Directed by: Anthony & Joe Russo
Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Produced by: Kevin Feige
Other cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Brolin
Release date: 26 April 2019
Premiere date: 22 April 2019
Genre: Comic book
Running time: 181 minutes
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos’ actions and restore balance to the universe.
Twenty-three days after Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to disintegrate half of all life in the universe,[N 1] Carol Danvers rescues Tony Stark and Nebula from deep space and returns them to Earth, where they reunite with the remaining Avengers—Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, Thor, Natasha Romanoff, and James Rhodes—and Rocket. Locating Thanos on an uninhabited planet, they plan to use the Infinity Stones to reverse “the Snap”, but Thanos reveals he destroyed the Stones to prevent further use. Enraged, Thor decapitates Thanos.
Five years later, Scott Lang escapes from the quantum realm.[N 2] At the Avengers’ compound, he explains to Romanoff and Rogers he experienced five hours, not years, while trapped. Theorizing the quantum realm could allow time travel, they ask Stark to help them obtain the Stones from the past to undo Thanos’ actions in the present. Stark refuses, thinking about his wife, Pepper Potts, and daughter, Morgan, but relents after musing on the death of Peter Parker. Stark, Rocket and Banner, who has since merged his intelligence with the Hulk’s strength, build a time machine. Banner notes changing the past does not affect their present; any changes instead create branched alternate realities. He and Rocket visit the Asgardian refugees’ new home in Norway—New Asgard—to recruit Thor, now overweight and drinking heavily, despondent over his failure to stop Thanos. In Tokyo, Romanoff recruits Clint Barton, now a vigilante following Thanos’ disintegration of his family.
Banner, Lang, Rogers, and Stark travel to New York City in 2012.[N 3] Banner visits the Sanctum Sanctorum and convinces the Ancient One to give him the Time Stone. At Stark Tower, Rogers retrieves the Mind Stone, but Stark and Lang’s attempt to steal the Space Stone fails, allowing 2012 Loki to escape with it. Rogers and Stark travel to S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters in 1970, where Stark obtains an earlier version of the Space Stone and encounters his father, Howard. Rogers steals Pym Particles from Hank Pym to use in returning to the present, and spies lost love Peggy Carter.
Meanwhile, Rocket and Thor travel to Asgard in 2013, extracting the Reality Stone from Jane Foster[N 4] and retrieving Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. Barton and Romanoff travel to Vormir in 2014, where the Soul Stone’s keeper, the Red Skull, reveals it can only be acquired by sacrificing someone they love. Romanoff sacrifices herself, allowing Barton to obtain the Soul Stone. Nebula and Rhodes travel to Morag in 2014 and steal the Power Stone before Peter Quill can.[N 5] Rhodes returns to the present with the Power Stone, but Nebula becomes incapacitated when her cybernetic implants link with those of her past self, allowing 2014 Thanos to learn of his fate at the hands of the Avengers. Thanos replaces present-day Nebula with 2014 Nebula.
Reuniting in the present, the Avengers place the Stones into a technological gauntlet Stark, Banner, and Rocket have created. Banner, the most resistant to the Stones’ gamma radiation, is chosen to wield the gauntlet and reverses the disintegrations. Meanwhile, 2014 Nebula uses the time machine to transport 2014 Thanos and his warship to the present, where he attacks the Avengers’ compound looking for the Stones. Present-day Nebula convinces 2014 Gamora to betray Thanos but is unable to convince 2014 Nebula and is forced to kill her. Confronted by Stark, Thor, and a Mjolnir-wielding Rogers, Thanos outmatches them and summons his army from his warship to decimate Earth. Stephen Strange arrives with other sorcerers, the restored Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, the Ravagers, and the armies of Wakanda and Asgard to fight Thanos and his army. Danvers arrives and destroys Thanos’ warship, but Thanos overpowers her and seizes the gauntlet. Stark steals the Stones and uses them to disintegrate Thanos and his army, at the cost of his own life.
Following Stark’s funeral, Thor appoints Valkyrie as the new ruler of New Asgard and joins the Guardians. Rogers returns the Infinity Stones and Mjolnir to their original timelines and remains in the past to live with Carter. In the present, an elderly Rogers passes his shield and mantle to Sam Wilson.
