Avengers "Endgame" Title Was In Development Much Earlier Than Anyone Anticipated

Most fans remember Doctor Strange’s line from Infinity War, “We’re in the endgame now,” and assume that it inspired the title of the next film, Avengers: Endgame. But, that was not the first time the word had been used in the MCU, and in fact, it was Tony Stark who first used it back in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He said it while referencing all the problems they had had to solve over the years.

Therefore, its use as the official title of the next Avengers movie might be more meaningful than we imagine, and it is a nice way to wrap things up neatly since this film marks the end of the third phase of the MCU, heralding a new era with possibly different superheroes in the lead. However, to understand the present, we must know about the past, so here we have an examination of “endgame”.

Why did Tony Stark use the word back in Age of Ultron?

It is possible that Iron Man was too upset and surprised by the failure of their plan to steal the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos, that he did not remember originally saying the word when Doctor Strange uttered his mysterious phrase. In Joss Whedon’s movie, Stark had to defend himself for the creation of Ultron after he attacked the Avengers in their own tower, unexpectedly.

He told the team to remember that he flew S.H.I.E.L.D.'s nuclear missile towards a wormhole during the Avengers to save everybody, and he almost died at the hands of the Chitauri invasion. Furthermore, Tony said, “We're the Avengers. We can bust arms dealers all the livelong day, but that up there... that's the endgame." In this case, he was talking about alien forces that could potentially destroy everything.

It has always been clear that Iron Man was the most traumatized by the events of the first Avengers movie, so he decided to create Ultron to protect the whole world in the event that the normal heroes could not. Furthermore, his trauma about losing all his loved ones was exploited by the Scarlet Witch, who showed him an image of all of them dead in Age of Ultron. No one can deny that Tony had the best intentions.

In the end, Thanos was everything Stark feared in a villain and had exactly the kind of mission that would make all of Iron Man’s nightmares come true, which he developed after the Chitauri invasion, who were there on behalf of the Mad Titan. Ultimately, Tony knew something was coming all along, and we saw this when Doctor Strange and Wong explained the history of the Infinity Stones to him and Bruce.

Stark said, “This is it!” During the fight on Titan between the Guardians, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and Iron Man against Thanos, you might remember the villain telling Tony that they have both been cursed by knowledge. Iron Man told him, “My only curse is you,” and after getting rid of Ebony Maw on their way to Titan, Stark told Stephen that Thanos had been living in his head “for six years”.

The importance of Tony

Despite the fact that Doctor Strange used the Time Stone to see into all the possible futures of their fight with Thanos, he never told them much about them except that there was only one outcome where they would win. After saying the phrase “endgame”, all fans are speculating that Doctor Strange has a weird meaning of winning, especially because he gave up the gem he protected to save Tony Stark.

We also have to wonder why he did not reveal much to Tony or anyone else, but we guess that it is because the people who were not dusted by the decimation, the name of Thanos’ snap, have to figure things out on their own. Furthermore, his insistence that he would not give the stone up for anyone and then doing it for Tony, suggests that Iron Man is the key to this odd “win”.

The word “endgame” is used in the world of chess when players have to start sacrificing their main pieces to get to the king. Sometimes, even the queen is used to this effect. Theories all agree that a major character in the MCU could possibly die, though we all think it will be Captain America. But, what if it is Tony?

Iron Man started this whole franchise, and it was a huge risk for Marvel that paid off beautifully. Killing the character in the next movie would be a devastating but impactful move from the studio, and it would end this era of superheroes. We hope this won’t happen but things are looking hopeless in the trailer.

Iron Man could not stop the pain that Thanos caused everyone by removing half of the universe’s creatures, and according to the trailer, he is stranded in space with almost no chance of rescue. You can probably bet that whatever plot the Russo brothers have come up with is going to be a tearjerker for all fans. Therefore, an important death is not out of the question.

We might see Stark’s new version of “endgame” in the movie, if and when he gets his fight back. He is the kind of character, along with Steve Rogers, who would give up his life to save the world. Moreover, because of his use of the word years ago, and the persistence that he was the most plagued with worry about an alien destroying everything, Iron Man will once again be the central hero of the plot, even though there are other Avengers.

What did you think of this explanation for the choice of “endgame” in the title? This movie will mark the end of a history cinematic event, so the name is a little anti-climactic; or is it? Do you think Marvel might kill the character that started the MCU? We would like to know your opinion, so leave a comment down below and share this article with all your friends that dream about being Iron Man.

Sources used: Screen Rant

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