Avengers: Endgame ending - 15 quotes from the cast about the movie (and what they could mean)

Avengers: Endgame ending

Marvel Studios is well known for keeping its cards close to its chest, but you know what they say: loose lips sink ships (and I’m not talking about Tony’s spaceship in Avengers: Endgame). In fact, we may already know a little too much about the lead up to the Avengers: Endgame ending thanks to several of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, from Chris Hemsworth, right through to clean-cut Mr. Marvel Spoiler himself, Mark Ruffalo.

There are 15 of these bad boys to pore through for those who want to know just a little bit more about Endgame and how we’re going to reach the Avengers: Endgame ending in seemingly traumatic style. These aren’t just super vague quotes, either. Some slips of the tongue have outright revealed potential plot points (I’m looking at you Gwyneth Paltrow and, yes, you should absolutely skip her quote if you don’t want a big moment to be spoiled) while the others fuel the fire before Endgame’s April release.

So, what are you waiting for? Dive right in below: the Avengers: Endgame ending may make you cry – but at least these quotes from some of Marvel’s finest will at least help prepare for it. Because, remember: we’re in the endgame now.

The Avengers: Endgame ending may change at any moment

Who: Mark Ruffalo, AKA Bruce Banner/Hulk

What they said: “We don't even know what [the Avengers: Endgame ending] is gonna be yet,” Ruffalo tells The Marvelists podcast (H/T Den of Geek). “We're not just doing reshoots. We're going to finish the movie, which we really didn't get to finish totally when we left it last year.”

He continues: “I don't even know that [the Russos] really know exactly. Some of it is happening while we're there. It's pretty amazing. And we'll shoot some stuff and a few days later come back and reshoot it 'cause we wanna take it in another direction. It's a very living organism; even as we approach it being a locked picture, we're still working on it.”

What it might mean: While shooting has now all wrapped up, Ruffalo points to the possibility of Endgame potentially being changed from moment-to-moment. So, a scene you might not have expected or any post-credits scenes that tease MCU’s Phase 4, or maybe, say, mourns the death of a character, could be filmed as late as 2019. Even the original 2012 The Avengers filmed a post-credits scene (mmm… shawarma) just a week before its premiere. If any studio can turn around a big shocking scene in a short space of time, it’s Marvel. 

The Avengers: Endgame ending is even more shocking than Infinity War

Who: Chris Hemsworth, AKA Thor

What they said: “If you were shocked by [Infinity War], I think the second one is even more shocking, for other reasons entirely,” Hemsworth told Esquire. “That’s what kind of blew me away the first time I read both scripts, is how they managed to orchestrate so many different characters but give them each their own separate shot and moments, and have it be elevated and feel fresh and unique - not just like a messy, thrown-together assembly of these guys.

“The second one I’m probably even more excited about. Just for people to see. I just think it’s another step again. Each step we seem to take with these films, I’ve loved the fact that there’s been growth and evolution and it continues to surprise people as opposed to sort of flatlining, which was obviously always a fear - that they’d run out of ideas or run dry of creative excitement. For me, this whole experience has been incredible. In particular the last one.”

What it might mean: That Avengers 4 is going to be even better and possibly more traumatic than Avengers: Infinity War? Hemsworth certainly sounds excited for fans to finally see it, but that doesn’t tell us much about what will happen in the movie. What is interesting is that he thinks the Avengers 4 ending is more shocking than Infinity War… what could be more shocking than half of the MCU dying? Them not being resurrected? Say it isn’t so!

Not everyone is coming back… maybe

Who: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, AKA the Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 writers

What they said: “[Avengers 4] doesn’t do what you think it does,” Markus tells Buzzfeed. “It is a different movie than you think it is.” Adding: “Also… [the deaths are] real. I just want to tell you it’s real, and the sooner you accept that, the sooner you will be able to move on to the next stage of grief.”

McFeely continued: “Put it this way. I think [Infinity War] is a fairly mature movie for a blockbuster. It’s got a lot of fun in it, obviously, but boy, it gets very mature. The second one is also mature. We’re going to own these choices, and hopefully surprise and delight you and get you invested. It’s by the same studio, the same filmmaking team. They were written at the same time, shot at the same time. They’re clearly connected, but they are definitely two different movies, one of which is dependent on what happened previous.”

