Unbreakable Record: The Avengers’ Endgame Feat That Defies MCU Limits

One of the MCU’s biggest records was set in the events of Avengers: Endgame, and it is not likely to be broken again several years later.

Split image of Tony Stark looking determined and the Ancient One smirking in the MCU

Avengers: Endgame holds a litany of records, and there is one in particular that the MCU will never break. The penultimate movie of the Infinity Saga drew a line beneath more than a decade’s worth of interconnected stories and earned the accolade of becoming the highest-grossing Marvel movie. Its financial success is no surprise given that it marked the culmination of these stories, especially those of MCU royalty like Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Captain America. Yet the sheer amount of star power within the movie can’t be overlooked.

Avengers: Endgame was the highest-grossing movie of all time until Avatar reclaimed the title after being re-released.

Another of Avengers: Endgame‘s accolades is that it features the most Oscar-winning actors of any MCU movie. This was most recently bolstered by Robert Downey Jr.’s win, adding to a list of six other Oscar winners in the movie. While every MCU movie apart from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 counts at least one Oscar-winning actor among its cast, the MCU will find it exceptionally difficult to exceed the seven that appear in Avengers: Endgame‘s cast of characters.

Why The MCU Won’t Break Endgame’s Oscars Cast Record

Avengers: Endgame Was The Final Appearance For Many Stars

Tony Stark taking the Infinity Stones at the end of Avengers Endgame

Avengers: Endgame‘s decorated cast mostly comprises characters and actors who have left the MCU. After removing the characters that have died since Avengers: Endgame, four remain, which is equal to the amount of Oscar winners that appear in Thor: Ragnarok. This makes it more unlikely that an upcoming movie will feature as many Oscar winners as Avengers: Endgame. While the Multiverse Saga’s two Avengers movies may come close with an ensemble cast, characters like Pepper Potts and Hank Pym are less likely to make an appearance than erstwhile main players and current MCU protagonists.

Padding out its cast with Oscar winners is also lower on Marvel’s list of priorities than scoring box office smashes in the wake of a suboptimal 2023. MCU’s recent history has suggested this even more so, as Brie Larson’s Oscar did not shield The Marvels from its record-breaking flop. Furthermore, the list of actors who starred in Avengers: Endgame that may go on to win Oscars can only grow, widening the gulf between it and a future star-studded MCU installment.

While Thunderbolt Ross will star in upcoming MCU installments, he will be portrayed by Harrison Ford, who has yet to win an Oscar.

Why Endgame Deserves To Keep Its MCU Oscars Record

Captain America in front of The Avengers in Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is one of the greatest Marvel movies ever made for a reason. Though it didn’t receive its own Oscar win for Best Visual Effects, the fact that so many actors recognized by the Academy filled out its cast is a win in its own right, helping to prove its credibility even if some participants are prouder of their involvement than others. It also stands as a monument to the characters that helped build the MCU up to the climactic moment that spelled the end of an era.

Marvel has a track record of casting lesser-known actors in blockbuster movies, with the entire Avengers cast being a standout example of this. While stars like Iman Vellani and Hailee Steinfeld continue to prove that Marvel has a knack for rooting out talent, it is no secret that the Multiverse Saga has not had the same cultural impact as the Infinity Saga. Avengers: Endgame being so rife with Oscar-winning talent is a testament to the quality of that era.

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