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  • Handicapped Badass: Professor Hulk only fights with one arm during the final battle, as like Thanos before, his entire side is crippled by using the Infinity Gauntlet. He's still shown to be nursing the injury in the epilogue.
  • Hand Signals: Initially, when Tony sees Doctor Strange again, Strange refuses to say what will happen next because if he did, events will not go as they should. Later, when Thanos has the gauntlet and all the Infinity Stones, Strange closes his hand so he's making a "1" gesture to Tony, motioning that this is the one timeline where they succeed, while wearing a Meaningful Look. Tony is motivated to take the Stones from Thanos and snap his fingers to wipe out Thanos's forces.
  • Hands-On Approach: It's fatherly affection instead of romantic interest, but Clint teaches his daughter archery by moving her arms (and playfully messing with her hair).
  • Hand Wave:
    • The film explains that Captain Marvel was nowhere to be found for several decades because there were other planets that needed protecting that didn't have Avengers of their own — and Nick Fury never called her back to Earth until now. Presumably, this means that she was in a completely different corner of the universe during the events of the two Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
    • In a deleted/alternate scene of the final battle, Quill suggests that Doctor Strange simply open a portal to the van so they can get the Infinity Stones to the Quantum Tunnel without going through Thanos's army. Strange tells him the portals are two-way and his forces will just come through the other side.
  • Handy Cuffs: The Avengers arrest Loki and cuff his hands in front. When the Tesseract is obligingly knocked right in front of him, Loki doesn't miss his chance to grab it and teleport out of there.
  • Hard Light: Tony's Mark 85 has hard light shields and energy blades. Presumably Tony iterated on the weaknesses of the Mark 50, namely reducing nanite usage so the suit doesn't run out and not allowing an enemy to break off a piece of the suit and use it against him.
  • Have We Met Yet?:
    • Tony jumps in 1970s New Jersey and incidentally meets with his father Howard. After a heartfelt discussion about fatherhood, Tony leaves and Howard then remarks that Tony was somehow familiar.
    • A resurrected Wanda confronts 2014 Thanos during the final battle and says he took everything from her. He responds that he doesn't even know who she is.
  • Headbutt of Love:
    • Natasha and Clint exchange one before he decides to jump off the cliff in Vormir... but that turns out differently.
    • Thor and Frigga share one, after Frigga gives Thor some kind, soft, wise motherly advice to help our God of Thunder get his fighting spirit back.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: 2014 Star-Lord is about to go get the orb containing the Power Stone and is so busy rocking out to "Come and Get Your Love" that he doesn't notice Nebula and War Machine and that allows War Machine to K.O. him.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The Gamora from the past, already full of doubts about Thanos's plan, meets present Nebula who easily convinces her to change sides. She then protects the Gauntlet and participates in the final battle.
  • Heist Episode: The central part of the movie is, indeed, set up like a typical heist, which is lampshaded by Scott, except in this case it's a "Time Heist". There is a planning phase, where they gather all they know about the Infinity Stones' histories to choose the best moments to nab them. Then they dispatch separate teams, each with a specific infiltration mission, through different places and years. Like with most Caper movies, things don't go smoothly as planned, naturally.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment:
    • In contrast to his worry in Age of Ultron when it looked like Steve could pick up Mjölnir, Thor is ecstatic and says "I knew it," when Steve lifts Mjölnir, bashing Thanos and saving Thor from being impaled.
    • Rocket has a Big "YES!" when Captain Marvel enters the final battle, destroying the Sanctuary II.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Steve and Rhodey are the only Avengers to keep their helmets on for the entire final battle; everyone else makes full use of high-tech, disappearing masks.
  • The Hero Dies: None of the characters that were killed by means other than The Snap in Infinity War (Heimdall, Loki, Gamora and Vision) were brought back. (An alternate Gamora from 2014 comes with Thanos to 2023, but this Gamora had never met the Guardians and does not remember any relationship with Peter.) Furthermore, both Natasha and Tony give their lives to ensure the success of their mission.
  • Heroes Act, Villains Hinder: Unlike Infinity War, the heroes are the ones to take the initiative to collect the Infinity Stones to undo the damage Thanos caused. Thanos is killed early on in the film without putting up much of a fight, and his 2014 counterpart only gets involved once he learns of the Avengers' plan to reverse his future success.
  • Heroic Rematch: The Final Battle is this for the battle of Infinity War. The heroes were spread too much across galaxies to be able to efficiently fight Thanos and his forces. Now, they are all able to join the fray, with further reinforcements.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tony performs the biggest of the MCU to date (which is saying a lot, considering he flew a nuke into the vacuum of space during the Battle of New York, with no intention of returning alive). Knowing with almost absolute certainty that it will kill him, Tony uses the Infinity Stones to dust Thanos's forces in the climactic battle, sacrificing his own life so Thanos won't have the chance to destroy all life in the entire universe.
  • Heroic Suicide: After an intense struggle with Clint, Natasha jumps to her death on Vormir in order to get the Soul Stone.
  • Hero of Another Story:
    • Captain Marvel spends most of her time offscreen, explaining that there are plenty of other planets that don't have the benefit of the Avengers' protection.
    • The Ancient One was protecting the New York Sanctum Sanctorum from the Chitauri invasion in 2012 while the Avengers were fighting somewhere else around the city.
  • Hikikomori: Thor shows graphically (and hilariously) how five years of shutting yourself in a room doing nothing but playing video games, guzzling beer and inhaling junk food out of depression can turn anyone into the overweight love-child of Santa Claus and Jabba The Hutt.
  • History Repeats Itself: Taken Up to Eleven in the final battle. Wanda, then the most powerful female, got an assist from Natasha and Okoye in Infinity War. This time it's Carol being assisted by Wanda, Okoye, and every other female heroine.
  • Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act:
    • Rhodes proposes that the Avengers go back in time to kill Thanos as a baby, but Banner quickly shoots down the proposition, first citing that it's wrong to kill a baby, even if it's Thanos, and that it would merely create an alternate timeline that doesn't change what has happened.
    • Ironically, while the heroes can't change their own present this way, Thanos accidentally does this to himself as a younger, 2014-era version of him abandons the quest for the Infinity Stones in his native timeline and then gets dusted in the "central" one, removing himself as a threat in that alternate reality.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Thanos's plan is turned against him when Tony Stark uses the Infinity Stones to erase him and his army from existence.
  • Hope Bringer: Scott's arrival on the Avengers' offices is a turning point for Steve and Natasha, particularly since he had been believed to be among those snapped out of existence by the world at large, and, moreover, has come up with an idea to regain the Infinity Stones. Captain Marvel proves to be one as well once the Avengers learn that she was Fury's ace in the hole.
  • Hope Is Scary: The loss of Clint's family left him a bitter, broken man, who thought nothing of using his skills to kill hundreds of criminals over the years. When Natasha finally tracks him down and tells him that they may have a way to bring Laura and their children back, he's almost in tears, knowing that she wouldn't have told him that if she didn't think it could work. Unfortunately for Clint, he's right to worry, because he does have one more thing to lose: his best friend, Natasha.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Played with early on. The Avengers hatch a plan to find Thanos and use the stones to undo the snap. They quickly locate the Mad Titan, only to find that he has already destroyed the stones.
    • Scott remembers the X-Con van had a one-person Quantum Tunnel, and sure enough it managed to survive the compound collapsing. He and Hope even manage to get it working. If someone can get the Stones to it, they can be placed back to their original times and Thanos can't get them. Then the massive Avenger force can mop up his army without worry of him redoing the Snap. With the Gauntlet passed over to Carol, with the many female heroines backing her up she almost makes it to the tunnel before Thanos throws his sword and destroys it. If she had be a little faster, Tony might not have needed to use the Gauntlet a few minutes later.
