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The Conspiracy Behind Avengers: Endgame's 'I Love You 3000' Line Will Make You Fugly Cry

If this is true, then this is probably the greatest Easter egg/conspiracy ever.

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Avengers: Endgame is the latest Marvel film to offer up the studio’s usual schtick of somehow combining quippy lines with gutwrenching emotional moments to great effect, and boy did it knock it out of the park.

From the opening sequence of Clint Barton‘s family getting dusted to Scott Lang being reunited with his daughter five years after his disappearance, the waterworks were on overdrive this time around. But arguably the biggest tearjerking moment comes from Tony Stark‘s infant daughter, Morgan.

Early in the film, Tony is tucking her into bed and she tells him, “I love you 3,000.” It’s a heartwarming moment that gets cranked up a notch at the end when everyone is watching Tony’s will after his death and he tells Morgan (and us, by extension), “I love you 3,000.”

Sorry, gotta go wipe a few tears away.

In a film filled with fantastic moments, the relationship between Tony and Morgan and their telling each other that they love each other 3,000 is one of Endgame‘s highlights. But what appears to be randomly selected number may actually be an incredibly well-hidden Easter egg by the filmmakers.

Some folk on the internet have decided to add up the runtimes of all 22 released MCU films, giving us a total of 2,871 minutes. While the runtime for upcoming Spider-man: Far From Home has yet to be confirmed, there are murmurs that it will clock in at about 129 minutes, which fits pretty well with the average MCU movie length.

Assuming that is true, then the total runtime of all confirmed MCU films will give us… 3,000.

Holy. Crap.

We did the legwork and math ourselves, and we also get 3,000 ( taking into account some minor discrepancies and assuming Far From Home is indeed 129 minutes long) so there is a possibility the Russo brothers are indeed playing some some serious conspiracy-level head games with us.

Whether or not this was a coincidence (and it looks too neat to be), it feels pretty fitting for Tony Stark to say this as some sort of coded goodbye to all the fans who have stuck with him since Iron Man way back in 2008.

There’s undoubtedly going to be a new Iron Man at some point but we’re going to miss you 3,000, Tony Stark and Robert Downey Jr.

We Almost Didn't Get Tony Stark's Finest Moment In Avengers: Endgame

You know what they say, the best things happen at the last possible second.

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Avengers: Endgame may be over three hours long but it uses the time really well as it was stuffed with enough showstopping moments (like the “she’s got help” scene) to make fans weep with joy.

But of all the film’s many highlights, arguably the finest moment belongs to Tony Stark.

At the end of the film, he manages to wrestle the Infinity Stones off Thanos at the last moment before ending the Mad Titan’s rampage with a click of his fingers and his most infamous quip, “I am Iron Man.”

It’s a brilliant scene that brings Tony’s story full circle as that was the exact line he used to announce himself to the world at the end of the very first Marvel film that kicked off this incredible cinematic journey, Iron Man.

But funnily enough, we almost didn’t get this fantastic little moment as it came about as an afterthought in the editing room.

You certainly are.

According to SlashfilmEndgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo revealed at a Q&A event that Tony’s final big moment wasn’t scripted and only came about when they were trying to get the epic final battle to work in the editing room.

“Tony used to not say anything in that moment. And we were in the editing room going, ‘He has to say something. This a character who has lived and died by quips.’ And we just couldn’t, we tried a million different last lines.

“Thanos was saying ‘I am inevitable.’ And our editor Jeff Ford, who’s been with us all four movies and is an amazing storyteller, said ‘Why don’t we just go full circle with it and say I am Iron Man.’ And we’re like, ‘Get the cameras! We have to shoot this tomorrow.’”

It’s a good thing that the Russos had Jeff Ford around for this little brainwave as it was the perfect encapsulation of Tony Stark’s character and it makes his final sacrifice all the more powerful.

It also seems like the universe agreed with Ford on this one as it turns out Endgame‘s “I am Iron Man” moment was shot at the same studio where Robert Downey Jr. first auditioned for the role of Tony Stark some 12 to 13 years ago.

Talk about a full circle.

The MCU will certainly be different without the likes of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers in it, and the next generation of Avengers will have some big shoes to fill when it’s their time to shine.

But seeing as how we’ve already met the likely candidate for the new Iron Man way back in Iron Man 3 (and again at Tony’s funeral in Endgame), chances are we’ll be hearing “I am Iron Man” again sooner rather than later.

What Loose Ends Remain Untied In The Marvel Cinematic Universe After Avengers: Endgame?

