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All the Avengers Endgame theories that actually came true, from Iron Man’s story to Hulk’s identity

After consuming daily theories about Avengers: Endgame, it turns out that several of them have actually come true. Here are some of the most accurate ones. Spoilers ahead.

hollywood Updated: Apr 28, 2019 18:02 IST
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Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans as Tony Stark and Steve Rogers in a still from Avengers: Endgame.
Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans as Tony Stark and Steve Rogers in a still from Avengers: Endgame.
         

In the yearlong wait that fans had to endure between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, what sustained their appetites for Marvel news were the several fan theories that were being shared online on a daily basis. Several of these theories have now been proven to be quite accurate, while the majority of them have been revealed to be bogus. Apologies to ‘Thanus’ fans.

Many had ideas as to how the surviving Avengers could reverse Thanos’ snap and save ‘the fallen’. Fans had come up with highly detailed theories as to how Captain America and Iron Man’s stories would conclude - assuming, of course, that they would conclude at all. Other theorists focussed on the less popular aspects, such as Doctor Strange’s grand plan and Hulk’s ‘performance issues’.

Also read: Avengers Endgame movie review: An epic conclusion to Marvel’s Infinity Saga; it’s a triumphant tear-jerker

Now that Avengers: Endgame has been released, and is on its way to breaking dozens of box office records, we can take a look back at all the best theories that we read in the last 12 months, and which ones turned out to be true.

Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame follow, so proceed at your own peril. We’re going to avoid theories that predicted a time travel plotline, as well as those that suggested that the Quantum Realm will be involved, because these details had become de facto truth in the lead up, and not a matter of serious debate.

Iron Man’s fate

This image released by Disney shows Robert Downey Jr. in a scene from Avengers: Endgame.
This image released by Disney shows Robert Downey Jr. in a scene from Avengers: Endgame. ( AP )

While several theorists were convinced that Tony Stark/Iron Man would die in the film - the other top contender was Captain America - very few of them actually predicted how his story arc would end. While Redditor u/webdevnoobs’ theory that Captain America would die in the film didn’t prove to be true, their prediction that Tony Stark would create his own version of the Infinity Gauntlet did come true. The theorist was also correct in predicting that the Avengers would ‘go on a time travelling adventure not to collect the stones before Thanos, but to collect their energy signatures’.

But it was the YouTube channel CinemaWins that offered the most accurate reasons for why they thought Tony would perish - ‘in some sacrificial way similar to what he attempted to do in the first Avengers’ - in Endgame. “Strange needed (Tony) alive more than he needed Thanos to not snap. That one-in-fourteen-million-winning scenario must not work without Iron Man,” the theorist said. “His engagement to Pepper and the talk of kids is all meant to make you feel his death even more,” the theorist continued. “The other huge clue is that his suit is way overpowered now.” The theorist also predicted that Tony would be the only major character to die in the film, and was half-correct in guessing that Captain America would pass on the mantle to someone else (the Bucky prediction turned out to be incorrect).

Captain America’s fate

This image released by Disney shows Chris Evans in a scene from Avengers: Endgame.
This image released by Disney shows Chris Evans in a scene from Avengers: Endgame.

While it had always been a toss-up between Captain America and Iron Man as to who’d die in Endgame, one theorist was bang on in predicting that the film will end with Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter finally going on that date and dancing. “WHAT IF STEVE DIES IN AVENGERS 4 AND THE POST CREDIT SCENE IS HIM WALKING INTO AN OLD EMPTY DANCE HALL (the one in the Age of Ultron vision) AND YOU HEAR PEGGY’S VOICE SAYING ‘youre late...’” one person had tweeted. Not far off.

At the end of Endgame, Steve travels back in time to restore the Infinity Stones at their original locations, but decides to stay back and live a long and happy life with Peggy. He returns to the ‘present’ as an old, but fulfilled man.

Hulk’s identity

This image released by Disney shows Mark Ruffalo in a scene from Avengers: Endgame.
This image released by Disney shows Mark Ruffalo in a scene from Avengers: Endgame. ( AP )

Redditor Mr_Leeman had correctly predicted that in Endgame, Hulk would appear as Professor Hulk - a version of the character that is a combination of Hulk’s strength and Bruce Banner’s intellect. Professor Hulk plays a large role in the film, and is partially responsible for the ‘time machine’ the Avengers use to go back and secure the six Infinity Stones.

This theory had been helped along by leaked images of toys and other merchandise, which showed Hulk in a brand new suit, and looking slighter than usual. Incidentally, several ‘leaked’ images of merchandise and concept art - ranging from looks at Thanos’ armour and Black Widow’s new hairdo - were also proven to be true. In fact, the Avengers’ Quantum Realm suits were also first revealed through leaked images, although this was later corroborated in trailers.

Time jump

This image released by Disney shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from Avengers: Endgame.
This image released by Disney shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from Avengers: Endgame. ( AP )

This one was more obvious after the trailers came out, but Black Widow’s changing hair colour all but confirmed that there would be a significant time jump in Endgame. But what it also proved true was that the Avengers would stage some sort of battle against Thanos in the first act, which they would lose. This loss would compel them to come up with plan B.

Another theory all but waiting to be proven true was that Pepper Potts would suit up in Endgame. Gwyneth Paltrow posted an Instagram picture which showed her wearing a suit, and the fact that this post was taken down shortly afterwards was enough of an indicator to fans that Pepper would be seen in a new avatar in the film. And it was Paltrow who first revealed that Pepper and Tony would become parents in Endgame.

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First Published: Apr 28, 2019 17:51 IST

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