This is it, the moment we’ve been waiting for. From the events of Avengers: Assemble we’ve been on tender hooks, waiting for Thanos to rain down his armada upon Earth’s finest defenders or would that be Avengers? Endgame is the end of a saga that has spanned across 22 films, and over these 11 years we have grown to love and enjoy the adventures our favourite characters of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) have took us on.
I wouldn’t be doing my job as a decent enough human being if I didn’t warn you that this article is steeped in SPOILERS. You read that right! S-P-O-I-L-E-R-S so if you want an excuse be angry, read on! No, I mean seriously. If you haven’t seen Endgame yet, leave. Now!
So, with that bit out the way I can press on. The majority of Avengers: Endgame takes place five years after the events of Infinity War, we saw a handful of our favourite characters disappear into nothingness along with 50% of the universe. The surviving members of the Avengers are in dire straights and the sh*t has well and truly hit the fan. The idea of five years later worked, I liked the fact that over those five years the characters changed immensely, Tony Stark is far more mature and by God is he pissed off (sorry mum!) whilst Thor on the other hand has gone downhill.
However the big punch moment is that “present-day” Thanos actually gets killed in pretty early on in the film. Everything that Thor could’ve done in Infinity War he actually carries out when they manage to hunt down the film’s antagonist. This is what sends Thor off the rails. Swallowed by guilt Thor becomes an alcoholic and ends up with a magnificent beer belly, even his old friend Volstagg would be jealous of.
Over those five years Stark has become a father, he and Pepper are now happily married and share a daughter. For me this was the tell tale signs of Stark’s death was patiently waiting on the horizon, fitting being as Robert Downey Jr.’s contract with Marvel has come to an end. I did have the feeling that Tony Stark was going to stuff it from seeing the trailers for the upcoming Spider-Man: Far Away From Home. It has been confirmed that Far Away From Home is the concluding film for Phase Three.
It maybe that with antagonist in the upcoming Spider-Man film being Mysterio, they’re going to tie it in with the fact that Thanos and his alien armada attempted to attack Earth in Endgame’s climatic battle, where everyone is present. Thanks to the Avengers reversing everything Thanos has done. The moment when all the resurrected fallen heroes join the fight I felt an emotion which brought me close to tears, and then when Captain America says “Avengers, Assemble!” I did a fist pump.
The overall film was a bitter-sweet ending for a Saga that has branched over 11 years, Like Downey Jr. Chris Evans’ contract has reached its end and he too has been written out the MCU, though before we see his goodbye, an aged Captain Rogers hands over his shield to Falcon, kick-starting the introduction of the new Captain America. The story has come full-circle but I don’t feel like this is the end, not yet anyway.
I have heard/read that there is going to be a Phase Four, I would say that this is highly likely as there is going to be a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 planned and that our favourite Asgardian; Thor has officially joined Star-Lord and Co. I’d also like to see more of Spider-Man. However, I have seen that the Russo Brothers have no plans as of yet to make any more films for the MCU. Though I can’t see this being the end, there were many open-endings and that we could see more of our favourite characters in the foreseeable future.
I found that this film is a love letter to the fans and those of us that have watched all 22 films would understand the references and nods to the previous films. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the overall cinematic experience did not feel like three hours, I was hooked and those involved should give themselves a pat on the back. I loved it and would like to see more of the MCU and maybe see the new Captain America in action, I’m hoping that if the upcoming release of Spider-Man we’re going to be treated to a post credit scene kick starting what could be Phase Four.
Unlike the previous films Endgame does not have a post-credit scene, it does however have a certain sound. As the Marvel Studios logo appears after the credits, we’re treated to the sounds of metal being forged. Its very reminiscent of the time when Tony Stark created a suit of armor to escape his captors in Iron Man. So, could it be that Harly (Ty Simpkins), who was last seen paying his respects to Tony and his family, forging a new suit of armor to take Stark’s place as the Iron Man? Who knows! But there is a lot of speculation that this is what we could be seeing later on down the line.