“Avengers: Endgame” Is Everything We Hoped for and More

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Avengers: Endgame (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4154796/mediaviewer/rm2303826433)

Mariah Pringle, Columnist

After Thanos’ decimation of half of the universe and half of the world’s favorite heroes in Avengers: Infinity War, everyone anxiously waited a year to find out how the remaining Avengers would pull off reviving and avenging the fallen while also defeating the seemingly invincible Titan. Now, the moment dedicated Marvel fans and casual yet curious viewers alike have been waiting for has arrived – we’re in the endgame now. Avengers: Endgame is an epic and satisfying conclusion to Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that maintains the comedy, heart, action, and witty charm that all have come to expect from Marvel films. Yet it also defies expectations and offers its audience closure to a ten-year chapter in cinema history, all while opening up a door to continue the Marvel legacy.

It can be assumed that most people have seen Avengers: Endgame considering that it has grossed almost eight hundred billion dollars worldwide, according to Business Insider, but nevertheless a spoiler warning will be included for what is written from here on.

Walking into the theater to see Endgame, many probably were unsure as to how the Avengers would be able to stop Thanos and bring home their loved ones. The situation seemed fairly hopeless, though most everyone knew that those who got dusted would be returning in this film…somehow. The answer turned out to be one that probably crossed everyone’s minds at some point: time travel. Just find Thanos, take the gauntlet from him, give it a snap, and bring everyone back. Turn back the clock, if you will.

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) conjures an idea to travel through time in the Quantum Realm. However, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) doesn’t believe it’s a good idea to risk everything following the questionable rules of Back to the Future. He eventually comes around and agrees to join the rest of the team in their mission to restore the missing half of the universe.

The film features a hilarious first attempt at time travel involving Scott turning into an old man, a baby, and a teenager. This showcases the dexterity with which Marvel movies maintain genuinely funny scenes while also dealing with heavy issues. There is much more humor that the movie has to offer, expressed in a way that does not undercut the raw emotion. It’s an enjoyable experience with just the right balance of drama and comedy.

Meanwhile, in New Asgard, Thor has entered a sort of depression. He now spends his time playing Fortnite and drinking beer and has put on quite a few pounds – no judgment here, though. Thor’s condition is used for comedic value, but it also humanizes him. It shows to audiences that even superheroes can be overweight and battle alcoholism, even if it is played for laughs. The portrayal was refreshing and a change of pace from the usually perfect superheroes shown on screen. While many were simultaneously mourning the dusted heroes and Thor’s abs, his new appearance was a clever addition.

One thing to take note of is the movie’s representation of female characters. While several women are featured in one seemingly forced and out- of- place scene, banding together with an unclear specific goal, what exactly of note do they accomplish? Where is a woman in this movie seen making a significant impact? Black Widow sacrifices herself to gain the soul stone, but she doesn’t even get a funeral. Captain Marvel stops Thanos from snapping, but she’s easily knocked out of the way a few seconds later. The females in the film at some point seem, quite frankly, like a joke.

After a successful jaunt to New York in 2012 and Knowhere in 2014, a nostalgic look at where this franchise started, the beautiful moment of realization that the Avengers’ mission is a success is cut short with an explosion that completely obliterates the Avengers Compound. The heroes are left struggling not to be crushed or drown while escaping the rubble. Sometime in the hysteria, Evil Nebula brings Thanos and his army through the time machine. This leads to the climax, beginning with a fight between Captain America, Thor, and Thanos.

The special effects are stunning and the action is awe-inspiring. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo have really outdone themselves. All of the MCU heroes come together to destroy Thanos’ army. The animation is realistic and spectacular. It is hard to watch without your jaw dropping at least once.

“I am Iron Man,” Tony Stark declares before snapping his fingers, releasing a flash of light. He can rest now because he made the ultimate sacrifice to save trillions of lives. While everyone will miss Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man as the foundation of the MCU, with his honest humor as well as unique charisma and charm, we take this final action as proof that Tony Stark had a heart.

Iron Man, we love you 3000.