There are sort of spoilers here, but they are from Marvel Studios themselves.
One month from today, Avengers: Endgame will be released. I think it’s fair to say it’s one of the most eagerly anticipated superhero movies out there, due to both the popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the major cliffhanger at the end of Infinity War. Today, Marvel released a series of character posters with the phrase “Avenge the Fallen,” referring to the character wipeout near the end of Infinity War.
What I’m finding really interesting are two reveals among the posters. The living heroes are in color, the (probably temporarily) dead are in black and white. Some, I’m sure, are broken-hearted to see Loki among the dead, although this has been confirmed several times other places. The two surprises, at least to me and, from the sounds of it, many others, involve two female characters, one I didn’t know had died, and one I didn’t know was going to be in the movie at all.
Shuri, T’Challa’s genius inventor sister, was a huge hit in the Black Panther movie. She got some great lines and pulled off some really slick scenes. Her appearances in Infinity War were also well done. You don’t see someone making a scientific suggestion surprising Bruce Banner that often. Well, she’s among the fallen according to the posters. No one is happy about it. She was not only killed, she died off-screen. Although I guess we might see that as some kind of flashback in Endgame. Wakanda’s “Forever” isn’t looking great at the moment.
Since the Asgaridan refugee ship was destroyed in the beginning of Infinity War, many fans have been worried about some of the popular characters introduced in Thor: Ragnarok. I can’t speak for the odd alien pair of Korg and Miek, although I suspect we’ll see them again. But Valkyrie, as played by Tessa Thompson, is on one of the color posters, which would indicate both that she survived and will be in the movie. I’m still a bit irked we never saw Sif. I get the real world reasons why, but not even mentioning her was kind of wrong.
So there we are. One month to go. A surprise death announcement. A surprise character inclusion. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve seen from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the worst of them (Thor: Dark World and Hulk battle for that slot on my list) being ones I at least liked. I thought Infinity War was amazingly powerful and well done. I can’t wait to see what happens in Endgame, and see about the rumors regarding several big name characters.
What’s your favorite MCU movie? Your least? What are you hoping for in Endgame? And what are you afraid will happen?
Hopefully, we all get our questions answered on April 26.