Why Avengers: Endgame is the Greatest Marvel Movie Ever

Claire, Staff

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WARNING! This article may include spoilers, so unless you’ve seen the movie, I would not recommend reading it.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of people ever since the release of its first movie Iron Man in 2008. Twenty-one more movies have been produced since that time, following the stories of iconic characters Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor, and others. And how much has this universe increased in popularity throughout these movies’ releases? An insane amount. The MCU fanbase has grown extensively over the past decade, and is allegedly one of the largest fanbases on record. And for good reason. The movies are amazing, the characters are riveting (and good-looking, I might say), and the plotline of each movie keeps you on the edge of your seat. One would think that it couldn’t get much better than that, but what if I told you that every movie is inexplicably and amazingly connected and leads to a phenomenal, larger-than-life finale?

I present to you: Avengers: Endgame. This cinematic masterpiece has been long-awaited by Marvel fans, and me, being one of those fans, understands the impatience that came with its announcement. Endgame wraps up what is known as the Infinity Saga, which encompasses all of the Marvel movies made up until this point (22 in total). Most major characters were given their own solo movie, and the leading roles had more than one. Here’s how they rack up:

  • Iron Man 1, 2, and 3
  • Captain America 1, 2, and 3 (The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier, and Civil War, respectively)
  • Thor 1, 2, and 3 (The Dark World and Ragnarok)
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Avengers 1, 2, 3, and 4 (Age of Ultron, Infinity War, and Endgame)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2
  • Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Doctor Strange
  • Black Panther
  • Captain Marvel

So, obviously, there is a lot of branching plotlines going on here. Every single one of these movies are connected, and all of those complex branches converged into one in Avengers: Infinity War. Every movie involved one of the six Infinity Stones, hence the name of the saga, and then at the hands of Thanos, they all came together to wipe out half of the existing universe. The Avengers lost, and humanity is in shambles.

Then comes Endgame. The movie begins exactly three weeks after Thanos’ Snap (aka the Decimation), and bases itself around the remaining Avengers attempting to go back in time, prevent Thanos from getting all six Infinity Stones and bring everybody who was lost to the Decimation back. Easier said than done, am I right?

This is where spoilers start coming up. If you have not yet seen Endgame and do not wish to know what happens, don’t read past this point. Just don’t. 

So what made this movie so awesome, other than the fact that it brings all we’ve known of the MCU to a spectacular close?

Firstly, let’s talk about story arcs. Take genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist Tony Stark, for example. Tony started out in Iron Man as the snarky, self-centered CEO of Stark Industries who cared not for much other than himself, to a husband, father, and hero that would sacrifice his own life to save the rest of the universe from Thanos. It’s hard for anybody to hate the Iron Man by the conclusion of Endgame, and if you still do, do you even have a heart? Tony started the MCU with his story, and it ended in the only way that could do his character the justice it so clearly deserved. All of the original Avengers’ story arcs did. Steve Rogers got to live to be an old man, and live his life with Peggy Carter, passing down the title of Captain America to Sam Wilson. Thor passed down his rule over the Asgardians to Valkyrie, and went to move on to a different life with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Natasha and Clint finally received the closure they deserved, and Black Widow’s arc ended with an ultimate sacrifice for the Soul Stone.

Secondly, let me tell you about the movie’s plotline. Endgame is the longest Marvel movie yet, clocking in at approximately 3 hours long, and boy, can you fit a lot of storyline in three hours. The first hour and a half is story-building, expanding upon what happens to Tony and Nebula, who were left alone on Titan after the Decimation, how the Avengers left on Earth found Thanos on his retirement planet, and how Scott escaped the Quantum Realm. This period of time during the movie is littered with surprises and comedic moments between the Avengers, and really incorporates comic humor into the plot. Then, after Tony discovers how to safely time-travel in his own living room, things start getting serious. The Avengers plan to go back in time to where each stone was found before Thanos got a hold of it, therefore rendering him unable to use them in any foreseeable future, and bringing everyone lost to the snap back.

Holy crap. This part was probably the best in the whole movie. Not only is the plotline in this movie moved forward, but previous movies and characters are beautifully expanded upon. When Bruce goes to retrieve the Time Stone from the New York Sanctum Sanctorum, we find out what the Ancient One was doing during the battle of New York. We find out that Loki is still as sly as ever when Tony and Steve attempts to steal the Tesseract containing the Space Stone from under the past Avengers’ noses. And that smooth dance number at the beginning of Guardians of the Galaxy from our very own Peter Quill? Yeah, he looked like an idiot. An adorable idiot.

But above all, the final battle between the Avengers and Thanos trumps the rest. As much as I would love to talk about this fight scene, I don’t think I have any speech to describe it properly. You just have to see it for yourself to understand. What I can tell you is that it exceed any and all expectations.

There are no words to describe the development and complexity that made these characters and this story, except phenomenal, and heart-wrenching. The epic conclusion of the Infinity Saga exceeds all expectations and leaves any long-time fan with tears in their eyes and light in their hearts. Who could ask for more, after what the directors and actors have achieved through all of these years?

Have I convinced you that Endgame is the greatest MCU movie yet? Maybe not, and that’s ok, because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But if I have, or if the movie itself did it for me, I sincerely hope you appreciated it as much as I did.