Principal photography began on 10 August 2017 under the working title Mary Lou 2 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, with Trent Opaloch serving as director of photography. The film, along with Infinity War, were shot using IMAX/Arri 2D cameras, thus marking the first time that a Hollywood feature film was shot entirely with IMAX digital cameras. Also in the month, filming occurred in The Gulch area of Downtown Atlanta, near the Five Points MARTA station, and Piedmont Park. Producer Kevin Feige explained that the films were originally scheduled to be filmed simultaneously but were ultimately shot back-to-back for simplicity. Anthony Russo originally felt it made more sense to shoot the films simultaneously due to financial and logistical reasons considering the large number of cast members, and a few scenes in Endgame were ultimately filmed during Infinity War‘s production. The 2013 Asgard scenes were shot at Durham Cathedral in Durham, England during production of Infinity War in early May 2017. Principal production wrapped on 11 January 2018, although additional filming took place in Dutchess and Ulster counties in New York in June 2018. Reshoots began on 7 September 2018, and concluded on 12 October 2018. More reshoots occurred in January 2019.
The film’s official title of Avengers: Endgame and U.S. release date of 26 April 2019 (up from its original release date of 3 May 2019) were revealed with the film’s first trailer in December 2018.
Avengers: Endgame had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Convention Center on 22 April 2019. Disney converted the convention center’s Hall K for the film’s premiere, working with Dolby and QSC Audio to install a 70 foot / 21 metres screen, Dolby Vision projectors, and a Dolby Atmos sound system. The convention center also held the premiere’s red carpet arrival and after-party.
The film was released in Australia, China, and other parts of Asia and Europe on 24 April 24, in the United Kingdom on 25 April, in the United States and India on 26 April, and in Russia on 29 April 29 in both IMAX and 3D. Radio Liberty alleged that the Russian government postponed the film’s release in that country to promote Russian-produced films over it. Avengers: Endgame ultimately serves as the second-last film in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film had a worldwide opening of $1.2 billion, the biggest of all time and nearly double Infinity War‘s previously record-setting $640.5 million. It was also the fastest film ever to eclipse the $1 billion and $1.5 billion mark, doing so in just five days and eight days, respectively. Deadline Hollywood estimated the film would break even just five days after its release, and eventually calculated the final net profit of the film to be $890 million, placing it first on their list of 2019’s “Most Valuable Blockbusters”.
On May 4, the film’s earnings at the global box office passed the entire theatrical run of Infinity War and it became the fastest film ever to gross $2 billion worldwide, amassing the amount in only 11 days (beating Avatar‘s record 47 days). It also became the fifth film to surpass this threshold, and the second film to surpass the threshold of $2.5 billion, doing so in just 20 days (again beating Avatar‘s record of 72 days). At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige announced that Disney had overlooked $2 million of weekday ticket sales when doing accounting and that Endgame would surpass Avatar‘s total box office return that weekend to become the highest-grossing film.
Avengers: Endgame ultimately grossed $858.4 million in the United States & Canada and $1.939 billion in other territories for a worldwide total of $2.8 billion, to become the highest-grossing film of all time.
Following the release of the second trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home on 6 May, Marvel began showing it at the end of Endgame screenings with a message before the film from Tom Holland telling the audience to stay until the end of the credits to see the trailer. In June, Kevin Feige announced that Avengers: Endgame would be re-released in theaters with seven minutes of new post-credits footage, including a Stan Lee tribute, an unfinished deleted scene, and the opening scene of Far From Home. A limited edition poster would also be given out at select theaters. The re-release began on June 28 in the United States, across 1,040 theaters.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an score of 94% with an average score of 8.2/10, based on 528 reviews.
Robert Downey, Jr. was the only actor who read the entire script.
Avengers: Endgame sadly features the final cameo by Stan Lee in a Marvel film.
The idea of showing the autographs for the original The Avengers actors in the end credits came from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which was also seen as a finale for its original cast.
Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd were filming Ant-Man and the Wasp and this film at the same time.
As they did with the previous film, the Russo Brothers wrote a letter to fans, asking them not to spoil anything about the movie, as part of a viral campaign on the internet. The hashtags were #DontSpoilTheEndgame and #ThanosDemandsYourSilence.
Even though Captain Marvel was released one month before this film, Brie Larson shot her scenes for this movie first. The scene at Avenger’s Headquarters was Brie Larson’s first day on set as Carol Danvers.
The opening Hawkeye scene was originally conceived as part of the finale of Avengers: Infinity War.
Tom Holland was told to dress for a wedding on the day that Tony Stark / Iron Man’s funeral was filmed.