    • Even after Thanos gets the gauntlet, Carol makes a valiant effort at preventing him from Snapping. She grabs his glove, easily no-sells his headbutt and it looks like she might just overpower him until he hits her with the Power Stone. With the strongest Avengers incapacitated or otherwise occupied, it falls to Tony to stop Thanos.
  • The Horde: Thanos's forces, which besides his Children and the Outriders from Infinity War, also includes Chitauris, Leviathans, Sakaarans, and what appear to be big space gorillas.
  • Hourglass Plot:
    • Infinity War ended with Peter Parker's death by the Badass Fingersnap by Thanos, with Tony unable to save him. Endgame ends with Tony's own Badass Fingersnap which kills Thanos and his army to prevent him from executing the Snap again, and he dies with Peter Parker in his presence.
    • Age of Ultron establishes the difference between the philosophies of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. Tony wants to end the fight so he can go home and start a family with Pepper Potts, which he manages to accomplish in the first half of Endgame. Steve believes that a normal life for him is impossible due to being displaced out of time and seeks to fight evil to the bitter end, even contemplating going out with a Heroic Sacrifice. By the end of Endgame, it's Tony Stark who gives up a chance for a normal life to save the universe through a sacrificial play, and it's Steve Rogers who goes home (in the past) to spend the rest of his life with Peggy Carter.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: After a five-year span sustained on nothing but alcohol, junk food, video games and depression, Thor has gone from one of Earth's mightiest warriors to an overweight slob.
  • Hulk Speak: Downplayed. In the present, the Hulk has now fully integrated with Bruce, so he speaks like Bruce. But 2012 Hulk still speaks in this way, especially when he’s forced to take the stairs.
  • Human Shield: At one point, Thor uses Stormbreaker like a bat to send Mjölnir at high speed at Thanos. Unfortunately, the Titan grabs Iron Man and shields himself with him. Tony takes the attack in full force and passes out momentarily.
  • Hurting Hero: Applies to most of the heroes for once, thanks to the Snap.
    • With Nebula's help, Tony makes it back to Earth, but he is suffering from adverse effects of limited food and water, nearly passing out as he spits venom in his friend's faces over how correct he was about preemptively protecting the Earth. Five years later, he is married to Pepper with a four-year old daughter. While he seems to be the most well-off among the Avengers (or what's left of them, anyway), he still has not entirely forgiven his friends and harbors immense guilt for Peter's fate.
    • Steve Rogers now works as a grief counselor for survivors of the Snapture.
    • Natasha is the only one who still lives at the Avengers Facility, burying her grief in work trying to help manage their official and unofficial members who are still in space. She nearly breaks down crying before she realizes that Steve was there watching.
    • Having lost the most to Thanos, as well as failing to stop Thanos when he was right in his face the moment he snapped his fingers, Thor has taken their failure the hardest. He had since spent the last five-years drowning his grief in junk-food, video-games and an ocean of alcohol. By the time Professor Hulk calls him in, he is an overweight slob with an unkempt beard, his stoic personality drowning in an inebriated state for the entire first act, who can't even stand hearing Thanos's name without nearly breaking down.
    • Having missed the last five-years of hopelessness, Scott Lang is the least affected, though he is clearly upset that he had just missed a hefty portion of his daughter's life.
    • Hawkeye has gone full vigilante as Ronin, going after active criminal syndicates just because they deserved to be dusted and weren't.
      Clint: You survived... half the planet didn't. They got Thanos. You get me...
  • Hyde Plays Jekyll: When travelling back to 2012 and witnessing the "normal" Hulk go to town, Present Day Steve chidingly suggests to Professor Hulk to go hulk out, let his aggression out. An unamused Banner half-heartedly smacks around some debris, while literally saying "roar" in the most uninterested manner possible.
  • Hypocrisy Nod:
    • Steve chairs support groups to help people move on in the post-Snap world, which he admits to Natasha is something he cannot do himself, nor can any of their group for that matter.
    • After mocking Scott for calling Steve Rogers "Cap" in Ant-Man and the Wasp, Hope addresses Rogers as "Cap", too. Scott grins at her, and she, aware of her hypocrisy, grins back.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Thanos declares the Avengers arrogant after his successful surprise attack, only to fall prey to that same arrogance after struggling with Tony for the stones.
      Nebula: They didn't see it coming.
      Thanos: The arrogant never do.
    • For that matter, it seems rather rich for Thanos to be criticizing Ronan over his obsession (with destroying Xandar) clouding his judgment.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Thor explains to the team that the Reality Stone isn't actually a stone and tells them to stop calling it that... then calls it a stone himself soon afterwards.

  • I Am X, Son of Y: When Clint And Natasha time-travel to Vormir to retrieve the Soul Stone before Thanos can get it, Red Skull refers to them as "Natasha, Daughter of Ivan" and "Clint, Son of Edith". Interestingly, he uses Clint's mother's name and Natasha's father's name, whereas in most Real Life instances of this trope males get referred to with their father and females their mother. What clues Natasha in that Red Skull is being serious about what gaining the Stone costs is that she never knew her father, hinting at a sort of limited omniscience on his part. (Incidently, this would make her proper name with patronymic Natasha Ivanovna Romanoff.)
  • I Choose to Stay:
    • After stopping Thanos and returning the Infinity Stones, Steve decides to travel back to the '40s so he can have that dance with Peggy, and ultimately ends up staying with her.
    • After Thanos, his entire army, and 2014 Nebula have been killed, 2014 Gamora decides to stay in 2023, although she does go off on her own and refuses to join her alternate sister or the Guardians of the Galaxy (the latter of which makes sense, since she doesn't know them).
  • Ignored Epiphany: Thanos's 2014 self finally comes to the realization that the universe will not be grateful for his culling. However, rather than abandon his quest, he decides that he should instead wipe out all of the universe and rebuild it so nobody knows what happened before.
  • I Got Bigger: Cassie Lang is a teenager following the Time Skip, leading Scott to acknowledge that she's "so big".
  • I Got You Covered: When Sanctuary II is blasting the battlefield into smithereens, every single one of its guns suddenly ceases and starts firing up. Sam and Tony wonder what they could possibly be shooting at... cue a fully-powered up Captain Marvel flying in to turn the battlecruiser into tiny pieces of shrapnel.
  • I Hate Past Me:
    • Present-Day redeemed Nebula dislikes her past-self who was still loyal to Thanos but doesn't "hate" her, because she knows why her past-self was dependent on that toxic love. Her expression mainly has pity when they talk, as she realizes how terrible a father Thanos was. It is downplayed somewhat in that she goes to painstaking lengths in trying to convince her past-self to realize that she doesn't need Thanos and is better off turning away from him, all the way up to giving her a Last-Second Chance, but she still ultimately shoots and kills her when she ends up nearly shooting Gamora.
    • Played for laughs when Bruce Banner, having fully managed to retain his intelligence after Hulking Out, gets to see firsthand what Hulk used to be like in The Avengers.
  • I Knew There Was Something About You: Thor has been theorizing since Age of Ultron that Steve is worthy of wielding Mjölnir. In contrast to his worry that he's not Mjölnir's only wielder in the earlier film, Thor is now ecstatic that he's right when Steve summons the hammer, saving Thor in the process.
  • I Warned You:
    • At the beginning of the movie, Tony returns to Earth and eventually lashes out at Steve, stating he warned the Avengers about a danger from outer space and the need for more protection. He then continues and calls out Steve for breaking his word about fighting together and breaking the Avengers because of his stubbornness.
    • Downplayed later when Banner "sends time through Lang". Tony tells him about the ramifications of time travel gone wrong.
      Tony: It's tricky, dangerous; someone could have cautioned you against it.
      Steve: You did.
