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--->'''Peter:''' Mr. Stark! Mr. Stark! Hey, Mr. Stark! We won! We won! Hey, please don't leave me here! Mr. Stark? Mr. Stark?...

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--->'''Peter:''' Mr. Stark! Mr. Stark! Stark? Hey, Mr. Stark! We won! We won! Hey, please don't leave me here! [[PleaseWakeUp Can you hear me? It's Peter!]] ...we won, Mr. Stark? Stark. We won, Mr. Stark?...Stark. We won, you did it, sir, you did it. [[SurvivorGuilt ...I'm sorry...Tony...]]


* Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you ''the'' saddest moment in the entire MCU. '''''The death of Tony Stark.'''''

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* Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you ''the'' saddest moment in the entire MCU. '''''The MCU... '''''the death of Tony Stark.'''''

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** Furthermore, the song playing during the logo is "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h69DmKKlG8I Dear Mr. Fantasy]]" by Traffic. The lyrics correspond too well to the current predicament of the Avengers as a whole; and perhaps even the audience.
--->''Dear Mr. Fantasy, play us a tune.''
--->''Something to make us all happy.''
--->''Do anything, take us out of this gloom.''
--->''Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy.''

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-->''We won, Mr. Stark!''
-->''We...we won, Mr. Stark. We won, and you did it, sir. You did it.''
-->''[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness ...Tony...]]''


*** Even before they get to Vormir, there's a small dose of tragic FridgeHorror. As everybody is getting ready to head to the past, Natasha and Clint state that they're heading for the Soul Stone. Then you remember where said Stone is and what you have to do, and the realization hits you: [[HeroicSacrifice One of these two is ''not'' coming back alive...]]

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*** Even before they get to Vormir, there's a small dose of tragic FridgeHorror. As everybody is getting ready to head to the past, Natasha and Clint state that they're heading for the Soul Stone. Then you remember where said Stone is and what you have to do, and the realization hits you: [[HeroicSacrifice One of these two is ''not'' not coming back alive...]]

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*** Even before they get to Vormir, there's a small dose of tragic FridgeHorror. As everybody is getting ready to head to the past, Natasha and Clint state that they're heading for the Soul Stone. Then you remember where said Stone is and what you have to do, and the realization hits you: [[HeroicSacrifice One of these two is ''not'' coming back alive...]]

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** Bruce is wiping tears.


** His final words are just perfect too.
--->'''Tony:''' [[CallBack I love you 3000.]]

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** His final words are FinalSpeech is just perfect too.
--->'''Tony:''' Everybody wants a happy ending, right? [[RealityEnsues But it doesn't always roll that way.]] Maybe this time...I'm hoping that if you play this back, it's in celebration. I hope families are reunited, I hope we get it back, and something like a normal version of this world has been restored. If there ever was such a thing. God, what a world...Universe, now. If you told me ten years ago that we werenít alone, let alone, you know, to this extent, I wouldnítíve been surprised. But, come on, who knew? Those epic forces of light and dark that have come into play. And for better or worse, that's the reality that Morgan's gonna have to find a way to grow up in. [[IfIDoNotReturn So I thought I better record a little greeting, in case of an untimely death...on my part.]] Not that death at any time isn't untimely. This time travel thing that we're gonna try to pull of tomorrow, it got me scratching my head about this and think of the survivability of this thing...But then again that's a hero's gig. Part of a journey is the end. What am I even doing this for? Everything's gonna work out exactly the way it's supposed to. [[CallBack I love you 3000.]]


*** It's painfully clear that what he's doing isn't justice. He proactively wipes out criminals because not only are they his stress toys for him to vent out his pain, but because deep down, [[TheResenter he envies]] [[GreenEyedMonster the fact that his family died and his targets lived instead]]. His claims of them hurting people even though ''they weren't responsible for the Decimation that killed his family'' feel really hollow for a man who really acts because he's got nearly nothing left, as evidenced by Akihiko's response.

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*** It's painfully clear that what he's doing isn't justice. He proactively wipes out criminals because not only are they his stress toys for him to vent out his pain, but because deep down, [[TheResenter he envies]] [[GreenEyedMonster [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead the fact that his family died and his targets lived instead]]. His claims of them hurting people even though ''they weren't responsible for the Decimation that killed his family'' feel really hollow for a man who really acts because he's got nearly nothing left, as evidenced by Akihiko's response.


** Dr. Strange looks almost emotionless, as though he's still in shock that he had to put Tony on a path to sacrifice himself.

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** Dr. Doctor Strange looks almost emotionless, as though he's still in shock that he had to put Tony on a path to sacrifice himself.

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** Dr. Strange looks almost emotionless, as though he's still in shock that he had to put Tony on a path to sacrifice himself.
** The Guardians, normally more lighthearted characters, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness look just as somber as everyone else]]. Even though they didn't know Tony for very long, he still meant a lot to them.


* Tony Stark's death.

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* Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you ''the'' saddest moment in the entire MCU. '''''The death of Tony Stark's death.Stark.'''''



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* Tony has been drifting in space alone (with Nebula, as the film reveals), as he indicates in a message to Pepper. His food and water have run out and he's also about to run out of oxygen, and he just sounds so hopeless.
** Not only that Tony sounds completely okay with dying. The loss of Peter and failure to stop Thanos have taken away his will to even live it seems.

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* Tony has been drifting in space alone (with Nebula, as the film reveals), as he indicates in a message to he records for Pepper. His food and water have run out and he's also about to run out of oxygen, and [[DespairEventHorizon he just sounds so hopeless.
hopeless]].
** Not only that that; [[FaceDeathWithDignity Tony sounds completely okay with dying. dying]]. The loss of Peter and his failure to stop Thanos have taken away his will to even live live, it seems.



* Bruce, Thor and Nebula standing in different parts of the Avengers' compound, motionless and distraught.

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* Bruce, Thor Thor, and Nebula standing in different parts of the Avengers' compound, motionless and distraught.



* For that matter, what Bruce looks at that makes him put his head in his hands is images of different superheroes -- clearly, the Avengers are trying to see what superheroes besides themselves they can rally if they want to fight Thanos. It seems like a moment of Dramatic Irony, at first, with Scott Lang (since we know he's actually trapped in the Quantum Realm)... then it pans over to Shuri, who is deemed missing or dead, [[FridgeHorror and why would the Avengers, who were fighting in Wakanda only in the last movie, not be in contact with one of the only remaining members of their royal family?]]

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* For that matter, what Bruce looks at that makes him put his head in his hands is images of different superheroes -- superheroes; clearly, the Avengers are trying to see what superheroes besides themselves they can rally if they want to fight Thanos. It seems like a moment of Dramatic Irony, DramaticIrony, at first, with Scott Lang (since we know he's actually trapped in the Quantum Realm)... then it pans over to Shuri, who is deemed missing or dead, [[FridgeHorror and why would the Avengers, who were fighting in Wakanda only in the last movie, not be in contact with one of the only remaining members of their royal family?]]



* Steve looking at a picture of Peggy is yet another example of [[FridgeHorror Fridge Horror,]] since we know Steve clings onto ANY part of his past, and now his one link, Bucky Barnes, is gone... meaning that he falls back on the thing in his past he arguably loved most.

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* Steve looking at a picture of Peggy is yet another example of [[FridgeHorror Fridge Horror,]] FridgeHorror, since we know Steve clings onto ANY part of his past, and now his one link, Bucky Barnes, is gone... meaning that he falls back on the thing in his past he arguably loved most.



* Scott's appearance at the end of the trailer comes as a [[HopeSpot bright spot]] in an otherwise bleak trailer. But a bit of FridgeHorror sets in when it's suggested that he has ''no idea what's happened.''
* This trailer to great effect emphasizes the fact that for the first time since they were assembled all those years ago by Nick Fury, The Avengers have ''failed''.

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* Scott's appearance at the end of the trailer comes as a [[HopeSpot bright spot]] in an otherwise bleak trailer. But a bit of FridgeHorror sets in when it's suggested that he has ''no idea what's happened.''
happened''.
* This trailer to great effect emphasizes the fact that for the first time since they were assembled all those years ago by Nick Fury, The the Avengers have ''failed''.



