'Avengers: Endgame' and '1917' Among 20 Films in Oscars VFX Race

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HUGE Spoiler warning: Please don’t read this if you don’t want to know details about “Avengers: Endgame.”

We get it. There are a LOT of characters in “Avengers: Endgame.” It’s pretty near impossible to get virtually everyone in the MCU some screentime, let alone actual dialogue. But that means a lot of fan favorites — even Oscar winners! — had nothing to say during Marvel’s epic finale. We know #ThanosDemandsYourSilence, but this is ridiculous. 

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  • Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)

    At the end of “Infinity War,” Nick Fury was dusted. Naturally, we assumed his call to Captain Marvel would save not only him but the entire universe. But we didn’t learn Fury’s fate until the very end of “Endgame,” when he showed up at Tony Stark’s funeral. And stood there completely silent. 

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  • Marie Hill (Cobie Smulders)

    We haven’t seen Marie Hill in earnest since “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and she had the bad luck of also getting dusted during the “Infinity War” post-credits sequence. And now she gets nothing more than an invite to Tony Stark’s funeral? 

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  • Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer)

    She just spent decades of her life trapped in the Quantum Realm at the end of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” THEN got dusted. And now she’s got nothing to say about this whole ordeal?

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  • M’Baku (Winston Duke) and Shuri (Letitia Wright)

    Does shouting “YIBAMBE” count? Other than that, neither character has any dialogue. But hey, at least they showed up and Shuri finally took part in some on-the-ground fighting. Lupita Nyongo’s Nakia, however, was nowhere to be found.

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  • Loki (Tom Hiddleston)

    Normally you can’t shut this guy up. Loki’s dialogue in this movie is actually just a line from the original “Avengers.” So while we’re thrilled to see him back in a new scene after he DIED in “Infinity War,” we wish the God of Mischief hadn’t been literally muzzled.

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  • Ramonda (Angela Bassett)

    Blasphemy. Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda didn’t get any dialogue as she only appeared near the end of “Endgame” after the big battle was won and Thanos’ army was defeated. While we’re happy we caught a glimpse of the queen herself, we needed more. 

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  • Jane Foster (Natalie Portman)

    When Thor heads back in time to Asgard, at a time when his mother (Rene Russo) is still alive, we catch a glimpse of Natalie Portman’s Jane waking up from a snooze — a scene from “Thor: The Dark World.” But she didn’t say a word. Portman has an Oscar, and she didn’t get it for being quiet.

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  • Aunt May (Marisa Tomei)

    Aunt May isn’t exactly an Avenger, but Marisa Tomei is an Oscar winner. Here’s hoping she gets a bigger role in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”  

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  • Ned (Jacob Batalon)

    At the end of the movie, Peter Parker’s friend Ned shows up at school after everyone originally dusted returns, and they embrace each other without a word.

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  • #ThanosDemandsYourSilence

    HUGE Spoiler warning: Please don’t read this if you don’t want to know details about “Avengers: Endgame.”

    We get it. There are a LOT of characters in “Avengers: Endgame.” It’s pretty near impossible to get virtually everyone in the MCU some screentime, let alone actual dialogue. But that means a lot of fan favorites — even Oscar winners! — had nothing to say during Marvel’s epic finale. We know #ThanosDemandsYourSilence, but this is ridiculous. 

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