Who Was The MVP Of 'Avengers: Endgame'?
Earning more than $1.2 billion in its first weekend, Avengers: Endgame brought the first 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a fittingly epic conclusion. Practically every character in the MCU made an appearance in either the climactic final battle or the Avengers' travels through time, rewarding fans with plenty of Endgame Easter eggs and scenes with unexpected figures like Thor's mother Frigga or the original Jarvis.
Now that the dust has settled and the world has seen the Endgame, we can decide who was the most valuable player on screen. With so many heroes crosing paths, some inevitably stood out. Heroes like Iron Man and Captain Marvel played essential roles in the fight against Thanos, while others like Thor and Ant-Man gave the movie a necesary shot of humor to keep audiences entertained for three hours.
Iron Man literally gives his all to make sure Thanos is defeated. Not only does he figure out the science behind time travel, but he also sacrifices himself to Snap Thanos and his forces out of existence with the Infinity Stones.
Black Widow finally gets the red out of her ledger in Endgame by coordinating the Avengers' efforts protecting Earth for five years and sacrificing herself to acquire the Soul Stone. She gives the Avengers a second chance, but more importantly, she gives one of her closest friends, Hawkeye, a chance to reunite with his family.
After being sidelined in Infinity War, Captain America plays a significant role in Endgame. He fights himself to get the Mind Stone, proves his worthiness by wielding Mjolnir, and returns all six Infinity Stones plus Thor's hammer to their rightful places in the past to keep the timeline intact.
The Avengers probably would have just kept on living with the post-Snap status quo if a rat had never released Ant-Man from the Quantum Realm (that rat is definitely the MVR of Endgame). Ant-Man gives the rest of the heroes the idea to go back in time, and he saves Hulk, War Machine, and Rocket Raccoon from drowning beneath the rubble after Avengers HQ is shelled.
He spends most of Endgame on the bench thanks to the Snap, but Doctor Strange plays an essential role in how things pan out for the Avengers. His choice to hand over the Time Stone is what ultimately convinces Ancient One to give up the Stone in 2012, and his loaded advice to Iron Man basically confirms what needs to be done to beat Thanos. On top of all that, he basically stops the entire battlefield from flooding single-handedly.
Thor spends a lot of Endgame in his feelings after blaming himself for letting Thanos win in Infinity War. He almost tanks his part of the time heist, but he's able to get himself back together for the final fight alongside Cap and Iron Man. He's more of an MVP for the movie itself because the fat, Lebowski-esque version of Thor is Endgame's most reliable source of comic relief.