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Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 superhero film and the twenty-second film entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, and written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely — the creative team behind the second and third Captain America films. This team also worked on the previous film in the series, Avengers: Infinity War, which directly set up the events of this one. It is the penultimate film in Phase 3 of the setting, and the end of the Thanos Myth Arc that began with the first Avengers film.

After the cataclysmic events of Thanos' victory, half of the universe's sentient life is gone, and the completed Infinity Gauntlet has disappeared with the Mad Titan to a faraway world. The surviving heroes from The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, meanwhile, are left to pick up the pieces of a shattered universe. However, following the arrival of a few new allies, Earth's mightiest heroes discover a means that may allow them to undo Thanos' genocide, and bring back the friends and family lost. And so, along with said allies, the original six Avengers embark on one last mission together to set the world right, whatever it takes.

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While this movie is not intended to be the final Avengers movie ever, the three-hour-long film serves as the culmination of everything that has happened in the MCU through Phase 3, and the last with the original six Avengers serving as the focus. The movie is followed by Spider-Man: Far From Home, which serves as an epilogue to the "Infinity Saga", exploring the fallout of Infinity War and Endgame.

The film was released in theaters on April 26th, 2019, and was re-released on June 28th with an introduction and post-credits featurette introduced by co-director Anthony Russo. The featurette included a tribute to the late Stan Lee, a deleted scene featuring The Hulk, and the opening scene from Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Previews: Trailer 1, Super Bowl TV Spot, Trailer 2, "Honor" TV Spot.


