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Avengers: Endgame - Things you need to know

By Kelvin Owens

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On April 26, arguably the biggest movie of 2019 will be released. I'm talking about Avengers: Endgame, a film that recently topped Fandango's list of most anticipated movies of 2019 (besting Captain Marvel and Star Wars: Episode IX). The movie is so big that we may as well declare April Avengers: Endgame month.

When Avengers: Endgame hits theaters, it'll mark the end of an era. It was over ten years ago when Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe, paving the road to where we are now. It also began the Thanos storyline as the Mad Titan set out to collect the Infinity Stones.

Here's everything you need to know about Avengers: Endgame.

Marvel on dropped a new TV spot for Avengers: Endgame, in which the Avengers assemble for one last fight against Thanos.

In the clip, Captain America can be heard giving a speech about their mission to defeat the Mad Titan. It's one of those inspiring speeches a captain might give before a big game. "Look out for each other," Cap says.

While the clip doesn't reveal much in the way of new footage, it does see Rocket interact with Ant-Man, as well as Cap looking mighty uncomfortable in space.

"This is the fight of our lives," Cap says, before the Avengers all put their hands together as a show of solidarity before their mission.

We've been wondering why Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel) wasn't around to protect Earth when Thanos began his invasion party. Now, we have an answer.

In a clip unveiled by Good Morning America, we get a more extended look at Captain Marvel interacting with the Avengers. Never one to back down or mince words, she wants to waste no time when it comes to going after Thanos.

When the Avengers see an energy signature that indicates Thanos has once again used the Infinity Stones, the team debates whether or not they should go after him. Bruce Banner and James Rhodes are apprehensive, while Black Widow and Captain Marvel are ready for a fight.

Seemingly frustrated by her gung-ho attitude, Rhodey asks Captain Marvel where she's been all these years.

"There are a lot of other planets in the universe, and unfortunately, they didn't have you guys," Captain Marvel answers.

Marvel has released another short trailer for Avengers: Endgame, and it's made up of primarily new footage. But even though the footage is new, it doesn't tell us much. All we know is that the Avengers are assembling to bring the fight to Thanos.

Oh, and Steve Rogers and Tony Stark are once again friends, as Tony asks, "Do you trust me?" Then the two do a Bro Shake and it hits me right in the feels.

The Avengers seems a little desperate and at the wit's end as they struggle with how to move on from Thanos's snap. It would seem they have a solution for how to avenge the fallen, but as Bruce Banner points out, they'd be going in short handed.

"You mean cause he killed all our friends," James "Rhodey" Rhodes retorts.

For months, Marvel kept Avengers: Endgame's official title a secret, saying to reveal it would be a spoiler. Turns out, it ended up being titled what everyone expected all along.

The "endgame" in Avengers: Endgame refers to a line spoken by Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War. Before giving the Time Stone to Thanos, he tells Tony Stark, "We're in the endgame now."

The definition of endgame is: the final stage of a game such as chess or bridge, when few pieces or cards remain. With only a few Avengers left and half of the universe gone, the stakes have never been higher.

The MCU began all the way back in 2008, so you may have forgotten what's happened up until now. All you really need to know is that Thanos successfully wiped out half the universe after collecting all six Infinity Stones. He said he did it for the good of all life, as a way to ensure prosperity across the universe.

After Tony Stark's introduction, Marvel spends Phase 1 introducing the founding members of the MCU, including Bruce Banner/Hulk, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Thor, and Steve Rogers/Captain America. In 2012, the Avengers team up to take on Loki and a Chitauri invasion of New York. They eat shawarma and call it a day.

In Phase 2, the Infinity Stones start to become a more important part of the narrative. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man make their debut, giving Marvel the chance to explore the complexity of the Quantum Realm.

Then, in a mid-credits scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thanos wields an Infinity Gauntlet and vows to personally collect the Infinity Stones, rather than hiring others to do the work for him.

Phase 3 is easily Marvel's most important phase, because it features the most drama, action, and destruction. In Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers become divided over the Sokovia accords, a document that would have given a panel power to control the team. It's this movie we're introduced to Tom Holland's Spider-Man.

Marvel then introduces Doctor Strange and Black Panther, before we finally get to Avengers: Infinity War, where Thanos successfully collects the Infinity Stones and wipes out half the universe. Some of the MCU's biggest characters died, including Spider-Man, Peter Quill, and Black Panther, to name a few.

​Avengers: Endgame is set to hit theaters on April 26, 2019. The official runtime is three hours and two minutes, making it the longest Marvel movie yet.

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