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Avengers: Endgame

Hello, lovelies.

THERE ARE MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS POST. DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN IT OR JUST WANT TO BE SPOILED. DO NOT SPOILER THE MOVIE FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T SEEN IT.

So, I really want to talk about Endgame, because that experience was…such a unique one, for me. I wish I could write about it without spoilers, but I can’t. Hence the warning above, which will be repeated throughout this post, because it honestly pisses me off when people ruin a film or a book or spoil something for someone else. I don’t want to be that person, so I don’t want anyone to read this post thinking this is going to be a spoiler-free review of this film. Friends, it is filled with major spoilers.

I’ve always enjoyed Marvel’s films. I wouldn’t say I was on the bandwagon from the very beginning or that I loved it then as much as I love it now. There are still films I haven’t seen yet (I know, I’m getting there) and I’m honestly not sure when I got to the level of love I have for them as I do now. Perhaps after Guardians? I’m not sure, but watching Infinity War nearly broke me and Endgame has been one of my most anticipated films…ever? Like, sitting in that theatre last Friday, my heart was pounding. I was sweaty and even shaking a little bit. I had so many theories of what could happen and what I wanted to happen, but all I knew is that, if I wasn’t bawling by the end, Marvel didn’t do it right.

Well, a no-surprise spoiler: Marvel did it perfectly.

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THERE ARE MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS POST. DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN IT OR JUST WANT TO BE SPOILED. DO NOT SPOILER THE MOVIE FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T SEEN IT.

My heart broke immediately when they opened it up with Hawkeye enjoying time with his family and I knew that they will all going to disappear, during the snap. Watching it happen gave me chills and just set the tone for the rest of the film. It went by with a blink of an eye–didn’t feel like a three hour film to me at all–and I honestly thought it was perfect. The time travel aspect was what I expected, but the way it was handled was so brilliantly done and definitely incorporated twists I didn’t see coming. I loved seeing aspects of the previous films from new angles and I was downright shaking when Thanos discovers what they are up to and shows up again to try and spoil it–something, personally, I felt like had to happen, in order for it to truly come full circle for me and feel complete.

A few quite beats on what I loved from this film:

  • The humor: I thought this was just going to be a complete and total crying fest, with none of the humor that the previous films had–an aspect that is one of my favorites within the entire franchise. Yet I was pleasantly surprised how much I laughed throughout it, as well.
  • The heart: There was a great amount of heart in this film and that’s one of the reasons I think I fell in love with these films to begin with. I’m not the biggest superhero fan, honestly, but I was moved greatly throughout this franchise and Endgame didn’t disappoint here.
  • The fight at the end: Right after Thanos introduced his army against Captain America (which, that moment after he uses Thor’s hammer, HOLY SHIT), I immediately thought, “This is incredible, but I really wish everyone was here to fight beside him.” So then, WHEN EVERYONE STARTED TO SHOW UP, I GOT FUCKING CHILLS. I am getting chills just thinking about it again now. And that’s when I first started crying.

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  • Peter and Iron Man’s reunion: I first starting bawling after this reunion. The way Peter responded was just so…perfect and it broke my poor heart.
  • THAT SCENE: But, my favorite scene in the entire film, hands down–and when I started crying for the third, but not the last, time–was when Captain Marvel takes the gauntlet from Peter and they look out against the horde she’ll have to travel through to get to the time machine and he asks, “How are you going to get through that?” And then all the powerful women of this universe band together and fight their way through that shit. THAT is the kind of representation I want. THAT is what I want to see entire FILMS about. THAT gave me chills and made me cry again in the car on the ride home, after seeing so many strong, complex and diverse women all in one moment, together. Give me that, always.

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THERE ARE MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS POST. DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN IT OR JUST WANT TO BE SPOILED. DO NOT SPOILER THE MOVIE FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T SEEN IT.

As far as complaints go, I was a bit confused why Captain Marvel didn’t really…do as much as I thought she was going to do? Like, I understand why it was Iron Man who made the final sacrifice, as the “main guy” for the Avengers (though, personally, I think my heart would have broke more if Captain America chose to sacrifice himself for everyone, as it just…fit his character so well. But I’m really glad he got his happy ending, instead). It made complete sense to me. But they set up Captain Marvel to do so much and yet she didn’t really seem to have as big as an impact as I was expecting. I wish they would spent more time explaining why she was choosing to go help other planets, instead of staying on Earth to help that out. Like, I could totally see her making that choice, but I wish it was fleshed out more.

So, of course, I bawled quietly for the last 30 minutes, tears completely streaming down my face, no shame. I honestly thought I’d cry a little bit more and I thought more people would die, permanently (and ironically enough, my least two favorite characters were the ones that died? No shade if you love Iron Man and Black Widow, they just never compared to my favorites of Black Panther, Captain America, Thor and the entire Guardians crew). I’m still a little confused on how the whole time-travel thing worked and I am SO curious about what is going to happen next.

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But that experience was fantastic. Getting so hyped was fantastic. Aside from The Lord of the Rings, I can’t think of another film I was more excited to see. Trying to avoid spoilers was difficult and frustrating. And the film itself was…everything that I could have wanted, yet surprising me in the best ways. Marvel will never cease to impress me and I’m excited to see what adventures we go on, next.

Cheers.

6 thoughts on “Avengers: Endgame”

  1. I had such mixed feelings with the film. It went places I completely didn’t expect, it was a beautiful love letter to the fans looking back at all those moments from the series, I cried for the last 15 minutes (pretty much from the moment of “I Am Iron Man”) and the final battle was absolute perfection. But I also have an extreme dislike for time travel stories, and the actual plot for a lot of the movie just didn’t make sense to me. I’ve accepted that my love for this film is going to be tied to the emotional beats, rather than the story arc. So curious where the MCU goes from here!

    1. Yes, I totally agree! The more I think about the “plot” elements of it, I get a little confused about how it all works. But I agree that I’m definitely more tied to the emotional beats and I’m just itching to find out what happens next, more than I’m focusing on trying to make sense on what’s happening now. *shrugs*

  2. Oh my, I feel the exact same way about Iron Man and Black Widow. I didn’t care that much for either of them, so I wasn’t exactly moved by their deaths. However, the entire experience was still exceptional! Not being a huge MARVEL fan, I didn’t think I’d be as excited about Endgame as I was, and I thought it was an epic conclusion.
    There are definitely a few things I didn’t like, such as Captain Marvel not having as much of a presence as they had hyped her to have; and also how Thor’s character became nothing but a comic relief, when he was almost a protagonist in the previous movie.
    Despise that, I think it was an amazing movie! I liked the fact we had so many little references from previous movies, not only in the time-travel scenes, but in other moments too. The ending scene was what truly broke me. I had rewatched Captain America a couple days before watching Endgame and so I remembered that the last thing Peggy & Steve talk about is that they’d never had the chance to dance together. So the fact that the movie goes back exactly to show us THAT. I definitely cried when it happened!
    Again, even though I’m not the biggest MARVEL fan, I was still moved to think it really is the end of an era. These characters will be missed, but I’m also excited to see what else the Marvel universe will bring!

    1. Yes, exactly! Though I can see why some were obviously very upset by them, for me, I was just never attached to either character very much, so their deaths were sad, but in no way heartbreaking for me.

      I’m a pretty big Marvel fan when it comes to the films, so I was really hyped for this film and really not disappointed, despite my few misgivings! But you’re so right, those flashbacks and small references were honestly what made the film for me.

      YES, I am so curious to see what else the MCU will bring!! If it’s anything like this roller-coaster, I’ll be very stoked.

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