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  • 11th-Hour Ranger:
    • Captain Marvel. After being absent from Earth's events throughout the MCU timeline, she returns to assist the other survivors of Thanos's culling of half of all life in the universe. Then she leaves again when Natasha dispatches several Avengers on missions in space, only to show back up for the final battle.
    • Hawkeye is the last to join the group, having been absent from Avengers: Infinity War due to his house arrest after Captain America: Civil War and taking up vigilantism as Ronin after the time skip.
    • Ant-Man, Rocket, Nebula, and Captain Marvel are now officially members of the Avengers.
    • Pretty much everyone resurrected from the first film in the climatic battle.
    • The Wasp and Pepper Potts (in her own suit of Iron Man armor) also join the battle.
    • In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, you may well spot Howard the Duck brandishing a gun with the Ravagers as they head into battle.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The bulk of the movie takes place five years after Infinity War, which was set in 2018, so therefore set in 2023.
  • The '70s: Steve and Tony travel to 1970 to get the Tesseract after the previous attempt in 2012 failed spectacularly. The opening scene shows a carful of hippies (among them Stan Lee) driving by the entrance of Camp Lehigh and jeering, and later, Howard asks if Tony is a beatnik, due to his facial hair.
  • Abdicate the Throne: Thor declares Valkyrie the ruler of New Asgard, after commenting that for the first time in a thousand years, he won't have to be who he's supposed to be, while acknowledging that Valkyrie was essentially ruling New Asgard already while he spent the last five years doing nothing but drinking, eating junk food, and playing video games.
  • Aborted Arc: The Sokovia Accords are totally unmentioned throughout the movie, but Captain America and Black Widow are no longer considered enemies to the public, Rhodey's court martial seems to have been lifted, and Hulk is able to operate in public to the point where he's able to pose for selfies with kids. Presumably, the issue has more or less been dropped in the wake of the larger issues that the Earth is facing, or otherwise rewritten in the five year gap.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade:
    • Stormbreaker, which not only decapitates a weakened post-snap Thanos with a single strike, but later in the climax starts to cleanly dig into Thor's armor when Past Thanos is pushing it into his chest, while Thor is also trying to push it away.
    • Thanos's double-bladed sword, which is sharp enough to take chunks off of Cap's famously "unbreakable" vibranium shield.
    • Clint's sword is not as impressive as the other two, but it is nonetheless shown to be able to slice an Outrider in two.
    • Valkyrie's Dragonfang is capable of slicing a Leviathan like a hot knife through butter.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Of all the Avengers, Thor takes the events of the Snap the hardest. Five years later, he's become an overweight, alcoholic shut-in who spends his days drinking beer and hanging out with Korg and Miek as they play Fortnite. Rocket and Hulk coax him into coming out of retirement, but he doesn't start to get his groove back until after getting a pep-talk from his mother while time-traveling to Asgard in 2013.
  • Acrofatic: Thor might have put on a lot of weight after the time jump but he can still hop around in battle and dodge Thanos's spinning blade attack.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The movie actually shows the fallout of Thanos's victory following the Snap. In the Infinity Gauntlet storyline, the Snap occurred within the first few pages and the counterassault (and subsequent Reset Button) came within 24 hours, too short a time-frame to display any real consequences that such an event would have on the population.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, after the events of The Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos comes to realize he's not worthy of wielding the god-like powers of the Infinity Gems, so he eventually becomes an Anti-Villain who often fights on the side of the heroes. Here, there is no such Heel–Face Turn: the older version of Thanos remains convinced his actions were justified, while the 2014 version is even more omnicidal than in the previous films.
  • Adipose Rex: Thor has become fat after falling into depression, becoming an alcoholic and eating Comfort Food to distract himself from his grief.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Clint gets to live his worst nightmare when, in the middle of a lighthearted picnic, he only turns his head a moment and sees his family has disappeared without warning. He is then overwhelmed by the confusion and distress of having lost his wife and children without having been able to protect them, or even knowing what happened.
    • Scott Lang gets a moment of anguish when he worriedly looks at the memorials to the fallen in the hopes his daughter Cassie is not among the victims. She's not, but he gets another variation of this trope on seeing his name: his daughter thinks he's been dead for five years, and he's missed five years of her childhood.
  • Advertised Extra:
    • Captain Marvel was heavily featured in the promotional material for the film, especially after her own movie proved to be a huge hit at the box office. Despite this, she disappears after the fight with Thanos in the first act, and is absent from the film until the final battle. This is pretty much a repeat of what happened with Black Panther in the marketing for Infinity War, right down to the ads overselling the size of his role due to the success of his solo movie. Justified due to her abilities matching if not exceeding those of Thanos (without the help of a stone). She also had other planets to mind that didn't have heroes of their own.
    • Okoye is also featured prominently in the American theatrical poster, as is Valkyrie in some of the international ones. Like Captain Marvel, they don't get to do much until the final fight with Thanos's forces.
  • An Aesop:
    • Thor learns that the measure of a true hero isn't living up to the expectations of others, but by doing your best being a decent person that is true to yourself.
    • Also, after loss comes second chances: whether it be a chance to take back what you lost, or build something new out of what you have left. Ultimately, the Avengers realize this and use this to their advantage (such as when Steve and Tony, after losing their chance to gain the Tesseract, stay determined and resourceful and find another way) which ultimately ensures their victory; while Thanos, who is given a second chance to achieve a permanent victory in his world (by learning from the Avengers' actions and doubling-down on his plan to erase 100% of the universe rather than just 50%), instead goes for the much more brash and careless option and ultimately ensures his own demise.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Just like his comics counterpart, Steve retires and passes the shield to Sam Wilson.
  • After the End: The story shows how the world has been dealing with the loss of half of all life in the universe in the five years since the prior movie, which isn't great despite what Thanos may think. People are traumatized, cities are quiet and empty-feeling, and no one can really bring themselves to move on or even do anything. Steve has actually started a support group for people in order to try and get them to move on with life and continue.
  • Alas, Poor Villain:
    • Once Thanos and his forces are now on the receiving end of the snap, you can just see it in his eyes that he knows that he's doomed. He rests in the desolate Avengers HQ, looking up with an expression of pure agony as he slowly lowers his head; eyes closing, and body sulking down to the ground. No mental breakdown. No last words. No screaming. No admission of wrongdoing. Not even an expression of disbelief. Just utter silence, despair and surrender as he awaits the inevitable.
    • As they turn to dust, Ebony Maw reaches out to Thanos in confusion and terror, and Proxima cradles the dead Corvus as she dies (he was ran through by Okoye earlier).
  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated: Korg and Miek are playing Fortnite when Rocket and Professor Hulk find them and Thor in New Asgard.
  • Alien Invasion:
    • The Chitauri invasion of New York City during The Avengers is revisited, although most of the action takes place after the invasion has been dealt with.
    • 2014 Thanos makes his way to the Earth of the prime timeline, along with his whole army. Only this time the Avengers and their allies are all able to gather at the same place for a welcome committee.
  • All Deaths Final: At least in the case of the Soul Stone and who is sacrificed to retrieve it. They can't be brought back to life, even with all six Stones. Likewise, a being who uses all six Stones but isn't strong enough will also die and can't be brought back. It's also implied that only the people directly killed by the Snap were brought back and not, say, the people killed when millions of cars on the road suddenly lost their drivers, or anyone who was killed during Thanos's quest for the Stones.
  • All for Nothing: By the end of the first act, the Avengers find and kill Thanos, but even before Thor decapitates him, they realize it's all for naught since Thanos already destroyed the Infinity Stones beforehand, robbing them of a means to undo the damage he has done, and reducing them to just trying to pick up the pieces, at least until Scott shows up with an idea.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • The Russo brothers answered a few hanging questions the movie made in a BGR article. One of the biggest Plot Holes was just how did Past-Thanos bring his entire ship and army into the future? There's literally no questioning of how it happened. The banging sound in the Marvel logo at the end of the credits was the Russo's way of saying goodbye to Iron Man.
    Q: How did Thanos bring his army to the future?
    A: There is a guy called Maw in his army, he was a great wizard. Thanos himself was a brilliant genius as well. Those two easily reverse-engineered and mass produced Pym Particles.
    • The ages of Scott Lang's age-altered selves are given in the credits as 12, 93, and baby.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The finale begins when Thanos from 2014 arrives at the Avengers Headquarters and the resulting battle utterly obliterates and destroys the compound.
  • Almost Out of Oxygen: Tony Stark and Nebula have run out of food and water and are about to run out of oxygen on their way back to Earth on the Benatar, the Guardians' space ship. Cue Carol Danvers.
  • Alternate Personality Punishment: In the aftermath of Thanos ending half of all life in existence, the heroes manage to assemble what's left of the team and beat the crap out of Thanos... who has taken up the Call to Agriculture and barely puts up any resistance. He doesn't even have the Infinity Stones anymore, having used their own power to destroy them, greatly weakening himself in the process. The Avengers kill him anyway, but it's obvious they feel no satisfaction or justice from doing so. Fortunately, they go back in time to retrieve the stones to undo the damage and are followed by pre-snap Thanos, resulting in a Thanos who is very much satisfying to kill, even if he technically hadn't killed half of all life (it helps that having seen the results of only killing half of it, he decides to kill the entire Universe and start over so no one will remember his role).
  • Alternate Self: When travelling in time, some Avengers meet past versions of themselves. The "alternate" part is in full motion when each of these timelines is changed by them.
  • Alternate Timeline:
    • Changing any event in the past creates one of these, while the traveler's own past remains untouched. As such, the six timelines that the Avengers create include:
      • 1948: (3 years after Captain America: The First Avenger) The main timeline version of Steve goes here to spend his life with another timeline's Peggy Carter after World War II, before returning to his original timeline after her (presumed) death in 2016. As such, Steve is an old man when he returns.
      • 1970: After Hank Pym is distracted by a fake emergency call, four vials of the Pym particle go missing from his lab at the Camp Lehigh S.H.I.E.L.D. facility (granted they're only taken and used by Steve and Tony to get back to the present, but Hank and S.H.I.E.L.D. have no way of knowing this). Howard Stark also has a conversation with one "Howard Potts" (his future son Tony from the main timeline), and Captain America sees photographs on the desk inside the office of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s director Peggy Carter that make it clear she never forgot him.
      • 2012: (right after the climax of The Avengers) Loki escapes custody with the Tesseract immediately after the Battle of New York and is never imprisoned on Asgard, and HYDRA agents believe Captain America is on their side. The Ancient One learns of Doctor Strange's plan to stop Thanos years later, and Captain America is also made aware of Bucky's survival.
      • 2013: (during Thor: The Dark World) The Asgardian army chases a "rabbit" (Rocket) after it extracts the Aether from Jane Foster, while Frigga is made aware of a future Thor from a different timeline. Mjölnir is borrowed from this timeline. And similar to the missing baseball glove from the Barton farmhouse, while minor, the large can of beer that Thor leaves behind in Asgard can potentially trigger a (hopefully minor) comedic butterfly-effect that will nevertheless still change the future.
      • 2014: (right before Guardians of the Galaxy) Thanos and his forces (aside from Ronan and Korath) completely disappear from this timeline and are killed along with that timeline's Nebula in the main timeline, while the Gamora of this timeline lives on in the prime timeline, replacing her dead original future self. With this timeline's version of Gamora now in the main one, the Guardians of this timeline likely never form.
      • 2018: A baseball glove disappears from the Barton household. This might not have any significant effect on world events, but butterfly effect, so you never really know.
    • This is also why Steve goes back to the various timelines to return their Infinity Stones and Mjölnir: without them, the bad guys would never be stopped in that timeline's version of Doctor Strange (Time), Captain Marvel (Space), Guardians of the Galaxy (Power), Thor: The Dark World (Mjölnir), and so on. While there are likely some major and irrevocable changes, this will mitigate some of them a great deal.
  • Alternate Universe: This is the primary difference between scientific time travel (via the Quantum Realm) and magical time travel (as has been shown with the Time Stone). As explained by Professor Hulk and later the Ancient One, quantum time travel creates a new alternate reality that diverges at the point you arrive, so that everything that follows has no effect on the original timeline.
  • Amazon Brigade: During the final battle, when the Avengers are relaying the Infinity Gauntlet towards the Quantum Tunnel, Spider-Man passes it off to Captain Marvel, who gets an escort from every single active female Avenger or ally: Okoye, Shuri, Scarlet Witch, Valkyrie, Gamora, Nebula, Mantis, the Wasp, and Pepper Potts in her Rescue suit.
  • Amicable Exes: After briefly touching on their quasi-relationship in Avengers: Infinity War, Natasha and Bruce have reached a version of this following the time skip.
  • And Starring: Theatrical posters only have the singular "With Josh Brolin as Thanos." The end credits to the film actually has enough people being credited this way that the list is as long as the cast listing for other films in the MCU: "Featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow, with Robert Redford, with Josh Brolin as Thanos, with Chris Pratt, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury." And then it concludes with the original six, including the actors' signatures along with the usual titles.
  • And the Adventure Continues:
    • While most of the Avengers' arcs are tied up with death or a happy retirement, Thor joins the Guardians of the Galaxy (at least temporarily) to do a cosmic version of Walking the Earth.
    • Steve gives Sam the shield and deems him the new Captain America.
  • Animal Motifs: The Benatar resembles a swallow in the contre-jour shot where it is drifting around in space. Being a monogamous migrating bird, swallows are a symbol for loyalty, hope, and the safe return home after a long journey. Thanks to Captain Marvel, Tony and Nebula make it back home in one piece.
  • Answer Cut:
    • When Scott Lang discusses his plan with Cap and Black Widow, he seems to get the idea that they don't know how to help him. He asks, "So who do we go to?" Cut to a shot of Iron Man's new home as he walks out to look for Morgan.
    • After Stark rejects them, Cap comments, "We're going to need a really big brain." Doubtfully, Scott asks, "Bigger than [Stark]'s?" Cut to a shot of Banner/Hulk eating his food, angled to show off his huge head first.
    • When Rhodey and Nebula arrive on Morag, Nebula warns Rhodey that several people (including 2014 her) are also searching for the Power Stone at the same time. Rhodey asks, "Wait, where are you right now?" Cut to 2014 Nebula trying to fight past Aliens.
    • Thousands of people arrive to the Avengers HQ battlefield via sorcerers' portals. Strange asks Wong, "Is that everyone?", to which Wong responds, "You wanted more?" Then Giant-Man bursts out of the rubble with Rocket, Hulk, and Rhodey, and they all get in position to fight.
  • Anti-Role Model: Howard Stark admits to "Howard Potts" (i.e. time-traveling Tony) that he is dreading the possibility of his son turning out like him, and hopes he becomes better than him.
  • The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People:
    • Downplayed. The film doesn't call attention to this trope, but it seems to be in effect. Despite the elimination of half of all life in the universe, human civilization continues without collapsing into dystopia. This applies to some specific heroes in particular. Banner despite being a hero before the tragedy ultimately takes his defeats as a learning opportunity and reconciles his Banner/Hulk sides to become the best version of himself. Nebula goes on to fully complete her Heel–Face Turn by working with the heroes to rebuild and thwart the event.
    • It's also subverted. While civilization overall seems to have managed to muddle through, people are still traumatized over five years later. People just going out on a date end up crying during the date, but this is considered so normal that they still schedule another one. From hints Carol gives during her briefing with Natasha, other planets aren't doing much better. The inability to move on is so bad that when 2014 Thanos shows up, he decides that the only way to get things moving again is to destroy everything, and start the universe from scratch.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Tony Stark records a message on one of his helmets while drifting out in space. With his food and water gone, and his oxygen about to run out, he intends for it to be his final message.
    Tony: Hey, Miss Potts. If you find this recording... don't feel bad about this.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Discussed, when the Avengers talk about Scott's time travel idea which Nat really takes seriously, much to Scott's own amazement. Natasha points out she gets "emails from a raccoon" — time travel wouldn't be hard for her to get behind.
  • Arc Words:
    • "Whatever it takes" for the surviving Avengers determined to bring back the people they lost to the Decimation. These are the words that Black Widow and Hawkeye repeat when they realize that the Soul Stone demands a sacrifice from one of them.
    • "Move on" in the early part of the movie, as the characters try to adapt to the effects of the Decimation, and that they had no way of undoing it, at first.
    • "I am inevitable" from Thanos. The line is first used by the retired Thanos defiantly saying that his work is irreversible to the Avengers. It is later repeated when Past Thanos watches the recording of his future death. And it is the last thing that Past Thanos says before realizing that Iron Man has the Infinity Stones and uses them to kill him and his army, thereby averting the "inevitable" altogether.
    • "I am Iron Man": Going all the way back go the first Iron Man movie and the start of the MCU; Tony repeats it at the end of the third Iron Man movie, and repeats it one last time here, before he uses the Infinity Stones against Thanos and his army.
  • An Arm and a Leg: When the remaining Avengers get the drop on Thanos on the Garden planet, the first thing done after immobilizing him is Thor cutting his gauntlet arm with Stormbreaker. The fact that Thanos never removed it despite the Infinity Gauntlet no longer sporting the Stones (and thus being now useless) hints that it had fused with his arm after its last use.
  • The Artifact: Finger-snaps being what activate the full power of the Infinity Gauntlet. In both the original comic story and Gamora's initial description of the act, a finger-snap was simply an indication of how simple it was for a wielder of the Gauntlet to invoke such a devastating change. In reality, most (if not all) of the Gauntlet's powers can be activated by any type of gesture or even a thought. Yet, the need to physically snap one's fingers becomes a major plot element while the heroes and Thanos's forces are fighting over the Gauntlet.
  • Artistic License – Martial Arts: When Hawkeye's daughter is practicing archery with him she raises her elbow upwards when pulling back the bowstring instead of keeping it horizontal. Despite that she hits the target dead centre and Hawkeye compliments her technique.
  • Artistic License – Physics: At the beginning of the first act, the Benatar is out of fuel in the middle of outer space, completely motionless. While this would impact life support, the ship should still retain forward momentum, instead of being "dead in the water".
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Hawkeye has always been a supporting character, and of the original six Avengers, he's gotten the least time to shine out of anyone. Here he gets his own major plotline revolving around his relationship with Black Widow, and the scene of his family disappearing while he's on a picnic with them is the very first scene of the movie — before even the Marvel logo!
    • Ant-Man, when looked at from a broader scale. He is considered one of the main stars in the movie, and this may be a surprise as he wasn't introduced until the end of Phase 2. Both of his movies, while not slouches at the box-office overall, trail the other MCU stars and are relatively self-contained, while his role in Civil War was rather minor, not to mention that he sat out Infinity War. Here, while the movie also emphasizes the six founding Avengers, Ant-Man's involvement is very important to defeating Thanos. This is not unlike Doctor Strange's role in Infinity War.
    • Nebula. She started out as a secondary villain — basically just there so Gamora had somebody to fight in the third act. Now she's one of the (many) central characters in the biggest film event in history, and half the plot hinges on her.
  • Ass Shove: Thor's solution for NoobMaster69's trolling is threatening to do this to him with his own arms.
  • Asshole Victim: Thanos at the end of the first act may have just become a peaceful farmer in his retirement from being an omnicidal warlord, but you'll still likely not shed any tears over him when the Avengers ambush him, cut off his arm, and eventually decapitate him. Clint's crusade against the criminal underworld also applies, as he butchers any cartel, yakuza thug, or other criminal scumbag he comes across.
  • Astral Projection: When Professor Hulk gets impatient with the Ancient One, she forces Banner out of the Hulk's body in astral form. Banner then converses with her while the Hulk is left sleeping on a chair.
  • Audience Surrogate: Scott acts as one throughout the film, being the guy completely shocked at how much the heroes and their world have changed since he last saw them, and desperate to get back what has been taken from them. Scott also bases his understanding of Time Travel on popular movies rather than an understanding of the actual science that would be involved. Tony and Bruce use this to distinguish between more science-based Time Travel Tropes and those less based on (currently understood) science.
  • Avengers, Assemble!: Right before the final battle, Doctor Strange and a bunch of other sorcerers warp superheroes and various other warriors to the remains of the Avengers compound in order to fight off Thanos's invasion. The words are finally spoken by Cap, although he says it after everyone's assembled... which is actually true to the source material.
  • Back for the Finale:
    • Lots of characters return for the final battle, including all the heroes who died in the original Snap. This even extends to Mooks on both sides; Thanos brings Outriders from Avengers: Infinity War, Chitauri and Leviathans from The Avengers, and Sakaarans from Guardians of the Galaxy. The Avengers get Sorcerers from Doctor Strange (2016), Asgardians from the Thor films, Ravagers (and Howard the Duck) from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Wakandan warriors from Black Panther (2018).
    • Also, many of those who died in previous films (or haven't been seen since) are seen again as the Avengers travel through time. In New York: Loki, Brock Rumlow, Agent Sitwell, Alexander Pierce, and the Ancient One. On Asgard: Frigga, Jane, and Loki again. On Lehigh Base: A younger Hank Pym, Howard Stark, and Edwin Jarvis. On Vormir: Red Skull. And an older version of Harley from Iron Man 3 appears at Tony's funeral.
    • For the very first time, a character from the Marvel TV shows gets to migrate to the movies, when Edwin Jarvis is shown chauffeuring Howard Stark at the Lehigh military base.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • The quantum time travel device allows the Children of Thanos, all of whom were killed in Infinity War, to return for the last battle with the Avengers. The same goes for Thanos, who is killed by Thor in the first act of the film, but is eventually replaced with a slightly younger counterpart from earlier in the timeline.
    • In the finale, Hulk un-snaps everyone dusted in Infinity War back into existence, eventually leading to a final confrontation between the heroes of Earth and Thanos's forces.
    • The quantum time travel device also brings back Gamora, as the Gamora of 2014 hadn't been killed by Thanos. However, since this is a Gamora from before she ever met Star-Lord, this causes a relationship reset.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Tony and Pepper guard each other in true Battle Couple fashion during final battle so neither is snuck up on.
  • Badass Army: The Avengers are joined at the climax of the film by practically every single heroic force introduced in the MCU, from the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Masters of the Mystic Arts, the Asgardians, the Ravagers, and the Wakandans to form one hell of an army of Superheroes, Kung-Fu Wizards, Norse gods, Space Pirates, Afrofuturist warriors, and a gun-toting, talking duck in a suit. They clash with Thanos's own forces, consisting of the Chitauri, the Sakaarans and the Outriders.
  • Badass Boast:
    • When the heroes are met with the realization that they'll have to fight Thanos again, Captain Marvel tells them a good reason that they shouldn't be too worried:
      Bruce: If we do this, how do we know it's gonna end any differently than it did before?
      Carol: Because before, you didn't have me.
    • In Japan, Clint has gone rogue as the vigilante Ronin, murdering members of the Yakuza in cold blood:
      Japanese criminal: Why are you doing this? We didn't do anything to you!
      Clint: You survived... half the planet didn't. They got Thanos. You get me...
    • In the finale, Wanda lands in front of Thanos with vengeance written on her face.
      Wanda: You took.... everything from me.
      Thanos: I don't even know who you are.
      Wanda: You will.
    • All of these pale in comparison to Tony Stark’s Famous Last Words:
      Thanos: I am inevitable.
      Tony: And I... am... Iron Man. [snaps]
  • Badass Fingersnap:
    • Once the Avengers collect the Infinity Stones, Bruce does it to bring back everyone turned to dust.
    • Once Thanos has the gauntlet and has taken out everyone trying to stop him, he snaps to fulfill his new plan, nothing happens. It turns out Tony took the stones, and does one to disintegrate Thanos and his forces.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": When part of the Avengers time-travel to 2012 during the Battle of New York, they witness the Hulk throwing a fit. Professor Hulk is told to act like the Hulk to blend in, and he grumbles that it's "gratuitous", but he'll do it. He goes over to some vehicles and gives them a few unmotivated punches while lazily saying "roaaar".
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • Cap is once again inside an elevator full of HYDRA infiltrators within S.H.I.E.L.D. who refuse to give him Loki's scepter and get suspicious of his insistence. Looks like we'll get another elevator fight, right? Nope, Steve instead whispers "Hail HYDRA" in Sitwell's ear. Suddenly they all think he's a fellow sleeper agent and hand him the case, no questions asked.
    • When Banner is pleading with the Ancient One for use of the Time Stone, she is very shocked to learn the future Stephen Strange willingly surrendered it to Thanos. She says she may have made a mistake and for a second, it seems like Banner screwed up events in that the Ancient One rethinks making Strange her successor. Then she willingly offers the Stone, realizing that Strange would have a reason for his actions.
    • Thor holds immense guilt for his failure to kill Thanos before the Snap occurred, and five years later, he's in no better shape. When Hulk and Rocket arrive at New Asgard to recruit him, Valkyrie tells them that they almost never see him beyond when he comes out to pick up copious amounts of beer. So he's spending his time brooding alone, drinking away his regrets? Not exactly. Instead, his coping mechanism is becoming like a frat boy, drinking, eating junk food, and gaming with Korg and Miek.
  • Battle Couple:
    • Mr. Tony Stark and Mrs. Pepper Stark suit up and blast through Thanos's forces. This includes a Back-to-Back Badass shot.
    • Scott and Hope get such a moment, the Wasp helping Ant-Man move through the battlefield by flying.
  • Battlecry:
    • After emerging, revived, through a portal onto the final battlefield, T'Challa leads the approaching Wakandan army in chanting "YIBAMBE!" ("hold the line"), reprising the similar moment from Infinity War.
    • And of course...
      Captain America: [backed by every living hero of the movies, facing down the armies of Thanos] AVENGERS! [summons Mjölnir] Assemble.
  • Battle in the Rain: Ronin vs. Akihiko in Japan while rain falls like the anguish in the former's heart.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Thor, having wallowed in shame and self-pity for five years because he failed to kill Thanos in Wakanda, has grown a large, unkempt beard and is noticeably out of shape.
  • Bear Hug: Upon meeting him again for the first time in years, Thor hugs Rocket enthusiastically. Rocket doesn't appreciate being pressed against Thor's beer belly, though.
  • Beatnik: When Tony Stark and Steve Rogers go back to 1970 to retrieve the Tesseract and additional Pym Particles, Tony is mistaken for a beatnik by his own father because of his beard.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Scott Lang is comic relief for most of the movie, even though he's very important for the plot. Come the final battle, though, and as Giant-Man he punches Leviathans out of the sky and crushes Cull Obsidian (the strongest of Thanos's children in the previous movie) underfoot.
  • Big Bad: Thanos, once again, is the villain the heroes need to defeat in order to bring back half of the universe. In a subversion, the Thanos that wiped out half the universe is killed in the opening act of the film, but this does nothing to undo the damage he did, and the movie instead focuses on trying to pull that off, specifically a journey for the heroes to bring back their loved ones. It is a time-displaced Thanos from 2014 that takes the role of Big Bad instead, after he learns the heroes are trying to undo his upcoming victory. Thanos becomes an even bigger bad, as now he isn't just trying to do a 50% depopulation, but totally wipe out the universe and restart it from the beginning.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: There is a massive action scene involving 40 characters, all of whom have names and backstories. It's been hyped as one of the movie's selling points, even though none of it is shown off in the ad campaign for the film. It consists of pretty much every heroic force shown in the Marvel films coming together in one final clash against the Mad Titan's army amidst the ruins of the Avengers facility.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • When Tony and Nebula are left drifting through space in the Benatar, Captain Marvel finds the ship and returns them safely to Earth.
    • When Thanos's past self attacks the Avengers headquarters, Banner, Rhodey and Rocket are trapped in a section of the base about to be either crushed by debris or drowned. Fortunately, Scott is able to save them just in time for them to join the final battle.
    • Steve gets his own during Thor and Thanos's fight to the death, showing up to save the Asgardians with Mjölnir in hand.
    • Perhaps the biggest damn hero moment in the MCU happens right at the top of the final battle. When Captain America comes face-to-face with Thanos's enormous army, everything appears to be a lost cause... until Cap hears Sam Wilson's voice call out "On your left". Cue every resurrected superhero alongside Asgardians, Masters of the Mystic Arts, the Ravagers, Wakandans, and more emerging from portals to create an army of their own.
    • Cull Obsidian gets Korg in a headlock and is clearly overpowering him, but Drax runs in to start stabbing his back, giving Korg an opening to fight back.
    • Spider-Man gets one when he saves Iron Man from Cull Obsidian by pulling The Brute away from him for Giant-Man to step on and kill.
    • Captain Marvel again in the climax, when her presence alerts Thanos's ship and they stop their bombardment on the battlefield to focus on her. She then destroys the entire ship herself in a matter of seconds.
    • Rocket is about to be devoured by a huge flying monster when it and the rest of Thanos entire army is Reduced to Dust.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Endgame closes on Steve having returned to the past and Peggy passionately kissing while dancing to the tune of "It's Been a Long, Long Time", fulfilling a lost romance that has endured for most of the saga's history.
  • Big Guy Rodeo: As the final brawl starts, Drax the Destroyer jumps on Cull Obsidian's back to stab him and help save Korg, who the former had put in a headlock.
  • Big "YES!":
    • A comedic one, when 2012 Thor revives 2012 Tony with Magical Defibrillator.
    • Rocket shouts "YEAH!" when Captain Marvel enters the battle and destroys the Sanctuary II.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • The Avengers finally repair the damage Thanos has done to the universe at the end of Infinity War by traveling back in time to retrieve the Infinity Stones across different timelines, reviving everyone who got dusted by Thanos's fingersnap, and culminating in Tony using his own Infinity Gauntlet to, in turn, fingersnap Thanos and his army into oblivion. Unfortunately, their victory came at a steep price: Natasha sacrifices herself to help Clint re-acquire the Soul Stone in Vormir, Tony dies using the Stones on Thanos, and Steve, having returned the Stones to their original timelines, chooses to stay in the 1940s and live the rest of his days in married retirement with Peggy, though at least he lives long enough to pass his shield and mantle to Sam Wilson. Additionally, the Avengers H.Q. has been completely annihilated by Thanos's forces, and the future of the team itself is left ambiguous at the end of the film.
    • Furthermore, things are not fully restored to pre-Infinity War days. While the 2014 version of Gamora lives on in the current timeline, the version of Gamora from the original timeline is dead for good, something that Star-Lord is clearly upset over even though he tries to hide it, since this Gamora never fell in love with him. The Vision is also still destroyed, and without the Mind Stone, there is not a clear way to bring him back — although Wanda has seemingly made peace with this.
    • On a smaller note, even after bringing everyone back, there's the fact that they lost five whole years of time with their loved ones. Like Scott losing out on seeing his little girl grow into the teenager she was when she opened the door for him.
    • Lastly, with the Infinity Stones reduced to atoms, and the Ancient One stating that they were necessary to be fully formed in order to ensure the stability of the timeline, it suggests that the Marvel Cinematic Universe itself will be more vulnerable to interdimensional threats than ever before.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: During the final battle, all the major female characters show up to give Carol backup while she makes an end-run towards Scott's time machine, even though she's by a wide margin the most powerful person on the planet and had just arrived by plowing through a massive starship.
  • Body Horror: Using the full power of the Infinity Gauntlet isn't good for anyone's health.
    • Thanos, after using the Stones twice, is reduced to a broken, limping wreck, the entire left side of his body burnt and blackened and his gauntlet arm essentially lame by his side. The fact that he didn't remove the now useless gauntlet also implies it has fused with his flesh.
    • Using the Stones just once is enough to scar Professor Hulk the same way, and fatally injure Tony Stark.
  • Book-Ends:
    • The original six Avengers from The Avengers all survived the events of Infinity War, and reassemble (and team up with the other surviving heroes) to put an end to Thanos's conquest for universal "balance" that started with the Chitauri attack on New York City.
    • Character design-wise, Captain America and Iron Man, the MCU's two biggest players, whose stories are wrapped up in this movie, wear outfits that look almost exactly like their classic comic book designs instead of the MCU's signature "modernized" look. Tony doubles up by having a similar black tank top to the one he had in the original Iron Man.
    • Tony Stark's iconic "If we can't protect the Earth, you can be damned well sure we'll avenge it" line goes full circle considering they indeed couldn't protect the Earth, but are now seeking Thanos to avenge the fallen.
    • Iron Man is back in the same kind of dilemma he was in at the beginning of his first movie: trapped in a prison on borrowed time, with his only hope for survival depending entirely upon someone else helping him out, surviving only off of materials that he has within his prison. As an added bonus, he's even wearing the same kind of shirt that he did when he was in that cave in Afghanistan.
    • Cap is wearing the same S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform that he wore in Captain America: The Winter Soldier — the first film in the Russo Brothers' MCU run. Endgame happens to be the last in the Russos' MCU run.
    • Tony's Famous Last Words, and the ones that finally mark the end of the battle, are the same words that ended the first movie: "I am Iron Man."
    • Spanning back to Infinity War, the earlier film ends with Thanos watching the sunrise, as he smiles in pride having accomplished his goal. This film ends with Thanos watching the sunrise, as he bows his head in shame having failed.
    • It also closes out his very first appearance in The Avengers. There he stood up and smiled at the thought of facing the Avengers. Here he sits down and bows his head defeated by the Avengers.
    • Moments before his death, present-day Thanos defiantly proclaims "I am inevitable" to the Avengers. In the final battle, before he realizes that Iron Man has the Infinity Stones, Past Thanos arrogantly proclaims "I am inevitable". It was definitely intentional on his part, since he had watched Nebula's memory of 2018 Thanos's death in which some of his last words were declaring "I am inevitable" to proclaim his victory, and believed he was about to succeed again.
    • The song that closes out the film, "It's Been a Long, Long Time", was previously used in Joe and Anthony Russo's first Marvel movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
    • After the credits, the sound of Tony hammering together his very first suit from all the way back in the opening act of Iron Man plays.
    • Tony begins the film recording a potential Apocalyptic Log / Video Will for Pepper in case of his death. His final scene has the cast viewing another one he made five years later for her and Morgan at his actual funeral.
    • While Thanos has gained and lost a multitude of archnemeses in his 46-years-and-counting comic book history, he was first introduced in the pages of Iron Man Vol. 1 #55. Therefore, it is only fitting that Iron Man himself would see him out. Bonus points for having his creator, Jim Starlin, make an appearance for this event.
    • Captain America: The First Avenger — Steve Rogers' MCU debut — had him begin his career as Captain America and fight the Red Skull, who was wielding an Infinity Stone (the Tesseract/Space Stone), and then get frozen into the 21st century. Endgame — which is meant to close out Rogers's Character Arc — ends with him travelling back in time and return the Infinity Stones back to their proper eras, including Vormir in 2014 — which was where the Red Skull ended up after The First Avenger.
  • Braids of Barbarism: Thor gets braids in his hair and beard when he powers himself up with lightning before the final battle.
  • Brick Joke: So many, including stuff across the franchise:
    • Steve Rogers making Mjölnir budge during the "lift the hammer" party game from Age of Ultron pays off when Cap finally lifts and wields Mjölnir in the finale, with Thor gleefully yelling out "I knew it!"
    • Scott tells Hank his days of "breaking into places and stealing shit are done" in Ant-man. Played with in this film; he and the Avengers break into other timelines and steal the Stones (and Mjölnir).
    • Steve Rogers is shown swearing several times, despite being kidded for reprimanding others for their language in Age of Ultron.
    • After being teased in Age of Ultron, Steve Rogers finally says "Avengers Assemble!"
    • After Rocket steals the Aether, he's chased down by a horde of Asgardian guards who cry, "get that rabbit!" just like Thor has mistaken Rocket for a rabbit.
    • Tony Stark being reluctant to call his hug to Peter at the start of Homecoming a hug, comes back when he unambiguously hugs him.
    • In a darker vein, Doctor Strange saying he wouldn't hesitate to sacrifice either Stark or Spider-Man if it meant saving the world, becomes this when Strange confirms to Stark at the end that the one timeline in which Thanos is defeated ultimately rested on Stark performing a Heroic Sacrifice. Strange really wasn't kidding around.
    • In the same darker vein, Tony finally disproves Steve's argument from the first movie that Tony will never make the big sacrifice (though it's not like he didn't try to do so in the first movie).
    • Likewise, Tony's argument (as well as Red Skull's) that everything special about Steve came from the super-soldier serum is proven definitively wrong by Mjölnir, and by extension Odin himself.
    • Early in the film at Tony's house, he finds Morgan wearing the helmet for the suit of armor he made Pepper, and jokingly complains that "Mommy never wears anything I make her." Guess who shows up, in a suit of armor, at the final battle?
  • Bring It: Aside from a moment of surprise, Thanos's reaction to the Avengers bringing in a massive army of allies in the form of the Wakandans, Asgardians, Ravagers, Khamar-Taj, and more, which then charges at him, is to simply lift his blade with a satisfied smile and order his army to do likewise.
  • Broken Masquerade: Thor tries to trick Frigga into thinking that he's the Thor from her timeline, and fails miserably.
    Frigga: I was raised by witches, boy. I see with more than eyes.
  • Brutal Honesty: More than one character tells Thor either that he failed, or that he is a failure.
    Thor: That's a little bit harsh...
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • After sitting out Infinity War, Hawkeye and Ant-Man return.
    • Harley Keener, the kid from Iron Man 3, makes a reappearance at Tony Stark's funeral.
    • When Thor and Rocket time travel back to the events of Thor: The Dark World, both Jane Foster and Frigga show up. Along with Mjölnir.
    • The Ancient One from Doctor Strange appears in the 2012 New York timeline, four years before Stephen Strange started practicing the Mystic Arts with her.
    • Likewise, Brock Rumlow, Jasper Sitwell, and Alexander Pierce (not yet unmasked as HYDRA moles) show up when Tony, Steve, and Scott bump into the them in the aftermath of the Battle of New York).
  • Bus Crash: According to the Russos, both Betty Ross and Lady Sif were turned to dust by the end of Infinity War. Although her demise wasn't shown in Infinity War, Shuri was another victim. Freeze Frame Bonuses confirm that Erik Selvig and Sharon Carter also died.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: This is played with. 2018 Thanos killed Vision to get the mind stone. When Wanda is brought back, she is furious at Thanos, even though she is speaking to his 2014 counterpart, and he genuinely doesn't know who she is.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Star-Lord. His past incarnation of him is knocked out by Rhodey after both he and Nebula call him an idiot. His present incarnation after being revived runs into the past Gamora, who kicks him in the groin when he moves on her because she doesn't know him yet, and finally, his position as the leader of the Guardians is contested yet again when Thor tags along with the crew in the ending. Peter Quill just can't catch a break.
    • Even if he is essentially a Hope Bringer for the heroes, Scott fares worse than Peter in this regard since has a much larger role. Getting hit with both Rapid Aging and de-aging one after another in a single scene is just one of the many embarassments he goes through.
    • Cull Obsidian gets manhandled pretty badly during the Battle of Earth. Even though he takes point in leading Thanos's army forward, he is immediately knocked down by Cap with Mjölnir before he can even land a hit on someone. Cull gets back up and manages to get Korg in a headlock, but then Drax hops on his back to stab him repeatedly, and Korg is able to get free and smack him in the face. Finally, Cull once again attacks Iron Man, but Spider-Man is able to hold him in place with his webs long enough for Giant-Man to fatally crush him under his foot. For all his being the biggest and toughest of Thanos's children, Cull barely lasts a minute in the final battle.