* The very first pre-logo scene shows the Barton family together at their farm. Clint is teaching his daughter how to shoot a bow, his two sons are playing catch, and his wife Laura is setting out the table for a picnic. Laura calls out that lunch is ready, Clint looks away from his daughter for a couple of seconds to say they're coming and when he turns back she's gone and there's a fluttering of ashes where she was standing. He looks around for her and calls out to Laura but she and their sons are now gone too. Poor Clint is left alone, screaming for his family with no idea what's just happened to them. AdultFear doesn't even begin to describe the sheer ''terror'' Clint must be feeling in this moment.
** And the next time we see Clint, he's killing yakuza with swords and throwing stars, not a bow. ''Conspicuously'' not a bow, his signature weapon. The last moment he shared with his family, he was ''teaching his daughter how to use a bow''. Odds are that he can't '''bear''' to use one anymore without being reminded of his little girl, and he doesn't arm himself with one again until Natasha offers him a chance to get her back.
* The second time you watch this film, listen ''very'' carefully to the gentle and heartwarming piano motif played after Tony records his will to Pepper and falls asleep, accepting his imminent death by suffocation; itís the same theme played at his funeral in the finale, except this time, he sleeps ''forever''. Ouch.
** Furthermore, at the beginning of the movie some parts of the dialogue Tony records are different from the ones heard in the very first trailer. At the end, those missing parts are heard -- they are from his very last recording.
* When the Marvel Studios logo is flashing onscreen, take a close look at the images. ''All of the dusted characters are gone.'' (Ant-Man is, too, but for another reason.)
* Tony, upon coming back to Earth, mournfully tells Steve that "I lost the kid." When Steve tries to seek his help in locating Thanos to avenge their mutually lost loved ones, Tony ''[[RageBreakingPoint erupts]]'' into a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech grief-fueled emotional meltdown]] on TheGoodCaptain, outraged that his attempts to have a unified force capable of defending the planet from outside threats (the Ultron project, the Sokovia Accords) was handicapped by Steve at every turn and how, when the big battle happened, he fought it relatively alone with none of his teammates (particularly Cap) there with him. While his interpretation of events is wildly skewed, it's still heartbreaking to see a man thwarted time and again in his efforts to protect the world, and witness ''firsthand'' the price of his failure in the form of an innocent child weeping and crumbling into ash in his arms, and then be forced to carry the burden of living to mourn him.

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* The very first pre-logo scene shows the Barton family together at their farm. Clint is teaching his daughter how to shoot a bow, his two sons are playing catch, and his wife Laura is setting out the table for a picnic. Laura calls out that lunch is ready, Clint looks away from his daughter for a couple of seconds to say they're coming coming, and when he turns back back, she's gone and there's a fluttering of ashes where she was standing. He looks around for her and calls out to Laura Laura, but she and their sons are now gone too. Poor Clint is left alone, screaming for his family with no idea what's just happened to them. AdultFear doesn't even begin to describe the sheer ''terror'' Clint must be feeling in this moment.
** And the next time we see Clint, he's killing yakuza Yakuza with swords and throwing stars, not a bow. ''Conspicuously'' not a bow, his signature weapon. The last moment he shared with his family, he was ''teaching his daughter how to use a bow''. Odds are that he can't '''bear''' to use one anymore without being reminded of his little girl, and he doesn't arm himself with one again until Natasha offers him a chance to get her back.
* The second time you watch this film, listen ''very'' carefully to the gentle and heartwarming piano motif played after Tony records his will to Pepper and falls asleep, accepting his imminent death by suffocation; itís suffocation. It's the same theme played at his funeral in the finale, except this time, he sleeps ''forever''. Ouch.
** Furthermore, at the beginning of the movie movie, some parts of the dialogue Tony records are different from the ones heard in the very first trailer. At the end, those missing parts are heard -- heard; they are from his very last recording.
* When the Marvel Studios Creator/MarvelStudios logo is flashing onscreen, take a close look at the images. ''All of the dusted characters are gone.'' (Ant-Man is, too, but for another reason.)
* Tony, upon coming back to Earth, mournfully tells Steve that "I lost the kid." When Steve tries to seek his help in locating Thanos to avenge their mutually lost mutually-lost loved ones, Tony ''[[RageBreakingPoint erupts]]'' into a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech grief-fueled emotional meltdown]] on TheGoodCaptain, outraged that his attempts to have a unified force capable of defending the planet from outside threats (the ([[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron the Ultron project, Program]], [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar the Sokovia Accords) Accords]]) was handicapped opposed by Steve at every turn and how, when [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar the big battle happened, happened]], he fought it relatively alone with none of his teammates (particularly Cap) there with him. While his interpretation of events is [[SelfServingMemory wildly skewed, skewed]], it's still heartbreaking to see a man thwarted time and again in his efforts to protect the world, and witness ''firsthand'' the price of his failure in the form of an innocent child weeping and crumbling into ash in his arms, and then be forced to carry the burden of living to mourn him.



* As Natasha bitterly tells the team that Thanos has succeeded in wiping out half of the population, the hologram detailing those known to be missing changes to a picture of Nick Fury, whom Carol looks on at mournfully. Nick Fury was a trusted friend who helped her discover her past and true identity all those years ago, and both of them have mutual respect for each other to the point that Fury even named the superhero project he spearheaded after Carol's former callsign. To see one of her only friends she has left on Earth among the victims of Thanos's snap breaks even Carol's normally stoic exterior, and she does not hesitate to go after Thanos to make him pay for what he did.
** It's subtle, but when the image of Peter's face comes up, Tony glances away and puts a hand to his face. He ''can't even look at it''.
* The Avengers are surprised upon knowing that Thanos really did retire completely, never turning back to go out and defeat the rest of the heroes or rebuild his army and start conquering planets; and just to punctuate the point that his journey was '''over''', he destroyed the Stones and, effectively, the Gauntlet itself. If not for the Quantum Realm, this would have cemented the fact that there truly was no hope to restore the executed half of the universe. They were gone, forever; without any hope of return now that the most powerful artifacts in the universe are gone with them. It was over.
** Thanos' first appearance in this film is kind of sad as well. He's now living his life as a farmer on a remote planet, his former glory as a GalacticConqueror now behind him, symbolized by the fact that he now uses his ornate armor as a scarecrow. We also see him with a limp, and after he gets ambushed by the remaining Avengers, we get to see the extent of his injuries (that were later revealed to be the result of destroying the Infinity Stones): Half of his body is burned and the now useless Infinity Gauntlet is [[BodyHorror fused to his arm]] (before Thor chopped it off thinking it still worked). How does he face his impending death? [[FaceDeathWithDignity He takes it solemnly]], only able to get one last shot of telling the Avengers (more likely to Thor in particular) that because they didn't finish the job the first time, they will now have to live with the fact that they will not be able to undo his life's work and his death by their hands would simply be an act of petty revenge. His final words were to thank Nebula for believing his claim about destroying the Stones and admit he'd been too hard on her.
*** And after he's decapitated, Nebula caresses his head and [[DiesWideOpen closes his eyes]]. She may hate him for everything he's done to her, but he also was the only parental figure she had ever known.

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* As Natasha bitterly tells the team that Thanos has succeeded in wiping out half of the population, the hologram detailing those known to be missing changes to a picture of Nick Fury, whom Carol looks on at mournfully. Nick Fury was a trusted friend who helped her discover her past and true identity all those years ago, and both of them have mutual respect for each other to the point that Fury even named the superhero project he spearheaded after Carol's former callsign. To see one of her only friends she has left on Earth among the victims of Thanos's snap the Snap breaks even Carol's normally stoic exterior, and she does not hesitate to go after Thanos to make him pay for what he did.
** It's subtle, but when the image of Peter's face comes up, Tony glances away and puts a hand to his face. He ''can't even look at it''.
it''.
* The Avengers are surprised upon knowing that Thanos really did retire completely, never turning back to go out and defeat the rest of the heroes or rebuild his army and start conquering planets; and planets. And just to punctuate the point that his journey was '''over''', he destroyed the Infinity Stones and, effectively, the Infinity Gauntlet itself. If not for the Quantum Realm, this would have cemented the fact that there truly was no hope to restore the executed half of the universe. They were gone, forever; without any hope of return now that the most powerful artifacts in the universe are gone with them. It was over.
** Thanos' first appearance in this film is kind of sad as well. He's now living his life as a farmer on a remote planet, his former glory as a GalacticConqueror now behind him, symbolized by the fact that he now uses his ornate armor as a scarecrow. We also see him with a limp, and limp and, after he gets ambushed by the remaining Avengers, we get to see the extent of his injuries (that were later revealed to be the result of destroying the Infinity Stones): Half of his body is burned and the now useless Infinity now-useless Gauntlet is [[BodyHorror fused to his arm]] (before Thor chopped it off off, thinking it still worked). How does he face his impending death? [[FaceDeathWithDignity He takes it solemnly]], only able to get one last shot of telling the Avengers (more likely to Thor Thor, in particular) that because they didn't finish the job the first time, they will now have to live with the fact that they will not be able to undo his life's work and his death by their hands would simply be an act of petty revenge. His final words were to thank Nebula for believing his claim about destroying the Stones and admit he'd been too hard on her.
*** And after he's decapitated, Nebula caresses his head and [[DiesWideOpen closes his eyes]]. She may hate him for everything he's done to her, but he also was the only parental figure she had ever known.



