After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.
At last, I’ve finally watched it! One of the first things I wanted to do when I returned from holiday was to go and watch Avengers: Endgame. It was so hard to dodge the spoilers, to be honest, the internet and social media really is not safe these days. I finally found a day I was free, which so happened was after working a night shift, so regardless of sleeping some 3 hours, I took my family to see it lol.
Naturalmente, major SPOILERS ahead if you haven’t seen the movie!
Having seen it now, it was every bit as epic as I thought it was going to be, and it was the perfect culmination of 10+ years of the MCU. What they’ve accomplished was really something, and while in part this movie was a trip down memory lane of some of the major events in the MCU universe, it just shows how well they’ve managed to weave the story, bringing all these characters together, and watch them progress over the course of 22-so movies (was it really?).
And the payoff was huge. I mean, time travel is always a tricky element to work with in storytelling, and there will always be glaring gaps in it (I’ve taken the Doctor Who approach in its timey-whimey-ness, which makes it easier to enjoy, but also the movie is for the most part quite self-aware that time travel is tricky. Loved how it even referenced pop culture movies and television shows that tackled time travel), but for me the heart of this movie was the characters. We’ve followed them all of these years and watching as they handled the fallout of the Snap and their failure to stop Thanos was hard. But they’re the Avengers. If there’s anyone who can stop and undo what has happened, it will be them.
Hah, so indeed it was Scott Lang and coming out of the quantum realm that gave everyone the chance needed to combat Thanos. The stakes were high, but I loved that there was still the trademark humour peppered throughout the mission–from the test runs with Scott (lmao) to the Hulk (lmao at his half-hearted efforts to fit in to his 2012 self. And the stairs! I was howling) to Captain America (“That is America’s ass”; “I can do this all day/I know *le sigh*”), it was great.
But the heartbreak along the way…I knew Hawkeye was going to be Ronin based on the early trailers, but realizing that descent early on in the movie was a heartbreak. I also knew Iron Man was going to go somehow (not that it diminished when it finally happened), but Black Widow was the surprise for me. Thinking on it, I get it, and her explanation made sense–her character arc from the assassin whose motive was survival to sacrificing herself so that the others can live–but it was nonetheless a gut punch. She should’ve been there in the final battle with the others, and I loved the little nod how the female superheroes had each other’s backs the way Black Widow & Okoye had Scarlet Witch’s back in Infinity War but still. Her last scene with Hawkeye was great in showcasing their friendship to the end.
How epic was that final battle between Thanos’ forces and the Avengers? I can see why everyone was talking about the portals scene, definitely up there with Thor’s arrival in Infinity War as the punch-in-the-air-we-have-a-chance moment. And the music was perfect for it:
I knew (thanks, spoilers =/ ) that Iron Man was going to wield the Infinity Stones somehow, and that final sacrifice was all kinds of heartbreaking considering he had Pepper and Morgan (who was soooooo adorable, by the way!) and got Peter back, but I was surprised that the Hulk wielded it for a bit as well and was the one who undid the Snap. It was interesting. But going back to Iron Man, what can I say? We watched him become the hero he was, struggle with trying to protect the Earth from all sorts of invaders and enemies, and he was to the end.
On a happier note, even as it does get pretty timey-whimey here, I’m so happy Captain America got that ending and that he got back to Peggy in the end and they got that rain check. For the man who was outside his time to finding his way back…I liked it. She was her anchor the whole time. Yeah, it confuses what happened in her television show, but emotionally I liked it. And as crazy as fat Thor was lol (the poor guy, the guilt really ate him up) I loved that he got to talk to his mum, I can’t remember for the life of me if he got much screen time with her in The Dark World, I only remember Loki’s reaction as he was close to her. And recalling Mjolnir and Cap wielding it…I love it. I was as happy as Thor lol.
I don’t know what else to say about the movie except I loved it from start to finish. The payoff was great, it was the culmination of everything we’ve watched to date. It even gave us a glimpse of where some of the future movies are headed (namely what Guardians of the Galaxy will likely head and how Gamorra factors in). It’s bittersweet because it’s the last we’ll see of Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man and Chris Evans as Captain America, but it’s a perfect send-off to be honest. Just so happy to have been a part of the ride and seeing all the work pay off and just watch the story come to this conclusion. I can’t wait to see where the MCU heads off next.