    Tropes C to E 
  • Call-Back:
    • Tony mentions his nightmare from Age of Ultron and bitterly references his "suit of armor around the world" plan, as well as Steve's objection to the idea at the time.
    • When the team have Thanos restrained at the beginning of the movie, Thor decapitates him. His response when asked "what did you do"?
      Thor: [bitterly] I went for the head.
    • Scott tries to remind the Avengers of his presence with his contributions to the Leipzig-Halle airport fight in Captain America: Civil War.
    • At the end of Captain America: Civil War, Steve surrendered the shield after Tony shouted, "That shield doesn't belong to you! My father made it!" When Tony returns to Avengers Compound to assist with their plan to retrieve the Infinity Stones, he returns Steve's shield, commenting, "He made it for you."
    • During their attempt to recruit a drunken and despondent Thor, Bruce mentions how much Thor's help on Sakaar meant to him when he was trying to merge his brains with the Hulk's brawn.
    • The events of the Time Heist feature call-backs to the films that took place during those times along with other films in the MCU:
      • Captain America dons his original outfit from the first Avengers movie at one point in the film. He does this to blend in when he, Ant-Man, Hulk and Iron Man travel back to the aftermath of the Battle of New York so that they can get the Space and Mind Stones.
      • While trying to get the scepter, Cap is in an elevator full of HYDRA agents (including Rumlow) who are trying to act like everything's normal, but are clearly ready for a fight. This time he bluffs his way out.
      • When Professor Hulk tries to take the Eye of Agamotto from the Ancient One without so much as a by-your-leave, she calms him down by knocking his astral form out of his body, like she did to Stephen Strange when he got too exasperating for his own good.
      • Thor and Rocket are tasked with retrieving the Reality Stone from Asgard just before it is attacked by the Dark Elves during Thor: The Dark World. This allows Thor to have a heart-to-heart with his mother Frigga shortly before her predestined death.
      • War Machine and Nebula head to the planet Morag from the beginning of Guardians of the Galaxy so that they can get the Power Stone before the past version of Star-Lord steals it.
      • In the 1970s, Tony and Steve end up at the army base where S.H.I.E.L.D. set up shop after WWII. Tony doesn't know where the entryway is. But Steve, however, does from his time in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, pointing out the same munitions bunker entryway that he had gone (or will go) through.
    • The Hulk ends up being the one to use the Infinity Stones to resurrect everyone who died in the decimation, as the Stones give off harmful gamma radiation that only his body can withstand. Earlier, when searching for the Tesseract at the S.H.I.E.L.D. facilities, a Freeze-Frame Bonus shows that Tony's glasses are specifically tracking a gamma radiation signature. Back in the first Avengers movie, S.H.I.E.L.D. tracked down Bruce because the Tesseract emitted gamma radiation that he knew all about. In the same film, Tony mused that maybe Bruce had survived the gamma accident that turned him into the Hulk for a reason, and it looks like he was correct.
    • Thor uses his lightning to power up Tony's armor during the final battle with Thanos, a nod to the scene in the first Avengers movie where he accidentally charged up the armor during his initial fight with Tony.
    • During the final battle, Captain America is able to lift Mjölnir, referencing the scene where he was actually able to slightly budge the hammer in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
    • One of the moves that Steve uses involves his shield and Mjölnir colliding behind Thanos during his fight before the big battle begins, the shockwave throwing him off his balance. In the first two Avengers films, this combo move was performed with both Thor and Steve (in the first film, it's discovered during the first fight between Tony and Thor and used during the Battle of New York. In the second film, Steve and Thor use it while the Avengers assault the HYDRA castle at the start of the film. The move Steve does in this film marks the third and final time it's seen on screen).
    • Spider-Man activates the Instant Kill Mode in the final battle.
    • What are Tony Stark's last words before using the Infinity Gauntlet to snap Thanos and his army into oblivion? "I am Iron Man!"—the same words that he said when he first revealed his identity to the world in Iron Man. He ends his journey with the same bold declaration that began it.
  • Call to Agriculture:
    • As seen in Infinity War, after dusting half the universe, Thanos moved to a place called "The Garden", where he's shown harvesting crops and cooking them. When the Avengers learn of his location, Rhodey comments, "That's cute, Thanos has a retirement plan".
    • Hawkeye has been toying with retiring from the secret agent/superhero life to be with his wife and kids on the farm since the end of Age of Ultron. Once the snap is reversed and he has a wife and kids back on the farm again, he decides to make another go at it.
  • The Cameo:
    • One of the Russo brothers, Joe Russo, cameos as the grieving man attending a group therapy session with Captain America after the five years timeskip. Also present is Jim Starlin, creator of Thanos and writer/artist of The Infinity Saga in the comics.
    • Stan Lee has one, as usual, where during the time travel to 1970 in New Jersey, he drives next to an army base, shouting "Make love, not war," a reference to his counterculture fanbase at the time. It is one of the last live-action cameos he filmed before he passed away, and is officially his final cameo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.note  Worth noting is that the woman who is in the car with him is a de-aged version of his wife, portrayed entirely through CGI due to Joan Lee's death in 2017.
    • In the ongoing tradition of actors from Community appearing in the MCU, Yvette Nicole Brown shows up in the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility when Steve and Tony infiltrate it in 1970.
    • Ken Jeong (also from Community) appears as the security guard for the deep storage facility where the "disgusting van" has been sitting for 5 years.
    • Howard the Duck can be seen in the background during the final battle.
    • Hiroyuki Sanada is the yakuza that Ronin hunts and kills right before Nat recruits him.
    • One of the people at Stark's funeral is Harley Keener, aka the kid who helped Tony in Iron Man 3, once again played by Ty Simpkins. Quite a few viewers were caught off guard since it had been six years since he was last seen.
  • Can't Take Anything with You: Invoked and debated. The Ancient One argues that taking the Infinity Stones from the past will create dark, alternate timelines where they can't be used to save the world. While Banner objects as the nature of time travel will render the timeframe of the Stones' absence short, the Ancient One points out that it still hinges on the fact that nothing happens to the Stones in the future. Though in a literal sense this is averted, since the Avengers do take the Stones with them to the future, along with Mjölnir and Hawkeye's son's baseball glove, though with the possible exception of the glove, they also make a point of returning them once they're no longer needed.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Upon finding out just how people feel about his "balancing" of the universe in the previous film, as well as the fact that the Avengers are trying to undo it, Thanos goes from simply misguided to completely insane. A few minutes of criticism is all it takes to make him decide to kill the whole the universe and make a new world that will appreciate his actions and love him as a hero.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Using the Infinity Gauntlet extracts a heavy toll. Thanos is crippled from the combined efforts of the Snap and his subsequent destruction of the Stones, Hulk is wounded and weakened after donning the Stark Gauntlet despite his great endurance and innate resistance to the gamma radiation released by its use, and Tony's attempt at using the Gauntlet — though ultimately successful — kills him, implicitly by burning out his heart.
  • The Cavalry: An entire army of Wakandans, New Asgardians (which include Korg and Miek among them), Masters of the Mystic Arts, and Ravagers (among other groups), united behind the Avengers, charge across the field against the hordes of Thanos's forces.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
  • Central Theme: Second chances. You may have failed once, but never give up. Use your failure to create an even better success.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The second arc of the movie (the Time Heist) has significantly more humor and is more brightly lit compared to the somber first act and the apocalyptic final arc because a 2014 version of Thanos invades Earth. However, the arc itself whiplashes back to serious during Black Widow's sacrifice.
  • Changed My Jumper: Averted. When Tony and Steve travel to the '70s, they change into period-appropriate outfits. However, Tony's modern hairstyle and beard immediately attracts notice, especially in a military base where proper grooming and attire is demanded. They're pegged as suspicious and nearly caught.
  • Character Death: Though all those that were dusted in the previous film return, those that died otherwise (Loki, Heimdall, Gamora, Vision) remain deceased, albeit a past version of Gamora lives. On top of these, Natasha sacrifices herself so Clint can take the Soul Stone, with no hope of bringing her back. The final death in the film is Tony Stark himself, having used the Infinity Stones to wipe out Thanos's forces at the cost of his own life.
  • Character Development:
    • Steve Rogers's loosening up over time is demonstrated when he travels to 2012. Rather than fight all the HYDRA agents in the elevator to get the scepter as he would have done a few years ago, he says "Hail HYDRA" to convince them to just hand it over. Later, he curses when he encounters his 2012 self and knows a fight is inevitable. During the ensuing scuffle, Steve is shown to be a Combat Pragmatist compared to his past self when he says, "Bucky's still alive!", causing 2012 Steve to let his guard down and allowing present-day Steve to escape the chokehold and knock him out with the scepter.
    • Thor's maturation from a pompous, arrogant braggart and Boisterous Bruiser to a grieving, tormented survivor to a noble, selfless, and modest warrior is highlighted in the final battle. In Age of Ultron, Cap merely nudging Mjölnir was enough to make Thor momentarily panic because he had built his entire concept of self-worth around being the only person worthy of wielding the hammer. In Endgame, there's not a trace of jealousy in him when Thor sees Captain America swinging Mjölnir around like he's had it for years, and he joyously shouts "I knew it!", because he knows he's not Thor, God of Hammers and he's delighted to see his friend proven worthy.
    • Nebula's Character Development is given a measuring stick to show how far she's come by this point when she faces her 2014 self, still fanatically loyal to Thanos.
    • A smaller case, but nonetheless notable. Pepper has always been a case of Wet Blanket Wife towards Tony, even leaving him at one point when he failed to fulfill his promise to fully retire. While she does get back together with him, even when we last see her in Infinity War, she still has shades of being a Wet Blanket Wife towards him when pointing out his arc reactor. In her two most prominent scenes here, however, we see that Pepper has long moved past that and, in fact, is the one who encourages Tony to help undo the Snap now that he knows the way to do so, citing both her acceptance that she could never stop Tony before, and that him not going through with this will haunt him in his sleep. It's telling that her last words to him as he dies from using the Gauntlet are not of pleas for him to stay alive, but of genuine assurance that he did everything he could and he can now rest. The fact that she willingly joins the final battle in the Rescue Armor, despite Tony believing she would never wear it, shows how much she herself has grown.
  • Chekhov's Army:
    • In the final battle against Thanos and his forces, every single hero who appeared in films prior (minus ones whose deaths are permanent, like Natasha, Vision, or Heimdall) and their allies show up to assist the Avengers, forming a massive army spanning multiple alien races, gods, sorcerers, and technologically augmented humans.
    • The film itself features many past characters (who are dead at the present point in the story saga) through time travel, such as Howard Stark, Loki, Peggy Carter, Frigga, the Ancient One, and Alexander Pierce.
  • Chekhov's Classroom: Scott tells everyone that they only have one vial of Pym particles left since they lost Hank Pym to the Snap, which inspires Steve to find the part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility where Hank worked in 1970, and steal some fresh vials.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Hank Pym mentioned many times in the two Ant-Man films that the time and space work differently in the Quantum Realm and his wife even mentioned that there are time vortexes in there. This give Scott Lang the idea to use time travel to reverse the damages Thanos caused.
    • In 2012, following the events of the New York battle, the Hulk is forced to take the stairs after the Avengers insist he won't fit in the elevator, and he angrily does so. Later, he swings the door open as Tony is about to walk away with the Tesseract, knocking him out and allowing Loki to escape with it.
    • One which spans multiple movies: while trying to stop Thanos's forces from reaching the new Infinity Gauntlet, Spider-Man finally sees fit to activate Instant Kill Mode.
    • While Tony's daughter Morgan plays with Pepper's Rescue mask, he tells her that Pepper doesn't wear it. During the final battle, she does.
    • At the end of Infinity War, after handing over the time stone to Thanos, Doctor Strange breaks down while apologizing to Tony Stark, saying it was the only way. Endgame reveals that he wasn't just apologizing for handing over the stone, but for setting in motion a plan that will require Tony's death.
    • The Iron Man suit's infinity gauntlet that is holding the infinity stones. The moment Thanos attempts his second snap (seconds after having wrestled his hand free from Iron Man), it turns out that all the stones are gone... and have migrated over to Stark's gauntlet. Apparently he built a failsafe into it to prevent exactly this from happening.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Tony and Nebula kill time while adrift in space by flicking a paper football back and forth. Incredibly, this comes into play during the Time Heist, when Tony needs to flick Ant-Man across a room and onto the HYDRA agent carrying the Tesseract in a briefcase.
  • Choke Holds: 2012 Steve Rogers puts present Steve Rogers in a chokehold, thinking that he is a disguised Loki. Present Steven Rogers manages to free himself by distracting his past self, saying that Bucky is still alive.
  • Climactic Battle Resurrection: The victims of the Snap return to life for the final battle.
  • Clip Show: Fitting for a finale. A subverted example occurs when the characters travel through time to collect the Infinity Stones. We get some clips, and some old scenes from new angles from The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy. But once the time-traveling present-day Avengers start altering events, there's plenty of new content, too.
  • Close-Enough Timeline: Steve returns to various timelines to return their Infinity Stones to make sure those realities more or less proceed along the same path as their own, rather than letting dark realities where The Bad Guy Wins occur due to Captain Marvel never existing due to the Tesseract disappearing, Doctor Strange not being able to stop Dormammu due to lacking the Time Stone, Thor never stopping the Dark Elves due to lacking Mjölnir, and so on. However, Joe Russo confirmed in an interview that Loki created an alternate timeline when he teleported away with the Tesseract in 2012, and that it would be "impossible for [Cap] to rectify the timeline unless he found Loki."
  • Clothing Damage: Lampshaded when Professor Hulk says he's wearing shirts now. On travelling back to the past, he obligingly rips his own shirt off in order to pass as the Big Green Rage Monster.
  • Cold Opening: This installment doesn't open on the Marvel Studios logo. Instead, it's a scene of Clint with his family just before the end of Infinity War, wherein he loses his wife, two sons, and daughter. After that, there's another scene, of the remaining Avengers rallying to track down Thanos, before the opening titles hit.
  • Collapsible Helmet: Beyond the usual suspects from previous movies (Ant-Man, Iron Man, War Machine, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Star-Lord...), the quantum suits are made from nano-tech and can fully collapse. The helmet is the first to come off after a trip, even if the rest of the suit stays. This allows the protagonists to show their faces at almost all times, except when the helmets are an absolute necessity, i.e. during trips in the Quantum Realm.
  • Color Motif:
    • In contrast to the neon-tinted teaser poster used for Infinity War, the teaser poster for Endgame is a mix of purple and blue. This extends to some of the promotional material as well, as an abandoned New York City is seen bathed in a blue marine layer in the Big Game TV spot.
    • The new "character posters" are full color for the characters who survive but black and white for those who have died.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Thor threatens a young Fortnite player that he will come to the latter's place and tear off his arms, then taunting him further when he seemingly makes the child cry.
  • Comfort Food: In addition to drinking alcohol, Thor is eating junk food.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames:
    • Clint Barton is never called "Ronin" at any point in the movie.
    • Likewise, while Pepper does finally don her armor, she's not called "Rescue" by anyone.
    • Much like her debut solo, Carol Danvers is never called Captain Marvel.
  • Composite Character: Clint Barton. Much like his 616 incarnation, he takes the identity of Ronin following Civil War, and his change in attitude and costume following the tragic deaths of his family is reminiscent of Ultimate Hawkeye. However, whilst Ultimate Hawkeye became a Death Seeker, MCU Hawkeye instead goes down the same route as The Punisher, and starts ruthlessly murdering criminals who survived the Decimation. He comes very close to sacrificing himself for the Soul Stone to atone for his actions as Ronin, reminiscent of his Ultimate counterpart's Death Seeker tendencies, but Black Widow performs the Heroic Suicide before he can.
  • Conqueror from the Future: Inverted. Thanos's past self from 2014 is accidentally warned that he will fulfill his goal of erasing half of the population but that the Avengers are traveling to the past in order to steal the Stones. Capturing the Nebula from the present and acquiring her Pym particles vial, Thanos, his warship the Sanctuary II, and his army all come to the present to get all the Stones at once from the Avengers.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: When the Avengers are gathering all the infos they have on the Infinity Stones' whereabouts over the years, they recall in turn some of the adventures that we've seen in the previous movies, each putting their own twist on their respective tales.
  • Continuity Nod: Has its own page.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Scott's escape from the Quantum Realm happens entirely by luck when a rat accidentally activates the portal.
  • Cool Shades: Deconstructed. Thor wears sunglasses in various scenes, even inside. But it rather highlights his failed attempts to put up a happy and relaxed appearance in order to conceal how depressed he really is, than actually make him look cool.
  • Cool Ship: The Benatar returns, as well as Thanos's Sanctuary II.
  • Cool vs. Awesome:
    • As with the first film, a time-displaced super-soldier, a nanite-powered tech genius-cum-playboy, a scientist with the body of a radioactive mutant, a CIA spook turned crime-fighting vigilante, a raccoon, a Norse God and a Blue-Skinned Space Babe go on a time-traveling quest to undo mass genocide. Said super-soldier winds up fighting a past alternate universe self, and the raccoon accidentally angers the guards of Norse Mythology.
    • The climax features a wizard teleporting in more wizards, an intergalactic alien militia, the remainders of Norse Mythology, a fighter pilot turned cosmic energy conduit, and reality-warped-back-to-life superheroes fighting alternate dimension counterparts of a Mutant alien overlord seeking to become a god and his army, made of space gorillas, giant bio-mechanical snakes, and cybernetically-enhanced mutant aliens.
  • Crapsack World: Zigzagged. After Thanos wiped out half of all life, major governments quickly took measures to maintain order — but it's clear that the combination of grief, loss of life, unsupported infrastructure and the resulting power vaccuum is eroding humanity steadily. Carol also discussed that other planets in the universe are losing stability while she's working to fix it.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Steve and Natasha's plan has incredibly low odds of actually working, but they're so determined to avoid letting that stop them because everyone will suffer even more if they fail. The aforementioned plan is to attack Thanos where he's retired and, to their surprise, Thanos is completely alone and much weaker due to destroying the Infinity Stones having cost the majority of his strength. So of course the heroes' plan works much easier than it should.
    Natasha: This is gonna work, Steve.
    Steve: I know it is. 'Cause I don't know what I'm gonna do if it doesn't.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The film uses the style of end credits from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, by showing the signatures of the actors who played the original Avengers.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Co-director Joe Russo plays a man in a support group for people losing love ones with Captain America. He is the first character openly on the LGBTQ spectrum portrayed in an MCU film. Thanos creator Jim Starlin is also a member of the support group.
    • In Stan Lee's last cameo, he plays a hippie who drives past the entrance of Camp Lehigh, jeering at them. Lee was de-aged for this scene to look as he did in the 1970s, alongside a completely CGI recreation of his wife, Joan Lee, as she appeared at that time. This also marks the second time that Joan Lee had a cameo in a Marvel film after X-Men: Apocalypse.
    • When Scott is looking at the memorials for the people who vanished, many names listed are of people who worked on one or more Marvel films, including VFX editor Emily Denker, CG artist Geoff Diamond, animator Marco La Torre, and digital asset coordinator Susana Lou.
    • Screenwriter and producer Christopher Markus appears briefly at the start of the 1970 sequence as one of the men entering the S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker.
  • Cringe Comedy:
    • When meeting up with Professor Hulk at a diner, a group of kids come up and ask for a photograph with him, to which he obliges, but then Lang asks the kids if they want a photo with him too, but since he's out of costume, they don't realize he's someone special, and as he tries to explain himself, Prof. Hulk at the same time is trying to cover for him, with Ant-Man just wanting the suggestion to be dropped, and Hulk trying to encourage the kids.
    • When Tony accidentally teaches his daughter how to swear, we are "treated" to the hilariously horrifying sight of a tiny and adorable little girl cheerfully giggling "shit" (twice!) before Daddy Foul-Mouth hurriedly tries to teach her "You can't say that! That's mommy's word!"
    • The hilariously shocking reveal that Thor has become an overweight alcoholic video-game junkie who spends all day indoors in only his underpants would be right at home in an Adam Sandler gross-out comedy. You'll hate yourself for laughing with a grown-ass 1500-year-old God yelling at a 10-year-old Internet Troll over Playstation-Chat, threatening to "rip his arms off and shove them up his butt"... but you'll laugh anyways.
    • On top of all that, when Thor tries to enlighten the other Avengers on the Aether/Reality Stone, he ends up rambling about Jane, Odin, and the nature of life. Eventually, Tony has to interrupt him and save him from himself as he babbles aimlessly.
    • Overlapping with Black Comedy, Rhodes suggesting that the Avengers should just use the time machine to go back to when Thanos was a baby and strangle him with a garrote, pantomimed and complete with choking noises. Professor Hulk is naturally horrified by this proposal.
      Rhodey: It's Thanos.
    • In-Universe literal example: Captain Rogers, Lang, Stark and Banner just have to bump into Hulk the way he used to be back in 2012 in their time-travel quest for the New York Infinity Stones. The first three men look on bug-eyed and stupefied as the Hulk violently jumps up-and-down on a car like a broken trampoline screaming like a five-year-old after using it to smash a Chitauri to death, while the now peace-loving Doctor Banner covers his face and cringes in humiliation.