** When you compare ''Endgame'' Thor with how prideful and arrogant he was in his first MCU appearances, it's especially jarring to see that he's become a slovenly alcoholic recluse. His grief and depression over his failure to stop Thanos has completely broken him.

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** When you compare ''Endgame'' Thor with how prideful and arrogant he was in his first MCU appearances, [[Film/{{Thor}} first]] [[Film/TheAvengers2012 appearances]], it's especially jarring to see that he's become a slovenly and alcoholic recluse. His grief and depression over his failure to stop Thanos has completely broken him.



'''Thor:''' ''[[DespairEventHorizon (with broken realization)]] [[IronicEcho ...I went for the head.]]''
** Consider the fact that Asgardians have an extremely high alcohol tolerance, so in order for one to even feel a bit drunk, they'd have to probably drink ''a lot'' of alcohol. As Valkyrie points out when Bruce and Rocket arrive at New Asgard, Thor has been drinking so much his monthly supply of beer is a large pile of kegs. Also, he got so depressed that he couldn't stand to hear Thanos' name being mentioned.

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'''Thor:''' ''[[DespairEventHorizon (with ''[[[DespairEventHorizon with broken realization)]] realization]]] [[IronicEcho ...I went for the head.]]''
** Consider the fact that Asgardians have an extremely high alcohol tolerance, so in order for one to even feel a bit drunk, they'd have to probably drink ''a lot'' of alcohol. As Valkyrie points out when Bruce and Rocket arrive at New Asgard, Thor has been drinking so much his monthly supply of beer is a large pile of kegs. Also, he got so depressed that he couldn't stand to hear Thanos' name being mentioned.



** When the new Infinity Gauntlet is built, Thor immediately tries to bum rush and take claim over being the one to use it. At first, he tries to justify it by saying heís the strongest Avenger (which Hulk, at least at this point in time, obviously is) but as Tony and Steve try to talk him down, it's clear he just wants to not feel like a failure and might have even become a DeathSeeker given how everyone is pretty sure in the deteriorated state he's in, he'd probably die.
** Itís a bit sobering to see the Asgardians living quiet lives as a fishing town after spending three movies of them as a people of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Guys]]. As Bruce put it, they lost their home in [[Film/ThorRagnarok Ragnarok]], half the survivors when Thanos claimed the Space Stone, and another half after the snap. Seeing them live mundane, ''safer'', lives hits home that the people that were once about honor and glory have become an endangered species.
* The shot of New York five years in the future is dark and dismal. The Statue of Liberty is surrounded by boats of refugees while Citi Field is deserted with the parking lot filled with cars no doubt there since the Snap took their owners.

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** When the new Infinity Gauntlet is built, Thor immediately tries to bum rush and take claim over being the one to use it. At first, he tries to justify it by saying heís he's the strongest Avenger (which Hulk, at least at this point in time, obviously is) is), but as Tony and Steve try to talk him down, it's clear he just wants to not feel like a failure and might have even become a DeathSeeker given how everyone is pretty sure in the deteriorated state he's in, he'd probably die.
** Itís It's a bit sobering to see the surviving Asgardians living quiet lives as a fishing town after spending three movies of them as a people of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Guys]]. ProudWarriorRace. As Bruce put it, they lost their home in [[Film/ThorRagnarok Ragnarok]], ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', half the survivors when Thanos claimed the Space Stone, Stone by attacking the ''Statesman'', and another half after the snap. Snap. Seeing them live mundane, ''safer'', mundane and ''safer'' lives hits home that the people that were once about honor and glory have become an endangered species.
* The shot of New York five years in the future is dark and dismal. The Statue of Liberty is surrounded by boats of refugees while Citi Field is deserted with the parking lot filled with cars no doubt there since the Snap took their owners.



* The scene of the memorials in San Francisco is chilling in itself. There are over 50 large stone markers in various rows, each one of which is covered, front and back, with ''thousands'' of names of those vanished. People are seen looking at the names, clearly affected by the loss. It's like a larger version of the Ground Zero or Oklahoma City memorials. There are ''hundreds of thousands dead.'' And this is just ''one'' city.

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* The scene of the memorials in San Francisco is chilling in itself. There are over 50 large stone markers in various rows, each one of which is covered, front and back, with ''thousands'' of names of those vanished. People are seen looking at the names, clearly affected by the loss. It's like a larger version of the Ground Zero or Oklahoma City memorials. There are ''hundreds of thousands dead.'' dead''. And this is just ''one'' city.



* Clint has spent the five years as the masked Ronin, dishing out brutal attacks on various criminals. When a gangster demands to know what he did, Clint fires back "half the world died and you stayed." When Nat finds him, Clint is clearly a lost soul.

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* Clint has spent the five years as the masked Ronin, [[VigilanteMan dishing out brutal attacks on various criminals.criminals]]. When a gangster demands to know what he did, Clint fires back "half the world died and you stayed." When Nat finds him, Clint is clearly a lost soul.



*** It's painfully clear that what he's doing isn't justice. He proactively wipes out criminals because not only are they his stress toys for him to vent out his pain, but because deep down, [[TheResenter he envies]] [[GreenEyedMonster the fact that his family died and his targets lived instead.]] His claims of them hurting people even though ''they weren't responsible for the Decimation that killed his family'' feel really hollow for a man who really acts because he's got nearly nothing left, as evidenced by Akihiko's response.
** When Nat says there's a way to fix things, Clint nearly cries [[HopeIsScary "don't give me hope."]]

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*** It's painfully clear that what he's doing isn't justice. He proactively wipes out criminals because not only are they his stress toys for him to vent out his pain, but because deep down, [[TheResenter he envies]] [[GreenEyedMonster the fact that his family died and his targets lived instead.]] instead]]. His claims of them hurting people even though ''they weren't responsible for the Decimation that killed his family'' feel really hollow for a man who really acts because he's got nearly nothing left, as evidenced by Akihiko's response.
** When Nat says there's a way to fix things, Clint nearly cries [[HopeIsScary "don't "[[HopeIsScary don't give me hope."]]hope]]."



* During their time jump to Asgard in 2013, Thor sees Frigga and realizes it is the day she will be killed. What's more is, while he tries to do something about it, Frigga seems to know what's coming and tells him to not worry about her fate. Thor is just both elated and devastated to see his mother again, even though they both know it won't end well for her.
** In an earlier scene with the other Avengers, he had brought up his mother's death and brought to the verge of tears just talking about it. He was also depressed when having to mention Jane -- despite his claim of a "mutual dumping" in ''Ragnarok'', the break-up clearly still hurts him.

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* During their time jump to [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld Asgard in 2013, 2013]], Thor sees Frigga and realizes it is the day she will be killed. What's more is, while he tries to do something about it, Frigga seems to know what's coming and tells him to not worry about her fate. Thor is just both elated and devastated to see his mother again, even though they both know it won't end well for her.
** In an earlier scene with the other Avengers, he had brought up his mother's death and brought to the verge of tears just talking about it. He was also depressed when having to mention Jane -- Jane; despite his claim of a "mutual dumping" in ''Ragnarok'', the break-up clearly still hurts him.



'''Clint:''' ''(Looks at Natasha straight in the eyes)'' I'm starting to think... we mean different people here.
** Natasha never knew her father's name. This either means [[DisappearedDad he abandoned her before she was even born]] or she's [[{{TykeBomb}} taken from her family by the Red Room since very early in her childhood]] just like the other [[Series/AgentCarter Red Room]] [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron girls]].
** Bruce, in particular, takes it the hardest. It's obvious that he still harbors feelings for her from back in ''Age of Ultron'', and his decision to use the Infinity Stones himself despite knowing that the raw energy it released could kill him could even imply that he's a DeathSeeker willing to risk his own life to get everyone back, and even if it does revive the people killed by Thanos's snap, he couldn't bring the woman he loved back.
*** This is made even more powerful given that at this point, Bruce is now the Merged Hulk. Given that he is part-Hulk, one would think that the Hulk persona would suddenly burst right back out and do what he does: smash things. Except, apart from throwing a table into a lake, he ''doesn't.'' The camera focuses on his heartbroken expression, and all he does is sulk down, giving the floor one soft punch. It's bizarre, but incredibly powerful to see someone like ''Hulk'', the pinnacle of UnstoppableRage, react in such a subdued, ''human'' way.
*** Worse. At that point it's been ''five years'' that Banner's been back on Earth, most of it with control over the Hulk--there's nothing to suggest that he and Natasha hadn't pursued a relationship at some point in that time, or that they weren't still involved when she died.
*** And then there's Clint's reaction. Already broken by the death of his family, he nearly hits the DespairEventHorizon with Natasha's death. As the remaining Avengers gather to remember Nat, he tearfully says that it "should have been [him]" that died, and not her. And then he blows up at the team when they insist they can try to bring her back, telling them her death is irreversible.
*** Even worse was Natasha's final words to the group as a whole. Hearing her happily tell everyone she will see them all in a minute, and knowing her fate hits hard.

