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The 10 Fights That Led to Avengers: Endgame

on April 24, 2019, 3:50pm
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Battle at the HYDRA Siberian Facility

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Movie: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Combatants: Iron Man vs Captain America and Winter Solider (vs Helmut Zemo vs Black Panther)

T-Minus Snap: 1 year

Impact: Whoa, you say. Did you just skip over the Clash of the Avengers, you ask? I sure did.

The Airport Battle would be an easy top three if we were ranking best fights, no doubt. In terms of impact, though, the beautifully choreographed tussle between Tony, Cap, and Bucky is more fundamental to where the Avengers go next. True, Cap’s team become fugitives or are put under house arrest as a result of the Germany confrontation, and we are introduced to Black Panther and Spider-Man in a big way (Giant-Man too, while we’re at it). However, as crazy as it is, Zemo’s plan worked, and that’s of far greater consequence. The Sokovia Accords split the Avengers, but Zemo’s plot cleaved them in two, making Earth easy pickings for Thanos and his army.

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Ragnarök

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Movie: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Combatants: The Revengers (Thor, Hulk, Valkyrie, Loki), Heimdall, Korg and the Sakaaran Rebellion, (and Skurge) vs Hela, Fenris, the Berserkers, Surtur, (and Skurge)

T-Minus Snap: Days

Impact: Imagine the trouble the Asgardians could have given Thanos and the Black Order if Hela hadn’t taken care of them first. The Mad Titan was on his way to wrestle the Tesseract from Asgard’s vaults; instead, he only had to wipe out a handful of refugees thanks to the Goddess of Death, Surtur, and Loki’s sticky fingers. If you consider Thanos would have likely gotten the Space Stone either way, perhaps the more crucial outcome of Ragnarök is where it left Thor, the Mightiest Avenger. In a very short run, Thor lost his father, then his hammer, then his home, then his people. His “rage, vengeance, anger, loss, regret” become his motivating drive to stop Thanos, and though he’s failed (twice), he’s not dead yet. And after the Decimation, he’s only angrier.

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Attack on the Statesman

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Movie: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Combatants: Hulk, Thor, Loki vs Thanos, The Black Order (Ebony Maw, Cull Obsidian, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive)

T-Minus Snap: Days

Impact: For starters, Loki, Heimdall, and hundreds of Asgardians die when Thanos and his Children board the Sakaaran Rebellion’s escape vessel. It’s Thanos’ fisticuffs with Hulk, however, that has the largest effect on the coming conflict. Not only does it demonstrate the insurmountable might of the Mad Titan, but it ends up locking one of the Avengers’ most powerful assets, Hulk, inside Bruce Banner’s body. That doesn’t leave the good Doctor useless, of course, as he’s the only one who can explain what the hell is going on once he crashes back to Earth. While the fight we actually see on screen is relatively short, it establishes the context for everyone’s plans throughout the Infinity War.

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Battle of Titan

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Movie: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Combatants: The Avengers (Iron Man, Spider-Man), Guardians of the Galaxy (Star-Lord, Drax, Mantis, Nebula), Doctor Strange vs Thanos

T-Minus Snap: Hours

Impact: Star-Lord’s fist against Thanos’ prune face, which prevents the heroes from stopping the Mad Titan when they had the chance. It’s the stupidest move in the MCU, but undeniably important. That little freakout leads to Thanos getting the Time Stone, leaving him one away from the Snap. Before that, we witness how powerful he is with only four stones; since the Snap will no longer be an option in the Endgame, how Thanos wields the Infinity Gauntlet is key. Also important is how his relationship with Nebula advances, considering how pivotal she is in the comic books. Killing her sister and stranding her on Titan after torturing her probably hasn’t ingratiated her to dear ol’ dad. She’ll be looking for some revenge come Friday.

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Battle of Wakanda

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Movie: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Combatants: The Avengers (Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, Scarlett Witch, Bruce Banner/Hulkbuster, Thor, Vision), Black Panther, Winter Soldier, Okoye and the Dora Milaje, Guardians of the Galaxy (Rocket, Groot), M’Baku and the Jabari, Shuri, Golden Tribe, Border Tribe, Wakandan Royal Guard vs Thanos, The Black Order (Cull Obsidian, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive), the Outriders

T-Minus Snap: Minutes

Impact: The Decimation. Thanos ripped the Mind Stone from Visions head, survived a Stormbreaker to the chest, and snapped his fingers. Half the life in the universe turned to dust. A handful of heroes were left, either stranded on Titan or dealing with their devastating defeat on Earth. Welcome to the Endgame.

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Bonus Battles:

Battle on the Norco

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Movie: Iron Man 3 (2013)

Combatants: Iron Man, War Machine (as Iron Patriot), Iron Legion, Pepper Potts vs Aldrich Killian and his Extremis Soldiers

T-Minus Snap: 5 years

Impact: Pepper Potts gets to go super for a minute here, and when she wields that Iron Man gauntlet to blow Aldrich Killian to bits, fans had one thought: Rescue. That’s the name Potts takes in the comics when she gets her own Stark armor. Seeing how devastated their ranks are, the Avengers may need to call on Potts to suit up if she survived the Decimation or is brought back somehow. This fight proves she’s up for the challenge and can lend a hand.

Battle of the Mirror Dimension

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Movie: Doctor Strange (2016)

Combatants: Doctor Strange, Ancient One vs Kaecilius and his Zealots

T-Minus Snap: 1 Year

Impact: This one is pure speculation, but Tilda Swinton is expected to return as the Ancient One in Endgame. Considering she died in the Mirror Dimension, how she factors in is totally unknown. There are some clue though: One, the AO draws power from the Dark Dimension, and her experience working between dimensions could be valuable to the Avengers. As could, two, her knowledge of the Time Stone, as it seems clear time travel will be a huge factor in the Endgame.

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