By this time next week, I will have seen Avengers: Endgame, the sequel to Infinity War and the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a total of three times. At this point in time, the MCU is this generation’s Star Wars. The build-up of hype for Endgame has been unreal. Even teasers with barely any new footage receive millions of views. The film is breaking tons of records already before it’s out in the wild. So, today, I thought I’d release ten predictions for Avengers: Endgame.
Okay, first things first, fear not, I have not read any spoilers, I have not seen any of the reported leaked footage or anything like that. I’ve muted a long series of words on social media, in an attempt to steer clear of spoilers. So, these predictions, big and small, are not based on anything else than theories, speculation, and official teasers or trailers. So, with that out of the way, let’s get to it.
#1-3 – The ‘Softball’ Predictions
- #1 – Thanos’ Snap Will Be Reversed, Or, At The Very Least, The ‘Dusted’ Heroes Will Make Their Return.
- #2 – Tony Stark Will Make It Back Home Alive.
- #3 – Captain America Will Finally Say ‘Avengers Assemble!’ And It Will Be Glorious.
Okay, so, to reiterate, these first three predictions are the ones that are easy to make, but which, all things considered, should be mentioned even still. Firstly, yes, Spider-Man and Black Panther will return. Disney needs Panther to return, and Sony desperately needs Spider-Man alive for their upcoming sequel Far From Home.
Secondly, I think it’s pretty obvious that Tony Stark won’t die on that spaceship with Nebula. The trailers may have revealed how difficult his odds are, but I’m pretty sure that someone will save him. Maybe Rocket, maybe Captain Marvel, or, you know, someone not announced yet. Someone will bring him back to the remaining, undusted Avengers.
Finally, I think it makes a lot of sense for Captain America to finally utter the entirety of the iconic line “Avengers Assemble!” We almost got it in Age of Ultron, and Endgame will probably be Chris Evans’ last chance to say the line.
#4-7 – The ‘I Feel Good About This One’ Predictions
- #4 – There Will Be No Fox-Character Reveals.
- #5 – At Least Two of the Original Six Avengers Will Meet Their Ends.
- #6 – Someone Will Be Sacrificed For The Soul Stone, And, Possibly, Take Gamora’s Place.
- #7 – Either Tony Stark Or Steve Rogers Will Die, But Not Both.
Okay, so, I think these predictions are a little bit more risky or uncertain. They aren’t the boldest predictions but hear me out. The fourth prediction is pretty simple. Even though Disney now owns Fox, and, by extension, Marvel Studios now owns the rights to Fantastic Four and the X-Men, I don’t think we’ll see any new Fox-character reveals. I’d love to see a television screen in the background of a scene say that Dr. Richards is getting ready to board a shuttle headed for outer space or something. But I don’t think we’ll get that or even a post-credits scene with a Fox-reference. Sorry.
My fifth and seventh predictions are about who dies, so, let’s talk about them both here. The original Avengers weren’t kept alive by chance (i.e. Marvel Studios kept them alive for a reason). That reason is that all of them, or a sizable amount of them, could die. However, I don’t think Thor or Hulk will die. Black Widow is getting her own film, but that could, of course, be a prequel. Hawkeye is getting his own limited series, but that could be a prequel as well. So, I’m going to stay conservative and say that two of the six will die. And, to go even further, I don’t think both Stark and Rogers are dying. That’s more of a gut feeling than anything else, but we’ll see.
Finally, for this section of my ten predictions at least, the sixth prediction is all about the soul stone. To quote Red Skull: “Soul holds a special place among the Infinity Stones. You might say, it is a certain wisdom. […] To ensure that whoever possesses it understands its power, the stone demands a sacrifice. […] In order to take the stone, you must lose that which you love. A soul for a soul.”
So, I’m thinking that somehow the Avengers will have to collect the stones or claim the gauntlet, and, in doing so, I think they’ll have to do ‘a sacrifice’ of their own. Someone will take Gamora’s spot in the soul stone (if she’s in it) or join her in death. Now, who will that be? Maybe Cap? Maybe Bruce Banner? I don’t know, but their names are the first that come to mind.
#8-10 – The ‘Go Big or Go Home Predictions’
- #8 – Captain Marvel Will Die.
- #9 – Mjölnir Will Make Its Return, And Captain America Will Lift the Mythological Hammer.
- #10 – Someone Else Will Lift Captain America’s Shield And Become His Successor.
These are the big predictions. Go big or go home. And I begin with my eighth prediction, the one I’ve been mulling over for the longest time. I think we’ll see Captain Marvel die in Avengers: Endgame. Now, I like the character, and I liked her film, so this isn’t me saying that I want her to die. I don’t. But I think we’ll see Carol Danvers die based entirely on the trailers I’ve seen.
Now, I haven’t seen all of the tv spots. But, in one of them, she mentions that they should fight Thanos immediately with the remaining Avengers. However, she isn’t shown in one of the fancy white suits that we’ve seen in the other trailers. So, I think there is a good chance she’ll be overconfident in a fight with Thanos and that it’ll lead to her death and, possibly, the destruction of the gauntlet. Then they’ll be forced to do some time travel to undo all that has transpired, and, yes, I think we’re getting a time travel movie. So, this is a ‘go big or go home’ prediction that I think makes sense.
The final two predictions are all about Steve Rogers. I think he is going to die in Endgame, which is why I think someone (either Bucky Barnes or Sam Wilson) will lift his shield at the end of the film and take over as Captain America. But I also think it makes sense that if, and only if, they travel back in time, then Mjölnir will make its return. Now is the time for the most honorable hero of them all — Steve Rogers — to wield it and fight the Mad Titan with it. I think it makes sense.
– Jeffrey Rex Bertelsen.