      Tony: Oh did I? Well, thank God I'm here.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Thanos's ship the Sanctuary II opens fire point-blank with all its cannons on the Avengers base until it's nothing but a smoldering crater but it doesn't even manage to injure, never mind kill, any of the people inside. Later, during the battle the ship again fires wildly on the battlefield, but again, no major characters are shown to even be injured in the crossfire.
  • Implausible Deniability: Steve doesn't even bother to reason with his past self, who assumes he's a disguised Loki, not just because Loki is seen doing just that earlier, but Past Cap catches him holding Loki's scepter. And he did just steal it.
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: Inverted with the Pym Particles. It was discovered and created on Earth by a human named Dr. Hank Pym and it is the only known Time Travel method in the universe by 2023 (except for the Time Stone, which is unavailable to our heroes at the moment). But during the Time Heist, one Pym Particle vial ends up in the hands of Thanos from 2014 and he reverse-engineers this alien particle to transport his entire army into the future.
  • Impossible Mission: Once Scott returns from the Quantum Realm, he approaches the Avengers with the possibility of using Time Travel to recover the Infinity Stones from previous time periods and use their power to undo the Snap. This causes everyone to divide into six teams and three time periods they know where the stones are at. They are fully aware of the insanity of what they are trying to pull off, as well as the danger — both in the past and by trying to use a new gauntlet in the present.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Thanos has a double-bladed sword that not only is a match for Thor's weapons, can tear Cap's shield apart, but can also Spin to Deflect Stuff including lasers enhanced by magic lightning.
  • Indy Ploy:
    • Cap ends up fighting his past self. When that Steve has the upper hand, present Steve tells him that Bucky is still alive, causing the past him to hesitate enough to get knocked out cold.
    • In the final battle, Tony has an idea of taking the stones from Thanos and snapping his army away. Doctor Stange, having seen many possible outcomes, confirms to Tony that his idea will work.
  • Innocent Swearing: When Tony finds a way to time travel, he sits back and utters "Shit!" in disbelief. He then discovers his young daughter sitting on the steps behind him, and she cheerfully says "shit" back to him, to his dismay.
  • Innocently Insensitive: After Tony returns to Earth and is in the middle of recovering from malnutrition, Steve, apparently not realizing the depth of Tony's grief and pain mourning for Peter's death over the past three weeks, almost immediately asks the scientist about the possibility of Thanos's whereabouts. Tony with an angry rant about how everyone should have listened to him about the threat Thanos posed.
  • Instant Armor: The Quantum Realm suits that the Avengers don to travel in time are all made from nanotech, allowing them to appear and disappear in a moment.
  • Internal Homage:
    • The scene where Tony Stark returns to Earth after he's rescued by Captain Marvel is very similar to when he returns from Afghanistan in the first Iron Man movie. Both scenes involve Tony exiting a flying craft after being rescued from a faraway place and greeted by a worried Pepper Potts.
    • There is also a scene where Captain America is in a glass elevator on the outside of the building, full of HYDRA agents, echoing a shot from The Winter Soldier.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • When Iron Man and Nebula land back on Earth, they are updated on the state of the world. When they arrive, Rocket then learns that all the other Guardians are dead, seeing Nebula walk out without anyone else.
    • Steve, Natasha and other Avengers at the compound discover Scott Lang wasn't one of the victims of Thanos's snap when he shows up at their doorstep.
    • The Ancient One in 2012 learns from Banner that Doctor Strange willingly gave Thanos the Time Stone, which she was previously unaware of due to being unable to see anything after her own death.
  • In Their Own Image: Once Past Thanos realizes he was wrong to dust half of the beings in the universe, his new plan is to wipe out everything in the universe and recreate it, so no one will ever know of the atrocity he committed and will be grateful for what they have.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Tony tells Scott he's repeating himself, who replies by saying "No, you're repeating yourself" twice.
  • Ironic Echo: When Thor decapitates Thanos at the start of the movie, Rocket asks him what he did. Thor sadly tells him "I went for the head" to echo Thanos's taunt from the previous movie. It showed how Thor was still reeling from his previous mistake.
  • Is This Thing On?: Before recording his message to Pepper at the beginning of the movie, Tony taps against his helmet and asks "This thing on?"
  • It Has Been an Honor: When they realize that one of them has to sacrifice their life to get the Soul Stone, Nat and Clint hug each other, saying this. Then they get into a fistfight over who will sacrifice their life.
  • It Is Beyond Saving: Once Thanos learns that the Avengers have traveled to the past in order to retrieve the Stones and fix what he did, he "realizes" that people remembering and missing what was before the Snap will prevent them from being content and happy — and grateful to Thanos. So he decides the universe must be rebuilt from scratch.
  • It Only Works Once: Played with; the entire Time Heist is predicated on using the remaining stockpile of Pym particles, of which their creator alone knows how to use and he was dusted by Thanos. It means everyone only have enough to enter the Quantum Realm and return once. After botching their attempt to get the Tesseract, Tony and Steve use their return reserves to travel to a S.H.I.E.L.D. base in the 1970s to get the Tesseract and steal extra Pym particles from a young Hank Pym, which allows them to make the return trip.
  • It's All About Me: Thanos is very proud of what he's done when he wiped out half of all life in the universe, but when he sees that the Avengers refuse to allow that to be the end of it, and that no one in the universe wants to move on either, he gets offended that they have the gall to keep fighting and makes up his mind then and there to destroy the entire universe and rebuild it in his own image so that people can actually be "grateful" to him.
  • It's All My Fault: While all of the surviving heroes feel this way about failing to stop Thanos, Thor gets hit with this the hardest. He was the closest to actually killing Thanos before he could use the stones. When confronting a weakened Thanos, he kills him, stating "[He] went for the head." After the Time Skip, he is a drunk, obese shut-in who only leaves his house for more alcohol and gets very upset if he hears Thanos's name.
  • It's Personal:
    • Upon summoning his army on Earth, 2014 Thanos expresses very deep annoyance at the Avengers and Earth for trying to thwart his plans so stubbornly. While he eventually plans to eradicate the universe, Thanos declares that he will take pleasure in personally destroying Earth and its inhabitants.
      Thanos: In all my years of conquest, violence, slaughter, it was never personal. But I'll tell you now, what I'm about to do to your stubborn, annoying little planet... I'm gonna enjoy it. Very, very much.
    • A returned Wanda confronts Thanos and says angrily that he took everything from her. Cue a very brutal battle showing that an unleashed Scarlet Witch is more than a match for Thanos, and she almost kills him.
      Thanos: I don't even know who you are.
      Wanda: You will.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: After flinging Tony away, Thanos finally has all the Infinity Stones again, and he snaps his fingers to destroy all life in the universe... which does nothing. He looks at the gauntlet, emptied of all the Stones. Turns out Tony had swiped them just earlier.

  • Jump Scare:
    • Frigga does this to future Thor when he's sneaking around the palace. She appears behind him and asks what he's doing. Thor screams from the startle.
    • Played for Laughs as Rocket does it to Tony and Bruce after the three of them finish assembling their Infinity Gauntlet. All the stones are in place, everything looks stable... then "BOOM!"
  • Jurisdiction Friction: The argument that Thor and Tony (both of the 2012 timeline) have with S.H.I.E.L.D. about where Loki should be tried for his crimes (Earth or Asgard) is shown here, and it's derailed from the original timeline when 2023 Tony and Scott come in and steal the Tesseract.
  • Just as Planned: Doctor Strange pulls off the biggest one in the history of film. He manages to make this the one future out of 14 million where they win the day.

  • Karmic Death:
    • At the end of Infinity War, Thanos, armed with the Infinity Stones, fingersnaps half of all sentient life in the universe to dust. This time he and his army are fingersnapped to death by Tony, one of the survivors of his purge, using the same Stones.
