The 2 Marvel Movies the Russo Brothers Say You Need to See Before ‘Avengers: Endgame’

At the helm of the new Marvel Cinematic Universe film Avengers: Endgame are Joe and Anthony Russo, also known as the Russo Brothers. The directors have been making the rounds during the movie’s press tour, and though they have been asked many questions there are very few they can actually answer. Here’s what they had to say about which MCU flicks to watch (or rewatch) before seeing Endgame in theaters.

Joe Russo and Anthony Russo attend the Avengers Endgame UK Fan Event
Joe Russo and Anthony Russo attend the Avengers Endgame UK Fan Event at Picturehouse Central on April 10, 2019, in London, England. | Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

The Russo Brothers are keeping secrets from everyone

As we’ve learned on this press tour, it’s not just the fans that are in the dark when it comes to what happens in Endgame. Marvel has always kept secrets about its films, but never more so than now, when the conclusion of the 22 movie arc that makes up the MCU. And the keeper of these secrets? Right now, that’s the Russo Brothers.

The cast has been put to the test in interviews, very carefully avoiding letting any details slip that could give any indication of what we’ll see on screen. These questions range from seemingly innocuous inquiries about individual characters and their interactions to much more extreme, like the fate of each Avenger. And while some may know everything (all signs point to Robert Downey Jr. being very in-the-know), they’re definitely not all fully informed: Some were even given fake scripts or made to film alternate endings, like Mark Ruffalo.

These are the movies they say you need to see before Endgame

While they couldn’t answer all of SYFY WIRE’s questions as posed by Caitlin Busch, the Russo Brothers did manage to give us a little bit of the information we’ve been hoping for (spoiler-free, of course). When she asked which movie might offer the most clues or contain the most information necessary for watching Endgame, here’s what they had to say.

“There’s two actually that are important for this movie,” said Joe. “[Captain America:] Civil War and [Avengers:] Infinity War.” He continued, “The events of Civil War we commit to every movie so Civil War certainly affected Infinity War, and Infinity War will certainly affect Endgame. I think if we tell anyone if there are two movies [they] have to catch up on, it’s those two.”   

Some people are having full MCU marathons before the film is released

While most don’t have time to see 21 movies in a week, others are committed to rewatching the entire MCU filmography (and have likely already begun, unless they have tickets to one of the very few AMC screenings). The question then becomes: How do you watch them all and in what order?

We can answer both of those questions for you here. Aside from Captain Marvel (which is still in select theaters), the previous 20 Marvel films are available to watch viewing a streaming service, either included in your membership or with an additional $3-$5 fee. As for the order, this is debatable: While Busch said that the SYFY WIRE staff was rewatching in the traditional release order format, the Russo Brothers have indicated on social media that they prefer chronological order. However you plan to rewatch, you better make it quick!

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