How to do a Save the World Story
How do you create tension in your story when the world is already at its lowest point and half of the universe has disintegrated into dust in the previous movie? The writers of Avengers Endgame changed the stakes to not saving the world, but to the redemption of the heroes and their personal stakes for their family.
- If your story has reached its lowest point and there's nowhere to go but up, use character growth or more grounded stakes as the tension.
- You can subvert the trope of having a character die after they fulfill their character arc by having multiple characters fulfill their arc and have the audience wonder which one will die.