By: Nick Perkins
“We’re in the endgame now.” When Doctor Strange uttered that line to Tony Stark towards the end of Avengers: Infinity War, audiences had no idea what they would be in for with the following film. While Infinity War ended on a very somber note, it was the follow up, Avengers: Endgame that would really leave a lasting impression.
Picking up after the events of Infinity War, we find our heroes broken, beaten and divided. Tony Stark and Nebula are still stuck in space and they’re running low on food and oxygen. Cap is leading a support group in the veins of an AA or NA meeting. Black Widow seems to have taken on the role as the ‘leader’ of the remaining Avengers, which consist of War Machine, Rocket Raccoon, Captain Marvel and Okoye. Hawkeye has turned into (even more of) a vigilante and Ant-Man, well, Ant-Man has been stuck in the Quantum Realm.
All of this is to say, our Avengers aren’t doing much avenging. Without spoiling too much (but, honestly, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, who even are you?) it takes a while for the band to get back together but, when they finally do, it’s not long before they go face-to-face with Thanos yet again. The results differ from those of Infinity War and Thor heeds the advice that was offered to him in the previous movie, but the biggest priority now that they’re back together is to avenge the fallen.
They don’t just want to avenge them, however- they want to bring them all back. And thus begins the major story of the movie.
Avengers: Endgame is a lot of things. It’s big, for one. This film features characters we know and love, characters we’ve quite literally grown up watching. Everyone gets a small moment to shine and there are enough of those moments to make it a memorable film just by themselves.
But the real victory here is not the action or the set pieces or the remarkable visuals. It isn’t the fighting or the flying or the “super heroism.” The biggest victory of this film is the amount of heart it’s able to convey. Endgame, for many, is more than just a movie. It’s certainly more than just a “summer blockbuster.” Endgame, as its name implies, is not the beginning of the end of the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe- it’s the end of the beginning.
For the past 10 years, audiences have looked on as reluctant heroes find the strength, courage and character needed to stand up in the face of evil and avenge those who couldn’t fight for themselves. Whether it was a war monger, a god of mischief or a room full of Nazis, these heroes stood up to evil and didn’t flinch. They survived an age of Ultron and their own Civil War. Some members of the team were lost along the way but, through it all, they became heroes. They became legends.
Endgame, at just under a 3 hour runtime, features no wasted moments. Every shot matters, every line hits. Every moment resonates. This is a movie that needs to be seen a few times, and there is no better way to do that than by watching it at the Fox Movie theater, in Downtown Casper. Endgame is about to be released digitally and on home video and it’s definitely one to pick up ASAP. But this film needs to be seen on a big screen in order to fully felt. And that’s what this movie does. It makes you feel. And isn’t that the reason we go to the movies?
Avengers: Endgame is far from the end of the MCU. But for some of our heroes it is, indeed, the end of the line. But we were with them ‘til the end of the line and their endings are about as poetic as it gets. Some of our heroes move on, others die but all of them make their exits count. They did this because, like Tony Stark said way back when, “if we can’t save the world, you can be damn sure we’ll avenge it.”
Avengers: Endgame is now playing at the Fox Movie Palace in Downtown Casper. For showtimes and more, visit the Wyo Movie Facebook Page.