Avengers: Endgame (SPOILERS!)


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A ticket of the premiere of Avengers: Endgame in the Ayala Mall.

Avengers: Endgame marks the end of an era for the Avengers. The franchise has lasted over ten years, starting when the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) began with Iron Man. Avengers: Endgame is the end of the Infinity Stone plotline.

The first half of Endgame is honestly, sorta boring. It shows the after-effects of Thanos’s game-changing, now iconic snap. Overall, this half of the movie lacks action scenes and focuses more on the depressing mood of the entire universe after the snap. The remaining Avengers ambush Thanos in his “retirement” home and have him in a headlock within seconds, showcasing just how powerful Captain Marvel is. Thor “aims for the head” and kills Thanos, shocking the audience. Slowly, the Avengers which were broken up after Captain America: Civil War, get back together. Each character’s personality is shown. Audiences see the person behind the heroic faces. Tony Stark’s ego shows when he blames the events of Infinity War on Captain America, calling back to an argument between the two in Age of Ultron. Natasha Romanov steps up to a leadership role, coordinating missions between the remaining Avengers and Captain Marvel. Steve Rogers is seen trying to help the best he can by supporting Natasha and organizing support groups. After the death of his entire family, Clint Barton spirals down and transforms into “Ronin”, showcasing just how much his family means to him.

Eventually, the Avengers begin their “time-heist” to retrieve all the infinity stones. They return to the iconic Battle of New York, allowing audiences to see nostalgic events from new and untold angles. We see what happens after the events of The Avengers and how corrupted SHIELD already was. Tony Stark finally gets reassurance that Howard Stark, his cold and distant father really did love him and Steve Rodgers catches a glimpse of Peggy Carter. Gamora’s and Nebula’s life as children of Thanos is also shown; Gamora secretly hoping to end it all and Nebula desperately wanting to please Thanos. Thor meets his mother, who gets more screentime in Endgame then all other Thor movies combined.  The movie focuses more on the Avengers whom fans will be saying goodbye to and giving very little screen time to the future heroes such as Captain Marvel. Iron Man and Captain America both received more than an hour of screen time while Captain Marvel received 15 minutes.

The overall concept of time-travel is sketchy in Endgame. At first, the rules of time-travel in the MCU are well established but as the movie goes on it becomes more and more confusing. How is Captain America supposed to return all the Infinity Stones to their timeline at the exact same time? Especially the Soul Stone to Vormir with Red Skull there. Also, Steve Rodger’s life with Peggy should be breaking all rules of time-travel. However, fans can easily dismiss these plot holes as its just a device to further the Endgame storyline. In the end, Tony Stark dies after destroying the Infinity Stones and Captain America happily lives his life with Peggy Carter and finally gets the dance he was owed. Tony Stark becomes a true hero, willing to “lay down on a wire and let the other guy crawl over him”.