    • As Ebony Maw fades away, he can be seen desperately stumbling with outstretched arms toward Thanos, much as Peter did with his father figure in the previous film.
    • As Thanos surveys his disintegrating army, Proxima Midnight can be seen some distance away cradling the body of her husband Corvus as she too is dusted, exactly mirroring how Wanda and Vision met their end.
    • Corvus Glaive, whose favorite weapon is a spear that can cut even through Vision's vibranium body (and was a major contributing factor in the Earth heroes losing the first time around because of this), he just keeps dying by someone running him through with a lance.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Clint Barton as Ronin is shown dispatching a group of Japanese criminals with a katana and then duels their leader, who's also wielding a katana.
  • Keep Away: During the final battle, the Avengers need to send the gauntlet through the Quantum Tunnel, but the problem is that it's in the van in the middle of Thanos's army. Ensues a montage of the superheroes passing each other the Gauntlet as they get overwhelmed and close on the Quantum Tunnel, trying to make a way through the Outriders. For symbolism value, the gauntlet is soon thrown into the hands of the new guard of superheroes, from Black Panther to Spider-Man, and then to Captain Marvel, yet still supported by the heroes of the first wave.
  • Kid from the Future: Tony becomes this in the 1970, having a chat with his father while his mother is still in the last stages of pregnancy.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Thanos is beheaded by Thor while complimenting Nebula and saying he may have mistreated her too much.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Black Widow and Iron Man both make Heroic Sacrifices, the former to get the Soul Stone and the latter to kill Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet. Robert Downey Jr. has also stated he's done with the Iron Man role. Given, however, that the movie introduces Quantum Time Travel, it's possible that alternate versions of these characters from past realities can be retrieved if ever needed, which could also be implemented to pull Steve out of his retirement should the actors decide they want to go another round in their roles.
    • Heimdall, Loki, Gamora and Vision died in Infinity War and they didn't get to come back here, because their deaths were unrelated to the Snap. While a version of Gamora comes back, she's from a different timeline altogether. Loki of the 2012 timeline does manage to escape with the Tesseract, but Loki of the main timeline remains and is definitely dead. It's also possible that the remaining Avengers may be able to rebuild Vision with Shuri's help, which has happened in the comics, but it's not clear how much of his personality was defined by the Mind Stone nor how extensively his brain was damaged when the Stone was ripped out of his head.
    • Not to forget Thanos, both the main timeline version who's is decapitated by Thor and the alternate 2014 timeline version who gets disintegrated by Iron Man with the Infinity Gauntlet, subsequently the Infinity Stones are disassembled and returned to their original timelines.
  • Killed Offscreen: The vast majority of secondary characters in the MCU were not confirmed in the movie one way or the other if they were dusted, which may set up confusion given the five-year Time Skip. Ned Leeds appears at the end and greets Peter at their school, and likewise the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home subsequently the rest of his supporting cast look the same age and are still his classmates, implying that Michelle Jones, Eugene "Flash" Thompson, and Betty Brant were also dusted and now revived.
  • Killer Gorilla: Chitauri Gorillas are large-sized, vicious primate-like beasts which are part of Thanos's army during the climatic battle.
  • Killing Your Alternate Self: Nebula is ultimately forced to kill her 2014 self for the latter's Undying Loyalty to Thanos. She's lucky that with the time-travel rules in this setting, this doesn't result in her being Ret-Gone'd.

  • Lampshade Hanging:
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the previous movie, Thanos did his finger snap with the fully-equipped Infinity Gauntlet, instantly disintegrating half of life in the universe. Everyone watched in horror as most of their friends just crumbled to dust in the winds. Here, Iron Man does his own finger snap with his version of the Infinity Gauntlet, which caused Thanos and all of his armies to disintegrate into dust. As a final kicker, Thanos is the last to disappear, and lasts just long enough to see all he's done turn to dust and Face Death with Dignity.
  • Lazy Alias:
    • Upon running into his father while trying to get the Space Stone, Tony comes up with the alias of "Howard Potts". His father accepts the name simply for being easy to remember.
    • Likewise, when Steve needs to get Hank Pym out of his office so he can collect extra Pym Particles, he poses as "Captain Stevens" from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s delivery unit.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The breakdown of the Infinity Stones' locations during the Time Heist briefing boils down to the Avengers telling the history of the MCU to members not in the know (like Scott, acting as Audience Surrogate), or maybe even to an invisible audience.
  • Left the Background Music On: We see the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy again as "Come and Get Your Love" plays over the scene, while Quill sings and dances. After a few moments of this, the film cuts to Nebula and Rhodey watching him — the music is actually just on Quill's Walkman and the scene was from his point of view, but all Nebula and Rhodey see is Quill dancing and singing off-key to a song they can't hear.
  • Leitmotif:
    • The first 40 seconds of Endgame's first track, "Totally Fine", reprise Avengers: Infinity War's final track, "Porch", the theme that plays as Thanos contemplates his victory. In this film, the motif plays as the surviving Avengers realize that they are too late, he has already destroyed the Stones, and they have no way to fix anything anymore. Thus, while the original winds down into a sorrowful dirge, the version from this film builds the same notes into a crescendo to emphasize the finality of the situation.
    • IW's theme of the Soul Stone, "Even For You", plays note for note in Endgame's "Not Good" as Natasha trades her life for the Infinity Stone.
    • The Ancient One gets a few bars of Doctor Strange's theme as she fights Chitauri in 2012 New York.
    • All new allies, like Ant-Man and Captain Marvel, as well as the resurrected characters in the finale, get a few bars of their individual character themes during their moments to shine.
    • Listen very carefully to "The Real Hero", the heartwarming and hopeful theme played during Stark's Funeral; it is "Porch", the grim downbeat theme played after Thanos's triumph in Infinity War, but with the Minor-Keys re-played in a Major-Key. A subtle musical device to indicate that both great men are two sides of the same coin.
  • Lethal Chef: Steve Rogers says that he is this, when he tries to comfort Natasha.
    Steve: I'd offer to cook you dinner, but you look pretty miserable already.
  • Let's You and Him Fight:
    • A tragic example. After time-traveling to past Vormir, Clint and Natasha fight one another, each attempting to be the sacrifice for the Soul Stone so the other can live. Natasha "wins" and plummets off the cliff to her doom.
    • A more traditional "Marvel Misunderstanding" fight ensues when Captain America from the past fights his future self, thinking he's Loki in disguise.
    • The Guardians of the Galaxy gleefully try to invoke this between Quill and Thor, who are already not-so-subtly trying to one-up each other, when the question of team leadership arises.
      Mantis: Oh yes, please, use knives.
  • Life's Work Ruined: A past version of Thanos learns that he will be successful in getting all the Infinity Stones and achieving his life's goal of killing half the universe, but also that the Avengers are in the process of undoing that. He decides to leave his timeline and go to 2023 to retrieve all the Stones at once and destroy then rebuild the entire universe instead. And then he has to sit and watch it all go up in dust, having utterly failed.
  • Lighter and Softer: This film is relatively lighter than its predecessor, Avengers: Infinity War, although this is to be expected given that Infinity War is the darkest MCU movie and that Endgame is based around undoing Infinity War's infamous finale. Thanos is killed off very early on in the movie, thus keeping him and his devastating powers out of most of the film until Nebula encounters a past version of him and he uses her technology to bring him and his army back for the climax. While various plot threads of Infinity War were all focused around trying to stop Thanos and his forces and had a general feeling of impending doom, Endgame's plot threads are simply based on stealing the Infinity Stones from the past, and most (barring Nebula's and Natasha's / Clint's) have a generally light-hearted feeling with plenty of references to previous films in the series. Unlike Infinity War, which had 4 major characters die as casualties of Thanos's crusade, Endgame has only two major character deaths (although both are more important than the characters who died in Infinity War), both of whom successfully sacrifice themselves to save the universe. And while Infinity War's finale is comprised of several losing battles that culminate in Thanos successfully wiping out half the life in the universe, Endgame's finale has the heroes who fell in Infinity War being revived and joining the survivors in a grand, triumphant battle against Thanos's forces.
