By Matthew Valenzuela-Serrano
Note: There will be a spoiler warning near the end of the article. Please be wary before you read!
The end of the Infinity Saga has arrived. The opening weekend of Avengers Endgame has reached 1.2 Billion at the global box office, it’s safe to say that this movie has been Highly anticipated since 2012. We finally see the end for characters we love and they are well written, well executed and fulfilling.
The movie is three hours long and it was perfect. Of course it had its flaws, the first 30 minutes were slow and felt like we watched it already. This is due to the trailers for the movie using only the first 20 or minutes of footage. I kinda expected those first 20-30 minutes to be in a darker tone due to Infinity War ending with half of everyone dead, however there were a few jokes that didn’t really need to be said at the beginning, but they were clever. The movie did show life after Thanos snapped his fingers, which was very important to the overall story because the snap needed to hit deep with the audience and raise the stakes, otherwise trying to avenge the dead wouldn’t be meaningful at all.
There’s also the feeling of knowing somebody has to die, and at times it seemed like anyone of the Avengers could die, but their deaths were unexpected and a major surprise. The story is not focused on Thanos this time as opposed to Infinity War, where the main focus was Thanos and him trying to collect the Infinity Stones. The movie definitely focuses on Tony and Cap’s friendship as well as the rest of the Avengers.
During those three hours the movie changes tones from super sad and dark to being almost like a heist movie to going to a full on action packed blockbuster. And this is super well written. You can expect to cry and go through many emotions; it's a rollercoaster.
Outside of it being a comic book movie, the story itself is fantastic. There are a few plot holes and some certain dialogue that is interesting and could branch off into future movies. Other than that, there’s not too much to talk about.
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We are now in the Endgame. This movie was everything it needed to and more. It concluded the story of Iron Man, Steve Rogers Captain America, Black widow, and Thanos. But continued the story of all the people who were snapped away and the remaining Avengers.
When the movie started to get into time travel, the rules they had used made enough sense for the story to work but left few potholes and by the end there were questions to be asked. For instance, towards the climax Loki escapes the battle of New York with the tesseract changing the ending of the first Avengers movie. Another part is when Nebula from the present shoots and kills Nebula from the year 2014 but present day Nebula doesn’t die. It’s confusing but it left room for multiple realities/ alternative universes that could be used.
There a few character changes in the movie. At the beginning Tony Stark comes back to earth but passes out. He was assisted by Captain Marvel. The Avengers go to where we last saw Thanos and kill him. There’s a five year time jump, Tony has a kid, Steve Rogers shaves his beard, Hawkeye becomes an assassin killing people involved in organized crime, Captain Marvel unnecessarily cuts her hair short but travels to planets helping them, Thor becomes fat and moves Asgard to somewhere in Iceland, Hulk and Bruce Banner become Professor Hulk,and lastly Ant-Man comes back from the Quantum Realm which was 5 hours to him. The true hero of the story is a rat who steps on the controls for the quantum van from the second Ant-Man movie. The biggest and most important story element is Tony having a kid.
These changes made a lot of sense, the time jump showed the Avengers and how their failure to stop Thanos affected them. Eventually they go back in time to 2012, 2014, 2013 and the 1970’s the Avengers split into teams, Tony, Steve, Ant-man, and Hulk go back to back to New York 2012 to get the Space, Mind, and time stones. Nebula and War-Machine go back to 2014 to collect the power stone, Black Widow and Hawkeye get the soul stone leading to Black Widows death, Rocket and Thor go back to get the reality stone but Thor gets back to pick Moljinir, and finally Cap goes back to get the space stone again from the 70’s after losing it.
It's interesting to go back to these time periods because The Avengers find something within themselves at these points in time. Nonetheless The Avengers create their Infinity Gauntlet and Hulk undoes the snap. Then a large battle ensues with all the mcu heroes coming back to fight 2014 Thanos who also wants that gauntlet. Our heros win but at the cost of Tony stark wielding the gauntlet and Snapping away Thanos and his army but he himself dies.
Finally Steve goes back in time and takes the Stones to where they belong before any time consequences happen.
It’s truly a Generational event, it’s the end of our heros who we grew up with, an 11 year journey ends. It’s a beautiful ending, that brought tears to my eyes more than once.