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'''Clint:''' ''(Looks ''[looks at Natasha straight in the eyes)'' eyes]'' I'm starting to think... we mean different people here.
** Natasha never knew her father's name. This either means [[DisappearedDad he abandoned her before she was even born]] or she's she was [[{{TykeBomb}} taken from her family by the Red Room since very early in her childhood]] just like the other [[Series/AgentCarter Red Room]] [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron girls]].
** Bruce, in particular, takes it Nat's death the hardest. It's obvious that he still harbors feelings for her from back in ''Age of Ultron'', and his decision to use the Infinity Stones himself despite knowing that the raw energy it released could kill him could even imply that he's a DeathSeeker willing to risk his own life to get everyone back, and even if it does revive the people killed by Thanos's snap, the Snap, he couldn't bring the woman he loved back.
*** This is made even more powerful given that that, at this point, Bruce is now the Merged Hulk. Given that he is part-Hulk, one would think that the Hulk persona would suddenly burst right back out and do what he does: smash Smash things. Except, apart from throwing a table into a lake, he ''doesn't.'' ''doesn't''. The camera focuses on his heartbroken expression, and all he does is sulk down, giving the floor one soft punch. It's bizarre, but incredibly powerful to see someone like ''Hulk'', the pinnacle of UnstoppableRage, react in such a subdued, subdued and ''human'' way.
*** Worse. At that point point, it's been ''five years'' that Banner's been back on Earth, most of it with control over the Hulk--there's Hulk. There's nothing to suggest that he and Natasha hadn't pursued a relationship at some point in that time, or that they weren't still involved when she died.
died.
*** And then there's Clint's reaction. Already broken by the death of his family, he nearly hits the DespairEventHorizon with Natasha's death. As the remaining Avengers gather to remember Nat, he tearfully says that it "should have been [him]" that died, and not her. And then he blows up at the team when they insist they can try to bring her back, telling them her death is irreversible.
*** Even worse was Natasha's final words to the group as a whole. Hearing her happily tell everyone she will see them all in a minute, minute and knowing her fate hits hard.



** Vision is still gone for good, as he perished before the big snap. This means that not only the last remnant of JARVIS, and the original Edwin Jarvis is truly lost forever, but the final shred of ''Ultron'', an idea having gone horribly wrong yet could have easily become a hero with the right exposures, is forever extinguished. And even if 2012 Loki is alive somewhere after escaping with the Tesseract, he's lacking all of the development he experienced in ''The Dark World'' and ''Ragnarok'', including his repaired relationship with his brother. Thor is still all alone and has lost everything: his family, his closest friends, his entire kingdom save for around two dozen survivors, and his right eye. Even after this quest to eliminate Thanos and give everyone back what they lost, [[PyrrhicVictory Thor is still left with nothing whatsoever apart from a spot in the Guardians team.]]
* The Gamora we knew in the first two ''Guardians of the Galaxy'' and ''Infinity War'' is gone. The one we got here and will probably see again in the MCU is the pre-''Guardians'' version. Even if she was already rebellious and does in fact make a HeelFaceTurn, it's hard to shake off the sensation she won't be exactly the same.
** The Gamora we knew is still dead. So she escaped her [[AbusiveParents abusive step-father]], find her new family and [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosted]] for them - only to die at the hands of said abusive step-father thinking that she has doomed the universe. No reset and no happy ending for her.

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** Vision is still gone for good, as he perished before the big snap. Thanos did his Snap. This means that not only the last remnant of JARVIS, JARVIS and the original Edwin Jarvis is truly lost forever, but the final shred of ''Ultron'', [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Ultron]], an idea having gone horribly wrong yet could have easily become a hero with the right exposures, is forever extinguished. And even extinguished.
** Even
if 2012 Loki 2012!Loki is alive somewhere after escaping with the Tesseract, he's lacking all of the development he experienced in ''The Dark World'' and ''Ragnarok'', including his repaired relationship with his brother. Thor is still all alone and has lost everything: his His family, his closest friends, his entire kingdom save (save for around two dozen survivors, survivors), and his right eye. Even after this quest to eliminate Thanos and give everyone back what they lost, [[PyrrhicVictory Thor is still left with nothing whatsoever apart from a spot in the Guardians team.]]
team]].
* The Gamora we knew in the first two [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy first]] [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 two]] ''Guardians of the Galaxy'' and ''Infinity War'' is gone. The one we got here and will probably see again in the MCU is the pre-''Guardians'' version. Even if she was already rebellious and does in fact make a HeelFaceTurn, it's hard to shake off the sensation she won't be exactly the same.
** The Worse, the Gamora we knew is still dead. So she escaped her [[AbusiveParents abusive step-father]], find adoptive father]], found her new family and [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosted]] for them - them, only to die at the hands of said abusive step-father adoptive father thinking that she has doomed the universe. No reset and no happy ending for her.



** Gamora is also absent in the final shot for the Guardians. She apparently ran away after the final battle and Quill is shown searching for her.
* The entire arc of Nebula. She becomes an UnwittingPawn of Thanos because of the existence of two versions of her in the same timeline, which allows him to access her memories remotely and know what happened originally; she's captured and replaced by her counterpart, who hasn't gone through her own CharacterDevelopment yet and makes possible for Thanos to come over through the time machine and launch a massive attack; and finally she has to kill her other self to prevent her from harming Gamora, but leaving the doubt she could be redeemed. Notably, a tear falls from the eye of past Nebula as she dies, indicating even as she tried to shoot Gamora she was conflicted.
-->'''Present Nebula:''' You can change!\\
'''Past Nebula:''' He won't let me.
** During the confrontation with the present timeline Thanos, he did something unusual: He gave Nebula something like a compliment. After a lifetime failing to get her father's approval, she only gets it at the very end. It's obvious she still feels ''something'' as she closes his eyes. And then the past Nebula, who was still desperate for Thanos's approval, sees the same thing through the memories.
*** Seeing the past Nebula's desperation for Thanos' approval is deeply saddening. She has been so broken by him, and she wants his acceptance and possibly even fatherly love. You can see it in how deeply she bows to him, and how terrified she is when he sees the future Nebula's memories through her cybernetics, as she hysterically babbles that she isn't a traitor and that it wasn't her. That Thanos grants her that approval, for the first time in her life, is even more heartbreaking - you can see the relief and somewhat disbelief on her face when he pulls Ebony Maw's chains away from her neck and cups her face. To reiterate: this is the man who abused and tortured her for her entire life, replacing her body parts with cybernetics in a way that's both incredibly painful and also manages to convey his disapproval with her "failures". And seeing her kneeling before him makes her look a great deal like a kicked puppy who still loves her master. StockholmSyndrome at its most heartbreaking. Present Nebula has a pained look on her face when she's seeing these interactions.
** Before this, when Rhodey and Nebula are grabbing the Power Stone, Nebula partially destroys her cybernetic arm retrieving it. When Rhodey looks shocked by it, she quietly says that she wasn't always like this -- Rhodey sympathises, as his life has also led to him requiring cybernetics to operate.
** For that matter, the other person she bonds with in the film is Tony -- the other cybernetic Avenger -- while they were stranded on the ''Benatar''.
* Bruce, Rhodey, and Rocket being nearly drowned/crushed in the rubble when ''Sanctuary II'' attacked the Avengers HQ. Rhodey grimly accepts what seems inevitable. Granted, they get saved by Scott moments later, but that is the first time you've ever seen [[StepfordSnarker Rocket]] ''terrified''.
* Barton gets to hear Laura's voice on the phone for just a matter of seconds -- the hope he'd ''shied from'' Natasha even daring to proffer, fulfilled after five agonizing years -- before Thanos' attack cuts their conversation off, mid-word. To Clint, it's got to be the cruelest HopeSpot imaginable; for ''Laura'', who likely just un-dusted to find that ''her husband'' has abruptly vanished from a suddenly-unkempt yard, it probably sounds like he's just been violently killed.
* Wanda attacks Thanos with everything she has in the ultimate RoaringRampageOfRevenge, clearly still in pain about losing Vision (who still isn't back in this movie, mind you). Though this quickly becomes the ultimate Crowning Moment of Awesome for her once she delivers to Thanos the CurbStompBattle of his life.

