Fan Service Assemble!1 of 15
Okay, okay, we don’t know if April 26’s Avengers: Endgame will clock in at more than three hours as the Russo Bros. have suggested. But judging by the how much story it seems they'll have to tell, there’s every likelihood it’ll wind up close to that long – leaving plenty of room for the story moments and bits of resolution that fans are still waiting to see.
These would be little moments that require some tidying up or we’d just like to see occur before the first generation of Marvel actors (and perhaps their characters) cash in their pensions and give way to the post-21st Century Fox acquisition iteration of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Heck, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King famously delivered over 30 minutes of essential postscript after the defeat of Mordor, so there is precedent for spending considerable screen time in the service of fan moments.
So in no particular order, here are the fan moments we want to see in Avengers: Endgame.
The "Captain...Captain" Moment2 of 15
Even the most serious of MCU films offer enough self-aware snark (Thor hanging up his hammer on a coat rack in The Dark World) so they shouldn’t let the moment pass when Carol Danvers first makes the acquaintance of Steve Rogers.
Cap (the male one) introduced himself as “Steve Rogers” to Groot, but Avengers: Endgame is going to have to acknowledge the first meeting between its two Captains.
Tony should probably be there to snark-play-by-play the moment.
Closure on Thor's Women Problem3 of 15
Unless you haven’t noticed, women in Thor’s life tend to disappear all of a sudden. Forgetting his mother’s death in The Dark World, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) just went away without mention (at least Civil War gave us some info on Pepper Potts until her surprise reemergence in Homecoming); Valkyrie also was just absent in Infinity War, despite Thanos boarding the spaceship she was in; and perhaps strangest of all, despite an all-Asgardians-on-deck-crisis in Ragnarok, Jamie Alexander’s Sif hasn’t been seen or mentioned since The Dark World and her Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appearances.
Now we expect to see Valkyrie in Avengers: Endgame but Marvel Studios should give Sif and Jane (and Darcy, while we're at it) the respect Pepper received and at least tell us what happened to them.
Showing us would be even better.
And sticking with the theme, Chris Evans may or may not be moving on and may or may not be taking Cap with him. Did he and Sharon Carter make out in front of the Volkswagen Beetle for no reason at all? Follow it up!!!
Or let him have that dance with Peggy. One or the other.
The Hulk Meets Spider-Man4 of 15
Of all the still-waiting-for-in-introduction moments that have yet to occur (Dr. Strange meeting most of the Avengers/Earthbound heroes) the potential biggest of which is Spider-Man and the Hulk’s first icon-to-icon encounter. Remember, Hulk wasn’t there for Civil War, so these two Marvel giants should get a significant moment or two together on screen before the Hulk (maybe) retires.
A Supervillain Team-Up5 of 15
Guess what? Warner Bros.'s Justice League actually did something right. The post-credits meeting of Lex Luthor and Deathstroke was maybe the highlight of the movie and drew attention to a first Marvel or Warner Bros. hasn’t really gotten to yet (sorry, Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, you’re disqualified for, we don’t know … general apathy?)
Sure, Red Skull kind of met Thanos, but a full on meeting of multiple supervillain minds and a coordinated plot against the heroes has yet to really take place in either of the three major comic book universes (not really counting Magneto and Apocalypse either, Mags blurs the line too often). Marvel should be the first.
Someone Tell the Avengers Coulson is Alive6 of 15
Jeez, guys, it’s been over five years now. Remember in The Martian when Matt Damon's astronaut character learned NASA didn't tell his mission crew that he was still alive? That was a few months, how is Cap, Tony and co. going to react when they find out Phil got better and has in fact been operating under their noses since 2013?
Phil should get a hug and Nick should get a punch to the jaw for Pete’s sake.
Reunited and It Feels So Good7 of 15
Well, we got two of these and they go hand-in-hand and they’re pretty obvious, but hell, we have the space to include them so why not?
Of course Cap and Tony have to get together and hug-it-out. It should probably be at the climax of the second act for maximum effect.
And of course with that comes Reunion #2 – Tony has to give Cap his shield back, at least for one more go-around. The Wakandan techno hand shields were nice and all, but c’mon, we need to see that disk bouncing off villainous henchmen and return to Cap again.
The Endgame Super Bowl commercial seems to indicate at least the shield is returned to its rightful owner.
Then maybe Cap needs to pass it down … but that’s a story for another time.
Peter Quill Visits His Mom8 of 15
Unlike Groot and Rocket, Star-Lord still hasn’t actually been back to Earth yet, but depending on how Avengers: Endgame shapes up, Peter visiting the gravesite of his beloved mother is a practical narrative must. He can’t been seen on Earth and not do that. Why, that’d be like Leia and Chewbacca passing each other without even a nod in one another’s direction after Han died.
Hell, Marvel, we can write this for you – he leaves an Awesome Mixtape Vol. 3 that he created on her gravestone. He's got 300 songs on a Zune to choose from now!
We can even take it a step further. Given the nature of the Infinity Stones, Peter visiting his mother while she is still alive or least to make up for his behavior right before her death seems on the table.
Hank ... Fun-Sized9 of 15
Yes, Hank Pym explaining that long-term Pym Particle damage prevented him from being Ant-Man was a convenient narrative explanation for recruiting Scott Lang. But then again, when you think about it, him knowingly exposing Scott and then Hope to the same long-terms negative health effects isn’t exactly father(figure)ly.
Maybe Hank was so traumatized by Janet’s death that the long-term effects thing was just a psychological excuse. Since Ant-Man and the Wasp seemed to set up Janet as some sort of Quantum Realm warrior badass, seeing Hank put on his suit and do his thing by her side one last time seems like the logical play here.
HULK SMART!10 of 15No, not Banner, science bro smart. Just 'can hold a conversation' smart.
Someone ... ANYONE From TV Shows Up11 of 15
C’mon Kev, throw us a bone.
Luke Cage … Daredevil … the Punisher … Daisy Johnson … Karen Page for @#$%’s-sake … give us one small moment to acknowledge it really is all connected (even if it really isn’t). Audiences will enjoy it and it wouldn’t even have to be much.
Pleeeeaaaase… Especially now that the Defenders have left Netflix.
The Cavalry ... A.K.A. Valkyrie ... Rides in12 of 15
Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie was conspicuously absent from Avengers: Infinity War. Thompson has as much as said she'll appear in Avengers: Endgame - so let's make it as satisfying and badass as possible.
We've got some ideas about exactly how she could fit into the plot that we've gone into detail about right here, but what we're talking about right this second ... is style.
See, every time Valkyrie kicked into gear in Thor: Ragnarok it was an epic badass moment - so this time, let's see her ride into battle on a full-on winged horse, sword flashing, cape flowing, ready for operatic action.
Tessa Thompson's star has only risen since her MCU debut - so Marvel could do worse than capitalizing on that with a key scene.
The Spider Spins a New Web13 of 15
OK, maybe this is a small thing... But we hope we get to see the moment when Tony Stark learns Peter Parker is alive again (assuming the snap is undone... It will be, right???).
After all, hasn't Tony suffered enough, between, well, basically losing everything else at every other turn in the MCU?
Maybe the most heartbreaking moment in Avengers: Infinity War could have a happy ending.
He's Gotta Say It14 of 15
He almost did in Civil War (in a scene which oddly mirrored that same year’s Fantastic Four), but before the curtain falls we need at least one “Avengers Assemble!" from Captain America, don't we?
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