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Avengers: Endgame Directors Announce An Official Date That Marks The End Of The Ban On Spoilers, So Be Prepared

See the film now or forever hold your peace.

Naturally, there has been grace period for Avengers: Endgame during which spoilers have been on lock down. Out of respect for fellow Marvel fans who have not yet seen the film, the expectation has been that the film’s key plot points not be spoken about openly without permission. That ban ranges from office chat to news headlines, and although Twitter is always a mess of spoilers, everywhere else has complied nicely.

But that ban is about to end, according to Endgame directors Anthony and Joseph Russo. So if you still haven’t seen the film and you’re looking to avoid spoilers. that’s going to get a whole lot more difficult come Monday.

The Russo Brothers announced on GMA that the spoiler ban lifts Monday, just less than two weeks after the film’s release.

Even though they are the directors and that seems like pretty clean cut permission for free reign in the spoiler-verse, we expect it will look more like a loosening rather than a lift on the ‘ban’. At least for a little longer.

But to be safe, you should see the film ASAP or resign to have some major plot pieces revealed to you before experiencing them for yourself.

As The Highest Paid Avenger, Exactly How Much Was Robert Downey Jr. Paid For End Game?

I need to sit down.

In case you didn’t notice, the Avengers franchise is kind of a big deal. And in case you really weren’t paying attention, Robert Downey Jr. AKA Tony Stark AKA Iron Man, is the biggest player in that franchise. He has the pay cheque to prove it.

RDJ has been Iron Man since 2008, and as the face of the Avengers franchise he has an extra ~special~ financial arrangement that was negotiated with the studio chief.

To contextualise just how much he’s valued by Marvel, take this example. Robert Downey Jr. received US$5 million a day for three day’s work in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. $5 million and he’s not even the movie’s protagonist – that is the dream.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, RDJ’s take home from Avengers: Infinity War – which grossed more than US$2 billion – was at least US$75 million(!???!??!????!!!!)

Other Avengers players like Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America) all earned within the US$15 -$20 million for Infinity War. It’s a sum I wouldn’t be complaining about but a significant amount behind RDJ.

As for Endgame, the film has already grossed over US$1.5 billion at box office and it hasn’t run out of steam yet. Plus, bonuses for the Avengers actors apparently kick in after $1.5 billion so that’s a win for them.

(Spoilers ahead for Endgame)

Considering that the final Avengers film also sees Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man meet his final fate, it makes sense that his pay out for the film would be even more than Infinity War. More than $75 million. The exact amount has yet to be revealed but I think we can preemptively say, well done RDJ.

It Looks Like The Next Generation Of Avengers Might Have Been Hidden Inside Of Endgame

Time to pass on the saving-the-world baton?

*Avengers: Endgame Spoilers Ahead!*

There was one scene in Avengers: Endgame that poignantly marked the end of an era, but it might have also hinted at the beginning of a new one.

The scene we are referring to is the final farewell to a fan-favourite character – Tony Stark. When Pepper holds a small funeral for the fallen Avenger at their lakeside home, the whole team is there to grieve the loss of their fellow-superhero Iron Man, and their friend.

But the camera notably pans across various younger characters, who could possibly be the beginnings of a new, up-and-coming Avengers team to carry on the superhero legend, and the Marvel universe.

One of those kids is Harley Keener, who Tony met in Iron Man 3 when he broke into the young boy’s garage to hide out and recover. Harley shared Tony’s love for building, they shared a bond and Tony left behind an Iron Man suit. Is this just a sentimental grace note or a nod to the future of Iron Man?

 

The Young Avengers are an actual team introduced into the Marvel Universe in 2005, by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung. They were a group of teenage heroes who are like baby iterations of the famed Avengers crew, while also being their own original characters. There’s Iron Lad, Hulkling, Patriot representing Captain America and Wiccan representing Thor.

In the first issue the Young Avengers are joined by Kate Bishop as Hawkeye, and in the second issue the team is joined by Cassie Lang, daughter of Ant-Man Scott Lang.

Back to the funeral scene in Endgame, we see Harley Keener, Cassie Lang, and Lila – who is learning the skills to take on the mantle of Hawkeye. Is this a new team in the works? We hope so!

The great thing about the Young Avengers is that the original story infused some much-needed diversity of representation into the MCU. There are young people of colour in the line up (notably, Patriot is a young black man), and a popular relationship is a queer one between Wiccan and Hulkling.

Add Black Panther’s Shuri and our young Spider-Man to the mix and we have a winning next generation of Avengers that we would be happy to see save the world on screen.

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