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Avengers: Endgame's relatively light body count surprised a lot of fans. Shocked by its predecessor's carnage, audiences braced themselves for loss. Thankfully, the majority of Earth's heroes survived the latest encounter with Thanos, which raises a new question: why? It doesn't really seem like there's one right answer. Endgame gave us a ton of heroes, and the filmmakers likely had different reasons for keeping each survivor off the chopping block. Here's why we think the following Avengers survived Endgame.
Everyone's favorite trash panda came out of Avengers: Endgame relatively unscathed. The easiest and most likely answer to the question of Rocket's survival is Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3. At Hasbro HASCON 2017, Guardians writer/director James Gunn told fans he had an origin story for Rocket that he planned to tell. He also warned Rocket' s life story would likely be more "horrible" than it was in the source material.
By March 2019, Gunn was confirmed as directing the movie using his screenplay, so all things considered, it looks like we might be learning more about Rocket's past in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3. It would be a pretty big bummer if we only got to see that story after Thanos turned him into a small rug.
Unfortunately we didn't see a lot of Okoye in Avengers: Endgame. She's in the final battle and briefly speaks to Black Widow in the beginning of the film. Beyond that, she's absent. Fortunately, that also seemed to increase her overall chances of surviving through the movie's end.
In Infinity War, T'Challa's last interaction with Okoye is pretty memorable:
"Up. This is no place to die."
In a way, this moment is also the answer to her survival in Endgame. Okoye is part of the MCU as a whole, but she's particularly important to the Black Panther franchise. If she were to ever make the ultimate sacrifice, it should be in a Black Panther film.
Not only that, but the aftermath of Infinity War and Endgame leaves us with a lot of questions about Wakanda and we're probably going to need Okoye to get some of those answers. After all, while the people who were snapped were brought back to life, they still did disappear, which means T'Challa was effectively dead for five years. The king of Wakanda died without an heir and his sister Shuri was dead as well. What happened in Wakanda during those five years? Who is T'Challa going to find on the throne?
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Rocket has more to tell us | 0:28
No place for Okoye to die | 1:10
Valkyrie needs to lead New Asgard | 2:19
Captain Marvel has barely begun | 3:24
Thor has more galaxy to see | 4:00
Killing Rhodey would be too predictable | 5:06
Nebula is just beginning to shine | 6:09
Hulk may have family business | 7:27
Cap deserves his happy ending | 8:29
Hawkeye remains the best fake-out | 9:39
Spidey didn't want to go | 10:52
T'Challa has a nation to rule | 11:27
Strange has more threats to face | 12:25
Falcon needs to carry Cap's legacy | 13:33
Bucky needs to help the new Captain | 14:25