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Avengers Endgame: Kang the Conqueror’s arrival foreshadowed by Iron Man

WARNING: This article contains full spoilers for Loki season 1.

The events of Avengers Endgame will never be forgotten by Marvel fans. The film not only killed off some of the biggest characters in the MCU – such as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) – but it also introduced a new aspect into the franchise: Time travel. The Avengers took down Thanos (Josh Brolin) by using time travel to change the course of history and defeat the mad titan – but in doing so, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes spurred on the arrival of Kang the Conqueror.

Kang was introduced in the final episode of Disney Plus TV show Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

American actor Jonathan majors played a different version of Kang (referred to as He Who Remains) before he was killed by Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino). 

During his final speech, Kang revealed that his death would usher in other versions of himself to conquer the multiverse.

This exact problem was teased by Tony Stark in the midst of Avengers Endgame.

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While the Avengers were working on their plan to change the course of time, Tony foreshadowed the next step of the MCU.

He said: “If you mess with time, it tends to mess back.”

Looking back on this quote after Loki has come to an end, it makes a lot more sense.

Loki and Sylvie did indeed mess with time, and the Time Variance Authority (the TVA), and found themselves facing Kang – the ruler of the multiverse.

What do you think? Was Kang the Conqueror always destined to arrive? Join the debate in the comments section here

Michael said: “Knowing that Kang was probably going to be the next big cross-movie villain, and because he is a time-travelling, multiversal adversary, it just always made so much sense.

“I came up with that big multiversal war mythology and pitched it out in the room one day to our producers. And they said, yeah, let’s go for it.

“We knew we were going to end up meeting the man behind the curtain. And then it was just on us to make sure that that meeting really delivered.”

The writer then delved further into how evil Kang is.

Michael said: “You had to leave a lot of meat on the bone in terms of how evil he could be, because that’s He Who Remains’ whole thing, that it’s not me who you should be afraid of: ‘It’s the other versions of me that are going to come.’

“It was trying to really hint at that terrifying evil within without going all the way there.”

Loki season one is available on Disney Plus now.

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Avengers Endgame star defends their character's death – 'I've had mixed reactions'

Avengers Endgame: Robert Downey Jr stars in ‘We Lost’ teaser

Although Avengers Endgame was a thrilling end to a ten-year adventure, it was also filled with tragedy. The Marvel Cinematic Universe brought its first universe-ending event to its conclusion with Thanos (Josh Brolin) being taken down by the Avengers once and for all. Along the way, however, the world mightiest heroes lost a few fighters, including Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and an emotional exit from Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) – but one of most heart-wrenching character deaths came from of Black Widow (Johansson).

Black Widow and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) went back in time with the rest of the team and went to Vormir to collect the Soul Stone.

Unfortunately, nobody seemed to tell them that a sacrifice was required to retrieve the Soul Stone, meaning one of them had to die.

After a brutal tussle between friends, Black Widow eventually threw herself off the cliffs of Vormir, killing herself, but getting the Soul Stone in the process.

Many fans were a little perturbed by this event, but Johansson has defended it. In a recent video interview, she said: “It’s funny because I’ve had mixed reactions for her ultimate fate in Endgame.”

READ MORE: Black Widow: Scarlett Johansson drops first Budapest mission hint

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Avengers Endgame: Black Widow sacrificed herself for Hawkeye (Image: MARVEL)

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Avengers Endgame: Scarlett Johansson spoke out about her time in the series (Image: MARVEL)

Johansson went on: “But, for me, it made so much sense that she would sacrifice herself.

“Not for the greater good of humanity, but for her friends, which were really at that heart of it.” (Via Entertainment Tonight)

By allowing herself to be the sacrifice, not only did Black Widow save her friends against the threat of Thanos, but she also helped out her best friend, Hawkeye.

Hawkeye’s wife and two children were eradicated during the Blip, an event that left him truly bereft.

What do you think? Should Black Widow have died? Join the debate in the comments section here

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Avengers Endgame: Black Widow’s journey is not over just yet (Image: MARVEL)

Black Widow’s sacrifice allowed Hawkeye to once again be reunited with his wife and children after the Blip was reversed.

