There’s so much to love about the grand final battle against Thanos’ forces in Avengers: Endgame. Every single hero arriving to fight, the first utterance of the “Avengers assemble!” catchphrase, Cap wielding Mjolnir…the list is endless. One such highlight that’s really connected with fans though is the moment when the various heroines of the MCU unite to take on the Mad Titan themselves.
When speaking to The Los Angeles Times, Endgame directors the Russo brothers were asked why they felt it important to include a scene like this. Anthony Russo explained that they did it to honor how many “amazing female characters” have joined the franchise as it’s evolved over the past 10 years.
“Looking back on the entire road that the MCU has traveled, it just struck us how many amazing female characters have entered the [landscape]. I think it was really, for us, a moment of celebration and acknowledgment of the intensity and empowerment in that.”
The scene was also a callback to a similar moment in Avengers: Infinity War when Black Widow and others aid Scarlet Witch in defeating Proxima Midnight. The Endgame version features even more heroines, though. Despite the absence of Natasha Romanoff, who tragically dies earlier in the movie, this time around the likes of Captain Marvel, Valkyrie and Wasp get to join in. The message seems to be that, though the MCU’s first female hero is gone, there are many more still around to continue her legacy.
Many are hoping these sequences are teasing a fully-fledged female Avengers movie, too, maybe based on the A-Force comics team. This is something that the actresses of Marvel have been campaigning about for a while, especially Tessa Thompson, who famously cornered president Kevin Feige on set and pitched him the idea. Let’s hope he paid attention.