Phase 3 is where Marvel shows us what they can really do. Every story not only builds off what has come before, but also uses momentum to create stories that only can happen in a franchise like this.
Almost every film is a culmination or an ensemble cast, as they ramp up to the grand finale of the past 11 years: Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Captain America: Civil War
B.A.R.F. technology (he really needs to work on that acronym) allows the user to view their memories, and even see altered versions of them, from the comfort of their home. This could be extremely valuable to the Avengers to revisit past battles, pick up on things they may have missed, and learn from their mistakes to devise a new plan of attack on Thanos.
While picking out useful tidbits from Doctor Strange, I realized there were just too many, so I’ll just put them all under magic. This could range anywhere from time manipulation, the mirror dimension, or even other realms and universes. The possibilities here are legitimately endless and I really hope Marvel goes balls-to-the-walls crazy with Endgame.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
Ever since his tease in Guardians 2, fans have been theorizing when and where Adam Warlock pop up first. He played a large role in the Infinity Gauntlet comic book, so it would make sense for him to show up here. Though James Gunn has stated there aren’t any plans for his entrance until Guardians 3. If he did somehow show up in Endgame, there’s no doubt he would put up a good fight against Thanos.
During the climax of ‘Avengers Age of Ultron,’ they made it clear that if even one Ultron bot escaped, Ultron would live on. We believed the Avengers destroyed all of the bots, until a throwaway Easter Egg in this movie shows a very intact Ultron head. Is this one unit enough to hold Ultron? Could this hint at the return of Ultron in the MCU or maybe even Endgame? We’re just gonna have to wait and see.
Thor: Ragnarok was the first time we saw Hulk in an intelligent state. Granted, he had the intelligence of a two-year-old, according to Taika Waititi, but an intelligent state nevertheless. Rumor has it we will be getting Professor Hulk, the big monster with the intellect of Bruce Banner. In Endgame, tying Hulk’s small arc and giving the Avengers a brand new weapon could be the secret to beating Thanos.
Vibranium is the strongest metal on earth, and while we’ve already seen it make what Ultron calls “a frisbee” (Cap’s shield), we see it taken to the next level in Black Panther and Infinity War because T’Challa’s entire suit made out of vibranium. We even see him take a massive blow from Thanos and come back relatively unscathed, so maybe it’ll be smart for the Avengers to make a pit stop in Wakanda before confronting Thanos.
Before it was confirmed that she was dusted in the snap, the Russo Brothers claimed it was too big of a spoiler to talk about her. With how secretive the movie is, who knows what qualifies to anything to be classified as a “big spoiler,” but what we do know is that she will play a significant role in Endgame.
Avengers: Infinity War
The entire reason Endgame exists is because Thanos fulfilled his mission to snap half the universe out of existence. This is no small feat. If the infinity gauntlet can wipe out half the universe, why couldn’t it bring them all back? It’s hinted at in the clip for Endgame that this is what the Avengers’ main plan is. Maybe it’ll work… or maybe it’ll make matters even worse.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Due to the Avengers’ new uniform, it’s pretty safe to say the Quantum Realm will play a significant role in Endgame. If the rumors of time travel playing a role in the plot hold true, then Janet Van Dyne’s throwaway line about time vortexes may not have been as much of a throwaway as we thought. Also, if you look closely, you can see a small city in the background. Maybe there’ll be somebody living there that could be of use. We’ve only scratched the surface of this new realm, so literally anything is possible at this point.
*Spoilers for ‘Captain Marvel’ follow!*
Captain Marvel herself
The end credit scene of Infinity War made it seem like Captain Marvel was gonna come in and save the day in Endgame. While I hope she isn’t the key to winning in the end (she just joined the franchise and now she’s gonna swoop in and save the day?), I do think that she will play a significant role in the film, after all, we haven’t seen an Avenger this powerful before. Maybe she’ll even have powers she hasn’t discovered yet on screen.
The Tesseract was a huge reveal in the movie, as it tied to the rest of the universe, but it didn’t serve much of a purpose. Why was it there and why couldn’t it have just been any other object? It was probably just there as fan service, but it may have actually been there for a reason. It’s hard to speculate how it could play into Endgame, but it’s good to know where it was before, during, and after the events of Captain Marvel just in case it does come in handy.
And that’s the end of this miniseries! I really hope you enjoyed it and that it helped prepare you for what’s to come in Avengers: Endgame, which comes out very soon on April 26th. As Doctor Strange said, “we’re in the endgame now.”