WARNING! MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD
Avengers Endgame, ending explained
Continue reading further if you’ve watched Endgame, if not, seriously, what’s wrong with you?
The final act of Avengers Endgame saw the ultimate battle fans had been waiting for. But as the saying goes, “All good things shall come to an end”, with that being said, Avengers Endgame concluded the 22-movie long Infinity Saga and we said goodbyes to our favourite characters!
Towards the end, Tony Stark sacrifices himself in order to save the universe by yielding all six Infinity stones in his self-made Iron Man Infinity Gauntlet snapping Thanos and his entire army out of existence. Since no human has ever held an Infinity Stone without disintegrating, you can be damn well sure the snap would have adverse effects.
The lakeside funeral of Tony Stark brings together all of the remaining cast of Avengers as well as some other characters that had earlier been wiped out of existence and are only alive because Tony reversed the snap. Characters like Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne, Hope Van Dyne, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Aunt May, even William Hurt’s Thunderbolt Ross … and one particularly noticeable teenager who’s standing there all by himself.
Who was that kid? Some distant relative of Tony’s? A Stark Industries intern? Nope. That young man is a character we’ve seen before.
A high-ranking Marvel Studios source confirmed to IGN that this character is Harley Keener, who was the little boy from Iron Man 3 — and that he’s once again played by Ty Simpkins.
The funeral scene brought together all the characters whose lives had been directly touched by Tony Stark over the past 21 films so it stands to reason that young Harley would want to pay his respects to the superhero who saved his life and encouraged him to pursue his interest in mechanics.
You may recall that Tony crashed into Harley’s garage because he needed to recharge the Mark 47 after escaping a near death attack. Tony, who was suffering from PTSD in Iron Man 3 was saved by Harley who ultimately helped Tony snap out of his emotional state by reminding him that he is, at heart, a mechanic who needs to build things. They quickly became pals and ended up crossing Aldrich Killian’s Extremis-fuelled agents. In the end, Tony left Harley with a garage full of new gadgets as well as a Potato Gun Mach II.
Only time will tell if Avengers: Endgame will be the last time audiences will see Harley Keener or if the MCU might have grander plans for him now that he’s grown up. Given that this is the final film for most of the main Iron Man cast, though, it stands to reason that’s the end of the line for Harley, too.
Did you know that the Russo Brothers gave a hint about this character’s death at the beginning of the movie? Read here.