  • Cry Cute:
    • Natasha is weeping while eating her peanut butter sandwich.
    • When Thor is caught by Frigga, his mother, during his quest for the Reality stone travelling back in time, he thinks she will be ashamed of him because he is now an overweight alcoholic shut in. Instead, she assures him she still loves him, and encourages him to pick himself up and be the best person he can be, instead what others expect him to. This causes the former god of thunder to adorably weep like a little boy as his mom lovingly hugs him.
  • Cue the Sun: Although there's still some daylight when Thanos's ship arrives and the Final Battle begins, the destruction of the landscape and Sanctuary II itself cover the land in dusty, thick gloom. Then, as Captain America prepares to make his final stand, a luminous magical portal opens up behind him, revealing the noon sunshine of Wakanda. It's so bright that, when Okoye, Shuri, and T'Challa step out, it seems for all the world that they are stepping out of pure light. Then the rest of The Cavalry steps out from their own sunlight-filled portals.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • The surviving Avengers and their allies manage to locate Thanos in his farm within the first twenty minutes of the film. By then he's already retired to a quiet life and has destroyed the Infinity Stones, which left him a fraction of his original strength. Captain Marvel, Bruce in the Hulkbuster, War Machine, and Thor quickly make short work of him. Justified since Thanos destroyed the Stones, he doesn't have his army, and he wants to die anyways after murdering his daughter and half the universe.
    • The Hulk makes a move to attack the Ancient One to get the Time Stone. She knocks Banner right out of the Hulk's body with her astral strike.
    • Past Thanos hands these out like candy, stomping almost every hero that tries to attack him. The only ones he couldn't stomp are an enraged Scarlet Witch, who instead matches and gradually overpowers him herself (to the point the last leg of their fight is practically a Curb-Stomp in its own right), and a fully-powered up Captain Marvel, which he needed the Power Stone to take out.
    • Corvus Glaive gets unceremoniously Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Okoye. She barely even breaks stride in her forward charge.
    • Giant-Man easily punches Leviathans out of the sky, and Goomba Stomps Cull Obsidian with little effort; also he doesn't even seem winded as he did in Civil War and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: While the past Thanos overwhelms the Avengers and if not for a last second sleight-of-hand would have won, they manage to get a few good hits in:
    • Cap with the power of Mjölnir and his own skill in using his shield treats Thanos like a ragdoll, until he figures out his tricks and breaks Cap's shield in the process.
    • Wanda is extremely close to killing Thanos outright, breaking his sword and crushing him in his own armor, but him raining fire on the battlefield takes her out of the fight.
    • Finally, Carol manages to fight Thanos to a stalemate, outright No Sells his headbutt, and nearly breaks his gauntlet hand, before he knocks her out with the raw power of the Power Stone.
  • Cut the Safety Rope: Clint and Natasha's fight over who gets to die so the other may get the Soul Stone ends this way: Clint is saved from falling using Natasha's safety rope, with Natasha holding only one of his hands. And then she lets go of his hand.
  • Dance of Romance: The very last shot of the film is of Steve and Peggy finally having their dance.
  • Darkest Hour:
    • Starts off with one, even. Let's see... Most of our heroes are dead, along with half of all life in the universe, and the most obvious means to fix everything — the Infinity Gauntlet — is still with Thanos. To say that our heroes have their work cut out for them is a massive understatement.
    • In the film itself, another one happens very briefly — most of the Avengers and their allies are busy fighting off Thanos's army, who are hell bent on destroying Earth once and for all. And Thanos manages to fight off Captain America, Thor, and Captain Marvel herself, the strongest hero on the field, and prepares to wipe out all of existence itself. If Strange hadn't reminded Iron Man at the last second that this is their one shot, everything would have been lost at that moment.
  • David vs. Goliath: Cap vs Thanos. Although he is a Super Soldier, Cap is no match for Thanos on his own. However, he does have his shield and Mjölnir, allowing him to fight Thanos for a short but intense moment until the Mad Titan eventually overpowers him.
  • Death Amnesia: The people killed by the Snap who are brought back apparently don't remember any afterlife, as Peter Parker says his last memory was of being held in Tony Stark's arms, and Peter thinks he passed out rather than turned to dust.
  • Death from Above: Overwhelmed by the Scarlet Witch, Thanos orders the Sanctuary II to fire at the battlefield with its cannons to take out Wanda for him, using almost this exact phrase. And then that is subject to death from above, as Captain Marvel enters the atmosphere...
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Proxima Midnight, one of the Children of Thanos who has a prominent appearance in Infinity War, has a significantly reduced role in this film, only appearing in one scene and with no speaking lines.
    • Nick Fury is demoted to basically a voiceless cameo during Tony Stark's funeral and doesn't even partake in any action scene, despite having a prominent role in the first two Avengers movies, and doing something very important in The Stinger of the third before his demise.
    • Downplayed with M'Baku. In Infinity War he was one of the many heroes called upon in the Battle of Wakanda and got a few lines that showed he's become a loyal brother-in-arms to his king, but he still was a minor role at best. Here, M'Baku makes a fleeting, line-less appearance during the Battle of Earth, taking part in the charge against Thanos's forces and briefly getting a focusing shot when the two armies clash (right before Giant-Man decks a Leviathan).
  • Dented Iron: Several times:
    • The film begins with Tony as an emaciated husk that can barely even stand. Five years later he recovered, but he's out of practice and has lost his fighting spirit.
    • Thanos's snapping arm is still horrifically scarred from the use of the Infinity Gauntlet to destroy the Stones. In addition, it's said his overall health is severely compromised due to exposure to the Stones' volatile, dangerous energies.
    • Professor Hulk's snapping arm is similarly scarred when he reverses the snap, and he is no longer the engine of destruction he normally would be during the final battle.
    • More emotional than physical, but Thor's failure to kill Thanos properly in the moment at the climax of Infinity War really took a toll on him. He spends years drinking and developed a large gut in the process. While he still has his Asgardian strength and durability, he is out of shape and not mentally all there.
  • Depopulation Bomb: The first act of the movie deals with the aftermath of the Decimation, with the survivors trying the best they can to live with this tragedy. It is shown that the population is gravely marked by this catastrophe, generally still mournful and unable to move on; Steve is leading group therapies that don't help him, Natasha is trying to sink herself in work, while Clint has become the vengeful Ronin, taking out his rage on criminals. Tony on the other hand lives a relatively happy retirement because he was lucky enough that Pepper survived.
  • Despair Event Horizon: To some degree, all the Avengers are emotionally compromised after the Snap, but some still hold out hope of undoing it. When they find out Thanos destroyed the stones making the event permanent, they cross this line. It's symbolized by Thor shamefully walking out of Thanos's hut, and there is a fade to black.
    • Tony seems to have crossed it just before (perhaps at the very moment Peter died), which is why he refuses to go on that mission. He completely walks out of the Avengers and retires with Pepper and starts a family, and while he tries to be a good father to Morgan and raise her, he's not fully gotten over his past, living beside a lake in the middle of nowhere, cut off from civilization.
    • Steve, in contrast, is on the brink. He's shown openly weeping, looking to his picture of Peggy, and outright admits that he doesn't know what he's going to do if their plan doesn't work. Later, he admits to Black Widow that while Steve tries to tell others to move on, he himself can't.
    • Black Widow tries to keep up her professionalism in front of her allies when they discuss their tasks, but when alone, she breaks down crying from all the grief that's tolling on her. Steve tries to find some positive things that happened after the Snap to cheer her up, only for Black Widow to gently tell him that she will hear none of it because nothing's worth the things she had lost.
    • Hawkeye, on seeing his family snapped, breaks completely, and goes on a Punisher-esque mass-murdering spree on the world's surviving population of gangsters, bitterly wondering why scum like them get to live while his family didn't.
    • The worst of the lot is Thor, who has become a hermit who only appears among surviving Asgardians once a month to collect a shipment of beer. He has also grown fat with a beer belly and slovenly in appearance, and can't tolerate hearing Thanos's name. It takes a time-travel visit to see his mother Frigga during Thor: The Dark World to make him snap out of it.
    • Past Thanos breaks when he sees what he considers to be his destiny being undone, and the idea of having his Life's Work Ruined especially after he fulfilled it totally breaks him in the end, when Thanos sits down in despondency as he and his army crumble to dust at Tony's last act of defiance.
  • Determinator:
    • The Avengers are devastated by their failure to stop Thanos. However, it doesn't take long for them to come back together to enact a plan that will reverse the damage that he's done to the universe.
      Steve: I keep telling people to move on. Some do. But not us. Not us...
    • During the big climax, Captain America finds himself wounded, disarmed, with his previously indestructible shield in pieces, and facing down not only Thanos but an army of hundreds. His response is to just strap the remains of his shield tighter to his arm and get ready to take them all on.
    • Thanos himself is no slouch in this department; at several points Scarlet Witch and Captain Marvel almost defeat him, but using his resources, willpower, and intelligence he takes both out. It is not until Iron Man literally snaps him out of existence that he resigns himself to his fate.
  • Deus Exit Machina:
    • Most of the preeminent physicists and engineers including Hank Pym, Erik Selvig and Shuri were killed in the Snap, leaving Tony Stark as the only person left, at least on Earth, who could figure out accurate time travel.
    • Captain Marvel is undeniably the strongest remaining superhero, so of course she vanishes after the first act and only reappears near the end of the final battle. This is justified by her having to help all the other planets without superheroes.
    • Hulk doesn't get to participate much in the final battle, as a direct result of having used the glove a short while ago, and still nursing an injury after the day's been saved, and having spent several minutes trying to hold up the remains of the Avengers headquarters. Not to mention that as Professor Hulk, he's much less enthusiastic about violence in general, as seen by his rather pathetic attempts to imitate his 2012 self.
    • Doctor Strange managed to hold his own against Thanos wielding four Infinity Stones. When Thanos's ship takes out a nearby dam, Strange has to turn his attention to containing the resultant flood, taking him out of the fight.
    • Scott proves to be one of the Avengers' heaviest hitters during the the final battle, effortlessly destroying Leviathans in his Giant-Mode. Unfortunately, when the heroes realize they need Luis' van to send the Infinity Stones back, he has to stop fighting and work with Hope to get it functional.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: After an Infinity Stones-wielding Tony snaps his fingers, scenes of Thanos's army getting turned to dust follow. Rather than fight the inevitable, Proxima Midnight is shown cradling Corvus Glaive, who was earlier impaled by Okoye.
  • Dies Wide Open:
    • Thanos, when Thor beheads him at the beginning. Nebula closes his eyes.
    • Natasha, after she throws herself down the cliff on Vormir, so that Clint can get the Soul Stone.
    • Past Nebula, when Present Nebula shoots her to protect Past Gamora.
    • Tony Stark, when he dies after snapping his fingers wearing the Infinity Gauntlet to destroy Thanos and his army.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Thanos ends up playing this role to himself. The Avengers find the planet where Thanos went to and goes to him to get the Stones; in his current state, with him having already destroyed the Stones, he is defeated rather easily. When Nebula and Rhodey travel to 2014, Thanos in that year learns of their presence and ends up as the Big Bad for the rest of the movie.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?:
    • The spoiled and stupid little Internet Troll known as "Noobmaster69" bit off a bit more than he could chew when he called Korg, Thor's roommate and friend, a dickhead while playing Fortnite. Cue the drunk and angry Thunder God yelling that he'll "fly over, rip off his arms and shove them up his butt", sending the kid literally crying off to his daddy.
    • In 2012, Alexander Pierce demands Thor to hand over Loki to him and tells him that Odin can have the rest.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: After Tony tells his daughter not to swear, after she overhears him saying "Shit!", he then says "'Cause I got shit to do!".
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: Tony makes fun of Steve's 2012 outfit, saying it didn't do anything for his ass. Scott says that "As far as I'm concerned, that's America's ass". Later, after Steve knocks out his 2012 self, he stops to look at himself and agrees with Scott.
    Steve: That is America's ass.
  • Dog Pile of Doom: Despite the Spider Limbs of his armor in "Instant Kill Mode" skewering them left and right, the Outriders ganging up on Spider-Man carrying the Infinity Gauntlet are soon overwhelming him. At first Peter tries to man up by repeating I'm Okay!, but when he starts disappearing under the many opponents, he cracks and desperately calls for help.
  • The Door Slams You: In 2012, the time-traveling Tony Stark gets a door in the face thanks to the Hulk, very annoyed that he had to walk down the stairs from the top of the Stark Tower.
  • Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: Although Gamora is dead, her younger 2014 self arrives with the rest of Thanos's forces. Despite making violently clear that she never met the Guardians, Peter Quill becomes determined to find her.
  • Double Take: Scott does one when checking the Decimation Memorial to see if Cassie was one of the victims, only to find his own name instead of hers.
  • Downer Beginning: The opening scene revisits the snap from the perspective of a different character: Hawkeye, who goes from having a nice picnic with his family to suddenly finding that his entire family has vanished without a trace. It continues for pretty much the whole first act. Tony and Nebula are on the verge of dying from lack of oxygen on the Benatar, and while Captain Marvel rescues them, Tony is a wreck, looking malnourished and raging against his teammates for failing to heed his warnings that something like this was coming. Steve and Natasha are barely able to pull together a squad of shell-shocked Avengers for one last-ditch tilt at Thanos, and they utterly curb-stomp him... only to find that he's destroyed the Stones, and with them the only chance of undoing what's been done. Thor kills the Mad Titan, but even that revenge is hollow and meaningless. Smash cut to five years later, and everyone, across the entire universe, is circling the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Dramatic Irony: In the past, Black Widow and Hawkeye go off cheerfully to acquire the Soul Stone, expecting it to be a simple trip there and back. The audience already knows that one of them will have to die to obtain it, as the previous movie establishes that one must sacrifice someone very close to them to obtain the stone, as Thanos sacrificed Gamora in Infinity War.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Black Widow sees a mysterious hooded figure dispatching someone with a katana. The katana-wielding man removes his hood and turns around to reveal himself as Clint Barton.
  • The Dreaded: Clint becomes Ronin and wreaks havoc on cartels and other criminal groups as a vigilante, angry that Thanos's snap killed his family while bad people like them were allowed to live. When he goes after the Yakuza, various members recognize him and react in fear.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: After Nebula from the present is captured, Nebula from the past — who is still loyal to Thanos — takes her jacket and some of her pieces to disguise herself and infiltrate the Avengers compound. It works perfectly as Nebula has always been distant with the Avengers and only has to look the part.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Thor spends the majority of 5-year-Time Skip in New Asgard by drinking to cope with his depression and trauma.
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Having brought back Mjölnir with him from past Asgard, Thor momentarily fights Thanos with both Stormbreaker and his hammer.
    • During the battle on Earth, Shuri can be seen fighting Thanos's forces with a pair of beam weapons.
    • Captain America gets to face Thanos with two of the most powerful hand weapons of the MCU — the vibranium shield and Mjölnir! A breathtaking duel ensues as Cap combines the abilities of both the shield and Mjölnir to put the pressure on Thanos, defending from Thanos's inhumanly strong sword strokes with his shield just as he fires lightning at the Mad Titan.
  • Due to the Dead: Invoked — Nebula finds Tony Stark collapsed on the deck of the Benatar, and moves him to a more dignified position in the pilot's seat.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending:
    • After years of regret for a lost past, a lifetime of battling villains, and losing his sworn brother, Steve feels that he's done his work and decides to go back to the 1940s and live his life with Peggy.
    • One actually happened during the Time Skip. After a decade, Bruce and the Hulk are able to resolve their differences and combine themselves into Professor Hulk, a single personality consisting of their best traits. The public has finally accepted him and he's finally able to live a completely normal life.
  • Elevator Action Sequence: Subverted in a Call-Forward to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which Cap fights a whole squad of S.H.I.E.L.D./HYDRA soldiers trying to arrest him. Here, when Cap travels back to to the Battle of New York in 2012 to retrieve the Mind Stone from Loki's scepter, he gets into an elevator with the same group of soldiers and tells them the Secretary told them to give him the scepter. Just when it seems a similar fight is going to break out, Cap instead leans into Agent Sitwell's ear and says, "Hail HYDRA." Shocked, the HYDRA forces give him the scepter.
  • End of an Age: The directors have said that there is what is before and after Endgame, and they were not wrong. Tony dies, Natasha dies, Steve retires, Thanos and his forces are dead. Simply put, both good and evil are in very different places at the end.
  • Enhanced Punch: Shocked to see that Captain Marvel is his physical superior, Thanos quickly takes the Power Stone and enhances his punch with energy to take her out.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Knowing that Doctor Strange was the keeper of the Time Stone before Thanos got it and Strange resided in New York, Bruce goes to the Sanctum Sanctorum in 2012 at the same time as The Battle of New York to get it. What Bruce doesn't know is that Strange had not begun his training with the Masters of the Mystic Arts until 2016, so he's actually showing up at the Sanctum four years too early. He arrives there, only to encounter the Ancient One instead of Strange. Who seems to have brought the Eye of Agamotto from Kamar-Taj just in case it's needed during the invasion.
  • Epic Movie: Even by the MCU's standards, Endgame is stated to be the big payoff over 10 years and 22 movies in the making. It has the runtime to match — the movie is slated to run at just over three hours. Endgame spends all three hours of its runtime to develop all the original six Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk and Hawkeye, gives them emotional closure, honors the past of the whole franchise, and ends in an epic battle involving pretty much every hero of the franchise and more against the most dangerous threat to the Universe. It assembles all the stars featured in the MCU, some of which were made stars by the movies, has a marketing budget of $200,000,000 alone, and ends a decade-long storyline centered around the Infinity Stones.
  • Eureka Moment: Black Widow realizing that three Infinity Stones could be recovered right around the time of the Battle of New York.
    • Tony getting the idea to go to the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility in 1970 in order to get both the Tesseract and the Pym Particles he and Cap would need to return home.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Proxima Midnight sadly cradles Corvus Glaive's body as she disintegrates. In the comics, the two are husband and wife.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • After finding the location of the Power Stone in 2014, Thanos orders Gamora and Nebula to board on Ronan's ship to help him retrieve it because he loathes the Kree's obsession to destroy Xandar, especially since it clouds his judgement.
    • When Thanos orders the Sanctuary II to fire on the battlefield, Corvus Glaive reacts with shock and protests it, since countless members of Thanos's forces are there.
      Thanos: Rain fire!
      Corvus Glaive: But sire, our troops—!
      Thanos: JUST DO IT!
  • Event Title: The film is the Final Battle against Thanos and the Grand Finale of his Myth Arc.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Played for (very) Dark Laughs; Rhodey casually suggests going back in time to find and strangle baby Thanos with a garrote, complete with pantomime and choking noises. Professor Hulk, understandably, is disturbed and shoots down the suggestion immediately.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Past Thanos learns of the Avengers' plans to undo his damage, he dismisses them for being ungrateful, and believes that the universe refused to thrive because the survivors couldn't get over the deaths of the people he killed, clearly unsympathetic to those who lost friends, comrades and loved ones.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags:
    • A malnourished Tony who's drifting in space has dark eye bags.
    • Clint has a very dark pair under his eyes when he meets with Natasha. It would seem that he doesn't sleep much since becoming Ronin.
  • Expendable Alternate Universe: Defied. After Bruce Banner learns from The Ancient One that permanently removing the Infinity Stones can doom the new alternate timelines, he spends the rest of the movie reminding everyone that the Stones will need to be put back in their proper place, which Steve eventually does.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change:
    • Steve goes back to his clean-shaven look, given he has much bigger problems than hiding his face.
    • Natasha starts the movie with her same blond bob cut from Infinity War. After the time skip, we see she's grown her hair out and left it unstyled, perhaps suggesting she can't be bothered to worry about something as unimportant as hair-styling when she has so many more important things to worry about. Later still, after discovering a possible way to undo the Snap, she puts her hair into a functional braid, signifying the return of her will and determination.
    • Clint's hair has been noticeably cut shorter when we see him as Ronin, and later stylizes into some sort of fauxhawk.
    • Downplayed with Captain Marvel, whose hair is a little longer and messier than in her debut movie. However, it is significantly shorter after the Time Skip.
    • When Thor summons the power of thunder in the film's climax, his ragged facial hair transforms into a braided beard befitting his Viking ancestry.
  • Extra-Dimensional Shortcut: Ant-Man realizes that time moves at a different speed in the Quantum Realm. The Avengers end up using it for time travel, rather than teleportation.
  • Extra-Long Episode: Clocking in at a little over three hours long, this is the longest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date (as of its release date of 2019, in comparison to the twenty-two films that came before it) and has the epicness to match.

