*Spoilers for Endgame ahead*
Let’s just dive right in shall
In the opening scene we see
Hawkeye / Barton giving his daughter some archery lessons. His family is intact
so we know this is before Thanos’ Snap / The Snap / The Decimation.
And then, The Snap happens… and
he is left alone.
At the end of Infinity War…
The confirmed survivors: Black
Widow/Natasha Romanoff, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Iron Man/Tony Stark,
Thor, War Machine/James Rhodes/Rhodey, Okoye, M’Baku, Rocket, Nebula, Hulk/Bruce
Banner. And we know Ant-Man/Scott Lang and Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers
survived. And Hawkeye/Barton. But, Iron Man and Nebula are stranded on Titan
after their defeat by Thanos.
So now, we see that Iron Man and
Nebula managed to start the Guardians’ ship, the Benatar, and attempt to go
back to Earth but with resources dried up, they float adrift in space at the
brink of death as oxygen was running out… And then, Captain Marvel appeared and
brought them, Benatar and all, back to Earth into the arms of Black Widow,
Captain America, War Machine and Pepper Potts (so now we know she survived The
Then, they track down Thanos with
the help of Nebula and they detected that the Infinity Stones were used again
on another planet. Finding only Thanos alone on the planet, they confronted him
and chopped the Infinity gauntlet and his hand off but alas! The stones were no
longer in the gauntlet. And apparently, the now weak and injured Thanos had
already used the stones to destroy the stones and nearly killed himself in the
process. And without warning, Thor chopped Thanos’ head off… finally doing what
Thanos said he should have done in Infinity War…
Next we know, it’s 5 years later…
Meanwhile, Antman who was trapped
in the quantum realm after Wasp/Hope Pym, Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne were
dusted off by The Snap, was freed when a rat scrambled across the quantum controls
in the van that held the quantum realm machine. Not knowing anything about The
Snap or Thanos, he realised what happened when he came across the Memorial with
names of those who vanished in The Snap. To his relief, when he rushed home, he
sees his little girl Cassie alive, now a young lady.
Captain America was giving
counselling / group therapy to survivors of The Snap on moving on with their
lives. Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff is at the Avengers HQ in a “teleconference”
meeting with Okoye, War Machine, Rocket, Nebula and Carol Denvers who tells the
rest that she will be gone for quite a while. The last to exit the meeting was
War Machine who updates that he knows where Hawkeye is and what he has been
doing. Right after he exits, Black Widow breaks down in sobs, interrupted only
by Captain America who came to visit. He commented that they themselves were
the ones who needed to move on. That thought stopped in its track when Antman
appeared at their front door.
Antman explains to Captain
America and Black Widow about the quantum realm and how he thinks they can make
a time machine and fix everything. So they went to find Tony Stark, who now has
a daughter, for help but he turns them down. Next, they find Bruce Banner who
is now permanently in Hulk form but with Banner’s brains as he had managed to
merge his 2 parts together. With Banner’s help, they made a time machine and
tried it by sending Antman back in time but it didn’t work correctly.
Fortunately, Tony Stark thought it through and successfully made a time machine.
After Hawkeye, whom Black Widow was able to convince earlier that there was
hope, successfully went back in time to before The Snap and return, they
assembled the rest of the team including Thor.
Thor was in New Asgard, where the
surviving Asgardians set up home after their planet was destroyed in Thor
Ragnarok. Welcomed by Valkyrie, who survived The Snap, Rocket and Banner find
Thor, having drinks and playing video games with Korg and Mieg, who we know now
survived The Snap as well. Now in a beer-bellied long-haired dishevelled state
after he considered himself a failure after the events of Infinity War, Thor only
agreed to join them with the promise of beer.
Down memory lane…
The team now complete, the plan
was to gather all the Infinity Stones and use it to bring everyone who was
decimated back. To do that, they have to go back in time to when and where the
stones were long before Thanos found them. The only catch was that they only
had one chance each to go and come back as they had just enough pym particles do
the whole thing.
After studying their collective
knowledge of the Stones, it was decided that they will go to 3 different times in
4 different locations to collect the six Infinity Stones.
