The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) culminates in its 22nd movie, The Avengers: Endgame, which finally premieres today after a long wait. It's a three-hour film that promises to answer all our questions and to put our wonders and theories to rest after the famous Thanos snap that wiped out exactly 50% of Earth's population, including some of our favorite heroes. Now, did the film meet our expectations and live up to its hype? Read on to find out!
[Fair warning: Minor spoilers ahead!]
What I Liked About It
It's more than just about superheroes; it's about one's humanity.
Generally, the film's essence is hinged on doing right by the people who became victims of injustice. It shows us the aftermath of the events and how different people—despite being heroes—deal with grief, loss, and finding the strength to move on.
Captain America (Chris Evans) continues to be the main pep talker in the film, and while his positivity can sometimes come off as annoying, it's what everyone needed at the time; Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johanson) was the Avengers' pillar when everyone was determined to move on; Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) was able to reconcile parts of him (the green guy, as he calls it) that he actively rejected and treated as a problem. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) also shows that redemption is always an option for the willing.
It jolts you back to reality where failures, risks, and sacrifices are not only necessary but a part of life.
Avengers: Infinity War set up the idea that we don't always get happy endings. The Endgame further emphasizes this point as we see our sullen heroes try to make do with what they have, be thrown in a situation where they have to make hard choices, and trust in the process—even if Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) says there's only one in billions of scenarios that they're going to win.
It sends a message that, sometimes, it's okay to let go.
What I specifically loved about this takeaway is how they used Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful god who lost his loved ones and his people, to underline this message. He was at his rock bottom and, like any other normal person, he let himself go. He doubted his capabilities and questioned his purpose. It was a delight to see how a god or a superhero can have this kind of identity crisis and survive it, simply by being who he is and not what everyone is expecting him to be. It was refreshing to see a character like Thor liberated from the shackles of societal pressures, even if it meant not knowing how to start over—it's an important message we all have yet to learn.
The future is indeed female.
The society has long been clamoring for more strong female characters in films and the biggest problem is that they couldn't get it right. Some fall short in highlighting them, or worse, they're too much in-your-face feminism.
However, in the film, they were able to balance it off with a quiet force that is Black Widow, who stepped up to lead the pack when it fell into ruins. Then there's Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), who showed fearlessness in the "avenging" part; and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), who put the greater good before the comforts of her new life. There's also a solid scene where all female superheroes came to everyone's rescue just when we think everything's going south—a picture I personally cherish because that is true female empowerment: women helping other women.
"Part of the journey is the end."
It's a tough pill to swallow. Everything does end, but that only means new adventure awaits. The Endgame tied a lot of loose ends here but it also opened up new storylines that hint on new beginnings.
It's come full circle.
The Russo brothers did a great job in paying homage to the MCU in this film. While the plot of the film is almost a giveaway, the directors gave us the emotional rollercoaster ride of our lives with how they fleshed out the story and showed the character development and evolution of our superheroes. It has come full circle with its strong narrative that pedals the viewers to strongly empathize with the heroes we all grew up with and truly enjoy the movie experience. It was an epic superhero/heist movie that feels almost like a tribute and a goodbye to the franchise we've loved in the past decade.
What I Don't Like About It
I found myself struggling to decide whether or not I should go out to pee.
It. was. three. hours. long. I made the mistake of not peeing before the film started, given how I downed a cup of coffee (I watched at 6 a.m.) and a bottle of water. That said, I really had to go to the bathroom at some point. If you ever find yourself needing a bladder break, the best time to make a run for the bathroom is during the first half of the film. Missing parts of the second half will ruin your movie experience, and you might regret it later.
Below are specific scenes you can give up on should you really need to use the rest room. (You're welcome!)
1. When the San Francisco title card shows.
It's just Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) catching up with what you already know.
2. When you see the Hulk eating at a diner.
It's basically a kinda-cringey-but-kinda-cute scene involving a very chill Hulk eating scrambled eggs and burrittos.
After these scenes are the most crucial parts of the movie already, so it's best to hold it...#WhateverItTakes.
So Should You Watch It?
Whether or not you're a casual watcher or a Marvel stan, this movie is a must-watch! Trust me: You will be blown away.