Avengers: Endgame Producer On How The Russo Brothers Decided Who Lives, And Who Dies

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Just when you thought the MCU couldn’t possibly get any bleaker after Infinity War, we arrive at Avengers: Endgame.

It’s far and away the most-anticipated Marvel Studios movie, well, ever, and that’s really saying something when you consider that the MCU has generated more than $18 billion across 22 installments. Captain Marvel was the latest addition to the family, and Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s female-fronted solo pic recently became the 7th MCU film to gross higher than $1 billion at the global box office. Not bad for the studio’s new figurehead…

Getting back to Endgame, though, and it’s clear that Joe and Anthony Russo’s 2019 tentpole will signal the last hurrah for many of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are among those tipped to bite the bullet (and Thanos, surely?), though the Russo Brothers are adamant that no one has come close to guessing Endgame‘s plot. At least, not yet.

Whether that’s actually the case is another question entirely, but below, Avengers: Endgame producer Trinh Tran details how the Russo Brothers decided who lives, and who dies.

Look, it all starts with us just being in the room with the Russo Brothers, and [Christopher] Markus, and [Stephen] McFeely. We started four years ago when we were finishing filming Civil War. We came back and we were beating out both of these movies [Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame] and you just throw up the character cards, and then you’re just brainstorming, trying to figure out, what is the best story to tell?

Given this is the finale of Marvel’s Phase 3, we imagine there will be a fair amount of MCU casualties once the lights go down on April 26th. And to quote the Mad Titan himself, no resurrections this time around; Endgame‘s deaths are likely to be final, meaning we’ll soon be saying goodbye to some of our on-screen favorites. We’re not crying, you’re crying!

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes launch the ultimate counter-attack when Avengers: Endgame lights up theaters on April 26th.

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