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** Gamora is also absent in from the final shot for the Guardians. She apparently ran away after the final battle and Quill is shown searching for her.
* The Nebula's entire arc of Nebula. arc. She becomes an UnwittingPawn of Thanos because of the existence of two versions of her in the same timeline, which allows him to access her memories remotely and know what happened originally; she's captured and replaced by her counterpart, who hasn't gone through her own CharacterDevelopment yet and makes possible for Thanos to come over [[TimeTravel travel through the time machine time]] and launch a massive attack; and finally she has to kill her other self to prevent her from harming Gamora, but leaving the doubt she could be redeemed. Notably, a tear falls from the eye of past Nebula Past!Nebula as she dies, indicating even as she tried to shoot Gamora she was conflicted.
-->'''Present Nebula:''' -->'''Present!Nebula:''' You can change!\\
'''Past Nebula:''' '''Past!Nebula:''' He won't let me.
** During the confrontation with the present timeline Thanos, Present!Thanos, he did something unusual: He gave Nebula something like a compliment. After a lifetime failing to get her adoptive father's approval, she only gets it at the very end. It's obvious she still feels ''something'' as she closes his eyes. And then the past Nebula, Past!Nebula, who was still desperate for Thanos's approval, sees the same thing through the memories.
*** Seeing the past Nebula's Past!Nebula's desperation for Thanos' approval is deeply saddening. She has been so broken by him, and she wants his acceptance and possibly even fatherly love. You can see it in how deeply she bows to him, and how terrified she is when he sees the future Nebula's Present!Nebula's memories through her cybernetics, as she hysterically babbles that she isn't a traitor and that it wasn't her. That Thanos grants her that approval, for the first time in her life, is even more heartbreaking - heartbreaking; you can see the relief and somewhat disbelief on her face when he pulls Ebony Maw's chains away from her neck and cups her face. To reiterate: this This is the man who abused and tortured her for her entire life, replacing her body parts with cybernetics in a way that's both incredibly painful and also manages to convey his disapproval with her "failures". And seeing her kneeling before him makes her look a great deal like a kicked puppy who still loves her master. StockholmSyndrome at its most heartbreaking. Present Nebula Present!Nebula has a pained look on her face when she's seeing these interactions.
** Before this, when Rhodey and Nebula are grabbing the Power Stone, Nebula partially destroys her cybernetic arm retrieving it. When Rhodey looks shocked by it, she quietly says that she wasn't always like this -- this. Rhodey sympathises, sympathizes, as his life has also led to him requiring cybernetics to operate.
** For that matter, the other person she bonds with in the film is Tony -- Tony, the other cybernetic Avenger -- Avenger, while they were are stranded on the ''Benatar''.
* Bruce, Rhodey, and Rocket being nearly drowned/crushed in the rubble when ''Sanctuary II'' attacked attacks the Avengers HQ. Rhodey grimly accepts what seems inevitable. Granted, they get saved by Scott moments later, but that is the first time you've ever seen [[StepfordSnarker Rocket]] ''terrified''.
* Barton Clint gets to hear Laura's voice on the phone for just a matter of seconds -- the seconds--the hope he'd ''shied from'' Natasha even daring to proffer, fulfilled after five agonizing years -- before years--before Thanos' attack cuts their conversation off, mid-word. To Clint, it's got to be the cruelest HopeSpot imaginable; for ''Laura'', who was likely just un-dusted resurrected to find that ''her husband'' has abruptly vanished from a suddenly-unkempt yard, it probably sounds like he's just been violently killed.
* Wanda attacks Thanos with everything she has in the ultimate RoaringRampageOfRevenge, clearly still in pain about losing Vision (who still isn't back in this movie, mind you). Though this quickly becomes the ultimate [[Awesome/AvengersEndgame Crowning Moment of Awesome Awesome]] for her once she delivers to Thanos the CurbStompBattle of his life.



'''Thanos:''' [[FishOutOfTemporalWater I donít even know who you are.]]\\

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'''Thanos:''' [[FishOutOfTemporalWater I donít don't even know who you are.]]\\



* Thanos's IgnoredEpiphany once he travels to the present. Instead of admitting he was wrong, Thanos forgoes halving the universe for balance and instead deciding to destroy ''the entire universe'' and remake it so that everyone will appreciate what he did. While on one hand it is [[NightmareFuel absolutely terrifying]], on another it is very tragic. This is a man who genuinely wanted life to prosper, to ensure that no one else goes through the OverpopulationCrisis that his home planet went through. His methods were insane and twisted beyond belief, but deep down he did mean well -- to see that WellIntentionedExtremist coldly devolve into an OmnicidalManiac who shows no more goodwill is downright hollowing.
** And the reaction makes sense in a way. He sacrificed everything to bring about balance in the belief that one day people would appreciate his gift. Instead he sees they will always resent him and attempt to undo his life's labor and that no matter what he does they may still find a way.
* For all of his brutality, ruthlessness, and misguided altruism, Thanos' death counts. Once Iron Man does the snap on him and his forces, you can just see it in his eyes that, given his knowledge of the Stones, he ''knows'' that he is already a dead man. In fact, he seems already demoralized once seeing all of his army; the closest thing he ever had to a family of sorts -- fade away into dust. But the thing is, he does not [[VillainousBreakdown scream in fury]], nor let out a defeated BigNo. He just... watches, silently. No last words. No SkywardScream. No HeelRealization. Nothing but the most solemn way to FaceDeathWithDignity: and the absolute pinnacle of ''defeat''. As a CallBack to ''Infinity War'', he sits down and gives one final expression -- but instead of a peaceful sunrise which he contently looks upward at and warmly smiles upon, he instead rests in a desolate battlefield laid to waste, looking up at it with an expression of pure despair as he slowly lowers his head; eyes closing, body sulking down to the ground, and mind embracing absolute ''failure'' with dignity. Combined with the fact that he is one of the [=MCU=]'s most well-developed villains, it's actually very sad to see him go.
** This gets even sadder when you remember that, at the end of ''Infinity War'', Thanos survived, but had lost his entire army and one of his daughters, [[ParentalFavoritism Gamora]]; something that 2014 Thanos most likely discovered as well. Now, he has to experience all of that all over again firsthand: but this time, it's every single one of his forces he's gathered over the years disintegrating all right before his eyes, ''and he's next.'' While there is the solace in that both of his daughters are still alive, they completely turned against him by the time the war began.
* In the background of the final battle after Tony's snap, as Thanos's army is disintegrating, on the right side of the screen you can see Proxima Midnight cradling Corvus Glaive's body while she dissolves. Sure, they were both unrepentant evil servants of the greatest supervillain the MCU has ever known, but they were still husband and wife, and given that a lot of the other soldiers kept up the battle literally until their last breaths, it speaks to how much he meant to her that she chooses to spend her last moments holding onto his body instead of fighting.
** In the same shot you can see Ebony Maw stumbling towards Thanos and reaching out his hand to the man he saw as a father even as he turns to dust.
* Look at Doctor Strange as he signalls to Tony. Strange's hand is trembling, and there is clear pain and regret on his face that suggests that the trembling is not just because of his injured hands: well, he is asking him to do a HeroicSuicide. It's the same good doctor who hit a HeroicBsod over killing a villainous mook in his solo movie: "It's not Mister Strange, it's not Master Strange, it's ''Doctor'' Strange! I swore an oath to do no harm and I've just ''killed a man!'' I'm ''not'' doing that again." Sure, Strange doesn't kill Tony (or Natasha, for that matter) himself, but he has to choose the version of future where the deaths of two good people were unavoidable, and it will haunt him for the rest of his life.
** Also, recall that during ''[[Film/AvengersInfinityWar Infinity War]]'', he claims that he will not hesitate to sacrifice lives if it means the safety of the universe. Given that Strange still holds the Hippocratic Oath as a personal creed, he is clearly disturbed by the fact that he ''has'' to sacrifice a life for the sake of the universe or else more lives will be lost.
* The death of Tony Stark.
** In elaboration, Tony uses the Infinity Stones to finally end Thanos' threat once and for all, but at the cost of his own life. It's fitting that the one who started this journey is the one to end it, even if he leaves Pepper and their daughter Morgan behind. The three people beside him in his last moments are Rhodey, a crying Peter Parker (if you thought his own death in ''Infinity War'' was heart-breaking, just watch him here), and Pepper who, after a medical scan by Friday, cannot do anything but accept they're losing him. The very last words we hear from Tony are from a hologram, [[VideoWill a farewell message he left just before the fateful mission]], knowing there could have been no coming back.
---> '''Pepper:''' ''(while holding back her tears)'' You can rest now.
** Those words of Pepper's go back to the conversation they had with each other before Tony goes off to help the Avengers again. There, Tony admits that he could easily keep his findings about time travel secret, but Pepper wonders aloud if he could rest easy with what he knows. It goes back to all of Tony's actions post-2012: [[Film/IronMan3 making all the armors in his paranoia]], [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron the creation of Ultron]], [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar the division of the Avengers due to the Sokovia Accords]] and [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar the trip to Titan]] that ended up killing Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and all the Guardians present with them save Nebula. He's spent the past few years causing more harm than good in spite of his best intentions, and has continued down this path even more to atone in what seemed to be a never-ending cycle. Pepper's final words to Tony could be her own way of trying to comfort him by releasing him from it all.

