In the latest entry of our ongoing series, Screen Rant's Ryan George reveals what (probably) happened in the pitch meeting for Marvel Studios' re-release of Avengers: Endgame. The movie's worldwide box office gross currently stands at a staggering $2.773 billion, but is still some way shy of topping the record set by James Cameron's Avatar ten years ago.
Avengers: Endgame picks up shortly after the events of last year's Avengers: Infinity War, in which Earth's Mightiest Heroes (and the Guardians of the Galaxy) failed to stop Thanos from gathering all six Infinity Stones and snapping half of all life in the universe out of existence. After regrouping and meeting Captain Marvel, the gang head off to confront Thanos on his retirement planet in the hopes of retrieving the Infinity Gauntlet and undoing the damage. Unfortunately this trip achieves nothing besides a bit of empty revenge, and there's a time jump of five years as the Avengers wallow in grief and hopelessness.
Eventually a well-placed rat releases Ant-Man from the Quantum Realm and he comes up with an idea for a "time heist" - going back in time to retrieve the Infinity Stones so that the universe can be restored. Basically, it's an excuse for Marvel Studios to go back and revisit some of its greatest hits (and also Thor: The Dark World) before bringing together just about every character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for one final massive battle against Thanos and his army.
While die-hard fans were willing to shell out more money to see Avengers: Endgame again with a director introduction, an unfinished Hulk deleted scene, a Stan Lee tribute, and a few minutes from Spider-Man: Far From Home, most would probably agree that the re-release was a bit of a disappointment. On the other hand, it did give theaters something else to play on those screens that had previously been set aside for Dark Phoenix. And while Avengers: Endgame may not manage to steal Avatar's top spot and become the highest-grossing movie worldwide, it did at least manage to beat Cameron's movie domestically.
Following the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, the future of the MCU remains unknown in terms of official announcements - though it's safe to assume that Black Widow will be the next Marvel movie in theaters. We can expect to find out more at San Diego Comic-Con this month, so stay tuned to Screen Rant for all the latest news.