Answering the big questions about the future of some very specific characters from Avengers: Endgame
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A look at the future of the MCU.
Spoilers spoilers spoilers.
We even had to be careful about how we wrote the headline, because as we've learned, people are more afraid of spoilers these days than just about anything else.
So with that in mind, we're sure you've seen Avengers: Endgame (our review here) if you've clicked in here and are still reading. Cool? Cool.
Knowing what we know now, and having just about emotionally recovered from it all, we're going to look forward at some specific characters, and make some educated guesses on what the future for these folk might hold, starting with:
We already know that there is a Black Widow movie in pre-production, with Cate Shortland (Somersault, Berlin Syndrome) directing, and a supporting cast reportedly set to include Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, and Florence Pough.
The smart money would be on the movie being a prequel, showing us how she got that red in her ledger, and there is a scene in Endgame, as she flies through space with Hawkeye, and he joyfully states "It is better than Budapest!"
Whatever happened in Budapest, it has been mentioned a few times over the last 22 movies, so we're guessing the Black Widow movie will finally tell us that story.
However, we also know that following the events of Endgame, that she is dead. After a back and forth with Hawkeye, she sacrifices herself on Vormir so he can get the Soul Stone, in a direct parallel to Gamora/Thanos scene in Infinity War, and we're told that there is no bringing her back. A soul for a soul.
BUT! Captain America used the time machine one last time to go back and put all of the Infinity Stones back in their places after the Avengers pulled off their "Time Heist", so wouldn't that soul for a soul rule work the other way, too?
Our guess is that during the post-credit scene for the Black Widow movie, we'll see Natasha wake up on Vormir, with the Red Skull telling her that, yes, Captain America has brought her back, but that she also has no way of getting off the isolated planet. Dun dun dun!
Thor's half-evil half-brother has "died" more times than we can count, but he died for sure at start of Infinity War, trying to save Thor from Thanos.
Endgame brings him back though, as Iron Man, Captain America, and Ant-Man travel back to Manhattan in 2012, in the midst of Loki's alien-fueled attack.
However, just as things are going according to plan, things quickly stop going according to plan, and Loki somehow winds up with the Tesseract again, which we learn in Infinity War is actually just the home of the Space Stone, and he zaps out of Manhattan while everyone is distracted by Tony Stark getting into a fight with Robert Redford.
As Disney have previously announced, Loki will be getting his own show on their new streaming service Disney+, so we're guessing this will involve the 2012 Loki on the run, using the Space Stone to get out of some of the stickier situations, and just generally being his usual tricky self.
GAMORA (AND THE ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY)
Gamora is dead. Long live Gamora.
2019 Gamora was sacrificed by 2019 Thanos on Vormir, but 2014 Gamora is brought forward to 2024, thanks to 2014 Nebula taking the place of 2024 Nebula and using the 2024 Avengers' time-machine to bring forward 2014 Thanos' ship.
Because, remember, the majority of Endgame takes place five years after Infinity War.
Got it? Great.
2014 Gamora is now stuck in 2024, having experienced none of the shared history with the rest of the Guardians Of The Galaxy, which is why she punched Quill when he tried to hold her hand, and is also why she wasn't present at Stark's funeral. She doesn't know him, so why should she be?
Thor joining Quill and co. on his ship, after he passed on the leadership of New Asgard to Valkyrie, should pretty much be the perfect set up for the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.3, which should see them both attempting to track down Gamora, and considering the post-credits scene from Vol.2, also eventually crossing paths with new all-powerful character Adam Warlock.
We didn't see much of Sam Wilson or Bucky Barnes in Endgame, mostly because they were still dust for the majority of the movie. But once that climactic fight came, and literally Every Living Marvel Character hit the screen for the scrap, they both got some great kills in.
Steve Rogers did his time-travel Infinity Stones placement, but instead of immediately time-traveling back to the moment he left, he decided to live his life with Peggy Carter instead, and we see him again as an old man.
He then passes on his shield to Falcon, instead of the Winter Soldier, which is how it goes in some of the more famous comic book arcs. So now Falcon is the new Captain America, and like Loki, he will be joining the Winter Soldier in a new Disney+ show.
We know that the duo have great comedic chemistry after their hateful resentment of each other in Civil War, and seeing them both go forward for a more-grounded, perhaps political thriller series together is a great idea.
There had originally been a rumour that the final scene from this July's Spider-Man: Far For Home would involve Peter Parker coming back from his school trip around Europe, on that school bus, and looking out the window to see the spaceship over New York, as we're introduced to him in Infinity War.
However, producer Amy Pascal told Fandom that "What I think we should focus on is this Spider-Man who started in Civil War and then has this movie, and then will be in the Avengers movie. And we are starting now the next one which will start a few minutes after Avengers 4 wraps as a story."
So that's that out.
However, considering the end battle of Endgame finds all those killed by the Snapture brought back to life, and then Doctor Strange teleports them from Wakanda and over to the ruined Avengers building for the big fight, it would appear that everyone who is still standing is now in the year 2024.
So does that mean Spidey, and everyone else who wasn't initially killed off and brought back, going back into their lives, but with five years having passed in the survivors lives? We see Peter's BFF Ned looks the same at the end of Endgame, so we're guessing he was snapped away too, and we see MJ and Flash in the Far From Home trailer look the same age too, but the world at large might have a huge adjustment to make.
Clip via Sony Pictures Entertainment
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