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* Thanos's IgnoredEpiphany once he travels to the present. Instead of admitting he was wrong, Thanos he forgoes halving the universe for balance and instead deciding decides to destroy ''the entire universe'' and remake it so that everyone will appreciate what he did. While on one hand it is [[NightmareFuel absolutely terrifying]], on another it is very tragic. This is a man who genuinely wanted life to prosper, to ensure that no one else goes through the OverpopulationCrisis that his home planet went through. His methods were insane and twisted beyond belief, but deep down down, he did mean well -- to well. To see that WellIntentionedExtremist coldly devolve into an OmnicidalManiac who shows no more goodwill is downright hollowing.
** And the reaction makes sense in a way. He sacrificed everything to bring about balance in the belief that that, one day day, people would appreciate his gift. Instead "gift." Instead, he sees they will always resent him and attempt to undo his life's labor and that no matter what he does they may still find a way.
* For all of his brutality, ruthlessness, and misguided altruism, Thanos' death counts. Once Iron Man does the snap his own Snap on him and his forces, you can just see it in his eyes that, given his knowledge of the Stones, he ''knows'' that [[YouAreAlreadyDead he is already a dead man. man]]. In fact, he seems already demoralized once seeing all of his army; the army--the closest thing he ever had to a family of sorts -- fade sorts--fade away into dust. But the thing is, he does not [[VillainousBreakdown scream in fury]], nor let out a defeated BigNo. He just... watches, silently. No last words. No SkywardScream. No HeelRealization. Nothing but the most solemn way to FaceDeathWithDignity: FaceDeathWithDignity and the absolute pinnacle of ''defeat''. As a CallBack to ''Infinity War'', he sits down and gives one final expression -- but instead expression: Instead of a peaceful sunrise which he contently looks upward at and warmly smiles upon, he instead rests in a desolate battlefield laid to waste, looking up at it with an expression of pure despair as he slowly lowers his head; head, eyes closing, body sulking down to the ground, and mind embracing absolute ''failure'' with dignity. Combined with the fact that he is one of the [=MCU=]'s most well-developed villains, it's actually very sad to see him go.
** This gets even sadder when you remember that, at the end of ''Infinity War'', Thanos survived, but had lost his entire army and one of his daughters, [[ParentalFavoritism Gamora]]; favorite daughter Gamora; something that 2014 Thanos 2014!Thanos most likely discovered as well. Now, he has to experience all of that all over again firsthand: firsthand, but this time, it's every single one of his forces he's gathered over the years disintegrating all right before his eyes, eyes...''and he's next.'' While there is the solace in that both of his daughters are still alive, they completely turned against him by the time the war began.
* In the background of the final battle after Tony's snap, Snap, as Thanos's army is disintegrating, on the right side of the screen screen, you can see Proxima Midnight cradling Corvus Glaive's body while she dissolves. Sure, they were both unrepentant unrepentantly evil servants of the greatest supervillain the MCU has ever known, but they were still husband and wife, and given that a lot of the other soldiers kept up the battle literally until their last breaths, it speaks to how much he meant to her that she chooses to spend her last moments holding onto his body instead of fighting.
** In the same shot shot, you can see Ebony Maw stumbling towards Thanos and reaching out his hand to the man he saw as a father even as he turns to dust.
* Look at Doctor Strange as he signalls signals to Tony. Strange's His hand is trembling, and there is clear pain and regret on his face that suggests that the trembling is not just because of his injured hands: well, hands; he is asking him to do make a HeroicSuicide. It's the same good doctor who hit a HeroicBsod HeroicBSOD over killing a villainous mook {{mook}} in [[Film/DoctorStrange2016 his solo movie: movie]]: "It's not Mister Strange, 'Mister Strange,' it's not Master Strange, 'Master Strange'; it's ''Doctor'' Strange! '''Doctor'' Strange!' I swore an oath to do no harm and I've just ''killed a man!'' I'm ''not'' doing that again." Sure, Strange doesn't kill Tony (or Natasha, for that matter) himself, but he has to choose the version of the future where the deaths of two good people were unavoidable, and it will haunt him for the rest of his life.
** Also, recall that that, during ''[[Film/AvengersInfinityWar Infinity War]]'', he claims that he will not hesitate to sacrifice lives if it means the safety of the universe. Given that Strange still holds the Hippocratic Oath as a personal creed, he is clearly disturbed by the fact that he ''has'' to sacrifice a life for the sake of the universe or else more lives will be lost.
* The death of Tony Stark.
Stark's death.
** In elaboration, [[HeroicSacrifice Tony uses the Infinity Stones to finally end Thanos' threat once and for all, but at the cost of his own life. life]]. It's fitting that [[Film/IronMan1 the one who started this journey journey]] is the one to end it, even if he leaves Pepper and their daughter Morgan behind. The three people beside him in his last moments are Rhodey, a crying Peter Parker (if you thought his own death in ''Infinity War'' was heart-breaking, just watch him here), and Pepper who, after a medical scan by Friday, FRIDAY, cannot do anything but accept they're losing him. The very last words we hear from Tony are from a hologram, [[VideoWill a farewell message he left just before the fateful mission]], knowing there could have been no coming back.
---> '''Pepper:''' ''(while ''[while holding back her tears)'' tears]'' You can rest now.
** Those words of Pepper's go back to the conversation they had with each other before Tony goes off to help the Avengers again. There, Tony admits that he could easily keep his findings about time travel TimeTravel secret, but Pepper wonders aloud if he could rest easy with what he knows. It goes back to all of Tony's actions post-2012: [[Film/IronMan3 making Making all the armors in his paranoia]], [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron the creation of creating Ultron]], [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar the division of the Avengers due to the Sokovia Accords]] Accords]], and [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar the trip to Titan]] that ended up killing Spider-Man, Doctor Strange Strange, and all the Guardians present with them save Nebula. He's spent the past few years causing more harm than good in spite of his best intentions, and has continued down this path even more to atone in what seemed to be a never-ending cycle. Pepper's final words to Tony could be her own way of trying to comfort him by releasing him from it all.



** It's even worse in Peter's case. The kid has just come back to life and got to fight alongside his mentor again one last time. For him, it was just fifteen minutes before when Tony was cradling him as he died in his arms. Now Peter has to go through all that again, except [[HourglassPlot their positions are reversed]], and it's ''[[KilledOffForReal final]]''. And it's also likely Tony is the second father figure Peter had to watch die, in what must be barely more than 2 or 3 years from his perspective.
*** Even moreso if you consider Peter's perpetual survivor's guilt in the comics. If this Peter is similar, he blames himself for this. If only he had done more, been faster, fought harder, been stronger.

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** It's even worse in Peter's case. The kid has just come back to life and got to fight alongside his mentor again one last time. For him, it was just fifteen minutes before when Tony was cradling holding him as he died in his arms. Now Peter has to go through all that again, except [[HourglassPlot their positions are reversed]], and it's ''[[KilledOffForReal final]]''. And it's also likely Tony is the second father figure Peter had to watch die, in what must be barely more than 2 or 3 years from his perspective.
perspective.
*** Even moreso more so if you consider Peter's perpetual survivor's guilt SurvivorGuilt in the comics. If this Peter is similar, he blames himself for this. If only he had done more, been faster, fought harder, been stronger.



