No spoilers! Minor discussion, such as general storyline, with no major plot points revealed.
“Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. Or should I say: it’s here.” The long-awaited end to a decade of Marvel’s Infinity Saga comes to the ultimate and climatic finish in Avengers: Endgame. Beginning with Iron Man (2008), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) set the world off on a fantastic journey through the next 22 superhero movies known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). From Earth to space and various realms in-between, the cosmic bread crumbs left in each post-credit scene is fully realized in the three-hour spectacle.
Avengers: Endgame picks up immediately after Avengers: Infinity War and then jumps ahead to five years after the snap. With the world living in the wake of The Decimation, also known as Thanos’s snap, it is up to the remaining members of the Avengers to fix what Thanos did and bring back half of the universe. This is about as much as can be revealed without spoiling the rest of the movie. If you have yet to see the previous 22 films, you better start catching up. References to previous Avengers films are found throughout the movie as we revisit iconic scenes from Thor, Captain America, and Avengers. Not only that, but the cinematic parallels to scenes and moments from other MCU films can also be spotted.
In this saga’s finale, the original members of the Avengers conclude story arcs that have been 10 years in the making. Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye all wrap up their character development and are set up to enter a new part of their journey with the end of the Infinity Saga. New heros, such as Black Panther and Captain Marvel, join the old faces as the MCU starts anew and resets the story with new potential.
“I have been watching Marvel since I was a kid. My brother and I used to watch the movies together, so Marvel means a lot to me,” said fourth-year Jacob Shore. “As a Marvel fan, I felt extremely fulfilled in the way Endgame tied the series together.”
Due to the long-awaited climax that has been building with a decade of interconnected storylines, Endgame was undoubtedly predicted to be a major success. Its immediate success within the first weekend alone has already surpassed the expectations of movie experts and Marvel Studios. The movie made $357 million domestically, making it the first movie to reach over $300 million during its opening weekend, according to Business Insider. Worldwide, it has accumulated over $1.3 billion, landing it the number 10 spot on the list of the all time Box Office movies. Although the movie might be the end of the road for some MCU characters, we have only seen the beginning of the film’s financial and critical success.
With its rapidly growing numbers, some film-goers are predicting that it might even surpass Avatar, which has held number one in the Box Office since its release in 2009. Ironically enough, actress Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy series of the MCU, stars in both Endgame and Avatar. “I feel like I had the same reaction this past weekend that I did years ago for Avatar,” Saldana told Variety. “It over-exceeded all my expectations. And I’m just grateful.”
“Endgame, as a film, has its faults, and I recognize those faults, but I have never enjoyed a movie so much — faults and all. It is the perfect ending,” said fourth-year Garrett Spejcher. “It left me feeling emotionally satisfied. It brought me to tears.”
From start to finish, Endgame will have you laughing, in suspense, sad crying, shedding tears of joy, and overall shook. It is the total package when it comes to emotions and action. Not to mention when our heroes come together to face the Mad Titan one last time, it is a battle that rivals those of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones combined.
Endgame is not to be missed in theatres; grab a friend, grab a parent, take your pet (okay — maybe not your pet, but you can tell them all about it afterwards, when you need that extra emotional support and your friends don’t want to hear about your spoilers). The movie that can be considered the defining cinematic movie of the last century is happening now. And, for those you have seen it already, don’t spoil Endgame for others