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'Avengers: Endgame' Moments That Were Ripped Right From The Comics

Longtime fans of Marvel’s Avengers comics couldn’t believe their eyes when they sat down to watch the conclusion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - it looked like a comic come to life. The comic book inspirations for Avengers: Endgame didn’t come from a single storyline or event; they were culled from decades of source material and masterfully adapted. In many ways, Endgame is a celebration of both the MCU and the lengthy history of Marvel Comics before it. 

The rabid MCU fanbase is already on the hunt for the multitude of Easter eggs strewn about Avengers: Endgame and they’ve already identified dozens. Only dedicated readers, however, will recognize and appreciate just how many scenes in Endgame got ripped directly from the pages of Marvel Comics, including a few of the most thrilling, Infinity Gauntlet-wielding moments.

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  • Old Man Rogers Appears

    Avengers: Endgame wraps up Steve Rogers’s storyline in a moment of time-bending beauty, leaving him as an elderly gentleman of about 115 years old. It makes for a shocking image, but for readers of Marvel Comics, it’s a somewhat familiar sight.

    Captain America has been robbed of his Super Soldier Serum and restored to his biological age a handful of times in the pages of Marvel Comics, most recently in Captain America Vol. 7 #21. That storyline sees the Iron Nail literally drain the serum right out of Cap’s body, turning him into an old man in an instant. Of course, this being Steve Rogers, he avoids retirement by staying active with both the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. in an oversight role. 

  • Pepper Potts Wears The Rescue Armor

    Before making the ultimate sacrifice, Tony Stark briefly gets to fight back-to-back with his wife, Pepper, thanks to her own custom-made Iron Man armor. Most fans have assumed that this is the Rescue armor, a suit Pepper first dons in Invincible Iron Man #10.

    True to its name and Pepper’s pacifist nature, the Rescue armor is designed with mostly defensive capabilities in mind, intended for search-and-rescue missions rather than fights against alien armies. The MCU version of the suit appears to have a bit more offensive firepower than the comic book version, but they definitely look alike.

  • The Hulk Becomes A Professor

    No Avenger changes more in Endgame’s five-year time-jump than Bruce Banner, who finally makes peace with his alter ego and becomes the ultimate brain/brawn combo. Fans even have a nickname for the unified Banner: Professor Hulk.

    A personality that combines Banner’s intelligence with the Hulk’s strength has seen many iterations in Marvel Comics; the most recent is “Doc Green,” who debuts in Hulk Vol. 3 #5. This version of the character is significantly more sinister than the fluffy Hulk who shows up in Endgame, but their aesthetic is similar.

  • Thor Wields Mjolnir And An Ax

    While it’s tough to top the epic imagery of Captain America lifting Mjolnir, Thor dual-wielding Asgardian Mjolnir and Stormbreaker comes pretty close. Before Steve Rogers proves himself worthy, Thor leaps into fighting with Thanos holding both Stormbreaker and Mjolnir, an intimidating sight for any opponent.

    Thor has done something similar a handful of times in the pages of Marvel Comics, including one memorable instance involving time travel and multiple Mjolnirs. He specifically dual-wields an ax, Jarnbjorn, and his hammer in Uncanny Avengers #21, though, where he uses them to fight Exitar.