It's almost hard to believe, but we're mere days away from the release of Avengers: Endgame. It's been a long year of waiting and theorizing for the fandom, as Marvel Studios made room for the release of Captain Marvel and Ant-Man and The Wasp. But moviegoers will finally get some answers shortly, and see how the MCU has reacted to Thanos' snap of death that wiped out half of all life.
The stakes couldn't be higher for The Russo Brothers, who must live up to the precedent they set with Avengers: Infinity War. The surviving heroes must find a way to unite and avenge the galaxy, bringing the fight to Thanos in his presumed retirement. While the pressure is on, Robert Downey Jr thinks that Endgame's final minutes are the very best the MCU has to offer. As he recently put it:
The last 8 minutes of that movie are maybe the best 8 minutes of the entire history of the whole run of them in a way because everyone's involved. So I was delighted.
Well, that's a bold statement. Marvel Studios has released 21 movies ahead of Avengers: Endgame, so there's been some major moments brought to the silver screen. Infinity War is certainly no exception, but it appears that The Russo Brothers outdid themselves with their next (and possibly last) MCU installment.
Robert Downey Jr's comments to The Upcoming are sure to capture the attention of the rabid MCU fanbase. Avengers: Endgame is the most hotly anticipated movie of the year, and The Russo Brothers are going to need to pull out all the stops in order to please the countless fans who broke the internet to get pre-sale tickets. But Endgame's ending is apparently so epic that it puts the rest of the shared universe to shame.
Just what RDJ is referencing is a mystery, as is basically all of Avengers: Endgame. While there are some spoilers floating around the internet, Endgame's marketing campaign has been methodical, and we've only seem a limited amount of footage. This includes the film's ending, which should have a big group of characters involved.
If I were to guess, I assume the last 8 minutes of Avengers: Endgame includes all the characters-- including the ones who faded to dust in Infinity War. Most fans assumed they'd be revived sometime during the movie, allowing the MCU to continue in Phase Four. Perhaps this is what Robert Downey Jr is referencing. Luckily, we only have a few days left before answers will finally arrive.
The Russo Brothers have already shown their ability to balance a large cast of characters. Captain America: Civil War proved this, as the directors brought a story that had both action and heart. Things got even bigger with Infinity War, as the Russos serviced a giant cast of beloved characters. They'll have a smaller group to utilize in Endgame, but clearly something big is happening in the film's final moments.