Fans Think They’ve Worked Out What “I Love You 3000” Means In ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Film
Published 03.05.19

Spoilers. You know that. We all know that this article has spoilers in it for Avengers: Endgame.

I actually might throw in a few spoilers for other films too. Hope you’ve seen The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.


Avengers: Endgame is probably one of the best films I’ve ever seen. I wanted to be cool and maintain that my favourite film was something a bit more left field – and it probably still is – but it feels weird to have what is probably the biggest film of all time as one of my favourites ever.

Really, the film had it all. Barring some kind of contrived overarching romantic subplot, Endgame really had something for everyone.

It was exciting, it was funny, it was action-packed, it was complex and clever and it was emotional. So very emotional.


Of course it was emotional, though. Eleven years and 22 films lead up to this. It would have been weird if the film didn’t take an emotional toll, and that’s exactly what it did.

One of the most emotional things though was when Quartermain died after shooting Moriarty, saving the world in the process. It was a nice touch burying next to his son in Kenya, but that thunderbolt hitting his grave could spell an interesting turn of events for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2.

As for Endgame, the most emotional part had to be the whole “I love you 3000” theme that reoccurred throughout the film; especially considering the circumstances in which it was said last.


When Morgan said it to Tony, her dad, we just laughed it off and assumed that it was the adorable musing of a child who loved her dad, echoed when Tony later said it back in his posthumous hologram, but it looks like it could mean so much more.

Basically – and this seems just a bit far-fetched – the total run time of all of the Marvel films (including the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home) equates to 3000 minutes.

That is pretty insane when you think about it. Like, what are the chances?

The thinking is that what the writers and viewers were getting at, vicariously through little Morgan, was that we all loved Tony Stark all the way from Iron Man to Endgame and beyond. He is the MCU, after all. It would be nothing without him.


With that said though, the script for Endgame would have almost certainly been written before the total run-time for Spider-Man: Far From Home was known. Sure, Marvel could have requested that the film stay to a specific run time or the scriptwriters for Endgame could have just rounded up, but it seems unlikely.

Whatever the meaning behind it was though, it was a beautiful sentiment and I love it 3000.

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What does “I Love You 3000” mean?

The meaning of ‘I Love You 3000’ in Avengers: Endgame means the total run time of all of the Marvel films (including the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home) equates to 3000 minutes.

I Love You 3000

Co-director Anthony Russo told Watching Hollywood: “That line is actually something Robert Downey Junio brought to the film. He said that one of his children once told him, ‘I love you 3000.’ We told the story to the screenwriters, and eventually it became a line in the script.”

Originally, the line was supposed to be: “I love you tons,” with “I love you tons,” as Morgan’s reply. But McFeely revealed at an event in New York City, that they changed it so Morgan would reply in the same way that RDJ’s children do in real life.