Next year’s Avengers: Endgame looks set to cram an overwhelming number of characters into the grand finale of Marvel’s Phase 4, but as the new video from the How It Should Have Ended YouTube channel aptly demonstrates, the team could’ve been a lot bigger.
The animation offers a continuation of the final scene from the film’s first trailer, in which Scott Lang pulls up to the Avengers HQ. After Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff buzz Ant-Man in, a whole load of new characters start showing up on their doorstep.
Among the current Marvel Studios properties who join the gang are Blade, Ghost Rider, Daredevil, and Luke Cage, but it seems that Disney’s soon-to-be acquired Fox characters, including Deadpool and the X-Men, are also down for the cause. Perhaps the video’s funniest moment comes when the ‘Fantastic Three’ show up, minus the Human Torch in reference to Chris Evans now playing a different Marvel hero.
But these on-brand heroes are just the tip of the iceberg. The list of figures joining the fight against Thanos extends to the likes of Robocop, the Incredibles, Ethan Hunt from Misssion Impossible, the Star Wars Battle Droids, Donald Duck, and more. It’s strange to think that Disney owns, or will at least soon own, the vast majority of this parade of familiar figures. Two characters who remain under the care of Warner Bros., however, are Batman and Superman, who aren’t let in the HQ but are given the special mission of saving the team “a really big booth” for when the battle’s over.
The HISHE video ends with a last-minute jab at the inherent spoiler that is Spider-Man: Far From Home, as Steve responds to Black Widow’s “This is gonna work” line from the teaser with the claim that he knows their plan will work because Spidey’s alive again in his next film.
Indeed, with producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal both mentioning that the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel takes place after the events of the Infinity War sequel, it’s clear that the Mad Titan’s snap will somehow be reversed. Nonetheless, the question remains of how exactly Steve and the gang will pull off this feat, and we’ll find out when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26th, 2019.