There's only so many plot threads you can wrap up in a three-hour movie.

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Now that Avengers: Endgame is out, we finally got answers to some of the biggest questions we all had prior to its release, such as whether Ant-Man gets shoved up Thanos’ butt as part of a winning strategy (he does not, sadly), and whether Tony Stark and Steve Rogers will die (one does and the other is nearly there via old age).

But despite its bladder-bursting three-hour running time and the resolution of a number of established character arcs and plot points, there are still a bunch of questions that remain unanswered  in Endgame.

So without further ado, here are a bunch of loose ends that remain untied in the Marvel Cinematic Universe post-Endgame. Please note that while we did our best, there’s a chance a couple may have slipped through because we’re only human and not genius raccoons from another planet. And lastly, this is about “loose plot threads” not plot holes or stuff like that so there won’t be nitpicking at things like the movie’s time travel logic.

Where’s Nebula and 2014-Gamora go?

Gamora makes her return but its not the Guardians of the Galaxy version we know and love as her characterisation is essentially reset thanks to the timeline manipulations of Endgame.

She is seen surviving Tony’s Infinity Gauntlet-clad finger snap at the final battle’s climax but isn’t seen anywhere after that and Peter Quill is seen searching for her at the end. Where could she have gone, especially since she likely doesn’t even have a ship at this point?

On that note, where is Nebula? She seems to have also disappeared after Tony’s funeral. Perhaps she helped 2014-Gamora escape or something, hence why Quill is looking for his green-skinned girlfriend (who really isn’t his girlfriend).

Perhaps we’ll get a sisterly side-adventure starring these two.

What’s the deal with Asgard now that everyone is revived?

It’s shown in Endgame that the surviving Asgardians following Thanos’ attack in Infinity War are peacefully living in some Nordic-looking place on Earth.

But after all the dusted Asgardians were revived following Tony’s finger snap, what does this leave them? They had a whole planet to themselves and there is simply no way Earth is big enough to house both humans and Asgardians, even taking into account all those who couldn’t be revived through the second snap.

Perhaps they weren’t on Earth at all. After all, Rocket and Hulk were seen flying off somewhere before jumping on a truck to New Asgard so maybe the duo flew to a different planet before trekking it for the final leg.

What does this mean for the Avengers as a group?

The Avengers were technically disbanded a few movies ago but Black Widow is seen heading up some pseudo version of the group in Endgame after Thanos’ snappening so it seems like it still exists in some form.

But now that a number of key characters involved in this are dead, does this mean the pseudo-Avengers are no more or will someone else head up the group?

Maybe all the characters will do their own thing in their own TV series or perhaps there will be a new generation of Avengers to replace them.

The new Hawkeye?

Where the heck is Abomination?

After being locked up following the events of The Incredible Hulk in 2008, we’ve heard virtually nothing about Abomination other than some passing references in Agents of SHIELD about his incarceration.

He’s still alive and kicking around as far as we know so it’s probably time to bring back Hulk’s nemesis for another go around.

What’s the future of the Iron Man character?

We’ve dug into this previously and predicted that the random teenager at Tony’s funeral will take up the mantle of Iron Man. However, that’s just a prediction and there could be other successors for the mantle, such as Pepper Potts (who has her own suit of armour) and Tony and Pepper’s young daughter, Morgan (though not for a few years since she’s just a kid).

Or there’s the possibility that there’s no more Iron Man and we’ll have to make do with Rhodey as War Machine. A world without Iron Man. Now that’s a depressing thought.

Not anymore…

What happened to Apex Legends and all the other battle royale games?

Okay, so it’s established that a five-year time skip happened and Endgame takes place mostly around 2023-2024. Thor and his mates are seen enjoying a game of Fortnite and that brings up two big questions: will people still be playing Fortnite 4-5 years from now and what happened to other big battle royale games like Apex Legends?

Fortnite remains popular but its popularity is challenged these days by the likes of Call of Duty and Apex Legends so perhaps future Marvel movies can explain just how that game continues to thrive in the MCU. This is important, dammit.

Where’s Loki?

Loki was killed by Thanos in Infinity War but another version now exists after some time travel shenanigans by Steve, Tony, and Scott Lang that resulted in a new branching timeline in which the God of Mischief escapes the battle of New York (depicted in the first Avengers film) with tesseract.

So where did he go and what’s he going to do with the tesseract? Perhaps those questions will be answered in his upcoming solo limited series TV show, which is going to be the greatest thing ever because it’ll essentially be a Tom Hiddleston charm offensive spread across eight or so episodes..

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