    Tropes F to H 
  • Face Death with Dignity:
    • Tony accepts the fact that drifting through space for weeks means he's barely hanging on by a thread and that he will die soon, but his final thoughts are still of Pepper.
    • Upon seeing his entire forces disintegrating, Thanos just quietly sits down, tired and defeated, while waiting for his inevitable disintegration.
    • When it looks like Rhodey, Rocket and Professor Hulk are going to drown after Thanos destroys the compound, Rhodey tells Rocket he'll see him on the other side.
  • Face Palm:
    • When Thor rambles about his experiences with the Aether, everyone aside from Scott (who is enthralled by it) is just waiting for him to finish, with about half the team facepalming.
    • Bruce claps a hand to his face after witnessing past-Hulk throwing a temper tantrum, jumping up and down on a car and hurling debris.
  • Facial Horror: Thanos is shown suffering from a horrible burn scar on the left of his face, including the loss of an entire ear. That is because he's destroyed the Infinity Stones using their own power, and the power surge has seemingly destroyed the gauntlet and taken Thanos's left side as a result. Later, Tony is shown with the same scar after snapping Thanos and his forces out of existence.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Thor and Rocket travel to 2013 Asgard to steal the Aether. They tiptoe past Loki in his cell in an obvious manner, which Loki fails to notice because he's too busy flipping a cup in boredom.
    • 2014 Nebula takes out 2023 Nebula's golden face-plate so as to blend amongst the Avengers and not arouse suspicion. The fact that her body language is nonetheless visibly different fails to tip off any of them, though this can be excused as Nebula has always been distant with them, and they are distracted by having just retrieved the stones and are focused on undoing the snap.
    • Finally, 2014 Thanos begins gloating as he seems to have finally regained the Stark-tech Infinity Gauntlet for himself before snapping — only for nothing to occur and Tony to reveal that all the stones were, in fact, with him.
    • Nobody in the Avengers compound notices when Thanos's ship comes through the Quantum Tunnel and blows out their roof in the process in the very next room. To be fair, this happens while they locked the base down and they're currently in the process of having Bruce use the glove to undo the Decimation, and everyone is more concerned about the sparking energies and Bruce in agony as it fries his arm, but still giant spaceship pops out of the next room and nobody hears it. Likewise after they open the shutters nobody seems to notice the huge spaceship big enough to block out the sun until an instant before it starts shooting at them.
    • Thanos completely misses the infinity stones dropping out of his gauntlet and falling on the ground right in front of him. He is so focused on taunting, when he snaps his fingers all we hear is a metallic clang.
    • When Bruce, Bucky and Sam are waiting for Steve to come back from returning the Infinity Stones, they don't initially notice a now-old Steve seated on a bench.
  • False Reassurance: Thor joins with the Guardians of the Galaxy and bumps head with Quill over who is in command (all implicitely though). When Quill tries to reassert that he's the leader of the group, Thor jovially says "Of course!" but then repeats it twice with a deadpan yet sinister tone and a Death Glare, making it clear he doesn't think one bit of Quill as his leader. Quill is visibly frightened to have his place challenged by a Physical God.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • Natasha's last words to Clint before she makes her Heroic Suicide is "Let me go. It's okay."
    • Thanos and Tony both have some in after Thanos snaps his fingers with the Infinity Gauntlet on, only to realize that Tony stole the stones from him.
      Thanos: I am inevitable.
      Tony: And I... am... Iron Man.
    • Tony's very last words, which are barely comprehensible, are "Hey Pep..." when he sees Pepper assuring him that his family and friends will be alright and he can finally rest now.
  • Fan Disservice:
  • Fearful Symmetry: Past Cap mistakes present Cap as Loki in disguise and engages immediately by throwing his shield, to which present Cap immediately answers with a throw of his own. The two shields collide and fall off the platform on which the two Captain Americas are fighting.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: By the end of the film, the original six Avengers are no more. Tony and Natasha have sacrificed their lives to defeat Thanos, Clint once again retires to be with his restored family, Banner's arm is (possibly permanently) damaged from using the Stones, Thor leaves Earth and joins the Guardians on their adventures after dubbing Valkyrie the new ruler of New Asgard, and Steve, after going back in time to return the Stones to their original locations in history to maintain the timeline, chooses to return to the 1940s to live a full life with Peggy and passes on his title and shield to Sam Wilson.
  • Female Gaze: There's quite a bit of focus on Captain America's ass, with accompanying lingering shots, but there's a funny twist in that it's only men pointing it out.
    Scott Lang: [after Tony snarks about 2012 Steve] As far as I'm concerned, that is America's ass!
    Steve: [after defeating his 2012 self] ...That is America's ass.
  • Final Battle: Thanos assaults the Avengers compound with not only his flagship, the Sanctuary II, but also the Children of Thanos and his army of Outriders, Chitauri and assorted aliens. But then come the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, every sorcerer from Kamar-Taj, and the forces of Asgard and Wakanda, and even the Ravagers. The whole battle becomes a struggle for the Infinity Gauntlet, with heroes passing each other the gauntlet to throw it in the Quantum Tunnel while each of Thanos's minions try to steal it from the Avengers.
  • Final Solution: Thanos decides that the second time around, he'll just erase the entire universe and start everything over.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Thor wears a gray, knit pair after the five-year time skip, further emphasizing his now scruffy appearance.
  • Finger-Tenting: On the IMAX poster, Loki is holding his hands at chest level with his fingers tip-to-tip.
  • First Girl Wins: After returning the Infinity Stones, Cap goes to the 1940's and reunites with his first love Peggy, rather than returning to the present and reconnecting with Sharon, who would have returned after Hulk's snap. This also means Steve wins out over the man Peggy would have married in this alternate timeline.
  • Five Stages of Grief: After Thanos erases half the population of the universe and the Infinity Stones, each member of the original Avengers sans Steve Rogers is going through one of the stages:
    • Denial: Natasha Romanov still believes she can go back to her former role of saviour of the world and still hopes for a way to undo Thanos's Snap.
    • Anger: Clint Barton is going on a murder spree across the world to rid it from the people he thinks should have died in Thanos's Snap instead of his family and admittedly has lost all hope.
    • Bargaining: Bruce Banner is trying his best to find other ways to stay happy, like mastering his Hulk form or gaining a large fanbase for his heroic deeds. Like pretty much every other former Avengers, he still jumps at the opportunity to undo Thanos's Snap.
    • Depression: Thor has stopped being a hero and spends his days drinking beers, playing video games and eating way too much. As a result, he is very out of shape and emotionally vulnerable, as seen when he reunites with his mother and starts crying like a little boy
    • Acceptance: Tony Stark has moved on from the Avengers after Thanos's Snap, and now has a daughter and lives happily with her and his wife. He is the only member of the team who (at first) refuses to take part in the plan of going back in time to take the Stones and undo Thanos's Snap.
    • Steve, however, acts as the grief counselor, trying to help the group get out of their funk, sending Natasha to Clint and so on. Nothing for nothing, the first thing we see him do post-time skip is him leading a litteral Group Therapy Session.
  • Food as Bribe: Rocket convinces Thor, who's become a depressed alcoholic in the last five years, to re-join the Avengers by telling him there's beer on the Benatar.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • The entire plot of the movie occurs because a rat randomly crawls across the quantum realm machine's control panel. The rat's heroism has now become a Memetic Mutation.
    • Post-snap Nebula being inadvertently connected to her 2014 self and sharing memories with her, which has the effect of bringing 2014 Thanos and his armies in the post-snap present day.
  • Forced Sleep: In 2012, after getting his hands on Loki's scepter, Steve encounters and is forced to fight this timeline's Captain America. The fight ends when present-day Steve uses the scepter to induce sleep on his 2012 self.
  • Foregone Conclusion: With Spider-Man: Far From Home confirmed to take place after this film, Spider-Man, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill are all safe. Otherwise, notably subverted. Of the characters who die or stay dead, three of them (Black Widow, Loki, and Vision) have their own movies/TV shows in the works.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • 22 days after half the universe's population vanished, the remaining Avengers plus Carol discuss how to get to Thanos and undo what happened. Thor is the only one not contributing to the conversation; he's quietly sitting and eating bread and drinking beer. Five years later, he's more openly bitter and depressed, having gained weight due to being a shut-in who eats junk food, doesn't do exercise and drinks beer.
    • When the Avengers confront Thanos on his retirement planet, they discover that Thanos destroyed the Stones and that doing so nearly killed him. Five years later, Tony snaps his gauntlet to destroy Thanos and his army, but since Tony is not as strong as Thanos, he is killed by the power of the Stones. Tony's knowledge of this reinforces his Heroic Sacrifice since he was aware of the cost but did it anyways.
    • Scott only has thin stubble exactly the same as his last appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp despite being supposedly trapped in Quantum Realm for five years without any tool to shave. It turns out that from his perspective, he was only trapped there for five hours.
    • Right after the Time Skip, Natasha all but said to Steve that she's Married to the Job for the past five years because she has nothing else in her life. Guess what she did when she reached Vormir with Clint.
    • Tony and Pepper's daughter Morgan has a lot of scenes with her father. In fact, she never even shares a scene with her mother until the eventual funeral. This pretty much indicates that she won't be with her father for any longer than this.
    • When Tony finds Morgan playing with the helmet of the suit he got for Pepper, he complains that Pepper never wears anything he gets her. Guess what happens during the battle against Thanos...
    • When Tony finally decides to join the Time Heist, he lays his priorities out for Steve: Get back those lost if possible, protect what Tony's gained as a necessity, and "maybe not die in the process." Tony places the least priority on that last one, and will end the fight with a Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Steve tells his support group that they need to move on after the Snap, and make something of what they have left. Otherwise, Thanos might as well have killed all of them. When the Avengers demonstrate to him their complete inability to do just that, Thanos comes to this exact conclusion, changing his plans from "50%" to "100%".
    • In 2012, a handcuffed Loki briefly shapeshifts into Captain America to annoy Thor. Some time later, when present-day Steve is about to walk out of the compound with the Mind Stone in the scepter, his 2012 self sees him and immediately thinks he's a disguised Loki.
    • During Thor's breakdown of the Aether (which is nothing more than a long-winded ramble), he brings up his mother, which grinds his stream-of-consciousness speech to a halt as he thinks about her. Later on he manages to get that last moment with her and set things right in his head.
    • Thor joyously shouting "I knew it!" when Cap lifts Mjölnir is a sign that Thor no longer bases his identity around being Thor, heir to Asgard and wielder of the Hammer of Thunder. It's consequently unsurprising when he has the humility to realize he's not the ruler New Asgard needs, and consequently abdicates the throne so Valkyrie can become queen.
    • During the Final 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". Ever since Strange used the Time Stone to foresee the winning outcome, he knew that Tony would have to make the ultimate sacrifice to defeat Thanos and his army for good. Not only did Strange not want to risk anything that might compromise their already slim chances of victory, he didn’t want to tell Tony he wasn’t going to survive the fight with Thanos.
    • As Steve is preparing to go back in time to return all the stones to their respective times and locations, Bucky says "I'm going to miss you". This is despite the fact that Steve is only going to be gone for about 5 seconds on their end. And after Steve doesn't return as he is expected to, Bucky doesn't seem surprised. Moments later, he sees an elderly Steve sitting a distance away. It seems Bucky knew Steve's plan to stay in the past and be with Peggy after returning all the stones.
  • Forgot About His Powers: During the brief moments where Thanos gets his hands on the replacement gauntlet during the final battle, he doesn't try to use the stone's individual powers. The closest he gets is suckerpunching Carol with one of them. Instead, he just tries to snap his fingers again. Largely justified as he's not just being bombarded by the Avengers every possible moment, he's the past version of Thanos; he likely has no idea how the thing even works or what the individual stones can do, since he never got to practice using them.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Despite all the effort the Avengers put into trying to save Vision's life in Infinity War, they don't appear to have made any effort to resurrect him in the subsequent five years by using Shuri's research and experiments, or consider how to revive him when trying to undo Thanos's snap; not even Tony and Bruce, who created him. The only mention he gets is from Wanda, and then not even by name.
  • Formerly Fit: Two characters, in opposite directions:
    • Tony, who is usually more of a downplayed Mr. Fanservice that the other male heroes are, starts the movie as an emaciated wreck as he recovers from malnutrition and a nasty infection.
    • Thor, the poster boy for Hunk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, hits a new low as he gets fat and out of shape during the five-year time skip. The loss of his muscle means that he's lost his drive to perform heroics, having committed the ultimate failure. Almost everyone he meets calls him out on his shape, and Thanos has an easier time beating up an out-of-shape Thor despite the latter wielding the immensely powerful Stormbreaker.
  • Fountain of Youth: While testing the Quantum machine for time travel, among the mishaps is that Scott is turned into a young man, then into a baby.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Less so here than Infinity War, predominantly during the Time Heist.
    • Rocket and Thor go to 2013 Asgard to retrieve the Aether (Reality Stone)
    • Tony, Cap and Scott go to 2012 Stark Tower to steal the Tesseract (Space Stone) and scepter (Mind Stone) while Banner goes to the New York Sanctum to take the Time Stone. Cap and Tony go further back, to 1970 to capture the Tesseract when the attempt was botched the first time. Oh, and they get more Pym Particles to get back to 2023.
    • Rhodey and Nebula go to 2014 Morag, knock out Star Lord and steal the Power Stone (in the Orb) but not before...
    • they send Nat and Clint in the Benatar to Vormir, where they fight over who takes the dive for the Soul Stone, with Nat taking the fall and Clint getting the Stone.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • Some viewers may have noticed the sudden absence of the multicolored lights on Thanos's Stark-tech "Infinity Gauntlet" after he grapples with Tony and throws him off.
    • It's very easy to miss, but as Tony struggles with Thanos for the Stones, they can be seen falling to the ground before Thanos knocks Tony away.
    • On one of the pillars of the "Lost" memorial, there may or may not be the name of one "Stanley Lieber" (a.k.a. Stan Lee).
    • Howard the Duck can momentarily be seen to the right of Hope Van Dyne, amongst the Ravagers as they arrive as back-up for the Avengers.
    • Amusingly, a close look will reveal Bruce eating "Hunka Hulka Burning Fudge" ice cream during the planning of the Time Heist.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Thor and Captain Marvel seem to develop this upon first meeting, with Thor noticeably calling Stormbreaker in front of her and Carol, completely unfazed, giving him a Death Glare that turns into a sly smile. He warms up to her immediately after that.
    Thor: I like this one.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: After Tony says "shit!" while discovering a plausible time travel theory, he sees Morgan watching on the steps behind him, who replies "shit!" in response. Tony then digs himself deeper by saying he has "a lot of important shit to do."
  • Gambit Roulette: The entire film is but one of over fourteen million timelines Doctor Strange had seen. His decision to hand Thanos the Time Stone in exchange for sparing Tony Stark's life is meant to confirm that exact timeline, to make sure that the snap happens at a time when Scott Lang is in the Quantum Realm and thus gets the idea of quantum time travel, Tony is around to (a) make quantum time travel work and (b) make the new Infinity Gauntlet out of Iron Man nano-tech, allowing him to steal the Stones from Thanos in the finale and snap his forces out of existence. Things Strange never actually told him to do. Also, the fact that he willingly gave up the Time Stone clues the Ancient One that Bruce being in the past, now, asking for it means everything is going according to plan.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Before the battles of Infinity War occurred, Tony had told Pepper he dreamed they had a child, who was named after Pepper's uncle Morgan. In the present-day, they have a daughter named Morgan.
  • Generation Xerox: Morgan, Tony's daughter, already takes a lot after her father. First shown with an Iron Man helmet because of a precocious interest in technology, she then demonstrates a talent for banter and more comically, wants cheeseburgers in a scene just like Tony wanted cheeseburgers upon his return from Afghanistan.
  • Genre-Busting: While the genre of the movie is under the blanket descriptor of "Superhero", the actual genres themselves that make it up are quite varied. The best way to describe Endgame is as a Character-Driven Dramatic Post-Apocalyptic Time-Traveling Caper, and towards the last hour it becomes an epic war movie.
  • Genre Shift:
    • While Infinity War was a film focused primarily on large scale set-pieces and battles, Endgame is a more overtly somber and character-driven narrative which doubles as a look-back through the history of the MCU. It's only come the Final Battle when the former's tone returns to the forefront.
    • The re-introduction of Hawkeye in his Ronin persona has him hunting down Yakuzas in Tokyo like something in a vengeance film such as Kill Bill, culminating in a Battle in the Rain sword duel with the Yakuza leader that plays out like a Samurai film.
    • And when Hawkeye desperately tries to outrun a tidal-wave of Outriders in the dark dripping tunnels of the Avengers Compound ruins, the film adopts the industrial-punk steam-gothic aesthetics of a "futile escape through the air ducts" scene straight out of 1980s horror/monster movies like Aliens.
  • Genius Bruiser: Two heroines empowered by Infinity Stones, Scarlet Witch and Captain Marvel, clearly overpowered Thanos individually, but Thanos still manages to dispatch them through quick thinking: he orders his ship to fire on the former to throw her off, and uses the Power Stone to enhance his strength to blindside the latter.
  • Gentle Giant: The Hulk becomes this, having melded Bruce’s mind and mild demeanor with the Hulk’s body. Bruce is also a much calmer, happier person himself, since he no longer has to live in fear of Hulking out. This is especially shown when Bruce gives Scott his tacos after Scott’s tacos are blown away by the Benatar’s arrival. When they travel to 2012, Hulk is embarrassed by his old behavior.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Rocket slaps Thor across the face when he experiences a panic attack on 2013-Asgard.
  • Ghost City:
    • New York City is implied to be barely populated years after Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet. The ballpark stadium is overgrown and crumbling, thousands of abandoned ships lie at its docks, most of the buildings are completely dark and empty, and scattered vehicles still dot its streets.
    • San Francisco is implied to be much the same — it apparently takes Scott a good chunk of time to walk through completely devoid streets before he runs into another person, and even then, it's in a residential area crowded with abandoned homes and garbage.
    • On a larger scale, the entire first third of the movie, which takes place post-Snapture, is largely devoid of life; there are only two crowd scenes and exactly seven speaking roles that aren't superheroes: Cassie Lang, Morgan Stark, the three kids who get the photo with Hulk, the mob boss, and Joe Russo's nameless LGBTQ survivor. The Doylist explanation is that this would save on budget (a serious consideration with this film's massive cast list), but it also helps build the Watsonian air of desolation and loneliness. Most notably, the Avengers installation is completely empty aside from the, you know, actual Avengers.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Scott goes Giant-Man during the climactic battle, and crushes Cull Obsidian like a roach while he's at it.
  • Giant Mook: Thanos's forces deploy hulking brutes tethered by collars on the battlefield, quite reminiscent of the trolls from The Lord of the Rings movies.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: A variation. While the Pym Particle has been around since the 1960s, it seems to be only discovered by Hank Pym and no one else in the entire universe. When the 2014 Thanos gets his hands on the time-traveling Nebula's Pym Particle vial and beacon, he had Ebony Maw reverse-engineer it in order to mass-produce enough particles to take his entire army to the future.
  • Godzilla Threshold: "Whatever it takes."
    • Nick Fury treated Captain Marvel as one while he was alive, as she was simply so powerful and potentially dangerous that he would only call upon her help if his Avengers ever failed. Considering that he held back when Loki launched an alien invasion that ultimately led New York City about to be nuked into oblivion in The Avengers, when tens of millions of people were going to be killed by HYDRA when it revealed itself to have survived World War II within S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, or when the greater part of Sokovia was about to be dropped onto Earth to cause a mass-extinction event in Avengers: Age of Ultron, that should give you an idea of how serious things had to get before he called for her aid.
    • Learning that Doctor Strange willingly gave up the Time Stone to Thanos in 2018 is enough to convince the Ancient One to hand it over to Banner in 2012, as she immediately understands there must have been a reason for him to do so.
    • In order to get the Tesseract away from the 2012 version of Tony, it is decided to have Scott sabotage his arc reactor as to induce a heart attack.
    • Completely dominated by Wanda, who threatens to kill him, Thanos orders the Sanctuary II to fire at the battleground, even shocking his underling, who objects to the move that will destroy much of their troops. In doing so, he throws the entire battlefield into chaos, taking out Wanda.
    • This attitude completely dominates the Final Battle, where the heroes do everything they can to keep the Infinity Stones out of Thanos's hands and defeat his army. They summon nearly every heroic force they can (Kamar-Taj, Wakanda, New Asgard, the Ravagers), use lethal methods they normally wouldn't (Spider-Man activating Instant-Kill mode), and use powers they aren't even sure they can handle (Captain America using Mjölnir) to attain victory. This culminates in Iron Man swiping the stones, creating a new Infinity Gauntlet from the nanotech of his armor and snapping his hand to end the threat of the Mad Titan for good, at the cost of his own life.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Immediately after undoing the Snap, as Thanos is close to retrieving the stones again, Doctor Strange calls upon his fellow wizards to open portals and bring everyone possible back to fight. Thus, as Steve faces Thanos's army alone, he suddenly is backed up by the armies of Wakanda, the Masters of the Mystic Arts, the Asgardians, the Ravagers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and every other hero.
  • "Good Luck" Gesture: Thor gives Bruce the "Thumbs Up" variant before the former snaps his fingers with Tony's gauntlet to bring back those that got dusted.
  • A Good Way to Die: Implied when 2014 Thanos sees from the memory banks of Nebula that his future self eventually succeeds in his goal to kill off half the universe, but is executed by the Avengers. He completely takes his future demise in stride and prevents Ebony Maw from executing Nebula as a traitor. If anything, the lesson he takes from his future self is not simply "don't die", but that he was too limited in his scope and that the survivors were ungrateful, and plans to exterminate all of life instead.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
    • When Natasha realizes that New York played host to three Infinity Stones during the 2012 invasion, Hulk's reaction is this.
      Hulk: Shut the front door.
    • Steve Rogers inverts this multiple times after calling out Tony for language in Age of Ultron.
      Steve Rogers: [seeing his 2012 self] You've got to be shitting me.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: This time, it's the Avengers who must collect all the Infinity Stones from points in the past to undo the original snap.
  • Grand Finale: For the "Infinity Saga" story arc involving the Infinity Stones, although Spider-Man: Far From Home is technically the final film of Phase 3, and the epilogue to that arc. The film also represents the completion of the twenty-two movie saga started by Iron Man.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol:
    • Black Widow uses her grappling-hook apparatus on Vormir to catch Hawkeye as he tries to jump from the cliff and stop his fall, allowing her to sacrifice herself in his stead.
    • Later, in the tunnels under the Avenger Compound's ruins, Hawkeye uses his own grappling-hook arrow to escape the pursuing Outriders up a well, cutting up the climbers still going after him with his katana.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: It's raining during the emotional reunion between Clint and Natasha after the former killed Akihiko.
  • Groin Attack: Past Gamora gives Star-Lord two brutal ones, because she never met him in her timeline and thought he's being a creep by approaching her.
    Quill: [while writhing on the ground] You missed the first time and got both of them on the second!
  • Guilt-Free Extermination War: In the end, Tony doesn't hesitate to use the power of the Infinity Stones to Snap all of Thanos's forces out of existence, presumably rendering the Chitauri and Outrider species extinct.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Averted with Nebula from the past, who's given a chance to turn around by her future self and Gamora. For a moment it looks like it may happen, but she rejects it. She's killed by Nebula from the present before she can act, as that Nebula knew her younger self was too loyal and terrified of Thanos at this point to betray him. This gave her the edge to beat her younger self on the draw.
  • 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 shouts, "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.
  • 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...
    • Averted with Bruce and the Hulk. They spend the last five years getting to know each other better and did a Split-Personality Merge. Their shared loss to Thanos actually helped this process a long. Professor Hulk is the only Avenger presented as better off post-Snap than pre-Snap.
  • 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 criticizing 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.

