‘Avenger: Endgame’ wraps up cinematic universe with a snap


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“Avengers: Endgame” was released on April 24.

*Disclaimer: There are minor spoilers in this story.

Whatever you think will happen, you are wrong. For nearly one year after “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel fans have been wanting to see “Avengers: Endgame.” In “Avengers: Infinity War,” half of the Marvel universe turns to dust, which left an empty feeling in my stomach as the world’s mightiest heroes fell to Thanos. Entering the movie theater to watch “Avengers: Endgame”, I wondered how the remaining Avengers would fight to bring back their loved ones and defeat the monster that took them away.

One amazing aspect of this movie is how it was able to incorporate the whole Marvel universe into a single movie without making it too complicated. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s cinematic genius is fully revealed in this movie. Every individual superhero movie from “Iron Man” to “Captain Marvel” serves as puzzle pieces that are finally added together to support the purpose of “Avengers: Endgame,” preventing moviegoers from becoming too confused with the storyline.

“Avengers: Endgame” does not fail to evoke emotion. Although there seemed to be solemn energy in the theater as half of the superheroes died in the last movie, the directors did not fail to add humor to the scripts. As I watched “Avengers: Endgame, the audience would laugh out loud at these moments.

I was also shocked by how unpredictable the movie was. Marvel does a great job at keeping its movies from leaking into the public before the release date, making moviegoers rush to go see it at the theater. One unexpected moment was when we are introduced to the character Thor. Rather than being the good-looking, ripped god that we once knew, he seemed to have let himself go, having long hair, a thick beard and a beer belly.

On top of that, there were unfortunate scenes that would leave me with a sense of desolation and disbelief. For example, at the very end, a sacrifice is made that drew tears from moviegoers and left the theater dead silent. The Russo brothers have mastered the ability to tell a story while evoking emotions.

Also, when the Avengers are planning to time travel to obtain the stones, the movie takes its own view on time travel. Rather than taking ideas from “Back to the Future,” the directors create their own rules, explaining it as they go along by comparing it with other movies dealing with time travel.

Despite its 3 hour run-time, the movie seemed to go on very fast as there was a lot of scenes to cover in a short amount of time. The final battle at the end seemed condensed because many of the main characters got only a short fight scene.

Because of the extent of scenes to cover, the movie sometimes failed to emphasize the most important scenes such as a scene where all the female superheroes fill the screen in battle. Because the scene is so short and sudden, it felt as if Marvel just wanted to have the scene to gain publicity, or avoid criticism, in an era where women are pushing for equal rights and opportunities.

All in all, I would recommend watching this movie but make sure to stay away from social media if you do not want the movie spoiled. Not only is the movie exciting and packed with action but the directors also seem to have an underlying message they wanted to send: family and friends are worth sacrificing for.