  • Light Is Good: Most of the surviving Avengers wear matching white sets of armor, so they can safely traverse the Quantum Realm.
  • Line-of-Sight Alias: When stealing the Tesseract in the 1970s S.H.I.E.L.D. facility of an alternate timeline, Tony bumps into this timeline's version of his father. When introducing himself, he comes up with "Howard Potts", using his father's given name immediately then pausing a bit only to end up using the family name of the woman he loves.
  • Literal Disarming: When the remaining Avengers corner and restrain Thanos in his retirement garden a couple of weeks after the finger snap, Thor cuts his Infinity Gauntlet-wearing arm off for good measure so he won't be able to use it. Turns out Thanos destroyed the stone, meaning the Gauntlet is now useless.
  • Literal Metaphor: After visiting Tony to ask about time travel, Steve says they need "a really big brain." So they go visit the Hulk...
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: As with Infinity War, the cast has many named characters. The big "40 characters in an action scene" sequence takes place in this film, after the directors hyped it up during the press cycle for Infinity War (since both it and Endgame were being developed at the same time). The effect is lessened at first, at least by MCU standards. Because most of the cast are dead, that leaves us with our surviving heroes (the founding Avengers + War Machine, Rocket, Nebula, Ant-Man, and Captain Marvel) facing off against Thanos. Granted, an 11 member team is still a lot, but considerably less compared to the overall cast. On top of this, at least a dozen minor or side characters either reappear in the time skip, or in the Avengers' scenes from the past.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: No one on Earth knows about the events that transpired on Titan in the last film. As such, everyone who fought there besides Thanos is assumed missing (Peter being listed as MIA as the Avengers have no way of knowing he died.)
  • Logo Joke:
    • The Marvel Studios logo is a victim of the snap in the trailer. It also has the 10 overlay for the tenth anniversary of the MCU.
    • Within the film itself, the Marvel Studios logo doesn't play the usual jingle; instead, it's replaced with "Dear Mr. Fantasy", the song that plays throughout the second scene in the film. More importantly, the logo usually shows off the MCU characters throughout the sequence, but in the case of the characters who were killed off by Thanos's snap, those characters do not appear in the logo sequence for this film.
    • When the Marvel Studios logo appears after the credits, you can hear metal clanging sounds. This is a call back to Tony hammering his Mark 1 suit together in the cave all the way back in Iron Man.
  • LOL, 69: Thor threatens a Fortnite player called NoobMaster69.

  • MacGuffin: The Infinity Gauntlet, whose recreation forms the bulk of the film's initial plot. Much of the final battle revolves around a deadly serious game of keep-away with the heroes desperately keeping the new Infinity Gauntlet out of Thanos's hands.
  • MacGuffin Delivery Service: Once Thanos learns the Avengers went back in time to gather the stones themselves, he lets them do just that, so he can attack them afterwards and take the stones from them without having to gather each one separately this time around.
  • MacGuffin Melee: There's one in the climax involving Tony's full Infinity Gauntlet. It trades sides several times until Tony manages to secretly remove the Stones with his nano tech.
  • Magical Defibrillator: As 2012 Tony is struggling on the floor from an Ant-Man-induced heart attack, 2012 Thor decides to try and use Mjölnir as a literal magical defibrillator and gives Tony a little jolt. And then cheerfully confesses that he had no idea if it would work (it does).
  • Malicious Misnaming: After Thor declares the Guardians of the Galaxy "Asgardians of the Galaxy" and pages through the map while Quill was using it, Quill asserts that he's the team's leader, and Thor sarcastically agrees. During the ensuing argument, Thor calls Quill "Quail", then denies doing so as Quill takes offense.
  • Man Hug: In two very heartwarming moments, Tony willingly hugs his father Howard after a discussion about fatherhood and getting to see him in a more human light. Later, Tony hugs Peter when he sees him back from the dead, which Peter notes feels nice.
  • Manly Tears: Steve Rogers is shown sitting on the steps of the Avengers base with a Single Tear going down his face.
  • Marquee Alter Ego:
    • The cast poster shows Steve, Tony, Rhodey, Hawkeye, and Scott without their masks / helmets. Even Bruce appears as himself for once, rather than as the Hulk.
    • During the final battle, most characters with Collapsible Helmets use them when they get a close-up.
  • Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves: The Rescue armor that Pepper wears in the final battle has visibly softer lines, flowing curves, and more shaped edges in contrast to Tony's armor, which is all hard edges, straight lines and sharp angles. Whereas Tony's helmet has rectangular eyes and a hard metallic frown, Pepper's has round eyes and more humanlike "lips", and is also more form-fitting around her hips and waist than Tony's.
  • Mass Resurrection: Thanks to his Hulk constitution, Banner gets to perform the fingersnap that brings back everyone that Thanos has killed. However, the resurrections occur off-screen as the plot then quickly switches to Thanos bombarding the headquarters.
  • Mass Teleportation: As it seems Captain America is ready to face Thanos and his whole army alone, multiple ring portals appear behind him. The sorcerers of Kamar-Taj, led by Doctor Strange and Wong, have opened them between several spots on Earth and elsewhere, allowing many superheroes as well as the Ravagers, Asgardians, and the Wakandan army (along with air support) to go through and confront Thanos's troops in the biggest battle of the MCU to date.
  • Meaningful Funeral: The funeral of Tony Stark is interspersed with shots of the world recovering and pans over an enormous crowd of friends, family and comrades showing just how many people Tony saved and how much he gained since the cave in Afghanistan
  • Meet Your Early Installment Weirdness: The time travel plot in the second act leads to multiple instances of this. Steve cringes at the sight of his old costume, Thor wistfully remembers when he was a carefree brawler with long hair, Tony remembers when he was still a wise-cracking playboy with an Arc Reactor in his chest, and Bruce awkwardly remembers a time before he learned to coexist with the Hulk.
  • Mess of Woe: Thor's house in New Asgard is a mess, with empty beer bottles and pizza cartons lying around.
    Rocket: Whew, something died in here.
  • Meta Twist: After The Stingers used to tease future movies had become a trademark of the franchise up till this point, the film throws a curveball by... not having one at all. What, did you expect a Grand Finale to end with a To Be Continued?
  • Mexican Standoff: The scene where the main three Avengers approach Thanos, who then does a Hannibal Lecture and picks up his weapon, and ultimately all four readying to attack, was meant to invoke this (specifically the ones from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West).
  • Midfight Weapon Exchange: Played for Laughs in a scene where Steve ends up holding Stormbreaker and Thor ends up holding Mjölnir. Before Steve can rejoin the fight, Thor demands they trade back.
  • Million Mook March: Thanos beginning his invasion of Earth in order to get revenge on the Avengers for constantly being a thorn in his side shows this, as thousands and thousands of Chitauri, Outriders, and Sakaarans, alongside tanks, Necrocraft, and giant monsters march out of the Sanctuary II. The Avengers then get one of their own when Doctor Strange uses the Sling Ring to bring the Wakandans, Asgardians, Kamar-Taj, Ravagers, and pretty much any force allied to the Avengers to counter them.
  • Million-to-One Chance:
    • Tony calls what happened to Scott — coming back alive from the Quantum Realm only five years after the Snap — a one-in-a-billion chance. Considering it took a rat scrambling over a control panel and coincidentally pushing the right button, he has a very strong point.