ONE: The Space Stone / The Tessaract (blue), the Mind Stone / Loki’s
sceptre (yellow), The Time Stone / Eye of Agomoto (green) were in New York in during
the time of the first Avengers, where Loki uses the Tesseract to open a
portal to space and an alien army streams through the portal to invade Earth.
And so, Antman, Ironman, Captain
America and Hulk went back to this particular time and saw themselves fight
Loki and the Chitauri. Ironman and Captain America went to get the Space Stone
and the Mind Stone, while Hulk went looking for Dr Strange to get the Time
Hulk did not find Dr Strange but
instead found the Ancient One, as past-Dr Strange was yet to become the
guardian of the New York Sanctum and keeper of the Eye of Agomoto. He requested
and wanted to get the Time Stone by force from the Ancient One but was no match
for her powers. Having an out-of-body experience similar to what Dr Strange experienced
where soul and body was separated, the Hulk’s body lay lifeless and Banner was
left in spirit form to persuade the Ancient One to give him the stone. Even
after explaining what happened in the present/future, the Ancient One was still
insistent to not part with the Time Stone as if he were to take the stone out
from its place, it will cause for alternate realities. It was only after Banner
told her that Dr Strange had willingly let Thanos have the Time Stone did the
Ancient One decided that it must have been for a reason, and gave the Stone to
Hulk/Banner, after she restored him back in one form.
Meanwhile, Captain America
successfully intercepted the Mind Stone from S.H.I.E.L.D using the knowledge
that they were actually H.Y.D.R.A. But, Antman and Ironman failed to get the
Space Stone because the then Hulk knocked the briefcase containing the
Tessaract out of Ironman’s possession when he bumped into him. And eventually,
in the confusion of past-Stark having a mild heart attack because of Antman,
Loki managed to use the Space Stone to escape. At this point, past-Captain
America finds Captain America exiting the elevator with the briefcase with the
Mind Stone, and deduced that he had found Loki. The two Caps battled for the
briefcase, and past-Cap had Cap in a chokehold but Cap told him that Bucky was
alive, which distracted past-Cap just long enough for Cap stand and use the
sceptre to put past-Cap down. Cap then exits to find Ironman and Antman waiting
for him, with news they lost the Space Stone.
Bearing in mind they only had one
last pym particle each, Ironman and Captain America decided to go back to the
1970s to kill two birds with one stone: get the Space Stone, and get more pym
particles. Antman was to return to the present with the Mind Stone.
In the 1970s, Ironman and Captain
America went to the military/S.H.I.E.L.D facility. They split up, but raised
the suspicion of the lady in the elevator with them. Captain America made a
false phonecall to Hank Pym about a delivery, which made him leave his lab.
Captain America was then able to take 4 more vials of pym particles (2 which
will be used by him and Ironman to return to the present and 2 for backup). But
on his way out, in the hallway, he saw from a distance the elevator lady
alerting the security about him and Ironman, so he ducked into a room to hide –
which turned out to be Margaret Carter/Peggy’s office, his love interest,
before he went on ice. He saw her in the next room but she didn’t see him.
Ironman, on the other hand,
managed to sneak into the S.H.I.E.L.D facility, and found the Tessaract that
was being studied by Howard Stark, his father. At a lost for words, when asked
who he was, he told Howard that he was a student from M.I.T. named Howard
Potts. Howard Stark offered to lead him outside. During the walk, Tony pointed
out that Howard had a bouquet of flowers. Howard then told him that his wife
was pregnant and Tony told him he had a daughter. It was a bittersweet
encounter with his father, and right before leaving, Tony he hugged Howard and
thanked him for everything he is doing “for the country,” he added, who was
puzzled by the interaction. Howard reaches his car, and his butler Jarvis opens
his car door for him. He asked Jarvis if he knew the man that he was just
talking to. Jarvis turns to see Tony Stark walking away and comments: “You know
a lot of people.”
TWO: The Reality Stone / Aether (red) was in Asgard.
