Snapping a billion into the box office


Avengers: Endgame came out on April 26 worldwide. Fair use: poster from Marvel.

Now that the official spoiler ban has been lifted by the Marvel fan base, Newsprint and the rest of the world can finally talk about it.

Avengers: Endgame brought $1.2 billion into the box office the opening weekend. Is there really anything else to say? I mean, there is no surprise that the last “original six” Avengers movie brought in so much cash, despite some scenes being recorded and posted online, and a sort of messy plot line.

Endgame is set after Thanos (Josh Brolin) snapped the infinity gauntlet in Avengers: Infinity War and wiped out half of the universe’s population. The Avengers left behind are willing to do anything — anything — to bring back their lost friends and family, and with some help from Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), they make an attempt to confront Thanos about the situation — but they only end up making things worse.

There is a time-jump of five years, where it seems that most of the Avengers have lost all hope but continue to do their part in helping the world stay together after the catastrophic loss. Then appears Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), who we saw get stuck in the quantum realm at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp. He comes with an idea that they can reverse Thanos’ snap.

Though it takes awhile to gather the team together, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Ant-Man team up for one last hero-mission to turn back time on Thanos’ snap and save the universe from him once and for all.

Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Endgame is, in a sense, the perfect and most powerful ending to this Avengers era that we have been a part of for so long. It focuses on the remaining Avengers’ feeling of loss and trauma, while also focusing on feelings of friendship and family. Showcasing their failure to prevent Thanos from snapping the infinity gauntlet in Infinity War seems to be a main theme in the movie, also.

The visual effects are, of course, amazing. From Iron Man’s newest suit to Thor’s thunderous use of his new axe, it is almost as if you can feel the impact of their power throughout the theatre. It was certainly received by the audience in my theatre, where we all clapped and cheered at certain parts during the battle scene towards the end of the movie.

The storyline of Endgame is completely carried by the actors in the movie, because otherwise, it would be a bit of a mess. The Russo brothers and the writers seemed to forget certain subplots of some characters, like Iron Man’s clear distaste for his father in past movies, and individual facts pertaining to certain characters that can probably be ignored by regular Marvel fans. Captain America’s ending didn’t seem very realistic to me, but I’ll let you guys form your own opinions on that one.

Actors like Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Chris Hemsworth truly give their best performances in Endgame, really showcasing the raw emotions of their individual characters when it comes to their trauma and their feelings of loss — more importantly, their feeling of failure when it comes to not being able to defeat Thanos in Infinity War. I was taken aback by their raw emotions, and cried in the theatre because of their phenomenal acting abilities.

Overall, I’d give Endgame a 5/5 rating. Despite the little mess of a plot line, the Endgame actors and actresses give their all and made the movie worth seeing. It is truly the best ending to this era, and I encourage everyone to go see it.

Avengers: Endgame is rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, and some language.