Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has referred to the upcoming Avengers: Endgame as a definitive "Fade Out" on the story of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
While speaking with Variety, he expressed his excitement on how the highly anticipated movie will end this chapter of the Avengers.
"We always wanted there to be a definitive ending," Feige said. "There’s an amazing line that Downey says in the film: 'Part of the journey is the end.' That’s what 'Endgame' is."
It's a surprising statement at first glance. With rampant speculation as to whether original Avengers Iron Man, Captain America and Thor will live through the events of the film, it's certainly a risk to close the book on characters audiences have been reliably watching for over a decade. From the very first post-credits scene in 2008's Iron Man, all MCU films have flowed into one another, building towards the ultimate crossover in Infinity War and Endgame. To declare this a "definitive ending" to soon-to-be 22 installments of world-building is harrowing.
However, Feige's opinion came back to the unconventional takes on the superhero genre that put Marvel on the map in the first place, as he explained he sees something radical in putting conclusions to some deep-seated stories in Endgame. That is especially true in a day and age where studios pump out sequels with diminishing value (and box office receipts). To use an adage from a film rival of Marvel's, "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain." For Feige, he's ready to leave audiences wanting more, rather than limp to the finish line with characters people have grown tired of.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives April 26.