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Avengers Endgame: an end to an end

by Brianna Bush - Lifestyles Editor
Tue, May 7th 2019 06:00 pm

In the 22 films that Marvel has produced, “Avengers: Endgame” was one of the most anticipated movies in the Marvel Universe, running just over three hours. Warning: there will be spoilers in this, so if you have not seen the movie and plan to, don’t read this.

Endgame began with Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) recording a message to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), as he floated through space with Nebula (Karen Gillan). They were then discovered by Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) who rescued them both and brought them back to Earth. I felt like Iron Man would die eventually, but the movie couldn’t start with that.

The rest of the Avengers, Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Captain Marvel, go after Thanos (Josh Brolin). After locating him, Thor decapitates him, explaining he “went for the head.” The only reason they went after Thanos was because they believed they could reverse what he did. Unfortunately, Thanos had destroyed the Infinity Stones before the Avengers arrived.

Fast forward five years, and Scott Lang/Ant Man (Paul Rudd) came knocking on the Avengers’ front gate. Scott was stuck in the quantum realm inside his van. By then, the Avengers had disbanded, all going their separate ways and were all doing their own thing. Scott’s entrance called some of them together to work on forming a plan.

They then went looking for those who were left: Thor, Banner, Tony and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Thor and Bruce were the most changed in those five years, Thor having gained a beer-gut, leading to many memes and gifs surrounding his epic weight gain and lack of self worth. Bruce on the other hand had changed for the better and had gained the name Professor Hulk after finally accepting that Hulk and he are one. I personally have issues with calling Hulk/Bruce Professor Hulk, even if that is what Marvel has named him. 

The Avengers needed help from Tony, but Tony had moved on. He had a daughter with Pepper named Morgan (Lexi Rabe). She was just as smart as Tony even at her young age, telling him “I love you 3,000,” which is in fact all 22 movies from the Marvel Universe runtime added up. 

When Natasha and Steve came knocking on his door he turned them away. Eventually though, he came around to help because he figured out how they could travel through time without causing any real issues. 

The plan they came up with allowed small teams to go and collect the six Infinity Stones from alternate timelines. However, each recovery team was met with an enemy or an opposing force. 

While in New York, Tony and Steve work on getting the Tesseract and Loki’s staff, but unfortunately the plan does not go smoothly. They lose both of their objectives, and Steve gets into a fight with his past/alternate self. This started yet another meme, “that is America’s a**.” This forces them to come up with an alternative plan to get what they need and still return to their timelines.

The first tear jerking scene happened on Vormir, when both Clint and Natasha had no idea what to expect when going to recover the Soul Stone. If you had seen “Avengers: Infinity War,” then you know that a sacrifice has to be made for the stone. Thanos sacrificed Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to get the stone because she was the only thing he loved. So when Clint and Natasha show up, the guide tells them about the rules and they fight for which one of them will sacrifice themselves. In an epic heart-wrenching fight, Natasha ends up beating Clint and falling to her death, sacrificing herself for Clint, his family and the universe.

On Titan, War Machine/James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) and Nebula were in charge of getting the Power Stone. Unfortunately, the Thanos of that timeline discovered their plan through Nebula. Since she is part cyborg, her recording feature showed their plan and how they would undo Thanos’ snap that eliminated 50 percent of all living things. Past Thanos sets his own agenda in motion to get the stones.

Back to their timeline, the Avengers get all the stones together, put them into one of Tony’s Iron Man gloves and Professor Hulk steps forward to make the snap because the stones deal with gamma radiation. He puts the glove on and is able to snap his fingers and get everyone back that Thanos wished away. In the process of doing so, the glove completely destroys his hand and arm.

When the team goes to the windows to check if it worked, missiles from past Thanos hit the Avengers Headquarters, destroying it. Everything goes downhill from there, and the Avengers that are left fight tooth and nail until it looks like they will lose. Out of nowhere, Doctor Strange comes with a whole army, including everyone that had disappeared.

The fight was insane, with everyone trying their hardest to keep Thanos away from the Infinity Stones. At one point it looked like they were going to lose, and I was thinking “where the heck is Captain Marvel?” Not even a minute later she swoops out of the sky, destroying everything in her path. Then came my favorite part that had me jumping up and down in my seat: the girl squad moments. Though the girl squad team up was completely overshadowed by the men, it was still very exciting to see powerful women. 

One of the most impressive scenes was when Steve was able to pick up Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir. Only those who are worthy can pick it up, and in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Steve was able to make the hammer budge, foreshadowing the events that took place in “Avengers: Endgame.” 

In the end it is Tony who saves them all. He sacrificed everything for the fate of the universe by using the stones one last time. In doing so, he erased Thanos from existence and his army as well, while giving his life to save the others. At his funeral Pepper put the first core that he made, engraved with “proof that Tony Stark has a heart” on his floating memorial, saying a final farewell to Iron Man and its franchise.

We also say a final farewell to Steve. When he returns the Infinity Stones, he goes back to Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to live out his life for real. He then reappears to pass his shield off to Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), thus ending Evans’ time as Captain America, The First Avenger.

Out of all of the endings for the characters, I would save Natasha and Tony. It was not fair to send Natasha and Clint to Vormir without them knowing the cost of the stone. Instead, I would have sent Professor Hulk and Rocket for the Soul Stone.

With Professor Hulk being sacrificed, as he has two different personalities, it can be assumed that he would have two different souls to sacrifice. I think that the Hulk part of Hulk/Banner would come out on top because Banner is the actual soul and Hulk just won’t die. In doing this, Natasha and Hulk would both be there to fight on, and we can still have the original cinematic female Avenger.

On Tony’s end, he would still save everyone from Thanos but also survive. Doctor Strange would push his soul out of his body, take the Time Stone, freeze time, fix Tony (because Doctor Strange is a DOCTOR) and unfreeze time. Nothing has to change and everyone lives!

Not to be a hater or anything, but Thor’s change made me mad! I get that he thought he was a failure, but come on, he is a god for crying out loud. Instead of leading New Asgard, he sat in his basement playing Fortnite and drinking enough beer to give him a full beer gut. He should have given Valkyrie the leadership role beforehand and then wallow in self pity, or be a big boy and help out with the rest of the Universe that was falling apart post-Thanos. 

“Avengers: Endgame” was a cinematic masterpiece in my opinion. However, I don’t think it was a movie for all ages.


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