    • Tony also initially dismisses the effort to use time travel and the Quantum Realm to fix the Snap for that reason, but decides to give the idea one go around to see if he can figure out the math. To his utter shock, he has a confirmed working model on his very first try and he collapses into his chair.
    • In Infinity War, Doctor Strange used the power of the Time Stone to see over 14 million different possible outcomes of Thanos's quest to get the Infinity Stones, and saw only one outcome that worked in their favor. To even have a shot, he needed to trade the Time Stone for Tony's life even as he is eventually dusted.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: The Infinity Stones, as ever. Although they have been destroyed in the present, the Avengers eventually formulate a plan to pick up all the Infinity Stones from the past thanks to a time machine and their knowledge of what has happened. They then become the center of a struggle between the Avengers and Thanos's forces to keep or get them.
  • Mirrored Confrontation Shot: When all the assembled Avengers, their allies, their allies' allies, and anyone who has ever had a bone to pick with Thanos stand united against the Mad Titan and his army, the two factions face each other across the battlefield before pouring in in a symmetrical charge against each other.
  • Mirror Match: Two of them happen thanks to all the time travel.
    • First in 2012: the time-displaced Steve is stopped by the present Captain America, who believes he's Loki in disguise. Steve is not happy about fighting himself, but has little choice about it. This reluctance almost costs him the fight, in fact, until he distracts the younger Cap by telling him "Bucky is alive!"
    • Then, Nebula is confronted by her much more ruthless past self. At first, the time-traveling one gets brutally beaten up, but at the end she gets the chance to shoot first.
  • Mission Control: Natasha acts as the coordinator for the Avengers, receiving holo-calls from allies across the world and beyond as they respond to various emergencies.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: In 2012, Captain America mistakes a time-traveling Steve as a shapeshifted Loki masquerading as himself.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • The mission to take all the Infinity Stones from earlier points in time starts out with Steve giving a Rousing Speech to the Avengers, but once it's over...
      Rocket: He's pretty good at that.
      Scott: Right?!
    • Finally the process of putting all the Infinity Stones in a Stark-tech "Infinity Gauntlet" gets underway, and is finally complete... and then Rocket jump scares everyone with a "BOOM!"
    • After Banner's snap, a brief moment of happiness occurs as Clint's phone shows that his wife is calling him, and the Avengers realize everyone must have been brought back. Then Banner looks at the sky and sees the Sanctuary II beginning its bombardment on the Avengers' headquarters. An extremely disturbing shot even shows a happy Scott being suddenly engulfed in flames, but he thankfully shrinks and survives the blast.
    • During the climax, our heroes realize that the Infinity Stones have to be sent back where they came from as per their rules of time travel, but the original quantum machine is now a smoking stain in the middle of the crater that used to be Avengers compound... until Scott reminds everyone that they have another one. It's inside the "disgusting van". Cue the La Cucaracha horn.
  • Mook Horror Show: After his entire family vanishes due to the snap, Clint Barton has a violent fall from grace: he abandones his Hawkeye identity to become the vigilante Ronin, Walking the Earth to tear apart the surviving criminal population. In Japan, he kills several Yakuza members before going after their leader, while they react with fear at his presence.
  • More Expendable Than You: Clint and Natasha are on Vormir to retrieve the Soul Stone, which requires its would-be wielder to sacrifice someone they love. Both heroes insist on making the sacrifice themselves — Clint because he's seeking to atone for his violent fall from grace as Ronin, and Natasha because Clint has a family and she doesn't. They come to blows over it trying to prevent the other from going to their deaths, but ultimately it's Natasha who takes the fall.
  • More Hero Than Thou: A lengthy debate (and fight) between Hawkeye and Natasha over the sacrifice for the Soul Stone.
  • Mugged for Disguise: After Nebula is captured by Thanos, her 2014 counterpart steals her outfit and golden faceplate in order to infiltrate the Avengers.
  • Mundane Utility: After the 5-year-Time Skip, Stormbreaker, the Divine Weapon that once slew an entire army of alien invaders and Thanos himself, serves as a glorified bottle opener for the gallons of beer that Thor drinks in place of water.
  • Musical Nod:
    • A musical cue from Ant-Man is played after Scott Lang is freed from the Quantum Realm, and when Hank Pym is introduced in 1970.
    • A part of "The Measure of a Hero", which is played while Thor talks with his mother, is reminiscent of the beginning of "Twilight of the Gods" from Thor: Ragnarok, with a nyckelharpa playing a similar melody while quiet violins are heard in the background.
    • The distinctive drum rattle that kicks off Luis' rambling stories can be heard during pivotal moments of the Time Heist.
    • When Steve Rogers hides in an office in 1970 and sees a picture of himself pre-serum, the music from the scene in Captain America: The First Avenger where he is in radio contact with Peggy and decides to crash the plane to save New York appears.
    • Captain Marvel's theme is played when she destroys Thanos's Sanctuary II.
    • When Steve Rogers gives the shield to Sam Wilson, Steve's theme from Captain America: The First Avenger appears.
    • Once Thanos gets his hands on the Infinity Gauntlet during the climax, a snippet of "One Way Trip" from the first Avengers film plays. Both of these themes play as Tony sacrifices himself to stop Thanos's invading forces, the only difference being that Tony doesn't get to walk away this time.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Poor Mantis gets this treatment when Rocket is listing off the people he lost: "Groot, Quill, Drax, and the chick with the antennae."
  • My Greatest Failure:
    • Peter Parker's death from the snap has a huge impact on Tony. Looking at a photo of himself with Peter gives him the motivation to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
    • Thor considers himself a failure for not killing Thanos when he had the chance to do so.
  • Mythology Gag: See here.

  • Near-Villain Victory: Thanos comes dangerously close to acquiring the Infinity Stones, stealing the gauntlet and managing to perform another snap, despite the heroes' best efforts. It takes one last guile moment on Tony's part to remove the Infinity Stones from the gauntlet.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: The concept is discussed and debunked by the brains of the Avengers, who explain that time paradoxes and other shenanigans won't occur, simply because quantum time travel sends you to more of an Alternate Universe with no causal relation to your version of the past, rather than into your own timeline. The negative effects of time-travelers meeting themselves are (relatively) more mundane; Steve is mistaken for a disguised Loki by his past self and ends up in a Mirror Match, while Nebula indirectly gives her past self a Heel–Face Door-Slam and ends up killing her.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • The first trailer inserts Tony's "Part of the journey is the end" line into the message he records for Pepper on the Benatar. In the actual film, it's said in the BARF recording played at his funeral.
    • The "Big Game" TV spot features a shot where Pepper Potts was edited out of the footage.
    • In a trailer, Cap is seen half-lying on the ground holding his shield. In the actual movie, his shield is already broken at this point.
    • One of the TV spots shows the Avengers heading into space, before cutting to a menacing shot of Thanos's flagship. The juxtaposition, plus the insert shot of a worried looking Rhodey and Nebula aboard the Benatar, is clearly meant to imply the Avengers encountering Thanos in space, when, in reality, they're from two completely different scenes at two completely different points in the movie.
    • In the actual movie, you can see Giant-Man behind Rocket when he cocks his gun while standing on Rhodey's shoulder. Giant-Man was edited out in a trailer.
    • A shot of Nebula yelling while running does appear in the film, but its context changes from taking place during the finale to a fight scene shortly before the events of Guardians of the Galaxy.
    • In several of the TV spots, Thor is shown to look as he does in his prime during Infinity War, most notably in the Big Game TV spot where he's shown walking behind Steve, and in the scene where he, Iron Man, and Cap are walking towards Thanos. The latter scene also has Thanos edited out of the shot, making it seem that the three are just walking towards Thanos's sword.
    • During the scene where Steve and Natasha are discovering Scott at the front of Avengers HQ, Natasha's hair is as it looked in Infinity War, whereas it's grown out and changing back to red in the movie proper.