    Tropes I to J 
  • 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.
  • 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 responds with "The Reason You Suck" Speech below.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the 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.

    Tropes K to M 
  • 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.
    • And speaking of 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.
  • 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. See Shadow Archetype below for more details.
  • 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 Name: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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: Wooh, 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?
  • 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 really 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 realise 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.
  • 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.

    Tropes N to O 
  • 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 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.
    • 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 said 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 said beverage 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nothing Personal: Averted. Thanos admits that everything he's done up to this point was nothing personal against anyone, but he decides that he's going to take pleasure in destroying Earth with his armies.
  • 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 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. Said mission 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...
    • The look on Thanos's face when he headbutts Captain Marvel and she doesn't even react.
    • Then reversed when Thanos circumvents Marvel restraining his Gauntlet hand by removing the Power Stone with his other; cut to Marvel'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.
  • 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.
  • One Steve Limit: Clint isn't called Ronin, probably to avoid confusion with Ronan, the villain from the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
  • 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 had just died and been resurrected (five years in the future no less), and that the fate of the universe was at stake, Thou Shalt Not Kill was understandably the farthest thing from his mind at the moment.
    • After Tony snaps Thanos and his army out of existance, 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. Although it also feels very realistic and natural as friendly bickering goes.

    Tropes P to R 
  • Passing the Torch:
    • Ultimately, Steve leaves his shield in the hands of Sam Wilson a.k.a Falcon, who feels extremely inadequate but is reassured that he is worthy of the mantle. Also, Thor chooses Valkyrie to be the new ruler of Asgard before leaving with the Guardians. Tony Stark likewise symbolically passes the torch to his daughter, Morgan.
    • In the middle of Tony's rant to the Avengers, he pauses and says about Captain Marvel, "She's great by the way" as gratitude for her saving his life. He also tells her that the Avengers have more need for "new blood" like her than the "bunch of tired old mills" that he and the other Avengers have become.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Thaddeus Ross, who has thus spent the entirety of his time in the MCU being a jerkass to just about everybody, has the decency to attend Tony Stark's funeral out of respect. He also has an opportunity to capture Professor Hulk and the theoretically still fugitive Secret Avengers right then and there, but he doesn't take it, because it's not the time or place for that.
    • Present-day Thanos gets a very minor one. Right before being killed by Thor, he admits that he might have treated Nebula too harshly when Nebula gives him a Backhanded Compliment.
    • Past Thanos, who, in Guardians of the Galaxy, was extremely harsh and unforgiving towards Nebula, approves of her plan to retrieve the Infinity Stones from the Avengers and bring them to him. He also does not punish Past Nebula for 2023 Nebula's future betrayal, like he normally would have done.
  • Planet Terra: When 2014 Thanos views present Nebula's memories of of the Avengers discussing the Stones' locations, he refers to them as Terrans.
  • Please Wake Up:
    • F.R.I.D.A.Y to an unconscious Tony Stark (who took Mjölnir to the chest and was tossed aside by Thanos): "Boss, Wake up!"
    • A resurrected Peter to a dying Tony: "Mr. Stark? We won. We won."
  • Plot Armor: The start of the third act is Thanos's ship appearing over the Avengers compound and reducing it to rubble. Not a brick is left unsmashed. Despite this, literally none of the nine people in it are killed or even injured.
  • Possession Implies Mastery:
    • Steve is able to use Mjölnir very effectively when one considers that he's never wielded it before, and it had been nearly a decade since the last time he'd even touched the hammer.
    • Averted with the Infinity Stones: While Thanos was able to use each stone individually (apart from the Mind Stone, which he had no need to use since it was the last one he collected) within minutes of acquiring it, the Avengers don't try using the stones for anything other than gauntlet snaps save for one desperation move with Loki's scepter in past New York.
  • Potty Failure: Scott Lang is the guinea pig for the first tests on time travel, but unfortunately things go awry and Scott is pulled out of the Quantum Realm at different ages. Finally getting back to normal, Scott feels his suit has been stained and questions whether it was his baby self, his very old self, or his current self who was responsible.
  • Power Walk: The Avengers plus Nebula and Rocket perform this as they solemnly approach the Quantum Tunnel in the hangar, all clad in white and red quantum suits and ready to travel to the past.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
    • When Tony, Steve, and Thor see Thanos patiently waiting for them to come to him. Thor's response?
      Thor: Let's kill him properly this time.
    • When Cap rallies the fully revived forces of Earth against Thanos's forces.
      Captain America: Avengers! ...Assemble.
    • When the female superheroes show up to cut a path through Thanos's remaining forces so Carol can get to the Quantum Tunnel.
      Scarlet Witch: Don't worry...
      Okoye: She's got help.
    • Scarlet Witch coming face-to-face with Thanos:
      Scarlet Witch: You took... everything from me.
      Thanos: I don't even know who you are.
      Scarlet Witch: You will...
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Beyond the usual suspects (Cap's shield, Stormbreaker and Mjölnir), Thanos's massive double-bladed sword can be thrown by spinning it, and returns to his hand afterward.
  • Precrime Arrest: Rhodey semi-jokingly suggests using time travel to go back in time and kill baby Thanos.
  • Pre-Mortem Catchphrase: Tony repeats his catch-phrase "I am Iron Man" just before he uses the Infinity Stones and dies.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: During the final battle, Tony swaps the Infinity Stones from Thanos and uses them to turn Thanos and his army into dust.
    Thanos: I am inevitable.
    Tony: And I... am... Iron Man. [snaps]
  • Prescience Is Predictable: In the midst of the Battle of New York, Professor Hulk comes to the Sanctum Sanctorum seeking Doctor Strange... and finds the Ancient One instead, who tells him he's five years too early for that to be a possibility. Later on, she states matter-of-factly that Strange is meant to be the best of them (the Sorcerers Supreme) all, so she immediately trusts whatever his judgment was in handing Thanos the Time Stone.
  • Product Placement:
    • Korg is playing Fortnite when Rocket and Professor Hulk visit New Asgard to find Thor. In one scene, a bottle of Irn-Bru is plainly visible on a table.
    • Tony drives an Audi to Avengers HQ. The camera lingers on the front of the car for a few seconds.
    • Tiny Scott gets a whiff of 2012-Tony and asks present-Tony, "Is that Axe body spray?"
  • Pull the I.V.: Tony does this at the beginning, pulling out the IV giving him fluids during an argument with Steve. He also stands up from his wheelchair despite everyone telling him not to. This bites him in the ass hard, as he collapses and passes out mid-rant, and has to be sedated to ensure he actually gets some nutrients in him.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Five Beat Years Beat Later
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Thanos decides It's Personal after Earth has been a thorn in his side for too long.
    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.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: The original six Avengers reunite to fix Thanos's mess — and with the help of a few unlikely allies, they go about finding a way to undo the cataclysmic event that wrecked the fabric of reality.
  • Pyrrhic Victory:
    • While the Avengers manage to track down and kill Thanos in the movie's first third, the fact remains that lots of damage has been done that they can't fix. Thor especially takes this hard as he had the chance to kill Thanos in the past but since he did not take it, it led to people being dusted. Going for the head the second time around lead to a hollow victory and did not make Thor feel any better. (Until Ant-Man shows up with an idea.)
    • Thanos's victory in the previous film also turns out to be this, where he ultimately sacrificed everything he cared about in order to achieve his goal of wiping out half the life in the universe. Not only is he unceremoniously hunted down and killed by the Avengers just a couple of weeks later, but after some years they undo the snap completely, ultimately making his quest All for Nothing.
  • Reality Ensues: In the typical Hollywood Movie, Rocket viciously slapping Thor and telling him to stop crying for his mother would get him to harden his heart and get back to focusing on the task at hand. However, because Thor is a Shell-Shocked Veteran and a Momma's Boy, it worked as well as when General George S. Patton did the same to a shell-shocked recruit in World War II, namely having the poor traumatized warrior collapsing further into fear and grief. What does get Odin's son back on his feet is not a cold Bright Slap coupled with vicious sarcasm, but a warm loving hug from his mother and encouraging advice. Unsentimental Hollywood machismo does not help to mend broken hearts, but merely to silence and internalize grief.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: As Hulk testily explains to Scott and Rhodey, the popular portrayal of time travel in films like Back to the Future isn't how time travel works at all.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Tony, still mourning Peter’s death and recovering from his near-death experience in space, rips his IV drip out and erupts in grief-fueled rage at Steve for how his naive attitude in Age of Ultron and Civil War led to Earth being unprepared for Thanos's invasion. He venomously curses The Good Captain for holding him back and not being present to fight Thanos by his side on Titan, squarely placing the blame for Peter’s death on Steve’s shoulders, and then passes out.
    Tony: I said we'd lose. You said, "we'll do that together too." Guess what, Cap? We lost, and you weren't there.
  • Reclaimed by Nature: A small-scale example is shown when Scott is walking through the suburbs of San Francisco. Houses and sections of sidewalk are shown being covered with overgrowth from house plants and trees because there was nobody there to maintain it.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:
    • Scarlet Witch's eyes start glowing red when she gets angry over Thanos taking everything from her.
    • The lenses on Spider-Man’s mask turn from white to red when he activates his suit's Instant Kill Mode.
  • Redemption Rejection: While past-Nebula is conflicted about pulling a Heel–Face Turn like her sister does, in the end, despite present-Nebula imploring her to be a better person, she says she can't, and she attempts to draw her weapon on Gamora.
  • Red Herring: Ant-Man's van with the Quantum Tunnel. While it is the reason that Lang reappears after five years, afterwards it fails to be useful to travel back in time as Stark invents a better design. In the final battle, Thanos destroys the van before they can use it to send the glove with the Infinity Stones back in time and out of his grasp for good.
  • Reduced to Dust: In the opening, Clint's family is turned to dust via Thanos's snap. Later, Tony, wielding all the Infinity Stones, snaps his fingers, turning Thanos and his forces to dust.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: They use the Infinity Stones to stop Thanos and bring back his victims but curing Cancer or ending world hunger are never mentioned. Though this is justified because using the Infinity Stones will unleash unimaginable quantities of raw power that could kill anyone not strong enough to withstand it (even Hulk and Thanos himself barely survived), and even if they did they are left with a scarred body. Using it only for the specific goal of bringing back the snapped victims takes priority over anything else, and they couldn't use it for any other goal without risking their lives in the process. It is further justified when you consider that such a use of the stones would only solve the problem in the here and now but would not prevent it from becoming a problem again in the future, which is also what was wrong with Thanos's original plan to wipe out half of all life to preserve the universe.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Steve, having traveled to 2012 post-Battle of New York, gets onto an elevator full of HYDRA moles in S.H.I.E.L.D. He tells them that the higher-ups in S.H.I.E.L.D. have changed their orders and that the scepter should be given to him. The agents refuse to, and it appears there's going to be an elevator fight, just like in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Rather than waste time and draw unnecessary attention, Steve mumbles "Hail HYDRA", shocking the agents and convincing them he's on their side, and he gets the scepter.
  • Relationship Reset Button: Gamora is brought back via quantum time travel shenanigans, but since this is a Gamora from before Guardians of the Galaxy, she's never met Quill before, much less fallen in love with him.
  • The Remnant: Thanos's obliteration of half the life in the universe means that many once proud factions and places have been reduced to few and made into shells of their former selves.
    • While all of the original Avengers are miraculously still alive, War Machine is the only remaining survivor from the New Avengers team that was created after Ultron was destroyed. He was even the only other known hero at the time they first assembled.
    • With Bucky's death, Cap is now the only remaining member of the Howling Commandos unit from World War II that's still alive today. And later, with Steve going back to live in the past and Bucky resurrected, he's the only active Howling Commando in the 21st Century.
    • Rocket is the last of the original five Guardians.
    • Nebula is the only surviving "child" of Thanos, which is somewhat ironic considering that she's The Unfavorite.
    • With Hank, Janet, and Hope Pym all dead, Scott Lang is the only survivor affiliated with Pym Technologies.
    • With the death of Peter Quill on Titan, Kraglin is the only surviving original member of Yondu's Ravager clan.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: The Avengers list Scott Lang along with Peter Parker and Shuri among the heroes who were KIA, but then Scott shows up outside the facility, to their astonishment.
  • Reset Button: With the Infinity Stones destroyed but Thanos dead, the Avengers eventually develop time travel and plan to steal the Infinity Stones from the past to gather them and snap everyone back with a new Infinity Gauntlet. However, it is downplayed in that Tony specifically tells the Avengers that he wants everyone brought back the way they were five years ago in the present because he absolutely wants to keep his family the way it is, to which Steve agrees. This means that everything that happened in the last five years (such as Cassie growing up and Bruce's bonding with the Hulk) remain in place.
  • Retired Monster: Thanos begins the movie content with retirement after killing half of all sentient life in the universe, albeit with mental and emotional scars from his experience. To the surprise of the Avengers, he had actually retired completely, destroying the Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity Stones in order to signify that his work was finished and to prevent it from being undone.
  • Riches to Rags: The Asgardian survivors. From living in a magical paradise with golden palaces to making a living fishing and dwelling in a town of crude shacks in Northern Europe, it's a major step down for Thor and others. Though for the likes of Valkyrie and Sakaaran exiles like Korg and Miek, it's a trade-up from living in a garbage planet. Not surprisingly, those three seem to be the most settled and sorted of New Asgard denizens.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: The Avengers chose the Battle of New York as one of the targets for the Time Heist because they assume Stephen Strange and the Time Stone resided there, meaning that in that day there were three Infinity Stones in New York City. However, at that point, Strange was still a surgeon who had never even heard of things like Infinity Stones and from Doctor Strange we know that before 2017 the Eye of Agamotto was usually kept at Kamar-Taj. The Time Stone being in the city that day was pure dumb luck.
  • Right Makes Might: During the final battle, Stark is knocked unconscious by Thanos and Thor is a breath away from having Stormbreaker thrust into his chest by the Mad Titan. In this Darkest Hour, Captain Steve Rogers, noble of heart, is deemed worthy by Mjölnir to wield it in defiance of the tyrant. Dr. Abraham Erskine would be proud.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • Early in the film, the remaining heroes manage to track Thanos and set off to confront him, and while reversing the Decimation is first priority, it's fairly obvious that to everyone involved, It's Personal.
    • Scarlet Witch engages in her own when she confronts Thanos during the last battle, culminating in immobilizing the Titan and attempting to simply wrench him apart with telekinesis.
  • Rousing Speech: Captain America gives one just before the team goes back in time. Rocket and Ant-Man are particularly impressed.
    Captain America: We lost. All of us. We lost friends. We lost family. We lost a part of ourselves. Today, we have a chance to take it all back. You know your teams, you know your missions. Get the stones, get them back, one round trip each. No mistakes. No do-overs. Most of us are going somewhere we know. That doesn't mean we should know what to expect. Be careful. Look out for each other. This is the fight of our lives... and we're gonna win. Whatever it takes. Good luck.
    Rocket: ...He's pretty good at that.
    Ant-Man: Right?
  • Rotating Arcs:
    • After being kept Out of Focus in Infinity War, both Captain America and Black Widow have substantially larger roles in the plot of this film.
    • Iron Man also has a larger role here than in Infinity War, where while more important than Cap, was still less so than Thor. In fact, he has the honor of killing Thanos once and for all.
    • In the film itself, with the heroes split into three groups, the focus shifts from one team to another until they accomplish their missions.
  • Rule of Three: While traveling through time, three Avengers cross paths with someone important in their lives who they had since lost.
    • Thor encounters his mother, who immediately recognizes him for who he is. She gives him some advice in putting his life back together.
    • Tony meets his father, who does not recognize him (to be fair, this meeting took place before Tony was born). They end up talking about parenting.
    • Steve crosses paths with Peggy, but takes care that she doesn't see him. After the mission is over and he has finished replacing all the Stones, he goes back further in time to be with her again.