Not all is lost, however, as the super-assassin will be making a return to the big screen next month.

Black Widow receives her first solo movie in July, telling the backstory of the Russian spy and how she took on a number of worrying villains, including new antagonist Taskmaster.

In an unexpected turn of events, Johansson recently revealed the movie will include answers to a long-asked question in the MCU.

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Throughout the past few films in the Avengers universe, Black Widow and Hawkeye have referenced a mission in Budapest.

The details of the mission have been left ambiguous, despite the fact it was certainly a formative time for both of the friends.

In a recent interview, Johansson revealed viewers will finally find out what happened in the capital city of Hungary.

Speaking on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Johansson said: “Yes, you get – you finally get to know what happens in Budapest.”

Johansson went on to add: “I’m nervous about it, it’s like a nervous excitement but I have been – you know, we’ve been sitting on this film for over a year, and it’s been ten years in the making. I’m super proud of it.”

Speaking about first reactions to the film, the 36-year-old added: “People seem to really be responding well to it, which is fantastic.

“It really is a great movie to see in the theatre because it’s super cinematic, explosive, loud, fun.”

Avengers Endgame and the rest of the Marvel films are available on Disney Plus now.

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Johnny Depp 'wanted for role' opposite Avengers Endgame actor for Warner Bros

Over the past year, Johnny Depp has met a lot of issues. His ex-wife, Amber Heard, testified against the Pirates of the Caribbean actor during a lawsuit against a British newspaper over “wife-beater” claims. Shortly after this lawsuit began, Depp was asked to step down from the Harry Potter series Fantastic Beasts. Further rumours suggested the Hollywood star had been dropped from his Disney role of Jack Sparrow.

With no film roles on the horizon, Depp has a lot of work ahead of him if he is going to return to the big screen.

According to industry insider Daniel Richtman, the actor’s luck may have just changed.

The noted leaker recently suggested Depp is being eyed for the next Sherlock Holmes film project by Robert Downey Jr.

The Avengers Endgame actor has played the titular character in the first two Sherlock Holmes movies thus far and is reportedly now working on the third film in the series.

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Richtman claims Downey Jr is “hoping” to get Depp on board for the upcoming new movie.

Considering the Pirates star is used to playing larger-than-life characters, he would be the perfect actor to take on Holmes in a battle of the wits.

However, he may not be able to claim the role if it does get offered to him.

The Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter franchises are both owned and operated by Warner Bros.

Despite the ever-nearing release date, the director of the movie, Dexter Fletcher, recently spoke up about where it is in production.

Speaking to Celebrity Catch Up in October, the director confessed it was not currently a priority.

He said: “Sherlock’s hit its own issues on and off. That’s sort of sitting on the back burner at the moment until it becomes clear where the world is at and what’s going to happen.”

With so many projects up in the air, Depp does not have any new films coming out at the moment.

The future of the Pirates of the Caribbean series has been confirmed, though.

Although Depp has not officially been confirmed or axed from the next movie, Margot Robbie has confirmed she will be appearing in the next film.

The untitled spin-off will be penned by Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson and will, according to Robbie, include lots of “girl power”.

The Pirates of the Caribbean series is available on Disney Plus now.

Sherlock Holmes 3 is due for release on December 22, 2021.

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Avengers Endgame plot hole: Marvel fans love easier alternative time travel heist plan

At the beginning of Avengers Endgame, the surviving Marvel superheroes located Thanos in his garden retirement. Upon arrival, they were devastated to find that the Mad Titan had used the Infinity Stones to destroy themselves, so the Snap couldn’t be reversed. Five years later, Ant-Man reemerged from the Quantum Realm and convinced The Avengers that they could go back in time and borrow the Infinity Stones from the past.
Marvel fans will remember The Avengers found three times and places to locate the six Infinity Stones.

The time heist would take them in their trio of teams to 2012 New York, 2013 Asgard and 2014 Morag and Vormir.

