Avengers Endgame is the poignant, and powerful finale of the 22 movie arc that started with 2008’s Iron Man which started a multibillion-dollar interrelated movie universe known as the MCU. Over its 11 year lifespan, the MCU has made around 21 billion dollars against a 4.5 billion dollar total budget. Endgame alone has made 2.2 billion dollars at the time of writing and is projected to surpass Avatar as the highest grossing film of all time.
These numbers aren’t easy to make. Marvel Studios has worked tirelessly to create complex stories that are each connected Ever since Infinity War’s devastating ending in which Thanos, the villain, actually won, snapping half of the universe out of existence, fans have been theorizing how the Avengers would revert the effects of his snap, codenamed “The Decimation.” Endgame also broke presale ticket records on multiple websites, even causing some to crash with the demand for tickets.
The movie’s prequel, Infinity War was criticized for underusing some vital characters, however, with Endgame, half of those characters were killed off, letting the directors focus on individual character moments. The story revolves around the Avengers using the Quantum Realm to time travel to different periods in the MCU, and reverse the effects of Thanos’ snap. The Russo Brothers, the directors, do an excellent job of synthesizing exposition in the film and blending it with comedy, and drama. This is a fan-service movie, and it works so well because of it. This is most likely the last time we see these characters on screen, so it was important that Marvel tied up loose ends. “The film was chock full of easter eggs from previous Marvel movies which made the experience even more enjoyable.” states Jonathon Zizak (‘22). The movie bids farewell to its two central characters, Iron Man and Captain America, with the former sacrificing himself to save the world one last time, and the latter living his life out with his love, Peggy Carter, and retiring. Both are bittersweet endings to characters developed by some of the most creative minds in the entertainment industry.
The movie has many iconic moments that will bring joy and satisfaction to any Marvel fan. It proves so many fan theories to be true and recognizes that without the fans, this franchise would be like any other. However, many fans were vocal about Black Widow. She perished halfway through the movie to allow the rest of the team to collect the stones and defeat Thanos. Many thought of this as a cheap way to write off the character, but really it was a way to show how much Natasha has changed from a cynical superspy to a true hero willing to lay down her life for the greater good.
The final battle of the movie is possibly the greatest climax of any movie in cinematic history. The buildup from Captain America’s iconic last stand, to the score leading to each portal being opened, and the fallen heroes reentering the playing field, all contributed to what most likely was the first and last time these heroes would be on screen fighting together. The look of fear on Thanos’ face and of course, the iconic line “Avengers Assemble” all lead to a complex, and long fight scene that used many long shots, which ended with silence in solidarity to Tony Stark’s death. Almost every protagonist in the MCU made an appearance because they all had a part to play in the events leading up to this moment.
This movie is the end of a story, but not the end of the MCU. Marvel’s parent company, Disney has six movies planned to be released in the future. In fact, Spider-Man Far From Home is set only a few minutes after the events of Endgame. Disney is also planning on releasing a series of spin-off TV shows directly connected to the MCU about Loki, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Hawkeye, Falcon, and the Winter Soldier. A Black Widow prequel is also in the works, and Marvel hired Destin Daniel Cretton to direct Shang-Chi, the studio’s first Asian led movie. James Gunn was recently rehired to finish the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy as well. Marvel is also planning on giving characters like Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange their own respective movie trilogies.
Avengers Endgame is truly an iconic film, and many fans are vouching for Robert Downey Jr. to win an Academy Award for his portrayal of Iron Man. This movie will be studied for years to come and will inspire filmmakers to create their own universes and characters. The MCU will never be the same without Tony Stark as he inspired all of us to set aside our ego and make the right choice. As the saying goes, heroes are remembered but legends never die.