[MILD SPOILERS] All Hot End Game Reveals from this month’s Empire magazine8 min read
Empire’s promised story this month features a lot of exclusive scoops in and around Marvel Studio’s Magnum Opus “Avengers: End Game”. The Filmmakers Russo Brothers, Marvel Studios, the creative crew, and the cast had been extremely secretive regarding the project considering the importance of the movie.
So with a fair warning of mild spoilers, let’s dig right in.
Thor Blames himself
We previously discussed how Thor made a wrong decision and the film-makers want him to feel guilty regarding his misjudgment. In an act of rage, he chose revenge over wisdom when he impaled Thanos’s chest with the storm-breaker instead of his head.
According to writer Stephen McFeely, Thor is “not blaming anybody but himself” and he “does have a lot of guilt” for not being able to seize the opportunity and save the universe. This seems to have a prolonged effect on the mind of the god of thunder and should decide his further interaction with the Mad Titan.
Black Widow is beyond “Mad”
Last year, before Infinity War, we heard how Natasha had grown hard since the events of the Civil War; inferring that her sentiments have died down. Cue back to modern day with the gargantuan failure in Infinity War, she is beyond mad. “Nat is a very pragmatic person. She’s looking for answers.” Scarlett Johannson said to Empire.
“She was trained, and born and bred to finish the job, When we find her, she’s f***ing pissed off. The one thing we know about Natasha is that she’s going to hunker down and she’s going to get those mother[frick]ers. That’s her MO.” Looks like Black Widow will have a lot of action sequences before we see her for her standalone movie, probably for the last time in MCU.
Captain and the Original Six is the focus
Captain America leads the Avengers, always had been. Marvel Studios has successfully inherited this from the lore itself. And that’s why the impact of the failure of the team has come mostly on Steve Rogers. The trailers stand to prove that.
Writer Christopher Markus spoke of the Captain in his own perspective, which should resonate with most of the fans. “He’s the barometer for the team. You go look for Captain America and if he’s still fighting, you keep fighting, ” he said. “But if he’s sitting on his butt in the dirt, saying, ‘Oh God,’ that really, really means you lost.”
“People would point out that that Cap wasn’t in Infinity War a whole lot,” adds Kevin Feige. “And Iron Man didn’t really speak for that last half hour because of what was going on. But those characters and all of the original six are very much the focus of Endgame in a very personal and emotional way.”
The Film is both epic and dark
With Avengers: End Game having a much slimmer cast (thanks to Josh Brolin’s Thanos), the movie goes to places not thinkable before. With the drama concentrating around fewer characters which audience had known for quite a long time now, End Game makes use of a different storytelling approach than its predecessor.
The test screening reactions tease darker outcomes for the Original Six as they go once again to pull out a surprise for just one more time in front of the Mad Titan.
“When we do test screenings, you can judge the authenticity of reactions based on when the applause starts,” Kevin Feige reveals. “Here, there was nothing. Nothing. Silence. The best reactions after were like, ‘I hated it, but I loved it.’ ‘I hated it, but I understand why it had to happen.”
End Game is a new dawn in MCU
It seems like a million years for both Tony and the fans since he first struggled out of the terrorist cave as we have come a long way since then. And it seems the end of the line, not just him; the entire team. With both the arc and the contracts for most of the original Avengers cast coming to an end, Marvel might have some epic ways planned for their exit. But how will it affect future MCU?
“We are in different territory, possibly than anyone’s ever been in before in terms of a movie series,” writer Markus says in regards to how Endgame will impact the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.“The MCU continues to exist. Who happens to be in it is fluid and evolving things where, because it’s all connected, you can’t reboot one. All the parts have to work together. Things continue, but like life, losses are real, and change is real.”
At the end of the day, Avengers: End Game will close a lot of threads in play since a decade and be a new dawn in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Original Six will be remembered for eternity as under their shadows we will get to see new heroes rising up to fulfill their destiny.