The Opening Scene In Avengers: Endgame Actually Sets Up A Pivotal Time Heist Moment And You Missed It

Wondering just how many more secrets are still still hiding in Endgame...

Now that Avengers: Endgame is available to us in digital form, a bunch of secrets about the film have since been uncovered that you may have missed during your 12 trips to the cinema.

Well get ready for the unraveling of another neat little nugget as not only does this set up a funny yet important moment for the time heist, it takes place so innocently at the start of Endgame that you definitely would’ve missed it.

Remember the opening scene where Tony Stark and Nebula are stranded in space and they decide to pass the time by playing paper football?

It’s a pretty neat scene as it shows the developing friendship between the Tony and Nebula, as well as establishing that ol’ Tones is pretty average at flicking paper footballs compared to his cyborg buddy.

While this whole sequence seems pretty unassuming and doesn’t really add much to the plot, it turns out that the paper football game was super important for the time heist.

Redditor JSwanny pointed out how the opening paper football scene set up Tony’s flicking ability and the film paid off the gag during the pivotal time heist moment when he needed to successfully flick Ant-Man onto the briefcase containing the Tesseract.

“Flick me!”

Was this whole thing planned or was it pure coincidence? Well we have no idea as Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo have yet to comment on it but let’s assume that it was planned because if they found the time to do some dumb scene on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop stuff, surely they must’ve had something in mind for the flicking scenes.

With more and more Endgame secrets being unearthed now that we can watch the film at our leisure, surely we’ve reached then bottom of the barrel when it comes to things like this.

But hey, this is Marvel and they usually end up surprising us all somehow. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go rewatch the film once again and see if I’ve missed anything.

Ben Affleck's Batman Movie Was Going To Do What No Other Dark Knight Was Brave Enough To Do

Still looking forward to Matt Reeves' take on Batman though.

It’s been long confirmed that Batfleck has hung up his cape and handed over the reins of the new solo Batman to Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson, who are directing and starring as the new Caped Crusader respectively.

While there’s little doubt that the new Batman movie will be entertaining at the very least, one does wonder what Ben Affleck had in mind for his Batman film that made Warner Bros go “nope, get out.”

Well according to the canned film’s would-be cinematographer, Robert Richardson, Affleck was going to focus less on the boom-boom stuff and more on the “hey, isn’t a guy running around chasing crims while dressed as a bat kinda messed up” angle.

Basically this scene from Batman Begins but extended to two hours.

Richardson spilled the beans on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, saying that Affleck’s take on Batman would’ve been about “insanity” and it was going to dive deep into Arkham Asylum.

“So I think you would’ve seen something a little darker than what we’ve seen in the past and more into the individual, who’s inside Batman. What element may be sane and what element may actually not be sane.

“So he was entering into a little more of the Arkham, as you know, he’s going into where you keep everyone who was bad, everyone that shifted and Batman.”

So less fisticuffs and branding crims with bat symbols and more of a look into the mind of a billionaire who thinks dressing up as a bat vigilante is normal?

That… sounds pretty damn cool actually.


We’ve seen surface level explorations into Bruce Wayne’s mental state in previous films, but Affleck’s idea of going all in on the heady stuff is new territory that other incarnations of the Dark Knight wouldn’t have dared to touch.

And then there’s the Arkham Asylum setting idea, which is an inspired choice. Putting Batman in the world’s most escapable mental health facility filled with Gotham’s most psychotic crims is a great way combine Affleck’s intended deep dive into Wayne’s twisted pathology and the compulsory series of fights against baddies.

Considering how well Arkham was used in Rocksteady’s critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham trilogy of games, it was a slam dunk idea.

The (un)happiest place in Gotham!

We’re now left in a perpetual state of “what if” regarding Affleck’s Batman movie, which had so much promise. But hey, Reeves and Pattinson are going to do a good job on their version and that’s what ultimately matters.

And if you’re still looking for your “dark, heady Batman movie” fix, there’s the Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker movie to look forward to.

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