After 11 years we finally have the epic conclusion to the Infinity Saga. And while it may be what everyone has been waiting for one thing is for certain…nothing can prepare you for the endgame.
At three hours and one minute, Avengers: Endgame is the longest MCU movie to date. And while it may not be the longest movie in history; it may be one of the most memorable. Each hour, each minute, each second of this movie is perfection. It doesn’t drag on yet it doesn’t flash by so fast that you aren’t able to enjoy it.
Avengers: Infinity War ended with tremendous loss. And I don’t mean just a few heroes; I mean half the universe. Thanos succeeded; he did exactly what he said he was going to do and he won. A loss this size weighs heavily on the few heroes that are left. They’re supposed to be Earth’s Mightiest Heroes but they lost, and they aren’t used to losing. Oddly enough, the original six are among the survivors. That’s one thing the Russo brothers did a wonderful job with. They brought the focus back to the 2012 Avengers film; focusing on the six heroes who started it all. In a way it is a testament to how loved these characters are.
If a movie can be defined by the heart and strength of its heroes, Avengers: Endgame is monstrous. Throughout the 181 minutes each character is given their own defining moment. Whether it be a sacrifice or an epic fight scene; the true heart of Endgame lies with the determination of its heroes. While each hero is suffering from their own personal loss, they all have one goal in mind; bring back the people that were taken from them. Realizing they need to put their differences aside, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers rekindle their friendship, and along with the others promise to do whatever it takes to bring everybody back.
Now I’m not going to give away too many details out of respect for those who have not seen it yet, #Don’tSpoilTheEndgame. But prepare yourself, the amount of loss in Endgame may not be as high, but it can still be felt to the depths of your core. Right from the get go the film becomes an emotional roller coaster. I have no shame so I’m going to fully admit that I cried several times. Mark Ruffalo was right, bring a box of tissues because you’re going to need them.
Anthony and Joe Russo did an amazing job with this film. They were able to take the 22 films of the Infinity Saga and give them the conclusion they deserve. Once again they were able to pull of a superb superhero film, and one that likely will never be accomplished again. Endgame is littered with determination, heart, and most of all undeniable humanity. Among these, bits of comedy and witty banter are thrown around to remind us that our favorite heroes are indeed human. The balance of these traits throughout is pure perfection. And while their may not be the usual after credit scene that every Marvel movie contains, the Russo brothers made sure to add something special. I know what it is and what it means and let me tell you; it’s truly special.
At just under two hours, the Avengers: Endgame Original Motion Picture Soundtrack could quite possibly be the most influential one of the entire franchise. Alan Silvestri brings us full circle as he touches on themes from past movies as well as creating new ones, both emotional and powerful. Track 28 could very well be one of the greatest pieces of music to ever be composed. It could and should be described as instantly timeless and unfathomably epic. Everyone should listen to the soundtrack in its entirety but I strongly believe that you should wait to experience the music in theaters. It is truly masterful.
The Russo brothers success showed yet again when Endgame broke box office records before it was even released. The trailer drop broke the record for the most views in the first 24 hours being viewed 289 million times. Fandango and Atom Tickets both reported that Endgame has become their all-time highest pre-sellers breaking the record for first 24 hours and first week sales. Now here is where it gets so crazy that it’s somewhat hard to believe. Endgame broke several records this past weekend. It currently holds the Biggest Thursday Night Preview, the Biggest Friday Opening, the Biggest Saturday, the Biggest Sunday, the Biggest Five-Day total at a whooping $350 million domestic and smashed the record with an historic $1.2 billion opening worldwide! While Infinity War took 11 days to each $1 billion worldwide…Endgame only took a few. The question now is whether or not Endgame can become the highest grossing movie in history…I for one hope that it can.
Avengers: Endgame has more heart than most. Every movie, every experience these characters have gone through has been leading to this. It may feel like the end but true fans know there are going to be more Avengers movies…they may just not contain the characters we have grown to love over the past 11 years. Although this still doesn’t lighten the blow of feeling like we are saying goodbye to our beloved heroes, they each get the send off they deserve. It is truly a cinematic experience that likely won’t be repeated for some time; if ever. So thank you. Thank you to every individual who has ever been a part of this franchise. Thank you Anthony and Joe Russo for bringing us what I think is one of the best films in cinematic history. Thank you Robert Downey Jr. for being our Iron Man. Thank you Chris Evans for being our Captain. Thank you Chris Hemsworth for being our God of Thunder. Thank you Mark Ruffalo for being our Hulk. Thank you Scarlett Johansson for being our Black Widow. Thank you Jeremy Renner for being our Hawkeye. And last but certainly not least, thank you Stan Lee for being the creator of such a monumental universe.
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