Kelly Gallagher ’22
It’s the moment fans have spent a year waiting for. Following the jaw-dropping cliffhanger of “Infinity War” and one of the most secretive marketing campaigns ever, “Avengers: Endgame” has arrived in theaters. Lovingly made with the fans in mind, full of inside jokes and meaningful character moments, “Endgame” is a fantastic finale.
The film features many nods to previous MCU films, but it’s self-referential without feeling like it’s simply riding on former glory. “Endgame” takes a fresh, thoughtful look at the MCU, resulting in both bittersweet and funny moments, which brings me to the quips. “Endgame” has some of the best one-liners in the MCU, as well as some of its most hilarious scenes (my personal favorite being what I shall refer to here as The Taco Scene). Not saying you should go to the film just for the memes, but honestly, it’s required viewing if you want to get in the spirit of this spring’s internet culture.
But “Endgame” is much more than snappy dialogue and CGI battles. The heart of the film is its characters. The MCU has been in a steady state of rapid expansion since “The Avengers” came out in 2012, but here it scales back to focus on the six original members. The MCU has spent years carefully developing these characters, and “Endgame” treats this inheritance respectfully. It knows why people love these characters, and it’s not just because of the costumes or superpowers. Rather, the movie explores the most meaningful elements of each hero – what they want, how they’ve changed, their personality strengths and flaws.
Personally, “Endgame” was the most exhilarating viewing experience I’ve ever had. Energy was high at the theater I went to, with the audience breaking into wild cheering at some moments and audible gasps at others. People were on their feet during the end credits (I was too busy sobbing like a lunatic).
Yet “Endgame” was also a bittersweet experience for me. The Avengers had a significant presence during my teenage years, and this film signals the end of that era. It’s sad to see that go, but in the words of Natasha Romanoff, “Nothing lasts forever.” Expectations were astronomically high as a decade’s worth of films culminated in “Endgame,” but it did a great job of living up to the hype. There were certainly things I wish “Endgame” did differently, but for the most part, it was a satisfyingly thrilling and emotional conclusion to the arcs of my favorite superheroes.
“Avengers: Endgame” can be seen at any self-respecting theater near you. Clocking in at about 3 hours (a runtime that has sparked countless online discussions about the best time to take a bathroom break), it’s directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner reprise their roles as the original Avengers.
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