So unless you have been living under a rock the past few months, you have probably seen commercials and people talking online about a little film called Avengers: Endgame. You may be wondering why this movie is such a big deal to so many people, well I’m going to tell you why.
I started reading comic books when I was very young, and immediately I was drawn to Marvel comics (although I do agree that DC does have better plot lines in their comics) . So in 2008, when Marvel announced that they were going to make a movie adaptation of the Iron Man comics, I was really excited. Looking back, this movie was pinnacle in the now famous Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the MCU. If Iron Man didn’t work or wasn’t good, the future of the MCU would have never been. However, this movie was a huge success, earning Marvel a whopping 585.2 million dollars in the American box office alone, and thus the Marvel Cinematic Universe began. Through the first four years, we were introduced to major characters such as The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow, until, in 2012, it all culminated into The Avengers. The Avengers was one of the most anticipated superhero movies of all time, and was extremely ambitious, combining 6 strong personalities that were supposed to work together to defeat the villainous (but not really because he was brainwashed by Thanos, who we’ll touch on later) Loki, the adopted brother of Thor, who was the leader of an alien army set on destroying Earth. This movie really delivered, perfecting Marvel’s movie formula and earning Marvel 1.519 billion dollars in the United States, the first movie in the MCU to do so. As amazing as this movie was, the real surprise came at the end of the movie during the mid-credit scene, a signature in the MCU. In this small scene, we see a purple giant sitting in a golden chair looking out on the universe and smiling. This may seem extremely insignificant to some people, but for die hard fans, we knew what was coming, Thanos.
After 6 years of amazing stories and adding more heroes, the MCU was ready for Infinity War, and Thanos, the greatest villain the Avengers have ever had to face. In Infinity War, Thanos is trying to collect all of the Infinity Stones, which are six elemental crystals that control a different element of the universe, soul, mind, reality, time, power, space in order to wipe out half the population because the universe is overpopulated and he thinks that this is the only solution. So it is up to the Avengers to save the universe from this fate, a task that they are unfortunately and more surprisingly unsuccessful at, and thus 50% of the universe is killed, including a few of the Avengers as well. These leads us to Endgame. The three hour finale to 11 years of a cinematic universe and, for many people, the end of an era. This movie is so important to fans because after Infinity War, fans were shocked to say the least, and were very upset that some of their favorite heroes were dead, for now. In Endgame, we are hopefully going to see the fallen Avengers back in action and none of the original Avengers are dead (I know they’re probably all going to die) . So please, if you see Endgame spoilers, don’t share them, because Thanos demands your silence