posted on: Thursday May 2, 2019
by Madeline Weaver-Nolting ’19 A&E Staff
Get ready to laugh, cry, cheer, and say goodbye to some of your favorite superheroes. I, like hundreds of thousands of people around the world, watched Avengers: Endgame during its opening weekend. This spoiler- free review focuses on the end of the Avengers era, but the beginning of a new one. Producing 22 movies since 2007 and taking in over $19.8 billion; the film franchise is the highest-grossing of all time. The movie turned out to be an obvious success, grossing $1.2 billion worldwide in only five days. The movie broke its successor’s record, Avengers: Infinity War, which amassed $640 million on the same weekend last year. With a 96 percent review by Rotten Tomatoes, it is clear that the movie is a fan favorite and a brilliant piece of work that will make a lasting impression. Whether you are a new fan, or have been a fan since the very beginning, Avengers: Endgame has something for everyone.
The movie answers questions that were left open at the end of the cliffhanger from Avengers: Infinity War. The movie focuses on the survivors of Thanos after half of the people on Earth were killed. All of the survivors have created their own paths as they try to move on with what has happened, while others are stuck in the past and are desperate to try to bring back their friends. Avengers: Endgame is a bittersweet roller coaster of emotions. Rotten Tomatoes calls it, “Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful. Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel’s epic Infinity Saga.” The fast-paced, emotional movie will make the nearly three hours feel like nothing. Most of the movie was so unpredictable, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. Love, death, reunion—Avengers: Endgame was a tribute to the dedicated fans who have invested so much time into the series.
Goodbyes are never easy and there are definitely mixed reactions with how the movie was wrapped up. If you are expecting a clichéd happy ending, you will not be pleased. The Russo Brothers, Anthony and Joe Russo, were the co-directors of the movie and some fans were not as happy with how some of the storylines ended for the characters. However, this is not the end for many of the newer superheroes, with another nine films in the process of being released, including Spiderman, Black Panther, and Guardians of the Galaxy movies planned. There is still something to look forward to, especially because Disney is creating a streaming service with planned TV shows about Loki, Sam and Bucky, and Scarlett Witch and Bucky. One door has closed for Thor, Tony Stark, Black Widow, Bruce Banner, Hawkeye, and Captain America, but another door has opened the future of the Marvel Universe.