But now a very popular new post pointing out an apparent Avengers Endgame plot hole argues there was a much easier alternative, one when all six Infinity Stones were together.

Reddit user NoMorningStar13 argued: “Would it not have been easier for the Avengers and the whole gang to time travel to the time when Thanos was on his retirement home planet thing with the infinity stones still intact.”

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The theorist added: “They could have brought Captain Marvel in at the time too to make it easier, plus Bruce Banner is fused with Hulk and they have Ant-Man at the time too.”

It’s certainly true that time travelling to a point in 2018 after the Snap, but before the original Thanos’ death in the garden, would have its advantages.

Not only were all six Infinity Stones in-tact but Thanos was permanently injured by the Snap.

However, as another fan pointed out in the comments, the Mid Titan would nevertheless be pretty omnipotent still wielding all six stones.

Two years on from Avengers Endgame and Marvel Phase 4 has kicked off with WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Two Disney+ shows in and there’s still four to go in 2021 with Loki, What If…?, Ms Marvel and Hawkeye.

While this year’s MCU movies are Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Then, in 2022, fans will be treated to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and The Marvels.

Then in 2023, we’re getting Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.

While release dates are yet to be announced for Fantastic Four, Blade, Deadpool 3 and Avengers 5.

It’s no secret that going forwards the MCU will be exploring the multiverse and time travel, so Marvel fans should expect the franchise to get a lot weirder.

Here’s hoping that Disney’s access to past Sony and Fox characters brings in some of those much rumoured alternate reality crossovers.

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Avengers Endgame: Captain America Mjolnir scene directly referenced First Avenger movie

It was what all Marvel fans had been waiting for – the iconic moment where Mjolnir, Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) magical Norse hammer, flew into the hands of Captain America (Chris Evans). Cap wielded the mystical weapon in Avengers Endgame with ease, using its lightning powers and recall abilities to take down the mad tyrant, Thanos (Josh Brolin). During the scene, however, fans missed a key ingredient which was a direct reference to the first Steve Rogers film, Captain America: The First Avenger.
TikTok user @marveleastereggs pointed the reference out on the social media site.

He explained that horns sounded during the moment Mjolnir touched Cap’s hand, signifying triumphant defiance of Thanos and his regime.

This was the second time the leitmotif was used in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Previously, the same clip could be spotted during a crucial moment of Cap’s first foray into herodom.

READ MORE: Avengers Endgame: Captain America actor dismisses Iron Man replacement

Captain America’s legacy continues in the ongoing Disney Plus series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

In the latest episode of the TV show Cap’s replacement, John Walker (Wyatt Russell), tarnished this reputation when he slaughtered a terrorist using the vibranium shield.

In the meantime, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky have been trying to decide whether one of them ought to pick up the shield and become the next person to take on the mantle.

In an interview with Screen Rant Mackie spoke candidly about potentially becoming the first-ever on-screen Black Captain America.

Mackie said: “I think the weight of a Black Captain America is the same as the weight of a woman playing Captain Marvel, which is the same weight as any character of any race representing an underrepresented people – race or sex, I should say.

“We are going through a transitional phase; every 40 to 50 years, something will happen that will turn our country and the world on its axis. We didn’t see 2020 being that, but it just happened to be that.

“So, the idea of having a Black Captain America, I feel like it’s more gas on that fire to burn down the systematic nonsense that we were brought up in and we lived in up until now. It’s a new day. It’s a new time.

“Homophobia, racism, sexism is a part of the past, and a part of that system that we can no longer allow to be recognized as our country or our understanding. All of it puts us in a position to be better people, to be better parents, and to live a better future. So, I think that’s just part of the fold, if that were to happen.”

Captain America: The First Avengers, Avengers Endgame and Falcon and the Winter Soldier are available on Disney Plus now.

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When the endgame is just the beginning: PETER HOSKIN reviews Marvel’s Avengers and Gnosia 

Marvel’s Avengers (PlayStation[1], Xbox, PC, £59.99)

Verdict: For ever? Never!