In the events of Thor 2, during
the Convergence, Jane Foster was infected by the Aether. Realizing that
Foster’s infection was beyond human containment, Thor brought her to Asgard via
the Bifrost Bridge. So now, Thor and Rocket are in Asgard to retrieve the
aether from Foster’s body. The plan was for Thor to distract Jane while Rocket
extracted it. However, Thor was in no condition to think properly and
completely forgot why he was there in the first place when he saw his mother,
Queen Frigga. Rocket then decided he had to get the aether with or without
As Thor spied on his mother, she
realised that she was being watched and managed to sneak up on Thor catching
him off-guard. She knew immediately that Thor was not past-Thor but from the
future. Thor confided in his mother what had happened and that he had failed to
be the hero he was supposed to be when he lost against Thanos. But, his mother
encouraged him to be the person he was. And even gave him some diet tips. At
that time, Rocket burst into the room with the aether, being chased by palace
guards. Right before going back to the present, Thor held out his hand and
summoned Mjolnir, exclaiming “I am still worthy!”
THREE: The Power Stone / The Orb (purple) was in Morag
Thanos employed the Kree warrior
Ronan the Accuser to bring the orb containing the Power Stone to him. However,
before Ronan obtained the Orb, it was stolen by Star-Lord on Morag. So when War
Machine and Nebula arrive on Morag to get the stone, it wasn’t just Star-Lord
who was coming; there were many people looking for it – Thanos, Past-Gamora and
past-Nebula as well. Unbeknown to Nebula and War Machine, being in Morag, past-Nebula’s
systems linked onto Nebula’s systems and thus accessing her memories. This
allowed Thanos to see the present/future and he knew that he succeeded in his
plan to wipe out half of the universe. That meant he managed to get all the
stones and so he sent past-Nebula to find Nebula and get him all the stones.
Meanwhile, Star-Lord arrives on
Morag to get the orb, but before he even enters the chamber, he is knocked out
by War Machine and Nebula and they make their way inside. The successfully
enter the chamber and obtain the orb. But just as War Machine went quantum with
the orb, Nebula collapsed as her systems were disrupted and she was caught by past-Nebula,
Past-Gamora and Thanos. Past-Nebula takes Nebula’s quantum GPS and a part of
her face and uses it on her own face as disguise and goes quantum.
FOUR: The Soul Stone (orange) is on Vormir
In 1945, the Space Stone banished
the Red Skull, the villain from the first Captain America movie, to the planet
after he had abused its power, due to knowing that the HYDRA commander would be
unable to make the sacrifice required to obtain the Soul Stone. Red Skull,
transformed into an immortal wraith, become a Stonekeeper and serves as an
adviser to those who would seek the Soul Stone. As did Thanos, when Black Widow
and Hawkeye arrived on Vormir, they encounter Red Skull who tells them that they
need to sacrifice something that they love to attain the gem. Unlike Thanos who
killed Past-Gamora for the stone, Black Widow and Hawkeye literally beat each
other to jump over the cliff to sacrifice themself so the other can get the
storm and return to the present. Hawkeye jumped first but Black Widow saved
him; he caught her hand but she pushed off from him and fell to her death. Barton
obtained the stone, after losing Nat, and went back to the present.
Back in the Present Post-Snap Thanos-dead Day…
Everyone returns from their
mission with all six stones – everyone except Nat. The original Avengers
(Hawkeye, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and Ironman) mourn their fallen friend
and were determined to make the plan work to make her sacrifice worth it.
Back in the lab, they successfully
made an Infinity Gauntlet. Next was deciding who would use it to undo the
decimation. Thor wanted to do it as he did not want to waste any time deciding
but later it was unanimous that Hulk would be the only one strong enough to
endure the power of all the stones combined. Hulk put on the Infinity Gauntlet
and adjusted to the powers and then he snapped his finger, and they waited.
Birds appeared outside the Avengers HQ, chirping and flying happily around the
trees, and Hawkeye gets a phonecall from his wife, confirming that Thanos’ snap
had been undone by Hulk’s snap.
Thanos is back – from the past
While this was happening, past-Nebula
that had taken the present-Nebula’s place earlier was opening the quantum realm
and bringing Thanos and his ship into the present. Thanos’ ship attacks
Avengers HQ. On the ship were also past-Gamora and present-Nebula, and past-Gamora
decided to help present-Nebula stop Thanos.