    • Bruce is edited out of some shots that appear in the movie post time-skip: Rocket pushing a door open into Thor's residence (Hulk is behind him); the wide shot of all of the surviving Avengers looking at the Time Heist plans (he's standing next to Hawkeye). Justified as he's a Walking Spoiler at this point being Professor Hulk.
  • New Neo City: The Asgardians have their own town in Tønsberg, Norway called New Asgard.
  • Next Sunday A.D.: Almost the entire movie, outside the time travel segments, take place in 2023. This is also the starting point for future MCU films. Justified because society has basically ground to a halt in the aftermath of Infinity War, so it only functions at the bare minimum level that it was operating at during the events prior to IW, not allowing for the usual progress of society that would have occurred otherwise.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: Five years after the snap, the Avengers are the closest thing we see to a government at all. Natasha, acting as Mission Control, coordinates the Avengers and various allies to react to emergencies both on- and off-world, and no mention is made of any legal issues such as with the Accords.
  • The Nicknamer: Several character gets into this.
    • Tony is up to his usual antics, adding "Blue Meanie", "Ratchet", and "Pissant" to his list of names.
    • Bruce also get a shot at Ant-Man during the time-machine test.
      Banner: Good, [intentionally slurring his speech] because I don't want to lose... uh... Tiny here in the 1950s.
    • Cap gets one in by calling Spider-Man "Queens" in reference to the latter's residence.
    • Rocket throws a few out there including "little puppy" as part of an insult toward Ant-Man.
    • Even Rhodey gets a few shots in as well with "Regular-sized man" for Scott in reference to the latter's antics in Captain America: Civil War. This is after Nebula tells him that there is an "idiot in the landing zone".
    • During the climax, Hope van Dyne calls Steve "Cap" just like Scott did in Ant-Man and the Wasp. She's also aware of the hypocrisy of her admonishing Scott in that film, and sheepishly grins.
  • No Biochemical Barriers: In spite of not possessing a mammalian metabolism like Thor does, both Miek and Korg (insect and sentient rock/stone respectively) are able to get intoxicated by and therefore enjoy alcohol, allowing them to keep Thor company in his five-year drinking and video game binge of grief. Notably, Alcohol is lethal to insects, making Miek's enjoyment of it all the more shocking and hilarious.
  • No Endor Holocaust: Kevin Feige confirmed that when Hulk un-snapped everyone, the resurrected were restored to safe places in the process. This came after fans had concerns that characters who were snapped on airplanes would fall to their doom, among other scenarios.
  • No Equal-Opportunity Time Travel: Tony travels a bit to the '70s, where his goatee earns him a few weird looks and remarks, not least from Howard Stark himself who asks "Howard Potts" if he is a beatnik.
  • No Man Should Have This Power: When the heroes catch up with Thanos at the beginning of the movie, it turns out nothing can be done to undo the damage he caused — he had destroyed the Infinity Stones in order to prevent himself from using them again, or the heroes from taking them.
  • Non-Fatal Explosions: All the Avengers survive the complete destruction of their Home Base by the Sanctuary II, despite being inside when it was attacked. The Sanctuary II's bombardment was so severe that it left a crater in the earth, yet none of the Avengers are significantly hurt in any way. Justified for Hulk, Thor, and (maybe) Captain America, Iron Man and War Machine, but Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and Rocket definitely should have been killed or at least severely injured by either the blast, the extreme heat, or the shrapnel.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: The only way to Time Travel is to subatomic shrink into the Quantum Realm using Pym Particles. Unfortunately, the Avengers only have a limited supply of Pym Particles because Hank Pym got snapped out of existence and he didn't leave instructions on how to make more. Luckily, Tony Stark is able to crack the code of safely traveling through time before all the Pym Particles are used up for trial and error. And a limited supply of Pym Particles is not much of a problem if you know when and where Hank Pym would be, or if you have access to advanced alien technology to reverse-engineer it like Thanos.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Tony tries one of his usual quips on Rocket, who tells him off by stating that Stark is only a genius by his planet's standards. Seeing how Tony literally invented time-travel after dishes, he doesn't let it get to him.
  • No-Sell:
    • Charged with getting the Time Stone, Professor Hulk decides that he doesn't have time to converse with the Ancient One to get it, so he decides to use Hulk's strength to take it by force — which is not exactly smart when you're dealing with someone who can cause your consciousness to leave your body with a specially aimed hit.
    • When Captain Marvel immobilizes Thanos's Gauntlet hand, he tries several attacks against her, but they have zero impact. It's the only fight we've seen him in that actually seems to rattle him. Then he grabs the Power Stone with his free hand and hits her with that. That is successfully "sold".
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore:
    • The fallout of the post-snap universe in Infinity War is that everything is fundamentally different — half of all life in the Universe is gone, surviving teams and their respective civilizations are faced with significant upheaval, and things have generally gone From Bad to Worse all around. The kicker is that it's been that way for five years and the surviving half of the universe have undergone significant changes in the interim.
    • The Avengers deliberately make a decision to avoid undoing the Decimation itself owing to the fact that it would come at the price of children born since then (represented by Tony's daughter Morgan) and that it could create unintended consequences that potentially make things worse than they already are. In other words, the collateral damage caused by Thanos's snap; the social, political, and personal fallout caused by five years without half of humanity; and other consequences (such as Cassie Lang growing from pre-teen to teenager) will all stick in the overall franchise-wide status quo going forward, in a manner quite different from how event storylines like this usually play out in the 616 comics.
      Kevin Feige: There will be two distinct periods: everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting.
  • No Time to Explain: When Professor Hulk shows up at 177A Bleecker St. during the Battle of New York, he just strides up to the Ancient One in all his greenness and demands the Time Stone, arguing that he doesn't have time to explain — even though that's the one Stone that would literally give him all the time in the universe to explain. Naturally, she chides him and knocks the Banner right out of him with her astral strike.
  • Not Quite Dead: It is established that everyone who got snapped out of existence is not truly gone, just mostly gone. The heroes know that they can be brought back.
  • Not So Different: While on Morag, after retrieving the Power Stone by plunging her cybernetic hand into the field containing the Orb and doing some superficial damage to it, Rhodey and Nebula share a quiet moment of introspection over their shared Handicapped Badass status.
    Nebula: I wasn't always like this.
    Rhodey: Me either. But we work with what we got, right?
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: After learning that he succeeds in killing half the universe, but the survivors are not grateful for it and the Avengers are attempting to undo his work, Thanos discards all pretensions of being well-intentioned and instead decides to destroy the entire universe and rebuild a new one, one where no-one will remember what came beforehand.
  • Now, Let Me Carry You: After Captain America finds himself standing alone against Thanos's entire army, he hears the voice of Sam Wilson/The Falcon, who was one of the heroes killed in Infinity War, leading those same resurrected heroes into battle to Cap's aid. The nature of the trope is emphasized by the same Running Gag from The Winter Soldier to signify how The Falcon is no longer Cap's inferior but his equal: "Cap, it's Sam. On your left."
  • Numbered Homeworld: Thanos's new planet, "The Garden", is labeled Planet 0269-S on a star chart and Joe Russo calls it "Titan II" in interviews.

  • Obviously Evil: Scott points out to Tony that the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who, unbeknownst to the Avengers' 2012 selves, turned out to be HYDRA two years later, obviously look, move, and act like bad guys and that the Avengers should have seen it coming.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • Captain America's mission to return the Infinity Stones and Mjölnir to their original places before their disappearances are noticed happens entirely offscreen. It would require him to face his old nemesis Red Skull, travel to alien planets, infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. to return the Tesseract and Loki's scepter, sneak into Asgard, and other rather exciting things.
