It’s taken over a decade to get to this point. Starting with Iron Man in 2008, the MCU brought beloved comic characters to the big screen every single year, fighting villains and saving the world — and sometimes other planets — from destruction. The heroic stories came to a head in Infinity War, and the saga of the original Avengers ended in an awe-inspiring finale.
Marvel fans have to ask themselves after years of following the hype, what can they do now? If you’re feeling lost after Endgame, here are some ideas to keep your love of the MCU alive:
Read the Comics!
These Marvel movies didn’t come from nowhere. The characters, the costumes and the plot lines were all pulled from decades-worth of comic books that you can tear through. If you think that taking on a 48 hour MCU movie marathon is a worthy endeavor, you’ll be happy to know that you can read a Marvel comic every day for a single year and still have tons of issues leftover. There are thousands of them!
Go to your local comic bookstore and browse the shelves. Single issues are cheap and will take you 15 minutes to get through. If you don’t know where to start, pick your favorite character and go from there. Or, you could pick the best Marvel comics of all time— you may recognize some storylines in picks like X-Men Days of Future Past and The Avengers #4.
Dress the Part!
You don’t have to cosplay in order to express your love of Marvel. For one, dressing as Captain America won’t go over too well with your office’s head of HR. There are far more practical ways for people to wear their fandom on their sleeves without slipping on catsuits, donning capes or painting their faces.
You can find Marvel apparel like t-shirts and hoodies with all of your favorite characters and symbols emblazoned on the front. It’s not going to be the best choice for everyday business-wear, but it’ll be perfect on Casual Friday. You could also have fun with your accessories like the cast members Brie Larson and Scarlett Johansson did with infinity stone jewelry on the red carpet premiere.
Play with Your Phone!
If you’re ever bored while standing at the bus-stop or sitting in a waiting room, you can spend your time being an Avenger. Take out your phone and download a game like MARVEL Contest of Champions to defeat supervillains and complete quests. Other mobile games that you might like are MARVEL Strike Force, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and MARVEL Future Fight.
You can also represent your fandom with a vinyl smartphone skin. Get the coolest iPhone skin wraps for summer to match every infinity stone in Thanos’s gauntlet: a blue one for the space stone, a yellow one for the mind stone, a red one for the reality stone, a purple one for the power stone, a green one for the time stone and an orange one for the soul stone.
These are designed to be easily replaceable. Whenever you want to change up the look, you can remove the skin without leaving any disgusting residue behind. You can easily cycle through the colors and find more designs that match your heroes like black leather for Black Widow, swarm for Black Panther or mahogany for Groot.
The original Avengers is over, but that doesn’t mean the MCU is done putting out movies about superheroes, villains and fantastical battles. There’s still more to come. Even this summer, you can head to the theater to watch Spider-man: Far From Home to see Peter Parker try and fail to take a break from his friendly-neighborhood heroism.
Over the next few years, you can also expect continuations and spinoffs for Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel and Ant-Man. There is even a rumor that there will be a New Avengers movie coming to theatres in 2022. If anything, MCU has a plan.
Your journey with Marvel may have felt like it ended once the credits rolled in Endgame, but that’s not true at all. The MCU is too strong to disappear in the blink of an eye — or with the snap of a finger. It’s alive and well.