At long last, Marvel Studios has released the official Avengers: Endgame synopsis, and the wording definitely hints at an ill-fated end for the Avengers. For so long, fans have speculated that one, a few, or all of the original Avengers could die in the fight against Thanos.
Here’s the full synopsis from Marvel:
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, Avengers: Endgame.
The summary is brief and doesn’t give us anything new to overthink and analyze, but a few words do stick out. Note that the plot doesn’t say the Avengers will be fighting Thanos specifically, but it does say they’ll be taking “one final stand.” That sounds pretty final to us and implies that death may be looming on the horizon. Going up against Thanos is already a dangerous mission in and of itself, and all roads seem to point to Tony Stark’s or Captain America’s deaths specifically.
The Avengers are, no doubt, willing to do “whatever it takes” to stop the Mad Titan, which could lead them to take drastic actions to ensure everyone’s safety, culminating in their deaths. After all, the Avengers have had their run, and what better way to be remembered as heroes than to selflessly sacrifice themselves to save Earth?
Marvel has been extremely smart in its marketing of Endgame. We already know how incredibly secretive they are — from releasing misleading trailers to editing out characters or CGI — as they want the cinematic experience to be as spoiler-free as possible. So it’s not surprising that even the synopsis is vague and worded in a way that teases fans without giving anything away.
A final stand sounds ominous enough, but it could mean anything from fighting together to defeat Thanos, their final stand together as a team before some of them die, or both.
The synopsis also mentions that Thanos didn’t just wipe out half of Earth’s population but “half of the universe.” This could mean that Thanos’ Snap did far more damage than we thought and wreaked havoc elsewhere in space. Theories about Thanos not being the true big bad of Endgame have been circulating, and they might be proven true if it turns out it wasn’t actually the Snap that was responsible for the destruction of other parts of the universe.
Co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo have admitted that Endgame’s trailers and marketing have been purposefully misleading so as to avoid spoilers. The rules should be no different when it comes to the official synopsis as well.
Avengers: Endgame is in theaters April 26, 2019.