    • The Ancient One reveals that during the Battle of New York, when aliens and superheroes were busy smashing each other into skyscrapers, Stephen Strange was operating on a patient somewhere in the city. Keep in mind that the Battle of New York was the first ever instance of superpowered individuals and aliens being exposed to the wider public, so even though Strange had no idea what was happening outside his hospital and had every reason to panic... he was still performing surgery.
  • Off with His Head!:
    • Thor decapitates Thanos in the beginning of the movie. "Go for the head" indeed. It comes clean off.
    • Clint decapitates a few Outriders while trying to evade them through the bombed out compound.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Ebony Maw when he informs Thanos the events Nebula's memory banks just showed them are from nine years in the future.
    • Nebula upon learning that Past Thanos discovered the events of the future.
    • There's more than a hint of fearful realization in Clint's tone of voice when he realizes that Nat also intends to sacrifice herself for the Soul Stone.
    • Bruce's expression when he looks up and sees the Sanctuary II looming over the Avengers' Compound and then the warship opens fire...
    • Thanos when Scarlet Witch gets ahold of him and starts crushing him in his armor.
    • The Sanctuary II gets an unspoken, visual one. Shortly after Thanos orders an aerial strike, the bombardment suddenly stops... and every single gun frantically re-aims towards something off in the distance... namely, the arriving Captain Marvel, who then proceeded to plow right through it like tissue paper.
    • The look on Thanos's face when he headbutts Captain Marvel and she doesn't even react.
    • Then reversed when Thanos circumvents Captain Marvel restraining his Gauntlet hand by removing the Power Stone with his other; cut to Carol's expression of extreme alarm an instant before an empowered punch sends her rocketing off the battlefield.
    • The look on Thanos's face once he realizes that Tony Stark has all six Infinity Stones and is about to snap his fingers.
  • Ominous Message from the Future: Thanos gets one when Nebula goes to the past and her memory databases synch with that of past Nebula, who is still loyal to Thanos. Searching Nebula's memory banks, he discovers how he gathered the Infinity Stones, fulfilled his plan, got killed by the Avengers and how the Avengers want to cancel his achievements. As a result, he's able to intercept Nebula from the present and travel to the present.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Past-Thanos realizes that wiping out half of all life in the universe only leaves the other half unable to move on, so he decides he will just erase all of existence and start over with life that will be unable to dwell on the past.
    Thanos: I thought by eliminating half of life, the other half would thrive. But you've shown me that's impossible. And as long as there are those that remember what was, there will always be those that are unable to accept what can be. They will resist... now, I know what I must do. I will shred this universe down to its last atom, and then, with the Stones you've collected for me, create a new one, teeming with life that knows not what it has lost, but only what it has been given. A grateful universe.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Discussed and mocked by Bruce Banner when Steve, Scott and Natasha go to him after Tony initially tells them that he can't help them with their "time travel" idea. Bruce points out that quantum physics is specifically out of his field as a scientist (mainly gamma radiation and biophysics as Tony stated in Age of Ultron when he asked Bruce to help him build Ultron and Vision). Fittingly enough, when Bruce decides to give time travel the college try, all he manages to do is biologically age Scott back and forward, showing him hampered by his biophysicist approach and the fact that his engineering is nowhere near Tony Stark's level. However, he does have a point that even this is a successful proof-of-concept test that shows time travel is possible.
  • Once per Episode:
  • One-Man Army: Deconstructed and Reconstructed at the climax where the heroes have an army of One-Man Armies against a force consisting of Elite Mooks, Zerg Rush, Villainous One-Man Armies, a massive spaceship, and Thanos.
  • The Oner:
    • Ronin's assault on the Tokyo criminals is shot in a single long take.
    • Tony's funeral, starting at the floating wreath and and ending at the front door with Fury, passing by every hero in attendance.
  • One Steve Limit: Clint isn't called Ronin, probably to avoid confusion with Ronan, the villain from the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, since their names are pronounced with only slight differences ("Roh-nin" vs "Rohn-un").
  • Only Mostly Dead: Discussed. Rocket talks about how the Guardians and the other victims of the Snap are "only kinda dead" and not "dead-dead". It's an odd take on the trope since the people killed in the Snap are dead but there's a chance to bring them (and only them) back.
  • Only One Me Allowed Right Now: Nebula's memories are stored on a unique network of sorts, which can only be accessed by her and Thanos's special equipment. But if there ever happened to be two Nebulas, they would share the same network and thus could access the memories of the other... 2014 Thanos learns that he completed his plan in another timeline because of this, allowing him to plan his counterattack.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield:
    • This is played for heartwarming when Thor and Rocket are in past Asgard. Thor summons Mjölnir and sees with joy that, despite his failure and self-pity, he is still worthy of it.
    • Steve Rogers picks up Mjölnir in the final battle. Thor gleefully remarks, "I knew it."
  • Onrushing Army: The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and an army of Wakandans, Asgardians, and Sorcerers charge against Thanos and his army.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Frequent, given just how far our characters have been pushed this time.
    • During his initial Refusal of the Call and whilst visibly experiencing PTSD, Thor places an aggressive hand on Professor Hulk, who, in an uncharacteristic display of self-control, simply and calmly tells him to take his hand away. Not only does this show how far Hulk has come, but how much his relationship with Thor has evolved — he can see his friend is in pain and empathizes with him, but he is still the Hulk.
    • All throughout Bruce and The Ancient One's conversation, she's more or less pleasantly arrogant just like she was in Doctor Strange, but still firmly opposed to giving up the Time Stone, since she took a vow to protect it. Bruce's revelation that her successor actually willingly gave the stone to Thanos visibly brings her up short, and she looks almost as shaken as when she and Stephen spoke right before she died. She knows immediately that Strange would never have done this unless it was absolutely vital, so she gives Bruce the stone, trusting that Strange has a plan.
    • Spider-Man, swarmed by Outriders, activates Instant-Kill Mode. Considering that he has just died and been resurrected (five years in the future no less), and that the fate of the universe is at stake, Thou Shalt Not Kill is understandably the farthest thing from his mind at the moment.
    • After Tony snaps Thanos and his army out of existence, Parker sees him dying and gets desperate enough to call him "Tony", when he normally called him "Mr. Stark" out of respect.
  • Orbital Bombardment: Thanos calls for one on himself when Scarlet Witch has him completely at her mercy.
  • Other Me Annoys Me:
    • Although nowhere close to Nebula's I Hate Past Me, Present-Day enlightened Steve is annoyed by his uptight past self. When Past Steve says "I can do this all day!", Present Steve exasperatedly says, "I know, I know".
    • Tony implies this when telling Scott to give his past self a heart attack as a distraction.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: While the entire movie plays with this trope, it's directly invoked in the Final Battle when Thanos defeats Captain Marvel by blasting her directly with the Power Stone itself. Carol's Oh, Crap! expression beforehand, plus the other heroes' stunned silence afterwards and her absence from the rest of the scene, makes you wonder if he took her out of the fight, or took her out. That is, until she reappears at the end for Tony's funeral.
  • Our Time Machine Is Different: The time machine the Avengers use is a Quantum Tunnel made of a large glass platform and some gizmos rotating above. The machine is only really a portal that sends the Avenger into the Quantum Realm, and each Avenger gets a wristwatch-like device and nanotech suit to act as a protection and lock them into precise time and space coordinates.
  • Our Time Travel Is Different: Time travel is presented as one jumping down into a sort of quantum well as the platform distorts into a hole, allowing the user to jump into the Quantum Realm and navigate a series of tunnels leading to different exits in spacetime.
  • Overly Long Gag: Professor Hulk insisting that the kids who want a selfie with him also take a picture of Ant-Man, and Scott steadfastly declining once he understands they're not enthusiastic goes back and forth for a cringe-worthy long time. It also feels very realistic and natural as friendly bickering goes.


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