Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Review

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Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Review

Avengers: Endgame poster. Photo by the Russo brothers

Avengers: Endgame poster. Photo by the Russo brothers

Avengers: Endgame poster. Photo by the Russo brothers

Avengers: Endgame poster. Photo by the Russo brothers

Sofia Benavides, Features Editor

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*cue The Avengers theme*

Well, folks. It’s been about two weeks since the Russo Brothers ended the spoiler ban, so I thought this would be a good time to finally talk about Endgame and all the things I loved and didn’t really love about it. Overall, I genuinely enjoyed the movie. I cried twice, which is a big deal for me. After leaving the theatre the first time- I’ve seen it twice so far -I was just raving. I loved everything about it. Once I had time to really think about it, however, I realized there were a lot of aspects I didn’t enjoy and a lot of things I felt should’ve been addressed and instead were left out or simply handled incorrectly. I still can’t figure out if I like it more than Infinity War, but for now, let’s say that I love them about the same- they’re very different movies. But I can’t say more without revealing some major spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie… GO WATCH IT!!!

So first for some of the things I loved:

The opening scene, in my opinion, was phenomenal, and it really foreshadowed the overall mood of the movie. I loved how it started innocent- a simple family lunch in the backyard -and turned very real very quickly, with Clint’s entire family succumbing to the snap. It brought the audience right back to the dark, heavy feeling of Infinity War. However, when the Marvel logo started rolling, the music that played in the background was upbeat and hopeful- a stark contrast to most of Marvel’s previous movies. This first scene describes the movie perfectly- it still has aspects of that Infinity-War-heaviness but manages to be hopeful all the while, too.

Official Infinity War poster. Photo by the Russo brothers.

I did have a few predictions going into the movie, and one of them was that it would start off right where Infinity War ended and then skip forward several years. The movie did, in fact, skip forward five years. I love this time jump because it didn’t feel awkward or like you’d missed a huge portion of what happened- it feels natural. It was really interesting to see all of the remaining characters after five years, how Bruce reconciles himself with the Hulk and turns into a Banner/Hulk hybrid, how Nat and Steve can’t move on, how Clint turns into some sort of vigilante after taking one of the biggest hits in the snap and losing his whole family, how Tony finally settles down with Pepper and has Morgan. Showing their different lives and coping mechanisms served well in characterizing the different Avengers and contrasting them with each other. 

Speaking of Tony and Nat. Now, I don’t want to say I LOVED any character’s death, but if a character is going to die, I would like it to be done in the right way. In the case of Tony and Nat, I think it was. I had a feeling Tony would perish, but I didn’t for once think Nat would die. However, once she and Clint announced that they’d be going after the soul stone, it was clear that one of them would be dying. Between the two, I figured it only made sense for Nat to be the one to sacrifice herself. If Tony and Clint died, the movie would be taking two dads away from their wives and children. This didn’t seem plausible. Nat never had any family- that’s been part of her origin story since the very beginning. So it made sense that Nat had to die, and although I hate that it happened, the scene where she and Clint are fighting over who to sacrifice was incredible. That being said, there was a very big aspect of Nat’s death that I was furious about- but more on that later. 

Natasha Romanoff in Avengers: Endgame. Photo by the Russo brothers.

My favorite moment in Endgame, by far, was the final battle. It took up practically the entire last hour of the movie. That one shot of Steve standing back up with his broken shield, walking toward Thanos and his army, completely alone? Chills. If you didn’t cry during that scene, I don’t even know what to tell you. The “on your left” bit from Sam, Peter and Tony’s reunion, the moment where all of the MCU women decimate Thanos’ army, Tony’s sacrifice, Steve picking up Thor’s hammer- all of this almost made up for all the things I didn’t like about Endgame. Almost.

 

And now for some of the things I didn’t particularly love:

Steve’s ending. My first time watching, I thought it was sweet. His dance with Peggy made the whole theatre squeal, Sam got the shield, Steve finally got to retire and be the age he’s supposed to be. Thinking about it more, however, I realized how unfitting this was for Cap. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, there’s a scene that describes perfectly why this ending was ultimately wrong for him. Tony says to Steve, “Maybe I should take a page out of Barton’s book and build Pepper a farm, hope nobody blows it up…You’ll get there one day.” Steve replies, “I don’t know. Family, stability. The guy who wanted all that went in the ice seventy-five years ago. I think someone else came out…I’m home.” It’s clear that Steve has found his home and his family. There was no need to throw him back into his old life, not to mention the fact that Peggy ended up getting married and having kids without Steve. In my opinion, it feels like an easy cop-out rather than giving him a more complex and fitting end. 

Thor’s character arc. Here’s my thinking: in Infinity War, Thor finally realized the full potential of his powers as the god of thunder. He had this crazy scene where his eyes glow and he decimates hundreds of Thanos’ minions with the help of his new axe, Stormbreaker. Then in Endgame, they pretty much throw all of that out the window. I have a feeling this was done to enable him to have a complex character arc in Guardians 3, but it still felt like, well, another easy cop-out.

Peter Quill and Gamora’s “reunion.” When Peter sees Gamora-of-the-past, he doesn’t know it’s not really her. Thinking it’s his Gamora, he says, “I thought I’d lost you.” She proceeds to kick him, as she has no idea who he is, and it turns into a joke with Quill lying on the floor, groaning. Making Peter look stupid has been a common theme in recent Marvel movies, and I’d really like it to stop. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Quill has an incredible moment where he fully realizes himself and sacrifices his celestial powers in order to save his friends. He finally affirms his “unspoken thing” with Gamora, and his identity and character is really solidified. However, in Infinity War, he’s the butt of most of the jokes and appears dumb and inconvenient the whole movie. At the end of Endgame, he’s shown looking at a picture of Gamora in his ship. Did he realize Gamora-of-the-past wasn’t real Gamora? How did he find out? Did they say goodbye? Is he planning on looking for real Gamora? None of these questions are answered, and it really bugs me that his goodbye with Gamora-of-the-past wasn’t shown in the movie, but I suppose I can forgive this one. They only had so much time, and there is a Guardians 3 movie coming in a year or two, so hopefully these question will be answered then.

Steve Rogers mourning his fellow Avenger and friend, Natasha Romanoff. Photo by the Russo brothers.

NATASHA’S FUNERAL. Oh, wait. That’s right. It didn’t happen. 

Here’s what I don’t understand- two original Avengers died, correct? Iron Man and Black Widow. So why did only one of them have a funeral? After Nat’s death, the remaining Avengers grieve for maybe ten minutes before going back to their original plan to save the world. After Tony dies, they hold a big funeral for him on the lake by his house. I thought it would only be fitting for them to hold a joint funeral for both Tony and Nat, as one of the biggest aspects of her character is the fact that she doesn’t have any real family and regards her fellow Avengers as her family, but alas. No such luck. Clint and Wanda talk afterward, both grieving over lost loved ones- Nat and Vision -but that’s the only other mention they make of her. This is ridiculous to me, as she was not only an original Avenger but was also the only female Avenger for a very long time. They really did her dirty in Endgame, and I hope they at least attempt to fix it in the upcoming Black Widow movie. Otherwise, they’ll be hearing from me.

Overall, Avengers: Endgame was an incredible movie that lived up to and even surpassed all of the hype surrounding it. It’s beaten Avatar in global box office records and deserves it. Although there were several moments I didn’t particularly love and some things I feel were left out, it was a truly incredible feat and a really nice wrap-up to phase 4 of the MCU. Kudos to the Russo Brothers for a damn good movie and, of course, to Stan Lee, who started it all.

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