A single line of dialogue that brought a worldwide audience to tears has a way deeper connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe than it appears. This overlooked Avengers: Endgame Easter egg might make you cry even more than the movie’s ending already did — if that’s even possible.
In Avengers: Endgame, young Morgan Stark (played by Alexandra Rachael Rabe) says to her father, Tony (Robert Downey Jr.), “I love you 3,000.”
Later, after Tony sacrifices himself by using the Infinity Stones to wipe out Thanos’ army, the Avengers play a pre-recorded message for Morgan (and for us, the audience, reduced to blubbering puddles).
“That’s the hero gig. Part of the journey is the end,” Tony says. Looking into Morgan’s eyes, which puts his line of sight directly into the camera, Tony tells Morgan/us, “I love you 3,000.”
A reminder that a “ton” is 2,000 pounds, so Morgan and Tony are saying that they love each other more than a ton. Yeah, it’s cute. But “3,000” means more for the MCU than it seems.
If you tally the cumulative running time of every film in the MCU, from 2008’s Iron Man all the way to Avengers: Endgame, the total length would be one day, 23 hours, and 48 minutes. Converted into minutes (there are 1,440 minutes in 24 hours), that equals to 2,868. Nearly 3,000.