By Arin Barry
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THIS ARTICLE DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS
The MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) started out with Iron Man in 2008 – fast forward 11 years and 22 movies later and we reached the Endgame, the final movie in the Infinity Saga. Avengers: Endgame had the monstrous job of tying up a 22-movie plot with a cast even bigger than the Hulk might I add and is the end of many beloved heroes’ story arcs.
Endgame picks up after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, which saw the Avengers divided and defeated. Thanos won the day and used the Infinity Stones to snap away half of all life in the universe. The first part of the film shows how each survivor deals with the fallout of The Snap, but when Scott Lang is released from the Quantum Realm the story starts to pick up.
At the heart of Endgame are the heroes we’ve been following since the very beginning. At this point in the franchise, there are too many heroes for one movie – even a three-hour movie – to focus on all of them. Which brings me to one of my biggest issues with the film: Captain Marvel’s role. The Captain Marvel movie set it up in such a way that moviegoers expected Carol Danvers to have a much larger role in this action-packed finale. I mean, she was the main reason the Avengers managed to capture and kill Thanos twice. Besides the two main fight scenes, she was absent for most of the movie. I truly think the mistake that Marvel made was making Carol too powerful in her solo film. They couldn’t include her in more of the movie, because she was just too OP.
With all Marvel movies, Endgame is a box office success and as of Sunday the 5th of May, Avengers: Endgame has earned $2189 billion (roughly R31 639 billion). This means it beats out Avengers: Infinity War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Titanic to become the No.2 film of all time when it comes to worldwide gross earnings. It trails only Avatar’s $2.788 billion, but Avengers: Endgame has plenty of time left in theatres.
Endgame is a long movie, maybe even too long (bathroom breaks were sorely needed), but I enjoyed every single second of it. Are there things I would have changed? Definitely. Did I still enjoy the movie? 100%.
So, if you STILL aren’t caught up with the MCU, now is definitely the time to rectify this. With this saga drawing to a close, all the films are available to marathon. Just beware, it’ll take you roughly 48 hours to watch all the films so I wouldn’t recommend doing it back to back.
Highlight reel of my personal favourite scenes:
- Thor going for Thanos’s head.
- The banter between Rocket and Carol.
- Loki being on screen for all of five seconds, but he managed to steal the Tesseract and most likely change the entire timeline.
- Steve wielding the original Mjolnir
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- “I don’t even know you!”
Thanos weapon cut through Vibranium, was immune to Mjolnir and Stormbreaker but Wanda’s powers destroyed it.
Imagine being THIS powerful. No one can relate #AvengersEndgame #scarletwitch pic.twitter.com/3cB8GId0R3
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- The female avengers all stepping up to protect Peter.
- Thanos headbutting Carol and she didn’t even flinch.
- Thanos needing to use the Power Stone to fight Carol.
- And finally, this ICONIC scene
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