Everything We Know About 'Endgame' And What It Means
Marvel has always liked to keep fans guessing and theorizing about the MCU. This time around is no different with just the first trailer where now we know that Avengers 4, which is what we have been calling it, is actually titled Avengers: Endgame. Since we have very little to go on right now, we are going to see if we can approximate what is to come based on the name.
Definition of Endgame
Up to now, Marvel has been direct with the titles of the Avengers movies. For example, Infinity War was about a war for the Infinity Stones and Age of Ultron had to do with the A.I. Ultron created by Tony Stark and the battle they had. So what is the meaning behind endgame?
Looking at the dictionary definition, endgame means “the stage of a chess game after major reduction of forces” or “the final stage of some action or process”. In other words, it refers to the final phase of chess where both sides have made important sacrifices in order to corner the opponent’s king for checkmate or to the final war in a conflict.
Most Marvel fans have interpreted "Endgame" this way because it is the final war of the Avengers against the Mad Titan. In addition, they have suffered loses that drive them to want to corner Thanos and win to restore as much as they can from the decimation.
Endgame in movies and comics
We have some instances where our heroes have used the word endgame. The most recent one is of Doctor Strange at the end of Infinity War with, “We are in the endgame now”. However, Tony Stark used it before in Age of Ultron when he was justifying his creation of the A.I. with, “We can bust arms dealers all the live-long day, but that up there? That's the endgame. How were you guys planning on beating that?"
Now in the printed work, this name is very much out there. Marvel has been using this name for many things prior to the movie. We have it in an issue of the Marvel comics The Incredible Hulk in an issue and X-Factor series. Legion has one personality called Endgame inside of him. Avengers 71 has a story from the 60s where the Avengers are fighting a villain that can jump through time. There is an additional Iron Man comic #165 with chess-themed villains.
We also find the comic Thanos #6 named Endgame where we find the Mad Titan in a role of antihero. He is restoring planets and combating hunger, which is everything he was fighting for in the last Marvel movie if remembered correctly. Looking further outside Marvel, we found that title in Samuel Beckett’s play where it depicts characters trying to survive after a world-changing event. Does anything sound familiar?
Doctor Strange and Tony Stark
As we have mentioned before, these two have previously used the term endgame. The one we are going to analyze is when Strange said it to Tony at that last moment before he disappeared. It could be mentioned that our warlock did not say it by accident but with purpose.
We know that for Stark the word endgame was his worst nightmare come to life. So when Strange used it, it was with that intention to trigger in him the importance of what was to come now that Thanos had the Time Stone and that he had seen only one possible outcome were our heroes won out of the 14 million possibilities.
The next question will be how the warlock knew of the moment when Stark mentioned his famous line to justify the creation of Ultron. Among his many talents, we are sure he does not have mind reading in his arsenal. The only indication of how important Iron Man finds what’s happening is in his lines to Strange:
“That Thanos has been inside my head for six years since he sent an army to New York and now he's back! And I don't know what to do. So, I'm not so sure if it's a better plan to fight him on out turf or his but you saw what they did, what they can do. At least on his turf, he's not expecting it. So, I say we take the fight to him. Doctor. Do you concur?”
Doctor Strange’s plan
It could be that the one possibility of winning against Thanos has to do with time traveling. Maybe, Strange knew that it could happen without having the Time Stone by meeting a past version of Scott Lang. Letting him believe that with Ant-Man’s help, the remaining Avengers would find out about the Quantum Realm and the time vortexes, and eventually travel back in time to key moments.
This would explain the rumors of sets being recreated from past films of the Avengers. Even characters that were supposed to be dead have come back to life. It seems the plan is taking shape as our favorite warlock glimpsed. In addition, it is possible that he saw the moment when Tony Stark spoke about his greatest fear, using it later in an attempt to trigger his memory of that time.
What could Strange possibly want to remind Stark at that moment? Well, we just have to remember Captain America’s response “together” to what Tony responds, “We’ll lose” and Cap says, “Then we'll do that together too”. Giving us a clue that these two should get together to try to turn things around, and maybe they would have to sacrifice themselves to achieve it, who knows?
Endgame reference to chess
There could be another reason why this reference is used. It could be that like in chess we have to literally clock our moves, so in the endgame in Avengers, the heroes have to use this strategy while jumping through time again and again to the calculated moments needed to prevent Thanos from obtaining the six Infinity Stones. Some theorize that the six Avengers need to sacrifice themselves to achieve that result and to corner their villain for checkmate.
Why exactly have the filmmakers chosen the word endgame? Does it have some other meaning that we cannot see? We would like to read your comments in the section below and share this article with your friends who cannot wait for the Avengers: Endgame to come out in theaters.
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