“We broke your heart,” added Markus. “Now we're going to blow your mind!”

What it might mean: Personally, I’m not so sure about this quote. Markus and McFeely just sound like they’re trying to convince us that those Infinity War deaths won’t be reversed a little too much if you know what I mean… and frankly, the upcoming slate of new Marvel movies makes that impossible. The rest of their comments seem to reiterate what Hemsworth says that we’re 100% not ready for what’s coming. 

***Warning: Gwyneth Paltrow’s spoilerific quote is incoming - skip to the next quote if you don’t want to see it***

Tony better get ready for family life

Who: Gwyneth Paltrow, AKA Pepper Potts

What they said: “Pepper and Tony have had a really long journey together,” Paltrow says in Marvel’s Official Avengers: Infinity War magazine. “She obviously starts as his dutiful assistant, and then the relationship evolves and now this decade later they're married, and have a child. Their relationship has evolved in all of the ways that great romances evolve.”

What it might mean: Whaaaaaaaaa? Pepper and Tony are married? And they have a child? Wait… no they don’t. Does this mean that’s what we’ll see in Avengers 4? Unfortunately for Marvel is looks like Paltrow has let the cat out of the bag - which is shocking considering the quote has been taken from an official Marvel magazine - but given that the pair were only engaged in Infinity War, it’s fairly safe to say that they will be married and have a child in Avengers 4, which would tie into a lot of the time jump theories floating around about the sequel. 

Hawkeye is back!

Who: Christopher Markus, AKA Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 writer

What they said: “We like Hawkeye,” Markus tells Buzzfeed. “We like Hawkeye so much we gave him a really good story.” 

What it might mean: Errr… that Hawkeye will be in Avengers 4. At this point, that’s pretty much confirmed after everyone wondered why he was MIA in Infinity War. The more interesting question is what will this “really good story” be about? Some fans have speculated that Avengers 4 will incorporate the Ronin storyline from the comics after leaked set photos seemed to suggest Jeremy Renner was wearing a different costume. 

Captain America says goodbye?

Who: Chris Evans, AKA Steve Rogers/Captain America

What they said: “Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful,” Evans said on Twitter.

What it might mean: There have long been whispers that Evans’ MCU contract is up after Endgame. This is probably the most convincing pierce of evidence yet that we’re also reaching Cap’s endgame. Will he hang up his shield? There are conflicting quotes - as you’ll see below - but this screams farewell to the cast, crew, and those who have been watching him since 2010’s Captain America: The First Avenger.

Avengers 4 might not be Captain America's swansong...

Who: Joe Russo, co-director of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame

What they said: “[Finishing filming was] more emotional for him than it was for us, mostly ‘cos he’s not done yet,” Russo told USA Today. “I don’t want to explain what I mean but audiences will soon understand.”

What it might mean: There we were, all ready for us to have to say our goodbyes to Chris Evans and Steve Rogers during (or perhaps before) the Avengers 4 ending – and now the Russos have pulled the rug out from underneath us. Perhaps it’s a bit of trolling on Joe Russo’s part, or maybe Cap will do the unthinkable and survive the movie and continue on in the MCU in a reduced role. Right now, I’m leaning towards the former. Chris Evans doesn’t seem like the type to play with our emotions… or maybe that’s what he wants us to think.

But Cap is keeping his mouth shut (for now)

Who: Chris Evans, AKA Steve Rogers/Captain America

What they said: “That last day of filming really was a very emotional day,” Evans told an audience at ACE Comic Con. “It was the culmination of almost 10 years of filming and 22 movies - this unbelievable tapestry - and you feel a lot more emotions than I think even I thought I’d feel, and I felt it was appropriate to share the gratitude. I know it had a ripple effect, but I am neither confirming nor denying anything.”

What it might mean: That Marvel has probably made Evans backtrack. His tweet, which you can read in the link above, certainly sounded like a goodbye to the MCU, but things are now being left in limbo thanks to that sharp U-turn. Hopefully, that means the door is being kept open for a Cap return and, when coupled with Russo’s comments, it certainly seems that way (or plans about Evans stepping away have changed).

