Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame ★★★★★

Whatever it takes.

I consider myself a pretty big Marvel fan. Though I’m not familiar with the comic universe, I’ve seen almost all of the MCU films. I remember watching Iron Man circa 2008 with my parents and thinking, “hey, this is kinda cool.” Little did I know that more than a decade later, I’d still be watching superheroes fly around and beat up bad guys.

Except Avengers: Endgame is much, much more than that. It’s a summation of the 20+ films that came before it. It’s an ode to every MCU character and their individual wants, goals, and histories. So many small moments in Endgame truly blew me away because of the amount of attention each character is given. This isn’t a movie just about Tony Stark or Steve Rogers. This is a movie about the Avengers. All the Avengers, new and old. 

I enjoyed this film so much because it subverted my expectations almost immediately. The Avengers were faced with more new challenges, different than ever before. Every conflict left me wondering what they were going to do next. There was, of course, humor, but it never felt forced. I think most Marvel films do a good job of including humor to reveal character, and Endgame does an especially good job of that. And there were too many emotional moments to count. I unexpectedly burst out sobbing twice, I laughed and smiled at my favorite characters’ interactions and jokes, and I sat in tense silence. I don’t know another blockbuster franchise that can do the same.

I don’t know where the Avengers’ story will go from here. But until next time: Avengers, assemble.

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