“Avengers: Endgame:” The epilogue of an epic saga

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After three movies, “Avengers: Endgame” closes the curtains and leaves fans reminiscing.

In 2008, audience members who stayed in the theater after Iron Man ended were blown away by an after credit scene with Nick Fury announcing the “Avengers Initiative”. That end credit scene opened up a new world for comic book movies. After that, “Thor” was released, which gave the audience a perspective of another Avenger. A couple months after, “Captain America: The First Avenger” saw the light of day, bringing Captain America into the spotlight. Fast forward four years, in 2012, people got to feast their eyes with “Avengers,” one of the most ambitious crossovers in cinema.

After 22 movies, the relationships of the characters have gone through several ups and downs. “Avengers: Endgame,” the supposedly last chapter of the superhero ensemble, hit theatres last weekend, and tickets are selling like hot cakes, breaking a record with over $1.2 billion worldwide with only the opening weekend, according to BoxOfficeMojo.

“Avengers: Endgame” picks up where “Avengers: Infinity War” left off. With the last “Avengers” ending keeping the audience wondering about the future of the franchise, “Avengers: Endgame” carries the responsibility of answering open ended questions about the fate of the superhero team and wrapping up the chronicle. Being a Marvel movie, the movie is a force to be reckoned with. Even for people who do not know much about the lore of the Avengers, the movie can still deliver an enjoyable time when viewed as a summer blockbuster. Of course, for maximum enjoyment, viewing the previous films in the franchise might be necessary. The action sequences in this movies are exhilarating and the visual effects are phenomenal. The designs of spaceships, costumes, environments and set pieces alike come to life with almost photorealistic technology to immerse the audience in the movie.

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Although Thanos is one of the many characters in “Avengers: Endgame”, the movie ultimately returns to being about the heroes themselves.

Though impressive visually, from an action movie standpoint, the movie is not as strong as “Avengers: Infinity War.”  The battles and fights will keep white knuckling when they are one screen, but when compared to the last Avengers movie, there simply are not as many. Most of the action-heavy scenes are at the end of the film. If people view this solely as an action flick, it can leave them with a small disappointment.

Whereas “Avengers: Infinity War” was Thanos’ movie, “Avengers: Endgame” returns to the roots of it being about the heroes themselves. While Thanos can still be seen on screen, he is not the driving force of the film. With the last two Avengers movies being villain-centric movies, it is refreshing to see just the original gang back in action.

What the movie lacks when it comes to action is made up for by the wise choice of character moments. The superheroes talk and cry, they live with their emotions. Quite often in this movie, the audience gets to see the “human” side of these super humans. Their personalities and camaraderie are the core of the film, which brings to the table a considerable amount chemistry. The emotional conflicts and connections between these people feel real because they have been developed for several movies. Although the movie is three hours long with no intermission, it does not feel like it.

Like usual, the cast of the Avengers are all excellent. At this point, the characters and the performers themselves have become iconic. With great characters, the story will also be great as a result. After seeing these people on screen for the past 10 years, it can get emotional to see them together in this movie because of the concluding nature of it. It feels close to what Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II felt nine years ago. Both of the movies are the final stop of a long franchise that has spawned love from audiences for a long time. Similar to the ending of Harry Potter, the finale of the movie can make most audiences shed some tears.

It has been quite a journey, and now comes the end. After three movies, “Avengers: Endgame” closes the curtains and leaves fans reminiscing. While there are still some Marvel movies in the line up, it looks like fans will not see the same Avengers ever again.