In the rubbles of Avengers HQ, Hawkeye finds the gauntlet and runs away with it from Thanos’s army. Meanwhile, above the rubbles, Thanos sits and waits for past-Nebula to bring him the stones. As he waits, Thor, Ironman and Captain America faces off with him. With Thor defeated, Captain America summons Thor’s Mjolnir (proving HE is worthy!!) and battles Thanos. Underground, past-Nebula finds Hawkeye with the gauntlet and Hawkeye gives it to her, not knowing this was the wrong Nebula but only realising this after she communicated with Thanos that she has the stones. At that moment, present-Nebula appears with past-Gamora to get the gauntlet back. Past-Nebula refuses and present-Nebula shoots her. Hawkeye takes up the gauntlet again.
It looked to be just Captain
America against Thanos when he summoned his Black Order and full army. It was
at that moment that Sam called out to Captain America in his comms and soon
enough portals opened behind him and all our previously dusted heroes return
for the final battle, and the Asgardian and Wakandan army.
Whilst battling Thanos and his
army, Hawkeye reached the surface with the gauntlet still intact. They have to
return the stones back to where they took them. With the Avengers HQ in
rubbles, the only quantum machine left was the one in the van. From here on, it
was a Gauntlet relay as the Avengers tried to bring the gauntlet to the van. At
one point, Spiderman meets his mentor Ironman and was the former was telling
him what happened post-snap, that he just disappeared, went unconscious, but
that Dr Strange was there and told him that it was “5 years later and they need
our help.” Ironman gives him a tight hug. There was also a moment where
Star-Lord saw past-Gamora and touched her face lovingly, only to be kicked in
the balls by past-Gamora who turned to present-Nebula in disbelief, “seriously,
him?” to which present-Nebula answers “It was either him or a tree.”
Thanos orders an attack from his
ship to everyone on the ground. But soon the ship diverted their aim into a
fiery glow in the sky. Soon the ship was split in half as Captain Marvels
punches her way through. Still trying to get the gauntlet, which was now with
Spiderman, to the van, Captain Marvel offers to take the gauntlet off of him.
Then she charges towards the van, being helped by her fellow female superheroes
including Pepper Potts, Valkyrie, Mantis and Shuri. Right before reaching the
van, Thanos destroys it, the blast knocking the gauntlet from out of her grasp.
Thanos has the gauntlet. Just as
he was about to snap his fingers to destroy all of the universe and create a
new one, Captain Marvels fights him but he manages to toss her aside. Then
Ironman tried to pull the gauntlet from Thanos’ hands but it would not budge and
he was knocked to the ground. Thanos snapped his fingers.
But nothing happened. Thanos
looks at the gauntlet and sees that the stones were not there. Instead, Ironman
has the stones on his armor’s gloves. Ironman looks at Thanos, determination in
his eyes, “I am… Ironman” he says, and snapped his fingers.
All of Thanos’ army was decimated…and
a defeated Thanos sits down and turns to dust.
However, the power of the
gauntlet was too much for him to bear. He managed only a brief time with Peter
Parker, his protégé Spideman and a moment with his wife, Pepper Potts, before
the light on his chest turned off permanently.
Everyone was present at his
funeral, with his heart sent drifting down the river, even Nick Fury. Noticeably
absent though, was Gamora. Was she dusted off along with Thanos?
Meanwhile, Thor has decided that
he no longer wants to hold a Kingdom and hands the throne over to New Asgard’s
Queen Valkyrie. Instead, he’s decided to ride along with his new friends, the
Guardians of the Galaxy, with him and Quill having a discussion on who should
be captain of the ship. Before that. Quill was using the Benatar ship computers
to look for Gamora.
Captain America goes quantum to
return all the stones to where they took them to restore the realities. Before
he does that, he says his goodbyes to Sam and Bucky, the latter seemingly
knowing it would be a long time before they meet each other again. Banner opens
the quantum realm for Captain America and counts down to when Captain America
should have appeared again – but he doesn’t.
Thereafter, Bucky notices a man
sitting by the river and calls to Sam. He urges Sam to go speak to the man. Sam
walks cautiously towards the man, who is then revealed to be an aged and
happily married Steve Rogers. He passes on his Captain America shield to Sam.
And then we see a young Captain America dancing with Peggy at their home.