    Tropes S to U 
  • Sad Clown: Thor already is this in Infinity War. Following his father's passing and Thanos killing the people he swore to protect, including his best friend, Heimdall, and his brother, Loki, Thor still tries to cope with his pain by cracking jokes and forcing himself to remain confident that he can defeat Thanos. He gets far worse in this movie. He has grown an incredibly thick Beard of Sorrow five years after the events of Infinity War and seems jolly most of the time, but actually has been reduced to a depressed, overweight, alcoholic shell of a man who spends almost all of his time drinking heavily (even by Asgardian standards), eating pizza, and playing Fortnite with Miek and Korg. Thankfully, upon revisiting his mother during his time-traveling to 2013, she gives him a pep talk and helps him get his old self back.
  • Seen It All:
    • Thor is impressed by Carol's lack of reaction to his summoning Stormbreaker right in front of her, declaring "I like this one!"
    • Frigga is completely unfazed while correctly predicting that the overweight Thor is really her son traveling from the future. She is an actual witch full of magic, after all.
    • The Ancient One is similarly nonchalant about meeting a future Bruce Banner asking about Doctor Strange in 2012. Should come as no surprise given her incredible life-span and being a Sorcerer Supreme.
    • Thanos is remarkably quick on the uptake when confronted with the possibility of a time-traveling Nebula, and doesn't react at all to the sudden appearance of an entire army from magic portals to support the Avengers at the climax. Well, except for losing the smug grin from his face.
  • Self-Defeating Prophecy: Played with regarding the one in 14,000,605 timelines in which Thanos loses. Doctor Strange knows that the events occurring out will lead to Thanos's defeat, but he's following that path without deviating. When Tony asks him, "Is this the one where we win?", he says he cannot answer because then events would not occur as they should.
  • Self-Deprecation: The whole joke about "America's ass" is the studio making fun of themselves for designing that costume.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Discussed. When Tony and Strange reunite, the former asks him if this is the one timeline in which they win; Strange says that if he tells him that outright it would not play out. His only hint? When Thanos has knocked Carol away with the Power Stone and is about to reattach it to the Gauntlet, Strange silently closes his hand to form a "1" with his index finger, meaning that this is the one chance that they are ever going to get. Tony immediately realizes what this means, and takes it.
  • Sequel Hook: Despite having no mid-credit and after-credit scenes and every main character arc already concluded:
    • In the timeline where Steve, Tony, Scott, and Banner go back to recover the Infinity Stones during the Battle of New York, Tony and Scott's plan to steal the Tesseract goes awry and Loki manages to escape with it, creating an alternate timeline where Loki is still alive and at large, making way for the Loki Disney+ series. This timeline likely still has a Thanos as well, as it is completely independent of the 2014 timeline that Past Thanos came from.
    • The past version of Gamora is still out there and the Guardians (now joined by Nebula and Thor) are searching for her, setting the stage for the third Guardians film.
    • Steve retiring and giving his shield to Sam sets up the Falcon and Winter Soldier on Disney+.
    • Everyone who died from Thanos's snap, from their perspective, have been sent five years into the future, setting up for all sorts of new issues external and emotional to deal with in future movies and series.
    • More subtle than the above, Valkyrie being made queen of New Asgard would make an excellent premise for a series around her.
  • Sequel Logo in Ruins: In the trailer, the Marvel logo disintegrates as one of Thanos's victims. Inverted with the logo in the film, which is shown regenerating in a similar fashion to the disintegration effect.
  • Series Fauxnale: While this is the end of the Thanos and Infinity Gauntlet Myth Arc that's been built up since The Avengers, it's not the end to the overall story of the MCU. Marvel's producers have described the movie as being "a" finale, but not "the" finale for a reason. They've even said that the movie is not technically the end of Phase 3 either, but that Spider-Man: Far From Home is more of the epilogue.
  • Shadow Archetype: By 2023, Tony Stark had become the bright reflection of hope to the nihilistic-darkness of his arch-nemesis Thanos. Both were great men of power, wealth, intellect and scientific-mastery driven by ironclad ideals and haunted by obsessions and self-perceived obligations to a greater purpose. Both were fathers to daughters whom they loved dearly, and both walked down the path of tyranny in defense of defending the safety of their perceived reality. And both men indeed accomplished their ideals at great personal cost by their deaths, with Tony Triumphant as he fought not for himself, but for others. Even their very musical Leftmotifs are written to the same basic melody, with Thanos's "Porch" played in a Cold, Somber and Minor key, and Tony's "The Real Hero" played in a Warm, Hopeful Major key.
  • Ship Sinking: Natasha's prospects with either Steve or Bruce are firmly ended by this film, largely thanks to her sacrifice for the Soul Stone. Even still, Steve's choice to return to the past and live a life with Peggy makes it clear that he never intended to move on from her.
  • Shirtless Scene: Thor has his usual one, but this time it's after five years of depressed binge eating and drinking.
  • Shout-Out: Collected in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Shout-Outs page.
  • Shown Their Work: When Steve, Natasha and Scott find Tony to pitch him the idea of time travel, he quickly shoots the idea down as "Quantum fluctuation messes with the Planck scale, which then triggers the Deutsch proposition." Tony then quickly explains in Layman's term that time travel would be impossible, but a bit of research shows that he's not just reciting Techno Babble but is actually saying that on purely scientific grounds. Time travel breaks some of the fundamentals of physics and implies that a multiverse really exists, alluding to physicist David Deutsch, who is among the most known proponents of the multiverse theory and a pioneer in quantum computation.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Upon finding an unarmed Thanos, Thor beheads the Mad Titan while he's in the middle of giving a Motive Rant.
  • Single Tear:
    • Past Nebula, after she tries to kill Past Gamora believing that Thanos will not let her make a Heel–Face Turn, and Present Nebula shoots her to protect her sister.
    • Tony, on his deathbed.
  • A Sinister Clue: Thanos's Infinity Gauntlet, with which he killed half the universe, is worn on his left hand. In contrast, the new Gauntlet Tony and Bruce make to undo the damage is right-handed.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: While it was revealed in advance of the movie that most of the cast of Avengers: Infinity War would be returning, no new footage of any of the "dusted" characters is shown. Instead, Marvel opted to tease their presence in the film by showing some Deliberately Monochrome scenes of past movies in the marketing campaign, with many scenes showing the fallen Avengers without spoiling Endgame.
  • Sixth Ranger:
    • War Machine to the founding Avengers, being the only non-founding member to survive Infinity War.
    • Officially joining the Avengers for the first time are Ant-Man, Rocket, Nebula, and Captain Marvel.
  • Slashed Throat: In Tokyo, Clint slashes Akihiko's throat before killing him by stabbing him in the torso with his sword.
  • The Slow Path: After returning the Infinity Stones and Thor's hammer to their original timelines, Steve decides to live his life in the past with Peggy Carter. In the end, he only returns to his original timeline after becoming an elderly man, so he can pass on a new shield, and his mantle, to Sam. Dr. Banner mentioning that he missed his entry point on return implies that Steve managed to steer himself back to the late 40s in the original timeline on his return trip and simply made sure to arrive at that place on that day so his friends wouldn't go looking for him.
  • Small Role, Big Impact:
    • Carol Danvers, oddly enough. She saves Tony and Nebula, both of whom have a large impact on the story for various reasons. She also comes in at the end of the final battle to destroy the Sanctuary II, and to hand Iron Man the Infinity Gauntlet.
    • The rat that reactivates the Quantum Tunnel doesn't appear anywhere else in the film, but it's what leads to Scott being brought back from the Quantum Realm and giving the other heroes the idea of using Time Travel.
  • Someone Has to Die:
    • When Nat and Clint got to retrieve the Soul Stone, Red Skull informs them of the sacrifice needed to gain it and it doesn't take long for the two to realize if they want it, one of them will have to die to do so and both are more then willing to sacrifice their own life for the surviving one to retrieve it to the point they actually fight over it. Clint due to being near suicidal after losing his family and unsure if they can be wished back and Natasha basically having nothing to lose since she has no family to speak of due to being raised from childhood to be an assassin. Ultimately Natasha gives her life so that Clint can get the stone and be reunited with his family after they're brought back.
    • After those dusted in Infinity War are restored, Tony meets up with Strange and asks him if this was the timeline he meant where they won. Strange withholds how they'll do however, citing that Tony won't want to go through if he knew completely. During the fight with Captain Marvel against Thanos, both men stare at each other and it suddenly sinks into Tony what Strange was talking about: that the only way they could win was for someone to sacrifice themselves to use the Gauntlet on Thanos and his forces, an act that will surely kill the user. Tony ultimately decides he needs to be the one to do it.
  • Sore Loser: 2014 Thanos believes the Avengers are this, due to being unable to live with their failure they instead have resorted to trying to find a way to undo all of his hard work and get back what they lost instead of being grateful for what he has given them. Thanos himself shows shades of this too. Once he learns they are trying to undo his decimation after his victory, he uses Nebula to chase them to 2023 after they have reversed the original snap and brought everyone back to life. When he confronts the Avengers he says that now when he gets the stones he will instead wipe out the entire universe, due to realizing that they will stubbornly cling to what they lost instead of being "grateful" for the chance he has given them, and intends to rebuild it with new life the way he envisions it should be, all because he cannot accept that his original plan did not work the way he wanted it to.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Ant-Man, of all characters, plays a major part in the plan that undoes Thanos's act of mass murder. And the security guard on the CCTV who lets him out without a fuss.
    • Past Hulk unwittingly ruins the theft of the Tesseract by angrily but accidentally knocking Future Stark from behind a door, frustrated to have had to walk down so many stairs to the first floor. As a result, while Stark and Lang did manage to steal the Tesseract, the suddenly opening door throws the Tesseract right at Loki who promptly teleports away with it.
    • Nebula unintentionally puts a spanner in the Avengers' plan when her programming automatically syncs up with her past self when she time travels with War Machine back to 2014. She's captured by Thanos and his forces, and this allows him to find out that his future self succeeded with his plan to "balance" the universe, but now the Avengers are using time travel to undo this. This, in turn, leads to 2014 Nebula masquerading as Post-snap Nebula and traveling to the present day to allow Thanos and his forces through the quantum time machine, giving him the opportunity to undo the Avengers' success and wreck that pesky little blue planet that doesn't accept his vision of the universe.
  • Spider Limbs: The ones from the Iron Spider armor make a comeback, and we see that when the armor is in "Instant Kill Mode", they become deadly weapons, skewering Outriders left and right as they try piling up on Spider-Man.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Thanos spins his double-bladed sword to shield himself from Iron Man's Hand Blasts.
  • Split-Personality Merge: Over the five-year Time Skip, Bruce Banner and the Hulk have resolved their issues and become a single being, whose size is somewhere between the Hulk's and Banner's. He retains the Hulk's strength and green skin while having Banner's personality, brains, and wardrobe.
  • Splash of Color: The trailer flashbacks are Deliberately Monochrome save for splashes of bright red.
  • Spoiler Title: The movie's name wasn't revealed for months after the release of Infinity War because, by its nature, it gives away what happened in the previous film... although it actually didn't, with the suggestion being that multiple other titles were planned at varying points in development. Even with this in mind, the first official trailer, as uploaded on Marvel's channel, was even listed simply as Marvel Studios' Avengers to keep the surprise going for just a tiny bit longer.
  • Stable Time Loop: Zig-zagged — any major or minor deviation from travelling in the past will cause another universe to split off, as a consequence of those actions — like, say, taking an Infinity Gem and rendering it unable to be used in that timeline to fight off the Big Bad du jour. However, the timeline can remain stable if the items are returned before they're needed, thus averting disaster. It's part of what convinces the Ancient One to give the Hulk the Time Stone. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have said that Peggy Carter's husband mentioned in The Winter Soldier was Captain America from the future, but it's not consistent with the film's Alternate Timelines approach and many cues that Steve was really missing for 70 years.
  • Still the Leader: When Thor decides to join the Guardians of The Galaxy, Star-Lord gets anxious considering the rest admire him so much. He immediately asserts himself as the leader to put Thor in his place. It doesn't work.
    Thor: Sure, you are; Sure, you are.
  • The Stinger:
    • A notable aversion, considering that The Stinger is franchise tradition. Aside from a hammering sound recalling Tony building his first Iron Man suit playing at the Marvel Studios end logo, there is no post-credits, nor mid-credits scene in this film. Given that the movie is positioned as the ending for one specific set of characters, the creative team felt that a scene teasing the future was not necessary and would have detracted from the ending.
    • There was, however, something added starting with the movie's third weekend of theatrical release, courtesy of Sony Pictures. After the movie is finished, the second trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home — which features Avengers: Endgame spoilers — is showcased. Given that trailers after a movie is not a common practice, Tom Holland leaves a message for audiences to stick around after the credits.
    • Following this, a couple of months since its release, it was annouced that the film will be re-released with extra footage after the end credits.
  • Storyboarding the Apocalypse: Thanos does this right before the final battle, promising that he will destroy the universe and build a new one without any of the surviving ingrates who have undone his snap. And before doing that he will destroy Earth, every living thing on it, and Thanos will enjoy it very, very much.
  • Story-Breaker Power: The reason why Captain Marvel is absent for the majority of the plot; if she shows up prior to Wanda's attempt to unmake Thanos and he doesn't have Sanctuary II, Wanda is successful. By only showing up halfway through the final battle, she still gets to make an epic entrance demolishing Thanos's ship and pushing back the titan himself, but Thanos at that point can use the Power Stone to even the odds.
  • Stout Strength: Thor retains his superior strength and skills despite having an overweight body.
  • Street Samurai: Barton, as Ronin, cuts through the criminal organizations which have survived after the Snap with a katana.
  • Stripped to the Bone: To take the Power Stone out of its protective forcefield, Nebula simply puts her mechanical arm in and takes the Stone, burning her arm down to the metallic skeleton. She reacts to it about as much as someone holding something that's a touch too warm.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Tony and Scott find themselves somewhat fixated on Steve's ass during the jump to 2012.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: Captain Marvel only appears briefly, excusing herself because she isn't just Earth's hero but actually covers a vast area of space. Because of this, she is absent for most of the movie and her might is only unleashed near the end.
  • Superweapon: With the Infinity Gauntlet having wiped out half of the universe's population, the goal of the Avengers turn to getting them back - and the only way of doing that is finding Thanos, taking the gauntlet, and using it to bring everyone back. Thanos saw that coming, and used the gauntlet to atomize the stones powering it, preventing anyone from ever undoing his own snap. It's only thanks to discovering Time Travel that a new set of Infinity Stones can be found.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: When Tony Stark bumps into Howard Stark in the past, he blurts out "Howard" in surprise at seeing his late father alive again. The actual Howard, who just asked for the intruder's name, remarks "Well that'll be easy to remember"; Tony just goes with it and completes the Line-of-Sight Name with "Potts".
  • Survivor's Guilt: When Ant-Man, Black Widow, and Captain America try to convince Stark to come help them build a quantum time machine that can lead to them undoing Thanos's actions, he initially refuses to help because he doesn't want to risk the safety of his family, but changes his mind later that night after he finds a picture of himself with Peter Parker (who died in his arms in Avengers: Infinity War).
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Clint as Ronin is the closest thing the movies have to The Punisher. He's a dreaded vengeance-seeking vigilante who hunts down criminals across the world because he deems them undeserving of life following the Decimation, and all of it was due to his own family dying by said event.
  • Swapped Roles:
    • In Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie is an alcoholic washout who fled from her responsibilities centuries ago after being defeated by Hela, while Thor is slowly settling into the role of new king of the Asgardians after Odin's death. Skip five years ahead, and in Endgame, Thor has become the alcoholic, reclusive wreck while Valkyrie took his place as leader of the Asgardian survivors in New Asgard on Earth.
    • By the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Gamora is the reformed daughter of Thanos who is a devoted member of the Guardians while Nebula is her recently reformed sister who becomes the Guardians' Aloof Ally. At the end of Endgame, the long reformed Nebula has become the most tenured Guardian (along with Rocket) while a plucked-from-2014 version of Gamora has just turned on Thanos and decides to venture on her own after his defeat.
  • Take a Third Option: Nate Barton's choice of condiment at the start of the film for his hot dog when Laura offers mustard or mayonnaise? Ketchup!
  • Takes One to Kill One: Realizing that he can't overpower Captain Marvel (whose powers come from the Space Stone) with his own strength, Thanos resorts to taking out the Power Stone on its own and knocking her out with an enhanced punch.
  • Take That!:
    • The characters of the movie throw jabs at Back to the Future because of the seemingly nonsensical way time works in that franchise, citing that there is no way a character altering the past could have their own present changed. Whilst BTTF is referenced the most, Scott and Rhodey list pretty much every franchise that features time-travelers changing their present by altering the past.
    • Captain America's use of "Hail HYDRA!" in this film, as a way of tricking the HYDRA operatives to fall in line with his own plan, seems to be a deliberate piss-take at the incredibly-controversial comic book storyline where Captain America is a sleeper agent for HYDRA in Captain America: Steve Rogers and Secret Empire.
    • Tony gets in a line making fun of Cap's costume from the first Avengers movie, mirroring the general attitude from fans that it's his worst cinematic outfit.
  • Tap on the Head: On the planet Morag, War Machine knocks out Peter Quill with one blow of his armored fist, so that he doesn't bother them while they steal the Power Stone, and Nebula can take his thieving tool.
  • Team Hand-Stack: To ignite their morale, The Avengers stand and put their hands together before breaking into groups for the Time Heist.
  • The Teaser: The movie doesn't open on the Marvel Studios logo, but opens on a scene of Clint with his family just before the end of Infinity War, wherein Thanos's Snap causes him to lose his wife, two sons, and daughter. After that, there's another scene, of the remaining Avengers rallying to track down Thanos, before the opening titles.
  • Temporal Mutability: Of the "branching timelines" variant. No matter what the time-traveling Avengers do, they can't change their present, only creating alternate timelines affected by their actions. In order to keep those timelines from falling apart due to the absence of the Infinity Stones, Steve goes back in the end to return the Stones to their proper place.
  • Tempting Fate: However much a Badass Boast "I am inevitable..." may be, one would expect Thanos to be cautious in uttering it, specifically after witnessing what immediately followed its usage by his future self. Sure enough, the second time he says it directly proceeds to his defeat and death.
  • That Man Is Dead: It's clear that Clint regards his old Hawkeye self as this. When his family died, his spirit died with them, which is why he now acts as a vengeance-seeking vigilante known as Ronin. His bow is nowhere to be found until the Time Heist.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Alan Silvestri's familiar theme from "Avengers Suite" gets a spectacular buildup in Endgame's "Portals", as the camera flies over all the assembled forces readying themselves for the Final Battle, then explodes into its main section when Captain America gives the signal to attack.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Thanos wastes no time laying waste to the Avengers compound, destroying it in seconds with a barrage from above. Then he does it again when he is almost overwhelmed by Scarlet Witch.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: Natasha is eating a sandwich while speaking with Steve about their inability to move on from the past. They are interrupted by Scott at the front door, and she abandons the sandwich so they can address more important matters. Once he's allowed in, Scott stops mid-speech when he notices the sandwich and goes over to eat it.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Doctor Strange and the other Sorcerers create portals to transport nearly all of the heroes and armed forces from the MCU to fight in the final battle with Thanos and his army.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Steve has just avoided a fight in an elevator with a bunch of HYDRA operatives and is on his way out of Stark Tower with the scepter when he meets his 2012 self. Knowing a fight is inevitable, he utters a dismayed "You've got to be shitting me!"
  • Three-Point Landing:
    • Rhodey lands into one in front of Scott Lang, frightening the "idiot in the landing zone".
      Rhodey: What's up, "Regular-sized Man"?
    • This is how Pepper enters the final battle in the Rescue suit. She tops it off with the lift of the face mask
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: When Thanos realizes that Captain Marvel is on the verge of successfully sending the Infinity Stones back into the Quantum Tunnel, thus being forever out of his reach, he immediately throws his double-edged sword into the van containing the quantum machine to destroy it.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Wanda is amongst the returning heroes restored, and while she didn't get Vision back, this movie is overall very kind to her as opposed to making her suffer like in every previous moment she appeared. She even gets to deliver a beat-down on Thanos.
  • Thwarted Coup de Grâce: During the first brawl between Thanos and the three main Avengers, Thanos almost kills Thor with Stormbreaker at that, but is then knocked aside as Cap can now wield Mjölnir.
  • Time Is Dangerous: It turns out that yes, time travel is dangerous when used wrong. After thinking it over, Tony comes to the conclusion that "pushing time through someone" (rapidly changing Scott's age) is the dangerous unreliable version of "pushing someone through time."
  • Time Machine: The Avengers' time machine is taking the Pym's tunnel that leads to the Quantum Realm, but using special wristbands that can guide the Avengers to precise coordinates in spacetime, both past and present (and implied to even cross timelines, which would be necessary to return the stones to their proper places).
  • Time-Shifted Actor:
    • Cassie Lang has been time-shifted into a new teenage actress to be closer to her modern comics counterpart.
    • Clint Barton's daughter Lila, and younger son Nathaniel, are played by older actors than those in Avengers: Age of Ultron (Cooper is still played by Ben Sakamoto).
  • Time Skip: The film starts a few weeks after the events of Avengers: Infinity War to show the immediate fallout of the tragedy. Following that, there's another time skip of five years, done in order to show how the whole world has changed in the aftermath of Thanos's victory. The latter is signified by Black Widow's Expository Hairstyle Change, Cassie now being 16-years-old (with a new actress to match), Tony and Pepper having a four-year-old daughter, and the world still in a recovering state. It's also a permanent change in the status quo.
  • Time-Travel Episode: Endgame hinges on the Avengers discovering and then developing a time machine to return to the past and grab the Infinity Stones to undo Thanos's genocide. However, complications ensue when Thanos from the past learns about their plans and takes advantage of their time-travel devices to go to the present and threaten the entire universe again.
  • Time Travel Romance: Steve is eventually reunited with Peggy Carter in an Alternate Timeline, or time loop (the directors insist the former, while the writers insist the latter).
  • Time-Travel Tense Trouble: Bruce falls into this by stumbling on which tense to use when he first explains the risks of their Time Heist to undo the casualties of the Decimation. Scott, the test subject, sarcastically says it is not at all confusing.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: The mechanics of time travel are discussed briefly, but in detail. The characters discuss that time travel in films like Back to the Future and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure isn't how time travel actually works. Traveling back in time and changing the past causes an Alternate Universe where a new timeline splits off from the changes you made, and it's implied further time travel will keep you stuck in your own original timeline even as you cause new timelines to splinter off. This means that Temporal Paradoxes are impossible and changing the past to change the future only changes the future of the new timeline, your present will stay the same no matter how drastically you interfere with the past. This is how it's possible for people and objects to be brought from the past into the present and never be sent back, and there are no direct consequences for this; those changes are now part of a new timeline and the original timeline is unaffected. That said, since the Infinity Stones are still objects of major importance, and a few of them have been critical to defeating villainous forces in some way, the Avengers still take the time to put them back where they belong in the past once they're done with them. The Ancient One also says that the Infinity Stones create or stabilize spacetime, and their absence would be catastrophic to new realities beyond just the obvious (Strange not having the Eye of Agamotto to defeat Dormammu, for instance).
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Thanos is far more unhinged in this film, mainly because this is the 2014 Thanos and he gets a vision showing that not only is his grand Evil Plan destined to happen but that it is also in the process of being undone. The idea of his Life's Work Ruined makes him desperate to stop the Avengers from undoing it. This is best shown at the start of the final showdown he has with Steve, Tony, and Thor, where Thanos announces that he's not going to use the Stones to wipe out half of all life in the Universe. Nope, he's going to destroy the ENTIRE Universe, and then play God and remake it in his own image. He even states that this is the first time in all his years that he's getting personal by specifically targeting the Avengers and their world, for being such a thorn in his side for so long. He even shows some shades of sadism during the fight, such as when he has a wicked grin on his face as he tries to do what Thor did to him in Infinity War, by trying to wrestle Stormbreaker's blade into Thor's chest.
  • Totally Radical: In-universe — Professor Hulk dabs (extremely poorly) to impress some kids, complete with saying it aloud. The kids laugh uncomfortably, and Steve isn't amused.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Some trailers depict Tony as hopelessly adrift in the void of space, and others show that he eventually reunites with the main characters, meaning that he obviously didn't die in space. After the film's release to a record-shattering opening worldwide, Marvel straight-up gave away footage of the movie's later action sequences, including showing how Hulk and Thor look during the Time Heist.
  • Tranquil Fury: Steve is barely suppressing his rage over what Thanos has done and is genuinely looking for payback.
  • Translator Microbes: Rocket and Nebula have been living among Earthlings for 5 years without glaring issues, and there's no indication that they made more of their translation implants for everyone so the ones they have have got to be good.
  • Trash the Set: Avengers HQ, as it has been from Age Of Ultron up to this film, gets blown to kingdom come in the third act courtesy of Thanos.
  • Trial by Friendly Fire: The Scarlet Witch's attack pushes Thanos to the point where he orders a bombardment from Sanctuary II, notwithstanding the fact that it will hit many of his own troops.
  • Tricked Out Time: The heroes try this by taking the Infinity Stones from the past and returning them exactly as they left them once they're done. It doesn't go 100% to plan.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: Steve attends one of multiple support groups formed to try to provide emotional support for the mass loss of friends and loved ones caused by Thanos's culling.
  • Trust Password: In New York, Cap tries to take the Scepter from Sitwell and the S.T.R.I.K.E. team, all sleeper HYDRA agents. To convince them to hand him the scepter, Cap utters the "Hail HYDRA" salute, shocking everyone in the elevator. Cap is then shown carrying the Scepter suitcase away with him.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Much of the world is in this state even after five years. Natasha puts on a brave face in front of her allies, but when alone, she nearly breaks down, only stopping because Steve came in. Thor's sorry state is him trying to hide his grief. He nearly breaks down when recalling all the people he lost, and finally is unable to contain his tears when he meets his mother in the past.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Played with. Captain Marvel is entirely confident she can take Thanos on her own. While she has the raw power to defeat him in a one-on-one fight without the Infinity Gauntlet, when he loses the upper hand against her in the final battle he simply uses the Power Stone to remove her from the fight entirely.
  • Understatement: Scott calls back to the airport fight scene from Captain America: Civil War to identify himself to the Avengers when he shows up at their HQ. In his words, "I was pretty big." He was about 65 feet tall!
  • Unknown Rival: When Scarlet Witch faces off against Thanos in the final battle, she's obviously enraged at him for what he's done (especially forcing her to kill Vision in what turned out to be a Senseless Sacrifice), but since this Thanos is from another timeline that hasn't progressed as far as this one, he has no idea who she is.
    Scarlet Witch: You took... everything from me.
    Thanos: I don't even know who you are.
    Scarlet Witch: You will.
  • Un-Paused: Per Peter's description after being undusted, the passage of time was nonexistent for all victims of the snap. He just felt dusty and then found himself after being brought back, presuming he must have passed out. All the dusted and un-snapped return at the same age and same state they were at that moment while the surviving half of the universe have aged five years ahead of them (with Doctor Strange the only one immediately aware of how much time has passed). This at least is useful for distinguishing who were "snapped" and who weren't. Since Spider-Man and his supporting cast at the end are the same age, they were among the dusted while Cassie Lang has gone from pre-teen to teenager.
  • The Un-Reveal: Basically every plot point about the nature of the Soul Stone that was skimmed and hinted at in Avengers: Infinity War — why it requires a sacrifice when no other Stone does, whether the vision of Gamora is the MCU version of Soul World, what exactly its powers or abilities are (outside of its one use in combat against Doctor Strange) — remains a mystery, and, with the Stones' destruction, will likely remain so.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee:
    • Despite a thorough planning session over their Time Heist, when all the Avengers are travelling back in time to acquire all the Infinity Stones, several of them inevitably run into complications, such as Stark and Lang accidentally letting Loki escape with the Tesseract in 2012, forcing them to improvise on the spot, and Nebula getting captured by Past Thanos in 2014, giving him an opportunity to stop the Avengers from undoing his plans.
    • Invoked: when Stark sees Strange back from the dead, he immediately asks him what they do next, referencing the one timeline out of over 14 million where they win against Thanos. However, Strange tells Stark that if he were to tell him, then the plan would fail. At the end of the battle, Strange changes position and signals that this is, indeed, the one timeline where they succeed, motivating Tony to take action and snap his gauntlet, erasing Thanos's forces at the cost of his life.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: After the Time Skip, no Muggles are fazed or scared at the sight of Bruce Banner in Hulk form full time. When some kids actually notice him, they ask him to take a group photo with them, instead. Justified that since the Time Skip, Banner and Hulk have more or less merged into "Professor Hulk", a non-threatening mix of Hulk's physical strength and stature, and Banner's reasoning, intellect, and emotional calm (not to mention that people have had the 3 or so years it's been since they mergednote  to get used to him walking around this way).
  • Use Your Head: Thanos tries head-butting Captain Marvel during their short confrontation... to absolutely no effect.

