It is the endgame now
By Casey Lee
For the last 10 years, Marvel has spent a good deal making over 20 movies to build the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since 2008, the MCU has expanded from one man in his iron suit to include mythical gods, aliens guarding the galaxy, sorcerers and super-soldiers. Every movie of the MCU has been a fanfare that has followed a plotline a decade in the making. Is ‘Endgame’ the MCU movie to end the journey, or another entry to keep the fans hooked for what is to come in the next phase of the MCU?
After suffering defeat at the snap of Thanos, the surviving Avengers seek to avenge the world by searching for the mad Titan only to discover that he has destroyed all the Infinity Stones and there is little else they could do but to accept their new split reality. Five years on as everyone slowly rebuilds a sense of normalcy and learns to accept their new life, Ant-Man is thrown out from the Quantum Realm, who raises the possibility of how they could fix the universe; by going back in time to retrieve the Infinity Stones and bring everyone back before Thanos.
After over 20 movies of building towards something, it is entirely refreshing to see Marvel and the Russo Brothers deciding to go in a direction that isn't forced to insert future plot threads for the next phase of the MCU in order to entice fans. Instead, Endgame is, as its title suggests, about giving a fitting end to an entire saga by thanking fans for sticking with the MCU thus far. By taking a timely trip down memory lane in revisiting the legacy of the MCU, Endgame is a self-reflective invitation for fans to draw out bittersweet nostalgia, with callbacks for fans who have seen every Marvel movie. Every character, regardless of how important they are to the MCU (and there is a whole list of them), is given moments to make an appearance to remind us of their contributions they have made to the overarching plot of the Infinity Stones.
Beside the callbacks, Endgame still manages to pack the 3-hour runtime with some twists and unexpected complications to the Avengers' plan (thanks to the proper handling of any time paradoxes by Infinity War and Civil War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely), leading to some epic showdown moments, when old themes are revisited and expanded to new heights. With all of Earth’s mightiest heroes assembled for one last battle, this is a goodbye to a golden age of the MCU, and it is almost impossible to imagine there was a time before superhero movies.