Avengers Endgame Script Teardown - Featured - StudioBinder

The Avengers: Endgame script was the blueprint for the most financially successful film ever to be made. It has to seamlessly connect multiple storylines, timelines and characters — all without angering some of the most critical and sensitive fans in the world.

We’re going to provide analysis of the Avengers: Endgame screenplay by touching on the plot, quotes, characters and ending so you gain a better understanding of how this script worked so well.

The Avengers: Endgame Script

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WHO WROTE THE Avengers: Endgame SCRIPT?

Written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely

Christopher Markus earned his BA from Rutgers University, while Stephen McFeely earned his from Notre Dame. The two met while completing their Masters in creative writing at UC Davis. They moved to Los Angeles where they worked as receptionists for production companies until the two received attention from a spec script that led HBO Films to commission them to write a script for a documentary on actor Peter Sellers. Their next big project was a screenplay adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia, Captain America: The First Avenger, Pain & Gain, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.

Avengers: Endgame PLOT

Story beats - Avengers: Endgame script

The most impressive thing about the Avengers: Endgame script is how the screenwriters were able to juggle all of the various characters and scenes and still somehow keep things coherent and entertaining. There are some great call backs, and the writers must be pretty easy to get along with considering Marvel movies are often film-by-committee. 

Story structure for Avengers: Endgame screenplay:

Script Teardown

Script Structure of Avengers: Endgame

Exposition

The beginning of the Avengers: Endgame script picks up where we left off in Avengers: Infinity War. We see Hawkeye’s family disappear, and we see Tony and Nebula floating in space until they are saved by Captain Marvel. 

Inciting Incident

The Avengers: Endgame catalyst occurs when the remaining Avengers catch Thanos and realize the stones have been destroyed. Thor unexpectedly decapitates Thanos. Immediately after this, Scott Lang returns from the Quantum Universe. 

Plot Point One

The Avengers: Endgame script has the Act I end with the remaining Avengers taking a trip out to Tony’s house, and asking him for his help with time travel. A few pages later, a reluctant Tony figures out how to achieve time travel and then decides to help the team. 

Rising Action

Hulk and some of the team head to Asgard to find Thor, where they convince him to come help them with the mission. Natasha finds Hawkeye and asks him to come back and help the team. The group begins their quest to retrieve the Infinity stones from the various timelines. 

Midpoint

The midpoint in the Avengers: Endgame screenplay comes when Nebula is captured by past Thanos and his two past daughters. This marks the midpoint really well because it is when things have shifted and our heroes now have a new and unexpected obstacle with which to deal. 

Plot Point Two

Bad Nebula has taken over Good Nebula’s body and returns with the rest of the Avengers. They have all the Infinity Stones, but now there is a saboteur. Hulk snap his finger and the dead return, but just then Thanos appears with an army.    

Build Up

Thanos and his army have destroyed Avengers HQ. The Avengers struggle to fight off Thanos and waves of his army. The Avengers take a pretty brutal beating from Thanos. The rest of the Avengers return through portals to fight. 

Climax

The Avengers and Thanos have a raging battle for the ages. Right as we think Thanos might actually win, Tony is able to steal the Infinity Stones and snap his fingers. Tony is dying, but the world is saved. 

Finale

Tony is officially gone, and Captain America travels back in time to return the stones. When he returns, he is an old man. He passes the Captain America torch to Sam Wilson. We learn that Steve remained in the past to live a life with Peggy.

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Avengers Endgame quotes

The Avengers: Endgame script does a great job in setting up callbacks for certain lines and quotes that were either used in previous MCU films or early on in the Avengers: Endgame screenplay.

Read the Avengers: Endgame Quotes 

Most of the best quotes come from Tony Stark, but there are many other notable quotes in the Avengers: Endgame script that come from Thor, Rocket, Hulk, and the main villain, Thanos.

Scene Study: Tommy buys a dozen red roses

Here are a few of the best Avengers: Endgame quotes:

  • “I love you 3000.
  • “Avengers! Assemble.”
  • “I think you look great, Cap. As far as I'm concerned, that's America's ass.”
  • “Honestly, at this exact second, I thought you were a Build-a-Bear.”
  • “Someone peed my pants! Not sure if it was the baby-me or the old me.”
  • “No amount of money ever bought a second of time.”
  • “There are a lot of other planets in the universe, and, unfortunately, they didn't have you guys.”
  • “How does it feel? Like it's someone else's. It isn't.”
  • “In all my years of conquest, violence, slaughter, it was never personal. But I'll tell you now, what I'm about to do to your stubborn, annoying little planet... I'm gonna enjoy it. Very, very much.”
  • “What? I see this as an absolute win.”
  • “I used the Stones to destroy the Stones. It nearly killed me, but the work is done. It always will be. I am... inevitable.”

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Avengers Endgame characters

The Avengers: Endgame characters are, of course, based on the comic books heroes, but that doesn’t eliminate the need for some modern character development. Luckily, the groundwork for the Avengers: Endgame characters had been accomplished through various origin stories and the previous Avengers films.

Read the Avengers: Endgame Characters

In my opinion, the real accomplishment of the screenwriters was how they kept the characters organized. Tony and Thor seem to have the biggest changes to their perspective. Most of the other characters seem pretty similar, but Thor and Tony were scarred from Infinity War.

The Avengers Assemble

Who is the best character in Avengers: Endgame? I still think Tony Stark takes the cake, but Thanos is always up there for me. He has some of the best lines in the screenplay, and he is generally fun to watch.

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Avengers Endgame ending

Not only was the Avengers: Endgame important for the film, but it also served as the end of the current MCU phase. While some of the actors will be continuing their roles, many will be replaced or reimagined.

Read the Avengers: Endgame Ending

The Avengers: Endgame ending is really cinematic and features an enormous battle between a collection of armies, super heroes, villains, and aliens. After the climax of the film, we get to see Tony’s funeral and Captain America passes the torch to Sam Wilson.

Steve and Peggy Dance

I thought they handled this moment really well because Sam is hesitant to take the role, but Steve gives him a single line of encouragement that works as a measured statement on being an American citizen.

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