    Tropes V to Z 
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Thor beheads Thanos, avenging the lives he erased, but after the Time Skip, he's shown to have fallen into a deep depression, well aware that Thanos's death changed nothing.
  • Vigilante Man: After the death of his family during the Snap, Clint goes rogue and spends his days single-handedly butchering criminal syndicates; he's mentioned as having carved up a cartel in Mexico off-screen, and we get to see him in action as he mows down a bunch of Yakuza in Japan.
  • Viking Funeral: Instead of being scattered at sea like you'd expect of funeral ashes, Tony Stark's ashes are simply sent floating off among flowers in the river by his cabin, with his first arc reactor on top.
  • Villain Ball: After 2014 Thanos figures out that the Avengers are trying to reverse his use of the Infinity Stones, he becomes enraged and travels into the present to stop them and decides to take his plans a step further. He himself admits that this decision is done purely out of spite; if he'd stayed in his own time and applied this future knowledge, he'd have had a number of major advantages as well as an opportunity not to do the same thing as his future self. His personal vendetta not only fails to stop his work from being undone, but causes it to never come to pass in the timeline he's from. Justified considering that this Thanos has not had the same Character Development as the other Thanos, such as having both his daughters turn against him and then having to sacrifice Gamora — the daughter he took actual pride in raising — to obtain the Soul Stone. All he sees at this point in his life is a way to get all six Infinity Stones right now as opposed to waiting years for a plan to come to fruition.
  • Villain Decay: Justified as Thanos was weakened from overusing the Infinity Gauntlet. Averted with past Thanos though.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: After Tony drops the Tesseract when pushed by Past Hulk, Loki immediately grabs it and teleports away.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Thanos claimed that erasing half of the current population would have good consequences; Steve notes that he's recently seen whales in the Hudson River thanks to the decrease in boat traffic and areas that were depopulated are now overgrown with nature. Ultimately subverted, however, as it's made very clear that Earth, and galactic society as a whole, is falling to pieces slowly but surely. People are unable to cope with the mass trauma of losing that many people at once, and infrastructure is struggling to cope with the sudden loss of half the world's population.
    • A dark one with Past Thanos when he tells the Avengers of what he has learned from their universe. He realizes that he can't just wipe half the universe's sentient beings without accounting for how the other half will feel in the aftermath and their reaction to it. They will never be "grateful" that they now have more resources on which to live and instead only dwell on that which was taken from them. Those that survive will hunt ravenously for any sliver of hope that it can be undone, which the Avengers found and did. The only way to ensure a universe in balance gets to live as Thanos wants, resource-abundant and thankful that they live without fear of overpopulation, is to eradicate all life and begin anew with no memory of what transpired.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Averted at first with Past Thanos. Despite seeing that his plan resulted in a universe unable to move on from his genocide, exemplified with the Avengers on the verge of undoing the Snap itself, Thanos is able to keep composure and simply settle for a new goal: to wipe out all of existence and create a whole new universe in its stead. The closest he has ever come to a breakdown is coldly admitting to Captain America that he would, for the first time, personally take pleasure in burning the Earth to the ground for being such an unruly, annoying obstacle in his agenda. However, when he ends up being curb-stomped by Wanda, he starts panicking for his life when Wanda proceeds to give him a slow, painful death with her powers, and orders aerial bombardment.
      Thanos: Rain fire!
      Corvus: But sire, our troops...!
      Thanos: [desperately] JUST DO IT!!
    • Past Nebula suffers this when she sees her sister Gamora siding with present-day Nebula to stop Thanos. Although both try to give her a chance for redemption, Past Nebula violently rejects them since this was the first (and only) time she has ever gotten good grace from Thanos and she's afraid to lose it so soon. When present-day Nebula kills her past self to defend Gamora, a single tear drips from Past Nebula's dead eye.
  • Villains Never Lie: When the Avengers defeat Thanos on the Garden planet, he tells them that he's already destroyed the Infinity Stones. Although the Avengers believe he's lying at first, Nebula confirms that despite everything, Thanos is not a liar. The Avengers thus unceremoniously kill him and return without any way to bring back the fallen.
  • Villains Want Mercy: After Ronin decimates a whole Japanese Yakuza gang, the head of said gang is quickly defeated in a sword fight and begs for mercy. However, Ronin then drives his sword right in the guy's guts; he's not a merciful type of hero...anymore.
  • We Have Reserves: Played with, since this is a desperation maneuver. When trapped by Wanda, Thanos orders the Sanctuary II to bombard the battlefield, even when warned it would hit his own forces. The Children of Thanos may not actually care about their troops' lives, but they're too pragmatic to throw away good tools lightly. Also, they themselves are in the field of fire, though whether they're actually in danger is questionable.
  • We Only Have One Chance:
    • The entire movie is the 1 in 14,000,605 chance to stop Thanos.
    • On a more immediate scale, every Time Heist team has precisely one chance to grab the Stones from their time periods, as the time-travel method requires using up some of their highly limited supply of Pym Particles, and with the Pym family (who are the only people who know how to make them) gone in the Snap, they can't get more. Then Tony averts that after the Tesseract grab fails by using his return charge to travel to a time when Hank Pym was alive and producing Pym Particles for S.H.I.E.L.D. so they could steal some more.
  • Wham Line:
    • An onscreen variant after Thanos is killed. The scene cuts to black, followed by three short words appearing onscreen. For bonus points, it's dramatically revealed word-by-word:
    • Exploited twice in quick succession by Captain America:
      • In the elevator in 2012 Stark Tower, how does present-day Steve convince the S.T.R.I.K.E. agents to give him the scepter? By whispering, "Hail HYDRA."
      • Moments later, 2012 Steve has present-day Steve in a hold, believing he is Loki. Present-day Steve tells his past self that "Bucky is alive!" It's enough of a shock that present-day Steve is able to free himself and use the scepter to subdue his captor.
    • Captain America is alone, staring down Thanos and his entire army, armed with nothing but a broken shield and Thor's hammer. He prepares to go down fighting, when suddenly, he hears an old friend on his comm...
      Falcon: Hey, Cap, do you read me? ...Cap, it's Sam. Can you hear me? On your left.
    • Directly before the final battle, Captain America belts out the iconic line, one that fans have waited to hear for years: "Avengers! ...Assemble."
  • Wham Shot:
    • After the Avengers curb-stomp Thanos near the start of the film, Thor quickly severs Thanos's gauntlet arm. When Rocket reaches for it, it's revealed the gauntlet's slots are empty.
    • Played for Laughs twice at the end of the first act, regarding two character transformations. Firstly, the initial shot we see of Hulk is... The back of his head, where he's fully-clothed and is speaking with Bruce Banner's regular voice. Later, when Rocket and Hulk run into Thor, they not only notice that he's let his hair and beard grow out to a ridiculous degree, but that he's really let himself go.
    • Thor and Thanos are grappling, and just when it looks like the Mad Titan is about to impale the God of Thunder on the blade of his own axe, we see a discarded Mjölnir getting picked up and thrown at Thanos, then flying back into the hand of its new wielder, Captain America.
    • Later, during the climax, when our heroes are about to be defeated by (past) Thanos, we see many, many portals appearing via Doctor Strange and his allies' powers. Note that at this point, all the fallen people have been revived. Cue every revived hero, heroine, ally and their own armies/allies alongside those who survived the Snap, enter the battlefield.
    • After a struggle with Tony and flinging him away, a smug and triumphant Thanos raises the new Infinity Gauntlet and snaps his fingers... only for a metallic click. He then sees the gauntlet is empty. Cut to Tony, who discreetly grabbed the Stones from the Gauntlet and holds up his arm as they slide into place on his hand.
  • What Does She See in Him?: 2014 Gamora expresses disbelief over her 2018 self coupling with Star-Lord. 2023 Nebula blames it on a lack of alternative prospective boyfriends in her life.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Many, many loose ends are tied up, but a few remain:
    • The 2012 version of Loki got away with the Space Stone, and it is never revealed what he's up to now.
    • The Soul Stone was destroyed, but it's unclear what this means for Red Skull. Also, he must have encountered Captain America when the Soul Stone was returned to Vormir, but this is left offscreen.
    • Downplayed with 2014 Gamora, who apparently ran away from the battle and isn't present afterward. Star-Lord is shown searching for her as the Guardians prepare to leave Earth.
    • The Other is mysteriously absent from 2014 Thanos's army, alongside Ronan and Korath.
    • Did Ava Starr a.k.a. Ghost get fingersnapped, and if not, did she perish during the five-year jump without help from Ant-Man and the Wasp?
  • What You Are in the Dark: Tony discovers the way to time-travel and then talks with Pepper about it, entertaining the idea that he should simply toss the discovery away and stay in his bed. Although Tony is happy with his family and is reluctant to risk his life for a dangerous mission, Pepper rhetorically asks him if he would be able to rest in his bed knowing he didn't do the heroic thing. The next day, Tony goes to the Avengers. This is especially notable as it is Pepper, who until this point has been a case of Wet Blanket Wife, who does this, showing her own Character Development, her greater understanding of Tony as a person, and how much losing Peter in particular scarred him.
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • This is zigzagged when it comes to Thanos. In the first act, the remaining Avengers storm Thanos's home to find him hobbled with the use of a single arm and without the Infinity Stones, easily overpowering him. Past Thanos, however, is everything the galaxy fears, able to overcome Thor, Cap, and Iron Man in combat at the same time, singlehanded and without any of the Infinity Stones (though this must be quantified, as seen below). Another angle at this: Thanos had effortlessly won a Curb-Stomp Battle against most of the Avengers in Infinity War. But this time, not only does he lack the Infinity Stones, but this is Past Thanos, therefore he does not know what to expect — nearly even being overpowered by Wanda and Carol simply because he doesn't know who they are.
    • Thor is dispatched fairly easily by Thanos, which makes sense as he's out of practice, had a massive drinking problem up until just recently, and has put on quite a few pounds in body fat. Tony Stark is also not quite the one-man army he normally is, but he's also a little out of practice and his suit gets heavily damaged early into the fight. Steve, already an Empowered Badass Normal but not on Thor's level in strength, manages to hold his own via Mjölnir's blessing but ends up eating dirt in the end anyway.
  • World Half Empty: The literal result of the Snap, as half of the population has died. This results in chaotic government and powerful criminals, which the remaining Avengers can barely stop. Many people are also depressed at having lost their loved ones and unable to cope with the loss, with the direct result that the world's economy has been severely set back and that infrastructure everywhere is crumbling.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: Tony seems to express this viewpoint regarding the entire Universe in his prerecorded final message to Pepper and Morgan at the end of the film.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Played for Laughs. Rhodes proposes to the surviving Avengers that they should just use the Time Machine to go back to when Thanos was a baby and then strangle him with a garrote, complete with pantomiming and making choking noises. Professor Hulk is rightfully horrified by this idea.
    Rhodes: It's Thanos!
  • Wrecked Weapon:
    • Thanos's sword carves out chunks of Captain America's shield. After the battle, Rogers either gets it repaired or gets a new shield, both feats of which are simplicity itself considering his personal friendship with the King of Wakanda, to whose country Vibranium (and the technology to shape and forge it) is a casually available resource.
    • Wanda soon wrecks Thanos's sword with her powers. Unfortunately, she gets taken out by the Sanctuary II before she can totally destroy it, which allows Thanos to later use the ruined sword to destroy the Quantum Tunnel before the Infinity Stones could be sent through.
  • Written by the Winners: Discussed. Thanos from 2014, when he arrives in 2023, notes that his deceased future counterpart made an error not to write the history after he won, neglecting the emotions, reactions, and sentiments of the defeated who were left alive to stew, act, and overwrite his "plan", while also claiming the narrative of the "Decimation" as an act of injustice rather than the fresh start he believed he was giving the universe. He resolves to correct this the second time around:
    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.
    Iron Man: Yep. We're all kinds of stubborn.
    Thanos: I'm thankful. Because now, I know what I must do. I will... shred this universe, down to its last atom... and then, with the Stones you have collected for me, create a new one. Teeming with life, that knows not what it has lost, but what it has been given. A grateful universe.
    Captain America: Born out of blood.
    Thanos: They'll never know... because you won't be alive to tell them.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: When Rhodey and Nebula look into the temple where the Power Stone is kept, Rhodey thinks it'll be filled with Raiders of the Lost Ark-style traps. As already seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, it isn't, and the two are able to safely saunter up to the display holding the Orb (which does have the flesh-searing barrier, but that's in plain sight).
  • Wrong Time-Travel Savvy: Scott and Rhodey believe in such things as Never the Selves Shall Meet and other time paradoxes, but more because they've seen Back to the Future and other movies rather than actually studied what would happen in case of time travel.
  • Year Outside, Hour Inside: Despite the five-year Time Skip, Ant-Man is only trapped in the Quantum Realm for five hours because time works differently there.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Pepper and Tony finally get married after the Decimation and have a child. They're happy despite everything and Tony is an excellent parent who loves his adoring daughter. Tony finally also buries the hatchet with Steve during the Time Heist and even gets unexpected closure with his father, realizing that he's a flawed parent who nevertheless loved him. With the resolution of Tony's character arc and emotional conflict, audiences could see his death coming.
  • You Are Fat: Several insults and jokes are made about Thor's weight gain, such as Rocket calling him melted ice cream and Frigga telling him that he should eat a salad. Though most of these are in the context of how Thor let himself go out of despair rather trying to hurt his feelings.
  • You Are Not Alone: With Stark and Thor laid low by Thanos, Captain Rogers prepares to die on his feet alone against Thanos's entire army. In this Darkest Hour, every hero saved by The Avengers from oblivion suddenly come to his aid through portals summoned by Strange, including an army of practically every single heroic force in the films.
  • You Are Too Late: The Avengers defeating Thanos early on is rendered meaningless when he reveals that he had destroyed the Stones, leaving them with no way of restoring the universe.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Peter Parker always calls Tony "Mr. Stark", befitting a kid who deeply respects and admires his hero and mentor. The only time he calls him by his first name is when Tony is dying.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Said by Steve when he runs into his past self, right after he has gotten his hands on the scepter and is about to leave Stark Tower without incident.
  • Your Little Dismissive Diminutive: When talking to Steve about what's he's about to do to Earth, Thanos refers to it as "your stubborn, annoying little planet".
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Hooray, the big plan that the Avengers risked everything to accomplish worked! ...But there's one problem: 2014 Nebula just summoned her timeline's Thanos, his entire army, and the Sanctuary II into the present. Uh-oh.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: The reason Hawkeye snapped and became a mass-murdering vigilante wiping out the cartels, the yakuza and other gangsters around the world. He can't fathom why these scum get to live while his family was wiped out.

♫ Never thought that you would be
Standing here so close to me
There's so much I feel that I should say
But words can wait until some other day.
Kiss me once, then kiss me twice, then kiss me once again,
It's been a long, long time... ♫


Alternative Title(s): Avengers 4

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