With a run time clocking in at over three hours, it might be easier to explain what doesn’t happen in Avengers: Endgame instead of what does. For instance, fans don’t get bored. Fans don’t get up to use the bathroom. And fans don’t ever want it to end. But it did end and we’re here to explain what that ending was all about. Here’s the ending of Avengers: Endgame explained…with lots of spoilers ahead.
After returning from their various missions to different past moments from the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Avengers grouped back up with the six infinity stones in tow. But Black Widow was missing, as she sacrificed herself to retrieve the Soul Stone. It all goes down in a scene that mirrored the death of Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War.
The new and improved Professor Hulk who has the combined might of the Hulk with the intellect of Bruce Banner used the recreated Infinity Gauntlet to reverse Thanos’ snap, bringing back all the people who were erased from existence in Avengers: Infinity War. But though he tried, it couldn’t return Natasha to life.
It may seem weird that a guy with an all-powerful wishing glove still couldn’t undo this one major death. But Black Widow’s absence at the end of the film proves that the Infinity Stones aren’t quite as infinite as their name would suggest. Of course, that doesn’t mean our heroes can’t find a way to pluck her out of the past and send her back to the future.
Okay, so here’s where things get weird.
On their trip back to 2014 to get the Power Stone seen in the beginning of Guardians of the Galaxy our timeline’s Nebula was captured by Thanos, who secretly replaced her with the evil 2014 version of Nebula.
Having infiltrated the Avengers headquarters, evil Nebula then summoned 2014 Thanos and his armies using the time machine. They blew everything up, with evil Nebula getting ahold of the new Infinity Gauntlet in a callback to the original comics.
But then the good Nebula from the real timeline shot her younger evil self stone dead. Luckily, this didn’t affect the good Nebula at all. So what does that mean? It proves our heroes’ pasts can’t be changed and that alternate universes are probably something the MCU is going to need to sort out in Phase 4.
With the Infinity Gauntlet once again in play, the Avengers fought Thanos to a standstill, including an absolutely epic sequence where Captain America gained the powers of Thor by wielding the mystic hammer Mjonir [MYOL-neer] to deliver a massive whooping, something which was first teased way back in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Still, Thanos eventually called in the cavalry by which we mean the intergalactic horde of creeps we saw back in Avengers: Infinity War.
Luckily, the Hulk’s reverse snap had also restored all the dusted heroes from Avengers: Infinity War. Just as Captain America was about to face the armies of Thanos alone again echoing a classic moment from the comics all the dead heroes arrived via Doctor Strange’s magic portals in a scene reminiscent of the end of Ready Player One. Only… better.
Plus, the arrival of all the heroes allowed Captain America to finally deliver the team’s signature catchphrase from the comics, “Avengers Assemble!,” something fans have been waiting for for the last decade, especially after Marvel did a fakeout tease at the end of Age of Ultron.
In the end, you knew it had to come down to Tony Stark versus Thanos for the fate of the universe. After all, the showdown had been teased way back in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
And luckily, Tony was clued in to his big chance because Doctor Strange was there to give him the finger. No, not that finger just an index finger to note that this was the one chance in 14 million for victory that he had foreseen in Avengers: Infinity War. Keep watching the video to see the ending of Endgame explained!
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The reverse snap | 0:20
Timey Wimey Wibbly Wobbly | 1:11
Avengers Assemble! | 1:52
Tony’s sacrifice | 2:51
Captain America’s first dance | 3:54
Thor’s choice and the Guardians’ search | 4:43
What does this mean for the future of the MCU? | 5:18