We’re In The Endgame Now

I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying

It took 22 films and a little over 10 years, but Marvel may very well have created the greatest movie franchise of all time.  A moment of thanks belongs to the comic books and television cartoons that were apart of many people’s childhoods or we may never have gotten here.

It’s a testament to Marvel’s fanbase that they weren’t put off by the 3 hour long runtime either. Some came with blankets and neck pillows. Others made sure to use the restroom before they left the house. Because nothing was going to keep fans from missing a single second of this epic finale.

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The movie itself feels like reading a 22-issue comic book storyline. The Avengers have to deal with their defeat, find a solution, gather the necessary pieces to pull it off and then fight the most epic of battles. It’s an exhilarating, exhausting, and emotional ride that no Marvel fan would have any other way.

1 In 14 Million

What the team at Marvel have done so well in all of their films is develop complete characters. Tony Stark goes from self-centered, genius, billionaire, philanthropist, playboy to humble father figure with more to fight for than himself.

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And Jeremy Renner’s ‘Hawkeye’ always felt like a red-headed stepchild of The Avengers. He was even the brunt of a few jokes both in and outside the MCU, but his story arc took on a lot more importance in Avengers: Age of Ultron when we meet his family. That carried over into Captain America: Civil War and Ant-Man and The Wasp. All for the payoff in Endgame. To the point where you weren’t just sad or happy for Clint Barton, you were actively rooting for him. Something that may have seemed laughable when the bow and arrow wielding S.H.I.E.L.D agent first appeared.

“I am Inevitable”

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I don’t know if it’s just the anticipation or the fear he strikes in all of us, but there may never be a more threatening villain than Thanos.  The Mad Titan is every bit as prophetic, enigmatic, and imposing in Endgame as he was in Infinity War if not worse.  It makes his quiet departure that much more captivating to watch.

Truly, no one delivers a bad performance. Even Ruffalo completely in CGI for the bulk of the film is well done. And ‘Big Lebowski’ Thor is without a doubt where much of the humor lies in this film.

The Russo brothers do a magnificent job of showing the stakes the Avengers are really up against. It’s all pretty much hopeless until it isn’t. The complaints about the first hour of the film dragging along are valid, but do nothing but amplify the anticipation as we lead into the final battle.

And to that point, the final battle is by far the most spectacular and fulfilling fight scene in Marvel cinematic history. It’ll be hard to top for some time.

Sticking The Landing

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After the film,  people had plenty of words to describe how they felt, but the one that kept coming up was satisfying. And that’s hard to argue with.  Effective and well placed call backs to previous films(“I am Iron Man”), sharply written dialogue woven in with playful teases to the future; everything to drive a comic book nerd wild.

Think back now to every other film finale:

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn pt 2

Yeah, Marvel is better than all of them and more. Not just with a single movie, but everything that lead up to this point. It is a feat that may never again be accomplished, so take a bow, Marvel. You’ve definitely earned it.

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R.I.P. Stan “The Man” Lee.                          December 28th, 1922 – November 12th, 2018.  “EXCELSIOR!”

Rating: 9.5/10

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