Doctor Strange Title-Dropped Avengers: Endgame in Infinity War on Purpose

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Marvel Studios

Following the release of Avengers: Infinity War in April 2018, fans spent months speculating about what the title for the fourth and final installment in the superhero franchise might be. But it turned out that directors Anthony and Joe Russo had told us the name of the upcoming film in the final moments of Avengers: Infinity War.

“We’re in the end game now,” Doctor Strange said before the battle on Titan during Infinity War.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently revealed Avengers producers included the title in Infinity War on purpose. “It was in place before we started developing the movie. Or just as we were developing it,” Feige said. “So Doctor Strange says that line because we knew it was the title.”

While the name was a surprise to many fans when it was announced in December, some dedicated MCU viewers had predicted the title of the fourth movie as soon as the words “end game” left Doctor Strange’s mouth. In fact, Avengers: Endgame was one of the most popular predicted titles ahead of the official announcement in December.

In addition to the instance in which Doctor Strange utters “end game,” there are actually a few other examples of MCU characters using the phrase throughout the last 10 years of Marvel movies, according to CinemaBlend.

It’s fitting, however, that Doctor Strange would ultimately be the character to foreshadow the name of the next movie, as he is the only Avenger to use the Time Stone in order to preview the millions of ways in which the conflict with Thanos could end. Later in the scene, Doctor Strange ends up handing over the Time Stone to Thanos after The Mad Titan stabs Iron Man in the chest—a choice we hope is explained further once Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, 2019.

Fans Think the Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Hints at Iron Man's Death

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© 2018 - Marvel Studios

Marvel fans are seriously concerned for Iron Man. While Tony Stark is one of the few Avengers we know survived Thanos's snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, the new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home seems to imply that the sarcasm-prone superhero might not make it out of Avengers: Endgame alive.

The detail in question comes from the first Far From Home movie trailer, which features Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) carrying a large check from the Stark Relief Foundation.

The panic regarding Stark’s fate is over the signature on the check—which belongs to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), the co-founder of the foundation. Fans became concerned when they saw that Stark hadn’t signed the check, with many jumping to the conclusion that Stark wasn’t able to sign the check himself because he had died at some point during the events of Avengers: Endgame. While it’s not confirmed whether Far From Home happens after Infinity War or Endgame, fans aren't willing to take any chances.

A few in-the-know viewers pointed out that a relief foundation is not the same as a memorial foundation, and that the organization was most likely set up for Stark industries, not for a deceased Tony Stark. As Potts was named the CEO of Stark Industries in Iron Man 2, it would make sense that she is the one signing the checks. These are valid points, but anxious MCU fans won't rest easy until they know that Stark is alive and well.

While Spider-Man: Far From Home doesn't arrive in theaters until July 5, 2019, Marvel fans will get the answers to at least some of their key questions when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, 2019.

New Game of Thrones Teaser Might Hint at Jon Snow's Fate

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HBO

The latest Game of Thrones teaser was released on Sunday evening and fans are still finding new details to theorize about. The 90-second promo, which features Jon Snow and Sansa and Arya Stark, doesn't give much away, but one tiny detail has got people talking.

Fans were quick to notice that when Sansa, Arya, and Jon approach the statues that appear to be designed for them in the Crypts of Winterfell, Jon's looks particularly different. While Sansa and Arya's likenesses mimic what they currently look like, Jon's looks more mature, as if he's a much older man. While it may be a meaningless detail to some viewers, for others it seems to be pretty convincing proof that Jon will make it out of the final season alive, while his "sisters" may not be so lucky.

But would the creators of Game of Thrones—who have managed to keep seemingly all of the series' biggest secrets under wraps for going on eight seasons now—really drop that big a spoiler so far ahead of the final season's premiere date? Not everyone is convinced.

"I think people read into things too much," Redditor AprilUofA wrote. "I think them finding the statues in the crypt just symbolizes the fact that all three are going to be facing death next season. Jon's statue just looks 'older' because of his usual broody expression."

Another Redditor, Fried_Cthulhumari, attributed Jon's more mature look to his famously long locks. "It is notoriously hard to depict hair in sculptures," he wrote. "This is why ancient statues often had stylized hair or beards, and even when the hair is sculpted correctly, it tends to obscure the age or likeness the artist intended."

Whether the statue is a hint that Jon will prevail or just an imperfect likeness, we'll have to wait until Game of Thrones returns on April 14, 2019 to learn more.

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