Rating:

Let’s start at the end — because that, in a way, is where Marvel’s Avengers wants us to begin.

This is what the marketeers call a ‘game as a service’. The idea is that you bash away at a controller, mastering the combos and upgrading your characters, until you enter an expanse known as the ‘endgame’, where you might just remain playing extra missions for weeks, months, or even . . . years.

What Marvel\'s Avengers has over its rivals, such as the Destiny series, is, well, the Avengers as playable characters

What Marvel’s Avengers has over its rivals, such as the Destiny series, is, well, the Avengers as playable characters

The idea is that you bash away at a controller, mastering the combos and upgrading your characters, until you enter an expanse known as the \'endgame\', where you might just remain playing extra missions for weeks, months, or even . . . years

The idea is that you bash away at a controller, mastering the combos and upgrading your characters, until you enter an expanse known as the ‘endgame’, where you might just remain playing extra missions for weeks, months, or even . . . years

In these sort of games, the endgame is the point. The service is a form of entrapment

In these sort of games, the endgame is the point. The service is a form of entrapment

To keep things from getting stale \u2014 and to keep you playing alongside others online \u2014 the developers will add new cataclysms and ways of combating them. Sometimes for free. Often at a cost

To keep things from getting stale — and to keep you playing alongside others online — the developers will add new cataclysms and ways of combating them. Sometimes for free. Often at a cost

Patriotic Man, The Green One, Agent Catsuit, Thunder Muscles, and the others in alternative games \u2014 all look close to their movie versions, but not so close for royalties to be paid

Patriotic Man, The Green One, Agent Catsuit, Thunder Muscles, and the others in alternative games — all look close to their movie versions, but not so close for royalties to be paid

What it has not had in the six months since its release, unlike Destiny, is many new additions

What it has not had in the six months since its release, unlike Destiny, is many new additions

None of it is enough to fill out that endgame \u2014 which still just seems like punching more things in the face

None of it is enough to fill out that endgame — which still just seems like punching more things in the face

There is a promise of future updates, but, at this rate, will anyone hang around long enough to experience them?

There is a promise of future updates, but, at this rate, will anyone hang around long enough to experience them?

In these sort of games, the endgame is the point. The service is a form of entrapment. To keep things from getting stale — and to keep you playing alongside others online — the developers will add new cataclysms and ways of combating them. Sometimes for free. Often at a cost.

What Marvel’s Avengers has over its rivals, such as the Destiny series, is, well, the Avengers as playable characters: Patriotic Man, The Green One, Agent Catsuit, Thunder Muscles, and the others — all looking close to their movie versions, but not so close for royalties to be paid.

What it has not had in the six months since its release, unlike Destiny, is many new additions. Another superhero, the bow-slinging Kate Bishop, was drafted in last December. This week sees her mentor, Hawkeye, join the action, as well as a graphical update for the new generation of consoles.

None of it is enough to fill out that endgame — which still just seems like punching more things in the face. There is a promise of future updates, but, at this rate, will anyone hang around long enough to experience them?

But now let’s finish at the beginning. Before the endgame, there is a single-player campaign to enjoy: about ten hours of comic-book story- telling that revolve around the amazingly likeable Kamala Khan — aka Ms Marvel — and her stretchy powers. For that time, Marvel’s Avengers is fun, beautiful and inventive.

The sad thing is, it wants you to stay for ever.

Before the endgame, there is a single-player campaign to enjoy: about ten hours of comic-book story- telling that revolve around the amazingly likeable Kamala Khan \u2014 aka Ms Marvel \u2014 and her stretchy powers

Before the endgame, there is a single-player campaign to enjoy: about ten hours of comic-book story- telling that revolve around the amazingly likeable Kamala Khan — aka Ms Marvel — and her stretchy powers

In a way,\u00A0Marvel\'s Avengers, available on all major consoles, wants us to begin at the end

In a way, Marvel’s Avengers, available on all major consoles, wants us to begin at the end

Marvel\'s Avengers is available to buy on PlayStation, Xbox and PC at a price of \u00A359.99

