Avengers: Endgame Recap (SPOILERS)

Vincent Knox   Managing Editor

The conclusion so many of us have been yearning for has finally arrived and it does not disappoint. For a franchise to last as long as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and to do as well as it has, is a feat in itself, but “ Avengers: Endgame” shatters most if not all expectations. It is a satisfying end to almost all of the original Avenger’s storylines. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you do, it’s worth all three hours it lasts. Also, once you see it, you can read the rest of this article which will now CONTAIN MINOR TO MAJOR SPOILERS. Please, if you read on, do not blame me for anything you find out.

The movie starts off a short while after the events of “Infinity War.” The only people not on Earth are Tony Stark and Nebula, whose friendship is actually quite enjoyable. They are eventually rescued by Captain Marvel and the whole gang is reunited. Tony still harbors ill will for Steve Rogers, calling him out for not being there when he needed him, and telling him that he lost Peter Parker, his mentee. The Avengers wind up picking up the energy signal of the Stones and trace it back to the planet Thanos is residing on. They go to confront him, wanting to reverse the snap but find that he has used the Infinity Stones in order to destroy the Infinity Stones, greatly damaging himself in the process. This results in Thanos’ decapitation by Thor. After this dramatic scene, the movie skips five years into the future. This part of the film is very well done, perfectly setting up the rest of the story to go in any direction, while providing context for the way the characters evolve during the movie.

To quickly sum up the rest of the film, Scott Lang comes out of the Quantum Realm and proposes the idea of time travel, they all go back in time to retrieve past versions of the Infinity Stones so they can undo the snap, but a past version of Thanos winds up coming to the future and a huge battle ensues. This battle against Thanos starts with Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, and while they put up a good fight, they are almost defeated until backup arrives. All of the fallen Avengers are transported to the battlefield by sorcerers and face off against the brunt of Thanos’ army. Eventually they emerge victorious, defeating Thanos and reversing the snap.

The action sequences are the highlight of this film, specifically the final battle. Almost all of the characters that have been introduced in the last ten years are on-screen in some capacity. There is teamwork between them, heart-warming reunions, and characters meeting other characters in very cool ways. There are many moments that have been alluded to in past movies. Overall, the movie delivers what the majority of fans were hoping for, wrapping up what is now going to be called, “The Infinity Saga.” I look forward to what the next entry in the MCU will give in the wake of such an incredible, bittersweet finale.

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