In November last year before the marketing campaign kicked off for what we now know as Avengers Endgame I did an Avengers 4 predictions article. Now that I’ve had a chance to see the movie I thought it would be fun to revisit those predictions and see what I got right/close to or completely fumbled on. Before jumping into it I wanted to mention how much I adored this movie, it had me smiling, laughing and crying all throughout. I get that that are people who don’t love these movies and often look down on them but for me this was everything I wanted and also never thought I’d see. As excited as I was and as ready as I thought I was, I really didn’t have any idea of what this movie would be. The way this film concludes is literally something out of my dreams. I can’t wait to see it again on Saturday.
Spoilers for Avengers Endgame ahead!
November 2018: Similarly to how The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi did I think it’s important to see immediately where Infinity War ended at the start of Avengers 4. I think in this pre-title card sequence we’ll see Nebula and Stark arrive back on Earth landing in Wakanda after Tony contacts Bruce. From their we’ll see the team reunite but with the big focus being on the reunion of Tony and Steve after not being on screen together since Civil War. This would be a great emotional moment to start off what is sure to be one of the biggest films to ever be released.
April 2019: I didn’t do too bad on this one, I mean they reunited at the compound rather than Wakanda and Tony never contacted Bruce but hey that’s decent for having not seen a lick of footage. Also I loved the very very very start with Clint losing his family. Jeremy Renner doesn’t get enough credit for his performance as Hawkeye, it’s always been good and this is the best it has ever been! I loved the way this movie opened, it was a great way to immediately hook us emotionally.
Post Title Card-
November 2018: After the reunion and catching up with these characters briefly I think the film will have a significant time jump ranging from one to five years. Based on set photos we’ve seen show an older and more aged Tony Stark, which indicates to me that there is a long gap of time where The Avengers will figure out their best possible play to make against Thanos. This isn’t something that shouldn’t be rushed. It would really add to the film to know that this has been The Avengers biggest priority and it has simply become their life mission to right the wrongs of Infinity War.
April 2019: Okay again same as the last one, not bad. I’m happy with the things I got wrong here because I think it worked better to have Avengers struggling to move on rather than devoting five years to coming up with a way to stop Thanos. Also I was wrong about the time jump happening immediately which also worked to the films benefit. It really drove their failure home to finding out that the only way to fix things was seemingly gone and I loved the shock of seeing Thor immediately decapitate Thanos. It was so unexpected and felt inline with who that character is.
Rescuing Scott Lang-
November 2018: In the time since the snap the Avengers will have been searching for clues or anything that could help them. I imagine that Tony and Bruce Banner will scan the world for irregular energies or something to that effect that happened during that snap that stands out as an anomaly. From here they will discover the van from the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp and rescue Scott Lang from the quantum realm.
April 2019: lol it was a rat.
The Quantum Realm-
November 2018: It’s a sure bet that the Quantum Realm will play a significant role in the film and that role will be time travel. I imagine that not long after Scott Lang is rescued that he will want to help find a way to defeat Thanos. After getting caught up on what happened while he was trapped Lang will offer an idea. That idea being time travel and he’ll work with Tony and Bruce to manipulate the Quantum Realm to allow them to travel back in time to recover the infinity stones from points in time where they know they will be, significant moments in the MCU. We have seen set photos of characters in Avengers 4 with bracelets that likely allow them to travel through time. Specifically we see these bracelets being worn by characters during the Battle of New York from The Avengers. The biggest give away to time travel being a factor is that Scott Lang is seen in a battle where he previously hadn’t been. I think that this will be a really interesting look at the how far the MCU has come.
April 2019: This is by far the closest I’ve been so far although it really wasn’t that hard to predict. The only thing I got wrong here was the idea that Tony and Bruce worked together. I thought the time travel here worked well and made for lot’s of great opportunities for fun cameos and some of the franchises most heartfelt moments. Like any movie with time travel though I’m sure it will be nitpicked to death, but honestly this is a comic book movie, I can accept time travel that isn’t iron clad. They did what worked for the story and I think that was the most important thing especially with this movie.
Captain American V Red Skull-
November 2018: I don’t have specific predictions for how each stone will be recovered, but there is one scenario that I can’t get out of my head. That scenario being Steve Rogers going on a mission to Vormir with Nebula to retrieve the Soul Stone. How the stone will be obtained in beyond me given the sacrifice that needs to be made but how could this film not feature Cap and the Red Skull coming face to face together for the first time since 2011. Fans have begged for Red Skull to appear again in another Captain America film and while this wouldn’t be that desire specifically, it would satisfy that seeing them in conflict with one another again. This something that would make me lose my mind not just because it would be a fight between Schmidt and Rogers but because it would be set on Vormir which I find to be a visual feast. Also it would be interesting to see how Steve reacts to seeing that Red Skull is still alive and knowing that he is the reason that Steve missed out on the life he thought he’d share with Peggy Carter.
April 2019: WRONG!… but maybe sort of right? This is one prediction that I hope we get to see eventually play out in one form or another. While Steve didn’t go to Vormir to retrieve the stone he 100% went there while he returned them so they had some sort of confrontation. What did it entail? Who knows maybe some Secret Empire/Hydra Cap stuff later down the line? That’d be pretty interesting. Potentially one day we’ll see a What If…. about his. However for the way this goes down in the movie, I was ready to be crushed by either outcome and was quite surprised by it being Black Widow. With the stand alone Widow movie coming likely next year I found it kind of confusing, like will that be a prequel? What would be the point? How would it move the MCU forward? Who knows but I guess we’ll find out soon enough!
