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We've Always Known Avengers: Endgame Would Undo the Infinity War Deaths

Why are fans pretending otherwise?
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Last year, Avengers: Infinity War became one of the highest grossing movies of all time. It beat out the previous two films—the fourth and sixth biggest box office hits of all time—to make more than $2 billion since its release on April 27. Along with that, Infinity War sparked a debate among fans that has lasted half a year. And this debate comes from what many consider to be one of the biggest cliffhangers in comic book movie history, when Thanos snapped his finger and killed half the universe, including Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, all the Guardians of the Galaxy, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Hpe Pym, Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne, and Shuri, along with billions more. The only folks who survived that film are Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Ant-Man.

But it's not really a cliffhanger. It never has been. Way back on December 2016, Marvel confirmed that a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel would be released on July 5, 2019. And shortly after the stunning success of Black Panther, it was confirmed that there would be a sequel on the way. So, as audiences sat in the theater and watched Peter Parker and T'Challa die, they knew in the back of their minds that these characters would be back.

Thankfully, we know at least one of our beloved heroes will die in Endgame. At this point, Chris Evans has confirmed he's wrapped on his final Captain America film, which implies he either dies or retires after Endgame. And Robert Downey Jr.'s contract is up after this film, and is likely to somehow die in the film (which also explains his absence in the Far From Home trailer).

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The big surprise, then, isn't if the events of Infinity War will be reversed—it's howthe events of Infinity War will be reversed. There's no reason to pretend otherwise. Which is in itself a far less interesting premise for what promises to be the highest-grossing Marvel movie of all time. And you have to hand it to Disney for somehow making that an ending that has deserved six months of hype. It's the same type of corporate entertainment strategy that makes most of today's undying franchises inherently unsurprising. We live in a time of safe remakes, of immortal characters and series.

But at least we can look forward to one of the good guys finally dying in Endgame, even though we pretty much know who it's going to be.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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