Avengers: Endgame - A Perfect Ending
Updated: May 28, 2019
Eleven years. Twenty-two movies. And it all comes down to this.
Here’s your first and final warning that massive spoilers are coming in the paragraphs to follow. If you still haven’t seen the movie that the whole world has seen, turn away now.
Avengers: Endgame starts out in the same somber tone that Infinity War left off in. Hawkeye (ankle bracelet and all) is having a relaxing day on the farm with his family when they all, and several birds, turn to dust. This sets him on a course for a dramatic arc that we haven’t seen from him in the prior films.
The first twenty minutes fell pretty much in line with fan theories based on the trailer footage. The Avengers fight Thanos early, and though killing him, fail to undo the snap. They then suffer through a five year time jump before getting the chance to do it again.
Fortunately, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are reunited very early, leaving us the entire movie to enjoy these two together one last time. It’s not all hugs and kisses from the get-go, we do manage to get there before the end.
Some of the most personal and intimate moments we've seen from the original Avengers were in this movie, and fittingly so. Each of them has an arc that's conveniently wrapped up by the end. It doesn't mean they'll all be exiting the franchise for good, but if Marvel were to end this entire universe now, it would be totally satisfying.
This is a movie full of thrills, time travel shenanigans and incredible fan service. Marvel ends this era of films by providing fans with a huge love letter filled with everything we could hope for in a finale. And that’s what this feels like, a finale. We know the Marvel Cinematic Universe will go on, but it will be drastically different than what we've come to know and love. It's the end of an era, and Endgame offers closure.
The Russos managed to piece together the perfect ending for this group of characters. Natasha removes the red from her ledger. Steve finds his happy ending. And Tony makes the sacrifice play.
There are so many Easter eggs and nostalgic moments in this film that it deserves its own article, and that's next on the docket for me. From "Avengers assemble" to Howard the Duck, the final hour is a true love letter to fans.