Disney has always been pretty guarded about keeping fans from being spoiled about its Marvel Cinematic Universe installments, but the secrecy has been on hyper-drive with Avengers: Endgame.
Not only have the Russo Brothers issued another public plea for audiences to keep the movie's events offline so that other fans won't get wind of what's ahead, but the studio itself has waited to make even a single announcement about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond the April 26 release.
Marvel has, however, shown some of its cards when it comes to Disney's forthcoming streaming service — first, by announcing a series starring Tom Hiddleston's Loki, then by confirming other standalone series, including WandaVision, which will center on Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), and Falcon & Winter Soldier, focusing on Bucky Barnes a.k.a. Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie).
The trades, which presaged all of these confirmations, have also recently revealed that Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye has joined the fold for a show that will find him reportedly training Kate Bishop, a member of the Young Avengers who took the Hawkeye name in the comics. As exciting as it is, though, don't these reveals kind of feel like they're starting to spoil the events ahead in Avengers: Endgame?
Let's start with the Hawkeye show. The arching Avenger didn't appear in Avengers: Infinity War but will take part in the film's finale, transforming into the Ronin persona after the events of Thanos' snap. That his potential spin-off series will feature Kate Bishop is not super surprising: If you look closely, there's a shot in the Endgame trailer where Hawkeye is teaching a young girl to shoot with a bow and arrow — which launched speculation online that Bishop would perhaps appear in the Avengers film. But that a Hawkeye series exists means fans should expect him to make it through the final battle with Thanos.
Every single one of the other characters above died during Infinity War -- though only Loki was killed by Thanos before the Mad Titan's universe-changing finger snap. "No resurrection this time," Thanos sneered before killing Loki. Maybe he didn't subscribe to Disney+.
How could all these characters land on their feet away from the MCU? A few key set photos from Endgame have indicated that Loki might return to the movie by way of some time-travel and/or flashbacks. It's also possible the Avengers will use Quantum Realm to jump back in time to change the events of Infinity War and restore the fallen who were so viciously snapped away. Maybe these Disney+ series will take place in an alternate universe, one where Thanos' snap never happened? Or will they, like Captain Marvel and perhaps the Black Widow movie that also hasn't been officially announced (but is happening), take place in the past?
We'll get some answers when Endgame debuts later this month. But in the lead-up, it would be chill if these Disney+ show reports were held for us to find out.
Disney+ launches Nov. 12.