Every journey must come to an end.
Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers — Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner — must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos — the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.
We begin the finale at very rock bottom. If there was ever a time for a hero to muster up every last ounce of strength, it is now.
21 movies ago, Iron Man came out in 2008. That was about 11 years ago today. The scope and undertaking of such a massive entertainment project to span over that amount of time is unreal. A shared universe with this much money that has been poured in is something that has never been done before. The MCU will have a lasting legacy for many many years into the future.
The Infinity Saga
Everything over the past 11 years have been leading up to this point. The culmination of a multitude of emotion is near climax, and will finally get its release in Endgame. If you have been invested in this sage over the past decade, then no doubt this will be a bittersweet ending. We will all be saying goodbye to a dear friend, but every journey must come to an end at some point.
11 years ago when I watched Iron Man, I had never paid attention to any comic book character. I never read any comics, never hyped over superhero movies, and never even thought they were cool. The Dark Knight really started to get my attention… but over the years the MCU had completely stolen all of it. Thanks to the Infinity Saga, I am now a super nerd! (I guess I already was…)
It has been an emotional journey to say the least. Many things in my life have changed and took different courses over the last 11 years, but there was always the constant of going to the movie theater to see the latest MCU movie. The other constant was me immediately going onto the marvel wiki sites to look up everything that I just saw in the movie. A complex universe that has been created over many years through the use of expert world-building is just too much for me to pass down. Nerds love to become the subject matter experts of everything they like.
We last left off at the lowest point for the Avengers. Thanos achieved his goal of gathering all of the infinity stones and wiping out half of humanity. They are spread out across the galaxy and utterly decimated. This sets the stage for the greatest comeback ever. Whatever it takes.
One of my favorite things about Infinity War is the fact that the villain wins at the end of the movie. After all of the superhero fatigue that we have been facing, it is nice to see the bad guys win once in a while. I am a big fan of the anti-hero and villains of most things though, so I am a little biased. At the end of Infinity War Thanos became one of my favorite characters of all time. Will I still feel the same after Endgame?
I am unbelievably stoked that I got tickets to see the show on the day before it officially releases worldwide! A friend and I were on AMC the second the tickets were released trying to purchase them, and just when the servers were crashing and the apps were freezing, I thought we would not get to see it early.
Anyways on to the exciting part! (I am going to do what I normally do and generalize to minimize spoilers, but you will definitely not want to read the next section if you do not want anything spoiled…)
Endgame was epic! It was definitely a good choice to see it as soon as it came out, and it was well worth the money. The film wrapped up a lot of the open loops, which was satisfying to watch play out.
Some of the things I loved:
- Captain American getting Thor’s Hammer! (This was probably the best part of the movie for me)
- “Time Heist” – I am a big fan of time travel and heist plots. Put them together and it was fun to watch.
- Everyone coming together and getting a small action clip
- Having the women come together for their own action scene. Watching all of these movies with my girlfriend has really helped put in perceptive to me how important this is. I have tons of movie characters that I can identify with, but the same can not be said for most people. I am very happy that Marvel has done a great job of giving role models to everyone.
- Iron Man and Captain America’s character arcs and plots finally coming to a conclusion.
- The soundtrack was great with AMC’s sound system. I am a giant nerd for movie scores, so the sound is always one of the biggest things that can make or break an experience for me.
Some things I did not enjoy:
- Bucky not getting the shield. I’m not a big fan of Falcon.
- Humor. I find the humor in all of the marvel movies good, and it works well, I just personally want the negative emotions to impact me deeper. Whenever there is a critical scene that wants to make you cry, a joke is cracked later to get us out of the slump. I get it… but the emotion would be more powerful if they let the despair linger a bit longer to really take hold.
It is bittersweet to see a story finish. All of us are really glad to live through the journey, but it is never easy to say goodbye. I am sure there will be many Marvel Movie Marathons (holy alliteration) in the future.