rest of the competition. That includes its predecessor Infinity War, domestic behemoth Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and James Cameron’s original record-setter, Titanic. Avengers: Endgame took second place all time after sinking Titanic. And the filmmaker behind this legendary film decided that congratulations were in order.

For the past decade or so, James Cameron held the honor of having helmed both of the top two biggest movies of all time: Titanic and Avatar. That has now changed with the release of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame. While Titanic sits at $2.19 billion, Endgame has already reached $2.27 billion. After the milestone was reached, Cameron took to social media, offering some kind words to Kevin Feige, Anthony and Joe Russo, and the rest of the folks at Marvel.

The director shared an image of the Titanic being sunk by the Avengers logo rather than an iceberg. With it, he shared the following message.

“To Kevin Feige and everybody at Marvel, an iceberg sank the real Titanic. And it took the Avengers to sink my Titanic. Everyone here at Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement. You have shown that the movie industry is not only alive and well, but it is also bigger than ever!”

By the time all is said and done, James Cameron will likely be making another one of these posts congratulating Marvel’s blockbuster. With about $500 million to go, Avengers: Endgame is now projected to beat Avatar and become the biggest film of all time.

James Cameron will obviously try to reach the heights of box-office history again in December 2021, at the first of four planned Avatar sequels will be arriving in theaters.

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“Avengers: Endgame” Snaps Up Record With $600 Million at Domestic Box Office

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The blockbuster Avengers: Endgame from Marvel Studios has broken another box office record in its second weekend. The film has crossed the $600 million milestone marker domestically in record time, achieving that gross in just nine days.

Last week, Avengers: Endgame broke the record set Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 for the highest-grossing opening day. The movie made $156.7 million on Friday, including a record-setting $60 million in Thursday night previews. Endgame also had the first $1 billion opening weekend at the global box office, and now tops at the $2 billion mark, surpassing Titanic.

Avengers: Endgame received praise from critics and fans, including Brandon Davis from Comicbook.

“The final movie in Marvel’s Infinity Saga is a masterpiece,” he writes in his review. “It is an absolute spectacle which needs to be watched on the biggest screen possible. It’s a love letter to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, I would argue that Avengers: Endgame is the film event of our lifetime and it lives up to every bit of global hype it has garnered. It’s setting a new standard and raising the bar for event movies, and likely won’t be matched in this generation of filmmaking.”

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.

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