** One of the worst parts about Tonyís death is that his snap took so much out of him that he ''can't even speak''. The wise cracking billionaire playboy who never seemed to shut up can't even say anything in his final moments. He occasionally attempts to say something but it's clear that even taking a breath is a challenge in that moment. No comforting words to his loved ones, no RousingSpeech, no final snark to go out on, the only thing he can manage to say is "Pepper".
** During the battle, Tony asks Strange if this was the one scenario where the Avengers prevail that he foresaw back on Titan. Strange replies, "If I told you what happens, it won't happen". Strange knew that Tony would have to make the ultimate sacrifice to defeat Thanos once and for all, and did not want to risk anything that might compromise their already slim chances of victory.
** Consider that just a few minutes earlier, Rhodey was close to death and resigned to it (going as far as giving his farewell to Rocket), until Scott's intervention saved him, Bruce and Rocket. He's back into the battle, then Thanos' forces reduced to dust means they have won, he reaches his best friend... and realizes that for that victory to happen, he's now dying.

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** One of the worst parts about Tonyís Tony's death is that his snap Snap took so much out of him that he ''can't even speak''. The wise cracking wisecracking billionaire playboy who never seemed to shut up can't even say anything in his final moments. He occasionally attempts to say something something, but it's clear that even taking a breath is a challenge in that moment. No comforting words to his loved ones, no RousingSpeech, no final snark to go out on, on; the only thing he can manage to say is "Pepper".
"Pepper."
** During the battle, Tony asks Strange if this was the one scenario where the Avengers prevail that he foresaw back on Titan. Strange replies, "If I told you what happens, it won't happen". happen." Strange knew that Tony would have to make the ultimate sacrifice to defeat Thanos once and for all, and did not want to risk anything that might compromise their already slim already-slim chances of victory.
** Consider that that, just a few minutes earlier, Rhodey was close to death and resigned to it (going it, going as far as giving his farewell to Rocket), Rocket, until Scott's intervention Scott saved him, Bruce Bruce, and Rocket. He's back into the battle, then Thanos' forces are reduced to dust means dust, meaning they have won, won; he reaches his best friend... and realizes that that, for that victory to happen, he's now dying.



*** Making it worse is that it's also reminiscent of a scene near the end of [[Film/IronMan1 the very first Iron Man movie]], where Tony's arc reactor starts dying after his climactic fight with Iron Monger. It was a [[DisneyDeath fake-out death]] then. This time [[KilledOffForReal it's real]].

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*** Making it worse is that it's also reminiscent of a scene near the end of [[Film/IronMan1 the very first Iron Man movie]], where Tony's arc reactor starts dying after his climactic fight with Iron Monger. It was a [[DisneyDeath fake-out death]] then. This time time, [[KilledOffForReal it's real]].



*** Even more so hard hitting is the fact in the first Avengers film, Steve told Tony he would never the person to lay on the wire and let the other man crawl over him, and that he'd never make the sacrifice play. And in that moment, Steve knows that Tony is that kind of person and he did make the sacrifice play.

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*** Even more so hard hitting hard-hitting is the fact fact, in the first Avengers film, Steve told Tony he would never the person to lay on the wire and let the other man crawl over him, and that he'd never make the sacrifice play. And in that moment, Steve knows that Tony is that kind of person and he did make the sacrifice play.



---> '''Tony:''' And I... am... [[BookEnds Iron Man]].

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---> '''Tony:''' --->'''Tony:''' And I... am... [[BookEnds Iron Man]].



---> '''Tony:''' [[CallBack I love you 3000.]]
** The holographic good-bye message Tony leaves for his loved ones is also a touching CallBack to ''Howard'' Stark having left ''Tony'' a secret message of pride and affection on an old film reel, decades before.
** All the ones who came back to life couldn't have possibly known that during the five years they were gone, Tony had become a father. Therefore, they must have discovered it only in the aftermath.
** Tony's funeral. The camera pans over every character who are positioned by how personally/emotionally close they were to him. Pepper and Morgan; Happy and Rhodey; Steve, Peter Parker and Aunt May; Bruce and Thor; Doctor Strange and Wong; Scott, Hope, Hank, and Janet; Nebula and the Guardians; T'Challa and the Wakandans, Clint and his family... Even Secretary Ross, Danvers, Hill, Fury, and Harley (the kid from ''Film/IronMan3'') are there, and remember Hank and Ross didn't hold any good will towards the playboy-billionare all along. It really drives home how much of an impact he's had on everyone.
** There's also the fact that a grieving Sam and Wanda comforts a repentant Bucky as the White Wolf lost an opportunity to make amends regarding Tony's parents.
** After the funeral, Morgan and Happy are sitting together. It's obvious Happy is trying his hardest to not cry, for Morgan's sake. Let us repeat: ''this is [[ButtMonkey Happy Hogan!]]''
*** And then Morgan asks for cheeseburgers, and Happy (and the audience) start crying again, knowing cheeseburgers were Tony's favorite food. Followed by Happy telling her heíll get her all the cheeseburgers she wants.

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---> '''Tony:''' --->'''Tony:''' [[CallBack I love you 3000.]]
** The Tony's holographic good-bye goodbye message Tony leaves for his loved ones is also a touching CallBack to ''Howard'' Stark having left ''Tony'' a secret message of pride and affection on an old film reel, decades before.
** All the ones who came back to life couldn't have possibly known that that, during the five years they were gone, Tony had become a father. Therefore, they must have discovered it only in the aftermath.
** Tony's funeral. The camera pans over every character who are positioned by how personally/emotionally close they were to him. Pepper and Morgan; Happy and Rhodey; Steve, Peter Parker Parker, and Aunt May; Bruce and Thor; Doctor Strange and Wong; Scott, Hope, Hank, and Janet; Nebula and the Guardians; T'Challa and the Wakandans, Clint and his family... Even Secretary Ross, Carol Danvers, Maria Hill, Nick Fury, and Harley Keener (the kid from ''Film/IronMan3'') are there, and remember Hank and Ross didn't hold any good will towards the playboy-billionare playboy/billionare all along. It really drives home how much of an impact he's had on everyone.
** There's also the fact that a grieving Sam and Wanda comforts comfort a repentant Bucky as the White Wolf lost an opportunity to make amends regarding Tony's parents.
** After the funeral, Morgan and Happy are sitting together. It's obvious Happy is trying his hardest to not cry, for Morgan's sake. Let us repeat: ''this ''This is [[ButtMonkey Happy Hogan!]]''
*** And then Morgan asks for cheeseburgers, and Happy (and the audience) start crying again, knowing cheeseburgers were Tony's favorite food. Followed by Happy telling her heíll he'll get her all the cheeseburgers she wants.



** Tony's send-off at the funeral takes the form of his first Arc Reactor, the one he cobbled together in a cave with a box of scraps, sitting in a flower boat for a viking-style funeral.

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** Tony's send-off at the funeral takes the form of his first Arc Reactor, arc reactor, the one he cobbled together in a cave with a box of scraps, sitting in a flower boat for a viking-style funeral. Viking-style funeral.



** The fact that in the end, [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Tony laid down on the wire and made the sacrifice play.]] Rest well, Mr. Stark. You earned it.
** And, in making this sacrifice, Tony is no doubt going to reunite with the man who saved his life - [[Film/IronMan1 Ho Yinsen]]. After 11 years of hardships, heroism and his ultimate HeroicSacrifice, it is very clear that Tony kept his promise all those years ago: he never wasted his life, and instead made the best out of it.
* Following everything, Peter returns to high school and gives Ned a tearful welcoming hug. Spider-Man is back and alive, and Peter can finally resume his young life, but he is no doubt forever scarred by not only dying, but watching his mentor Tony Stark die, as well. At the end of ''Infinity War'', Peter Parker dies terrified and alone save for Tony. At the end of ''Endgame'', Peter Parker is broken by coming back to life only to lose the same man who was with him when he died.
** There's also the fact that quite a few of the people he went to school with likely weren't killed by the snap, which means that they are now five years older than him and have moved on with their lives.
** Ned is clearly ''vastly'' overjoyed to see Peter alive and well, and still his own age. Knowing that his best friend didn't get himself killed in battle before ''or'' after the Snap is probably as great a relief as Ned's felt since coming back to life, himself.
* Steve travels back in time to live the rest of his life with Peggy after refusing to use the time machine to return to the present day. There's something life-affirming yet tragic in seeing the Star-Spangled Man having had the normal, happy life he always wanted, but now is an old and withered man.

