It has been a year since Marvel dropped the movie cliffhanger of a decade in Avengers: Infinity War, seemingly killing half their intellectual property with the snap of a finger.
Now Avengers: Endgame is set to reveal the conclusion of a saga 22 films in the making.
Here’s what you need to know:
When is the release date?
Avengers: Endgame will hit Australian cinemas at 12:01am AEST on Wednesday, April 24.
If you’re going to a midnight screening, that means you have to get to the cinema on Tuesday night.
The film is three hours long, making it the longest Marvel film yet.
**Spoiler warning: Endgame trailers, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and The Wasp**
Who is alive?
At the end of Infinity War we saw Thanos snap his fingers while wearing the infinity gauntlet, wiping out half the population of the universe at random.
Thanos himself survived and was last seen enjoying the sunrise on an alien planet.
The core team from the first Avengers movie in 2012 all survived the snap — Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk/Bruce Banner, Black Widow and Hawkeye.
Iron Man, aka Tony Stark, was stuck on Titan with Nebula from Guardians of the Galaxy, but are both back on Earth in the Endgame trailers.
Hawkeye was a no-show in Infinity War but he, too, is in the trailers (his wife and kids are not).
War Machine, aka Rhodey, Rocket from Guardians and Wakanda general Okoye were also alive at the end of Infinity War.
Ant-Man is alive, but the big question is how? In the Ant-Man and The Wasp end scene, the shrinkable Scott Lang was trapped inside the quantum realm while the Pym family turned to dust.
It was revealed in the Captain Marvel end scene that she survived the snap and had returned to help the Avengers.
A big surprise from the Endgame trailer is that Stark’s fiance, Pepper Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, is still alive.
Also while they’re yet to be seen on screen, Marvel’s promotional material for Endgame shows that Asgardian warrior Valkyrie, mystic arts master Wong and Stark’s friend/chauffeur Happy Hogan will return.
Who is dead?
There were two types of deaths in Infinity War — before the snap and after.
Before the snap, Thor’s adopted brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, was strangled by Thanos when he destroyed the Asgardian refugee ship.
Protector of the Bifrost Heimdall, played by Idris Elba, was also fatally stabbed on the ship before it exploded with the remaining civilians onboard.
In order to receive the soul stone, Thanos threw his adopted daughter, Gamora, off a cliff. He also pulled the mind stone from Vision‘s head, killing him.
Whether the fact that these deaths happened before the snap will mean anything in the movie is yet to be revealed in any of Marvel’s promotional material.
However, Loki, Vision and Gamora have been featured in a series of greyscale “fallen” posters released last month.
There’s a long list of the snapped. Almost all the Guardians: Peter Quill, Groot, Drax and Mantis.
Black Panther, aka King T’Challa, and his sister, Shuri, are gone.
As are Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Bucky Barnes, Wanda, and Falcon.
The Infinity War end scene showed Nick Fury and former SHIELD agent Maria Hill turn to dust just as Fury paged Captain Marvel for help.
Who may not survive Endgame?
Clues to who may not live to see another movie lie not in the Marvel Universe but in the real world.
The contracts of several big stars expire at the end of Endgame, including Chris Evans (Captain America), Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow).
Evans tweeted at the end of filming Endgame that the last eight years had been “an honour”, and has said in interviews that he doesn’t want to continue in the role.
Iron Man played a key role in the first Spider-Man film but will apparently be absent from the sequel. Paltrow has also ruled out coming back as Pepper Potts.
Hemsworth has said he won’t play Thor again, yet the success of New Zealand director Taika Waititi’s Ragnarok has led to speculation there could be another film on the horizon.
A Black Widow film is on the cards for 2020, but it’s not known when that would be set — as in, it could be a prequel, so there’s no guarantee the character will live on after Endgame.
Who will survive Endgame?
Again the spoilers lie in the real word.
Spider-Man: Far From Home, a sequel to Homecoming, will be released in July 2019 so there’s a good chance Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland, gets un-snapped.
Sequels to Black Panther and Doctor Strange and a third Guardians of the Galaxy are also in the works.
Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, has revealed it will stream limited Marvel TV shows, including Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and an untitled Hawkeye series.
There’s no details as to when these episodes are set, so it could be after Endgame, or show what the characters were doing in between the existing films.
Chronological order of Marvel films:
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
- Captain Marvel (2019)
- Iron Man (2008)
- The Incredible Hulk (2008)
- Iron Man 2 (2010)
- Thor (2011)
- The Avengers (2012)
- Iron Man 3 (2013)
- Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Ant-Man (2015)
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)
- Black Panther (2018)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
- Doctor Strange (2016)
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)