November 2018: It’s tough to predict how Carol Danvers will play into the film without seeing her first film that comes out in March. However, I do have some ideas of how she’ll fit in with the team but nothing specifically about what she will do. I imagine that many members of The Avengers will be uneasy about Captain Marvel and question her intentions. The fact that Fury never called her in previously will be a red flag for many on the team. In time she’ll prove herself but I don’t imagine she’ll be treated like one of the team until the end of the movie.
April 2019: She’s in it sparingly and despite what angry crybabies might have you think she didn’t ruin the film and defeat Thanos so grow up.
November 2018: Recently it was announce that the 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford has joined the cast of Avengers 4 and there are several believable ideas about who she could play. The rumors range from Kate Bishop to Tony Stark and Pepper Potts kid but the idea I subscribe to is the idea that she will play a future version of Cassie Lang, the daughter of Scott Lang. The rumor of an aged up Cassie Lang has been around way before Langford was even cast and given how involved Scott Lang is rumored to be in this film it would make sense. Now this is something that I could very easily be wrong about. My biggest concern here is Langford herself. So far I haven’t seen her give a performance I like and that gives me some pause about her casting. With that being said I trust Kevin “Big Kev” Feige and none of his castings have turned out poorly for my tastes so I’m cautiously optimistic about her casting.
April 2019: She wasn’t in it, and wasn’t even credited. I would have been wrong though she wasn’t Cassie Lang, now that I’ve seen the film I think it was definitely Morgan Stark. Hopefully we find out sooner than later because this is driving me a little bit nuts!
The Fate of Tony Stark-
November 2018: This is one of the aspects of this film that I have flip flopped on and at this point in time this is where I stand but this could very easily change based on the marketing. I think Tony Stark will survive and pass along the leadership of the Avengers off to another character. Who that character may be isn’t an easy one to guess, it could be T’Challa, Carol Danvers or even Natasha Romanoff. For my money though I would place a bet on it being handed over to Doctor Strange. I think once Avengers 4 is all set and done Tony will have grown a respect for Strange and the sacrifice he made in Infinity War. I think Tony will retire from being Iron Man and may even pass that mantle on to Rhodey. Tony will go off with Pepper, get married and likely start a family. This leaves things open for a return of the fan favorite character down the line whether it is Robert Downey Jr. himself or a recasting. Or even Tony and Pepper’s kid could come into the fold at some point.
April 2019: Very very very very very very very wrong because Tony is very very very very very very very dead. The way the movie handles Tony and concludes is arc in this universe had me in tears the way so much of this movie did. On paper I can’t imagine how cheesy that “I…..am……Iron Man” moment was on paper but man oh man everyone was so on board in the theatre!
The Fate of Steve Rogers-
November 2018: Much like the fate of Tony Stark this is something I have flip flopped on a lot. My prediction on this will likely change with the marketing campaign but for now I think that Steve Rogers will die. I think he will sacrifice himself in a confrontation with Thanos that will give time to the other Avengers to get an edge on Thanos. In addition to that I think that Steve will not be given the shield back while he’s alive in the film but rather it will be presented at his funeral and will be apart of his grave forever cementing him as Captain America.
April 2019: YES YES YES YES! I’ve never been so happy to be wrong. The conclusion to Cap in the movie is picture perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing. it’s the ending that makes sense and feels the most right. Additionally passing on the mantel to Sam feels right and makes more sense in the context of this universe rather than Bucky. I’m fascinated to see where they go with that will we get a Sam Wilson led Captain America trilogy? I cried so much at the ending moments of the movie and have had the song stuck in my head all day.
November 2018: One of the biggest concerns fans have going into Avengers 4 is how it will handle the characters who died in Infinity War. I imagine this will be a pretty simple solution. The characters that died before the snap will remain dead including Loki and Gamora. In tandem with that is characters who will die in Avengers 4 will remain dead. However, characters that died due to the snap will return promptly after Thanos is defeated.
April 2019: Pretty much on point outside of when this happened.
November 2018: My last prediction is tied to how The Avengers will defeat the Mad Titan. Now how specifically it will happen I really don’t have anything solid in mind yet but I do have an idea of who will be the one to do it and that is Nebula. Now initially it may seem like an odd prediction to have Nebula be the one when the obvious choice maybe Tony Stark, Thor or even Drax. It does make a lot of sense for Nebula though given the nature of her relationship with her father. It is one filled with hate, rage and the desire to stop him from achieving his goal. Added to that now is the death of her sister who she recently made amends with, that will surely be driving factor for her in the film. It would make the arch of Nebula feel satisfying because of how tied she is to Thanos. So even if she isn’t the one to do it I hope that she plays a significant role in that.
April 2019: I’m alright with being wrong on this one as they still gave some really compelling stuff to Nebula and Karen Gillan absolutely crushed it this time around. I used to not care for Nebula at all but this movie has me excited to see where she goes moving forward. Also Tony Stark being the one to do it really was the best choice they could have made and it made for one of my favourite moments in MCU history. In fact that whole final battle was amazing and I loved every minute of it. I gasped and couldn’t believe my eyes at multiple points.
So there you have it there are my Avengers Endgame predictions revisited! How did your predictions shape up and what did you think of the movie itself? Let me know by reaching out to me on twitter @nerdycasual or by commenting here on this very article.