When it was first announced, many years ago, it was known as Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2. In time, that vague subtitle was dropped, and the legitimate title reveal was left a mystery. But eventually, the conclusion to the cliffhanger left at the end of Avengers: Infinity War became known as Avengers: Endgame, lifted (in part) from Doctor Stephen Strange’s hint to Tony Stark that he is “in the endgame now.” When CinemaBlend got a chance to interview Endgame co-director Anthony Russo, we asked him flat out if he and his brother, Joe, ever considered any other subtitles for the upcoming Marvel movie, and he confirmed:
The subtitle Endgame doesn’t only have to refer to the line spoken by Benedict Cumberbatch before he turns to dust. Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) actually spoke it in this pivotal scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The Avengers can deal with small threats on Earth all day long. Tony knew that the real battle had to be taken to the skies – to the galaxies – if our planet ever was going to feel real peace. So, is that what we are going to see in Avengers: Endgame?
There are subplots that need to play out in this upcoming movie. The Avengers need to avenge the fallen, and make Thanos pay for his crimes. But what if that’s only half of Endgame? In the recent Captain Marvel, we met two significant alien life forms in the Kree and the Skrulls. Could there be a lot more space stuff coming up in Endgame than what we anticipate? Could the team encounter even stranger stuff in the Quantum Realm?
We’re so close to finding out. Joe and Anthony Russo’s pending blockbuster will be the culmination of a journey that began way back in Iron Man, and has powered through the past 11 years with one overarching story, broken in numerous parts. We, personally, can’t wait to see how it ends on April 26. And as of today, tickets for Avengers: Endgame are currently on sale, so be sure to hurry and grab seats at your favorite local theater, before they are all gone.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.