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** The fact that that, in the end, [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Tony laid down on the wire and made the sacrifice play.]] play]]. Rest well, Mr. Stark. You earned it.
** And, in making this sacrifice, Tony is no doubt going to reunite with the man who saved his life - life: [[Film/IronMan1 Ho Yinsen]]. After 11 years of hardships, heroism heroism, and his ultimate HeroicSacrifice, it is very clear that Tony kept his promise all those years ago: he He never wasted his life, life and instead made the best out of it.
* Following everything, Peter returns to high school and gives Ned a tearful welcoming hug. Spider-Man is back and alive, and Peter can finally resume his young life, but he is no doubt forever scarred by not only dying, but watching his mentor Tony Stark die, die as well. At the end of ''Infinity War'', Peter Parker dies terrified and alone save for Tony. At the end of ''Endgame'', Peter Parker is broken by coming back to life life, only to lose the same man who was with him when he died.
** There's also the fact that quite a few of the people he went to school with likely weren't killed by the snap, Snap, which means that they are now five years older than him and have moved on with their lives.
** Ned is clearly ''vastly'' overjoyed to see Peter alive and well, and still his own age. Knowing that his best friend didn't get himself killed in battle before ''or'' after the Snap is probably as great a relief as Ned's felt since coming back to life, life himself.
* Steve travels back in time to live the rest of his life with Peggy after refusing to use the time machine to return to the present day. There's something life-affirming yet tragic in seeing the Star-Spangled Man having had the normal, normal and happy life he always wanted, but now is an old and withered man.



** As Steve prepares to travel back into the past, the others talk about how assured they are that Steve will back in the present the way he is with no trouble whatsoever. As they do, Bucky's face can be seen giving off a rather somber expression, giving the implication that he knows his best friend is going to a one-way trip he has no plans on going back on.
** Bucky now finds himself in the same position that Steve did when he first came out of the ice: as the lone still-youthful member of a proud WWII military unit, whose former comrades -- even his closest friend, now -- have all died or become very old men.
** Earlier in the film, Tony had told Steve to simply settle down and live the simple life, which he does after his death. It's obvious that part of the reason Steve does this is to honor the man that he once said, "would never make the sacrifice play". As he said, he wanted to try the life that Tony was talking about.

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** As Steve prepares to travel back into the past, the others talk about how assured they are that Steve will back in the present the way he is with no trouble whatsoever. As they do, Bucky's face can be seen giving off a rather somber expression, giving the implication that he knows his best friend is going to a one-way trip he has no plans on going doesn't plan to come back on.
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** Bucky now finds himself in the same position that Steve did when he first came out of the ice: as As the lone still-youthful member of a proud WWII military unit, unit whose former comrades -- even comrades--even his closest friend, now -- have now--have all died or become very old men.
** Earlier in the film, Tony had told Steve to simply settle down and live the simple life, which he does after his death. It's obvious that part of the reason Steve does this is to honor the man that he once said, told "would never make the sacrifice play". As he said, he wanted to try the life that Tony was talking about.



** Bruce reveals to Steve that when he performed the snap to restore everyone to life, he was also trying to reverse Nat's HeroicSacrifice but to his disappointment, it didn't work for her.
** He also may possibly be crippled for life, given how severely the Infinity Gauntlet burned his arm -- in his last shots in the movie, he's still wearing it in a protective sling.
** Although when he comes in for the final battle via jumping out of Scott's hand, it is shown that his arm is still burnt to hell, but it's ''not'' in a sling, and is also shown to not be hanging limp on his side: thus his arm is still at least movable. Which means that Bruce may not be crippled as much as he's just recuperating. Plus, given that he is in Hulk form, he also bears HealingFactor...

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** Bruce reveals to Steve that that, when he performed the snap Snap to restore everyone to life, he was also trying to reverse Nat's HeroicSacrifice but to his disappointment, it didn't work for her.
** He also may possibly be crippled for life, given how severely the Infinity Gauntlet burned his arm -- arm; in his last shots in the movie, he's still wearing it in a protective sling.
** Although when he comes in for the final battle via jumping out of Scott's hand, it is shown that his arm is still burnt to hell, but it's ''not'' in a sling, and is also shown to not be hanging limp on his side: thus side, meaning his arm is still at least movable. Which means that Bruce may not be crippled as much as he's just recuperating. Plus, given that he is in Hulk form, he also bears HealingFactor...HealingFactor.



* Hell, the entire ending is a very BittersweetEnding which leaned slightly on the "Bitter" part. On one hand, Thanos is finally defeated once and for all and everyone killed by Thanos's snap has been brought back. However, every other death that occurs before or after the Snap ''sticks''. That means Thor still lost most of the Asgardians including Heimdall and Loki, the original Gamora is still dead, Wanda still lost Vision, probably half of Xandar is still annihilated, Eitri is still the sole surviving dwarf of Nidavellir, Knowhere is still a pile of rubble with probably all occupants dead, and now, Natasha Romanov and Tony Stark sacrificed themselves without any known means of resurrecting them.
** All things considered, [[TheFellowshipHasEnded the original band of the Avengers Initiative is all but disbanded]] by the end of the movie: Tony and Natasha sacrificed themselves for the final victory, Steve allowed himself to age to a point he has to [[PassingTheTorch pass up his mantle to Sam]], and Thor has left to join the Guardians; Bruce and Clint's positions are ambiguous but, considering Bruce suffered from a probably-lasting GameBreakingInjury and Clint now has a chance to reunite with his family (not to mention bearing all the scars throughout the years), it's highly likely for them to retire from fighting. The exclusive credit-tribute for the six only further fueled the feeling of the EndOfAnAge.
* There are no [[TheStinger post- or mid-credit scenes]], nor any "X will return" messages. Just the Marvel Studios logo and the "Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures" credit. It really solidifies the fact that the 11-year MythArc is finally over.
** There's one; a brief, quiet sound of clanging at the end of the credits. No images or any other sound, just the sounds of Tony Stark [[BookEnds hammering away on his first suit back in that cave.]]

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* Hell, the entire ending is a very BittersweetEnding which leaned leans slightly on the "Bitter" part. On one hand, Thanos is finally defeated once and for all and everyone killed by Thanos's snap his Snap has been brought back. However, every other death that occurs before or after the Snap ''sticks''. That means Thor still lost most of the Asgardians including Heimdall and Loki, the original Gamora is still dead, Wanda still lost Vision, probably half of Xandar is still annihilated, Eitri is still the sole surviving dwarf of Nidavellir, Knowhere is still a pile of rubble with probably all occupants dead, and now, now Natasha Romanov and Tony Stark sacrificed themselves without any known means of resurrecting them.
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** All things considered, [[TheFellowshipHasEnded the original band of the Avengers Initiative is all but disbanded]] by the end of the movie: Tony and Natasha sacrificed themselves for the final victory, victory; Steve allowed himself to age to a point he has to [[PassingTheTorch pass up his mantle to Sam]], and Thor has left to join the Guardians; Bruce and Clint's positions are ambiguous but, considering Bruce suffered from a probably-lasting GameBreakingInjury and Clint now has a chance to reunite with his family (not to mention bearing all the scars throughout the years), it's highly likely for them to retire from fighting. The exclusive credit-tribute for the six only further fueled the feeling of the EndOfAnAge.
* There are no [[TheStinger post- or mid-credit scenes]], nor any "X will return" messages. Just the Marvel Studios Creator/MarvelStudios logo and the "Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures" credit. It really solidifies the fact that the 11-year MythArc is finally over.
** There's one; a brief, quiet sound of clanging at the end of the credits. No images or any other sound, just the sounds of Tony Stark [[BookEnds hammering away on his first suit back in that cave.]]cave]].

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*** Making it worse is that it's also reminiscent of a scene near the end of [[Film/IronMan1 the very first Iron Man movie]], where Tony's arc reactor starts dying after his climactic fight with Iron Monger. It was a [[DisneyDeath fake-out death]] then. This time [[KilledOffForReal it's real]].


* Look at Doctor Strange as he signalls to Tony. Strange's hand is trembling, and there is clear pain and regret on his face: well, he is asking him to do a HeroicSuicide. It's the same good doctor who hit a HeroicBsod over killing a villainous mook in his solo movie: "It's not Mister Strange, it's not Master Strange, it's ''Doctor'' Strange! I swore an oath to do no harm and I've just ''killed a man!'' I'm ''not'' doing that again." Sure, Strange doesn't kill Tony (or Natasha, for that matter) himself, but he has to choose the version of future where the deaths of two good people were unavoidable, and it will haunt him for the rest of his life.

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* Look at Doctor Strange as he signalls to Tony. Strange's hand is trembling, and there is clear pain and regret on his face: face that suggests that the trembling is not just because of his injured hands: well, he is asking him to do a HeroicSuicide. It's the same good doctor who hit a HeroicBsod over killing a villainous mook in his solo movie: "It's not Mister Strange, it's not Master Strange, it's ''Doctor'' Strange! I swore an oath to do no harm and I've just ''killed a man!'' I'm ''not'' doing that again." Sure, Strange doesn't kill Tony (or Natasha, for that matter) himself, but he has to choose the version of future where the deaths of two good people were unavoidable, and it will haunt him for the rest of his life.

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