Here's what you need to know: Avengers Endgame

At the end of"Infinity War", Thanos got the last Infinity Stone and wiped out half of the universe with the snap of his fingers. The survivors are still coming to grips with that.

Here's the Endgame trailer. But keep reading...

 

Iron Man is stranded in space aboard the Guardian's ship. Ant-Man is stuck in the quantum realm, the rest of the Avengers are reeling from their defeat in Wakanda, and Captain Marvel just got back to Earth in response to Nick Fury's distress signal.

That last scene happened in the end credits to her movie. Unlike its predecessors,"Avengers: Endgame"won't have a normal end credits scene.

If you need help remembering the order of the MCU movies, here's an inspirational trailer featuring the titles of all the other films, starting with"Iron Man"in 2008. 

 

And Screen Junkies put together a long video that recaps the story arcs for all the characters.

 

Unfortunately, it sounds like this movie will be the last cameo we get from Stan Lee. He passed away in November at the age of 95. We'd originally heard that he might have filmed more scenes before his death, but director Joe Russo revealed earlier this month that the cameo he did for"Endgame"will be the last one used in the MCU movies. So it's basically Stan's endgame too.

"Avengers: Endgame" clocks in at just over three hours long. Sure, that sounds like a lot. But if you're like most of us, you've seen all or most of the other 21 movies . . . which means you've already invested 44.8 hours into the MCU over the past 11 years.

That's a huge investment of time, and we've all got an enormous emotional attachment to these characters. So if you decide to brave one of the 4,662 theaters showing it this weekend, do NOT reveal any spoilers or you're begging for someone to SNAP.

The first 21 movies made over$18.6 Billion worldwide, and #22 has already earned $169 million since it opened overseas.

Phase 3 of the MCU will finish up this summer in"Spider-Man: Far From Home". It hits theaters Fourth of July weekend. Here's another look at that trailer which shows Spider-Man working with Nick Fury after Fury interrupts his European vacation.

 

Depending on what happens in"Endgame", Phase 4 would theoretically include a"Black Widow"movie, the sequels to"Black Panther"and"Doctor Strange", and a third"Guardians of the Galaxy"movie, which got back on track after Disney rehired director James Gunn last month.

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