Well before Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange revealed to Tony Stark (Robert Downery Jr.) that they were “in the endgame now,” Stark said something similar in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Indeed, Downey first referenced the now-infamous word in a press junket before the debut of Age of Ultron.
Before '@Avengers 2' release, "Endgame" was still in everyone's consciousness. It's a term used by @RobertDowneyJr to express that Ultron would be the key to give the #Avengers a chance to live normal lives. Is the teams' purpose in defeating Thanos the same key? #AvengersEndgame pic.tw itter.com/340SoQtwJU
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In an interview on the press visit for the Joss Whedon-helmed film, Downey Jr. was depicting what Stark would end up doing in the second Avengers film. The interview has started flowing on the web again, thanks to a tweet by Twitter user @ImAFilmEditor.
“He’s working on a system,” Downey said. “That will make it so the Avengers really won’t have to do what they’ve been doing all along which, purportedly should be the endgame.”
Fortuitously enough, Downey’s line in the interview almost coordinates what his character says in the film. On the off chance that you can’t recollect when the line was stated, it comes as the Avengers argue whether to push ahead with Stark’s Ultron initiative.
“A hostile alien army came charging through a hole in space,” Stark said in the midst of the argument. “We’re standing three hundred feet below it. We’re the Avengers. We can bust arms dealers all the live long day but that, up there, that’s the endgame.”
At a certain point, Endgame was such an anticipated title, the Russo Brothers level-out denied that it’d wind up being the last name for the film.