Marvel’s Avengers is available to buy on PlayStation, Xbox and PC at a price of £59.99

The Incredible Hulk is one of many Marvel favourites who is a playable character in the game

The Incredible Hulk is one of many Marvel favourites who is a playable character in the game

Another superhero, the bow-slinging Kate Bishop, was drafted in last December. This week sees her mentor, Hawkeye, join the action, as well as a graphical update for the new generation of consoles

Another superhero, the bow-slinging Kate Bishop, was drafted in last December. This week sees her mentor, Hawkeye, join the action, as well as a graphical update for the new generation of consoles

Captain America is another of the Marvel favourites available to play as on the game

Captain America is another of the Marvel favourites available to play as on the game

Gnosia (Switch, £22.49) 

Verdict: Suspect everyone!

Rating:

I’ve started looking strangely at my wife, son and cat. Might they be murderous aliens, out to get me? Or is it just Gnosia getting inside my head? This game has you guessing which of your spaceship crewmates are not as they appear.

It’s effectively a single-player version of the multi-player megahit Among Us — but don’t mistake it for a cheap knock-off. It has its own offbeat rhythms and is as moreish as Pringles. Once you sink into full-blown paranoia, you can’t stop.

References

  1. ^ PlayStation (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Avengers Endgame dethroned: Avatar reclaims all-time highest-grossing movie top spot

After ten years and more than 20 films, Avengers Endgame concluded the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The spectacular display showed dozens of superheroes jumping into battle to take on Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) in an effort to save the universe from the might of the Infinity Stones. The film was such a success it grossed a staggering $ 2.797 billion at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time.
Avengers Endgame arrived in cinemas in July, 2019, and beat Cameron’s epic 2009 movie Avatar to the top of the board.

Avatar originally earned an enormous $ 2.789 billion when it was first released, replacing Titanic.

This week’s re-release of Avatar in China has pushed the film back to the top of the leaderboard, however, with a new highest-grossing movie score of $ 2.798 billion.

Avengers Endgame has now been placed as the second highest-grossing movie of all time.

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China’s re-release followed the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, prompting cinemas across the country to reopen after being closed for months.

Avatar was extremely popular when it was originally released partly thanks to the use of state-of-the-art RealD 3D technology.

For the first time viewers witnessed the ethereal alien world of Pandora in 3D and were introduced to the Na’vi – the inhabitants of the planet.

Sam Worthington played disabled former marine Jake Sully, who was implanted into a Na’vi avatar to gather information and learn from the species.

Directly after Avatar was released in 2009 Cameron signed on to produce four sequels with 20th Century Fox.

Last year 20th Century Fox was bought up by Disney, who also own Marvel.

In September Cameron revealed Avatar 2 is “100 percent” filmed and he has almost finished filming Avatar 3.

He said at the time: “Now, that doesn’t mean that I have an extra year to finish the film because the day we deliver Avatar 2 we’ll just start working on finishing Avatar 3.

“So where we are right now, I’m down in New Zealand shooting. We’re shooting the remainder of the live action.”

Cameron added: “We’ve got about 10 percent left to go. We’re 100 percent complete on Avatar 2 and we’re sort of 95 percent complete on Avatar 3.”

At the moment, Avatar 2 is due to be released on December 16, 2022.

Avatar 3 is currently slated for release on December 20, 2024.

Both sequels will include the return of Avatar’s actors, including Worthington, Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver.

Avatar and Avengers Endgame are both available to watch on Disney Plus now.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier star teases Iron Man connection after Avengers Endgame

The Falcon star continued: “He’s much more of a winged force. Coming out of Endgame and being blipped out and blipped back in, it seems this time around, he really appreciates being alive.”

But then he added: “He’s been even more ‘Tony Starkerized’ than before.”

By the sounds of it, Falcon’s armour has had quite the technological advancements, a bit like the Iron Man suit upgrades throughout the MCU movies.

The Direct points out that the Tony Stark comparison could also be a reference to the billionaire’s near-death experience during the Afghanistan scenes in the first Iron Man movie.