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“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.”
Eleven years. Twenty-two movies. Avengers: Endgame is the pinnacle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the grand finale of a spectacle which redefined our meaning of comic book movies. Never before has there been a cinema event of this stature and every second of the three hours felt paramount.
The original six Avengers are at the core of this film, as well as other heroes who had survived Thanos’ terror. While the film does call back to scenes and instances of other chapters in the MCU, it never leeches off the successes of its past. It truly showcases the best of its characters and gives us fresh feelings about the current status of the MCU. The costumes are incredible, with new and unique takes on looks we’ve already seen as well as adaptations from the comics which translated with ease.
The hero’s journey is a common story arc and while it can be perfected (as seen in Star Wars, for example), Marvel had a unique opportunity in being able to create their own path for their heroes, as the confines of a 2-hour movie did not limit them. We know of Tony Stark and his genius, we know of how Steve Rogers became the First Avenger, and now we can take all that we have acquired and see them at their best. This is truly the climax of everything that has been built and alluded to for years. Every addition to the team doesn’t simply contribute – they shine. The chemistry of the Avengers creates an unpredictable and fun dynamic which allows for so many cool team-up moments and combos.
This movie set me up and knocked me down. It was rewarding and emotional all at the same time. Between the beautiful script, the breathtaking visuals/special effects, and stellar performances from the leading cast, this movie draws the curtain on the MCU as we know it. It doesn’t just wrap all ends with a bow but gives us fireworks.
Sitting next to my brothers, cheering and weeping as our heroes had it all on the line, was truly one of the greatest experiences of my life. To feel the progression from being a 7-year-old boy in a movie theatre with my father to an 18-year-old whose life has changed drastically is a wonder to behold. This was not an individual movie but a closing of a chapter in our lives – my life. I have learned and grown with these characters, and I’ve been introduced to new ones and fallen in love with ones I’ve known longer. To be completely honest, I don’t know what comes after this or if anything will come close to being as important to me as these films have, but I still sit eagerly waiting. Waiting for my characters to be brought to life and to amaze me with tales of danger and heroism.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol. 48 Issue 10 on March 20th, 2019