Shit is about to get really, really weird

Who: Evangeline Lilly, AKA Janet van Dyne/the Wasp

What they said: "When I heard about Infinity War and the direction that they’re heading, I did have this moment of realizing, oh, wow, there’s a bit of a déjà vu for me with the Lost franchise," Lilly tells Vanity Fair. "We are hitting that [Lost] season 4 space where everything’s about to shift, and you’re about to lose the solid ground underneath you."

What it might mean: While Lilly’s quote specifically mentions Infinity War, it’s safe to say her comments apply to its sequel as well, so if the Lost TV show made your head hurt with all its time-jumping, then get ready for more of the same with Avengers 4.

That we’re going to see more of Cap and Black Widow

Who: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, AKA the Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 writers

What they said: “Over the course of both movies, everyone gets equal time, put it that way,” Markus tells GR

McFeely continued: “Rest assured, even if your favourite character in any one particular movie didn’t feel like the star, over the course of two movies they’ll have had plenty of screen time and story.”

What it might mean: If you were disappointed with how much screen time Cap, Black Widow, and some other characters got in Infinity War then these comments should put your mind at ease. While the cast was just too big for everyone to get sufficient screen time in Infinity War, this quote seems to suggest things will balance out in Avengers 4, so get ready for more Cap and Black Widow. Yay!

That the Guardians will be back

Who: Dave Bautista, AKA Drax

What they said: "I’m going to be in [Avengers] 4, I’m also going to be in Guardians 3," Bautista told Collider. "I don’t know how they bringing me back, but somehow I’m going to make it because as far as I know I am going to be in Guardians 3, so I have to be back.”

What it might mean: While Bautista’s comments on coming back for Guardians 3 have been thrown into doubt recently by James Gunn’s firing, this quote still basically proves that Drax - and probably all the Guardians - will be back in Avengers 4. As Bautista says at another point in this interview, he was telling people he had finished filming Avengers 4 before Infinity War was even out, so I don’t know how Marvel expected to convince fans he’d died for real!

A Thanos vs. Nebula showdown might be in our future

Who: Karen Gillan, AKA Nebula

What they said: “What can I say? Thanos is her dad and she is definitely going to confront some serious daddy issues,” Gillan tells People. “That’s for sure.” 

What it might mean: Reading between the lines, it seems that Nebula has a bit of unfinished business with a father who (literally) left her hanging for half of Infinity War. The last we saw of her, she was on Titan. Now, how is she going to get to where she needs to be? Hmm… 

A dead Doctor Strange character might return

Who: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, AKA the Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame writers

What they said: “When we got Tilda Swinton, she was a one-day availability,” Markus and McFeely said at Austin Film Festival (H/T SuperBroMovies).

What it might mean: Where do we start with this one? The Ancient One returning, for what sounds like a brief cameo, isn’t too shocking given her mystical nature, but it’s definitely an exciting move to bring someone like Tilda Swinton back for a minor role. Maybe she’ll have a good old natter with Stephen Strange in the Soul Stone? 

One of Cap's biggest baddies will feature in a flashback

Who: Frank Grillo, AKA Brock Rumlow/Crossbones

What they said: “Crossbones makes an appearance in the next Avengers movie but it’s a flashback,” Grillo told the UFC Unfiltered Podcast (H/T CBR).

What it might mean: Grillo, meanwhile (who later retracted his comments on Instagram, it must be said), hints at a flashback rather than appearing via time travel or any other means. Whether that means time travel is off the table remains to be seen, yet one of Cap’s biggest foes certainly seems to be returning in some way, shape, or form. No one let him know Red Skull is just hanging around in space. 

Think things are bad now? Just you wait...

Who: Elizabeth Olsen, AKA Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch

What they said: “It’s only going to get worse,” Olsen states at ACE Comic Con. 

What it might mean: While certainly a very short quote from Olsen regarding the Avengers 4 ending, it certainly doesn’t fill us with hope that things will end well. Considering who died in Infinity War, to say Avengers 4 is going to be traumatic is a Hulk-sized understatement. That’s pretty much confirmed by Olsen comments. Expect deaths, goodbyes, and lots more tears.

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