"Everybody wants a happy ending. Right? But it doesn't always roll that way. Maybe this time. I'm hoping if you play this back, it's in celebration. I hope families are reunited, I hope we get it back and something like a normal version of the planet has been restored, if there ever was such a thing. God, what a world. Universe, now. If you told me ten years ago that we weren't alone, let alone, you know, to this extent, I mean, I wouldn't have been surprised, but come on. The epic forces of dark and light that have come in to play. And for better or worse, that's the reality Morgan's gonna have to find a way to grow up in. So I thought I better record a little greeting, in the case of an untimely death, on my part. I mean, not that death at any time isn't untimely. This time travel thing we're gonna try and pull off tomorrow, it's got me scratching my head about the survivability of it all. Then again that's the hero gig. Part of the journey is the end. What am I even tripping for? Everything's gonna workout exactly the way it's supposed to. I love you 3,000"— Tony Stark
Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 epic post-apocalyptic superhero drama film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the direct sequel to Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin. In the film, the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies attempt to reverse the damage caused by Thanos in Infinity War. It premiered in Los Angeles on April 22, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on April 26, as part of Phase Three of the MCU.
Ever since his encounter with Captain Marvel back in 1995, Nick Fury believed that a group of unique individuals with supernatural abilities could come together and protect Earth from otherworldly threats, this idea came to become The Avengers. For years the Avengers worked together to protect Earth, but a conflict over the Sokovia Accords split the Avengers apart, as a result, they were unable to stop Thanos the Mad Titan from obtaining all six Infinity Stones and erasing half of the population in the universe. Nick Fury was one of the victims of the Decimation but right before he disappeared he sent an S.O.S. call to Captain Marvel who soon enough reached Avengers HQ.
Tony Stark and Nebula, the only two survivors of the Battle of Titan, were stranded at the Benetar about to run out of oxygen when Captain Marvel found and brought them back to Earth. Back home Tony scolded the Avengers for not listening to him when he said Earth needed protection beyond the Avengers before collapsing. Carol Danvers suggested finding Thanos and taking the Infinity Stones to bring back all the Decimation victims, with Nebula telling the group were Thanos left. What's left of the Avengers raided Thanos' retirement farm only to find a broken defenseless Thanos; using the Infinity Stones to snap his fingers nearly killed him and now he destroyed the stones to ensure no one can undo his victory. Enraged, Thor decapitated Thanos knowing their victory over him was hollow as now there was nothing that could bring back all of the victims.
5 years later, in 2023, planet Earth succumbed to despair and chaos over the loss of half of the population, Captain Marvel returned to space to scout any planets she could find only to find every society she ran into to also be in total disarray as well. One day a rat walked over Luis' Van and accidentally activated the Quantum Tunnel there, releasing Ant-Man who was left stuck in the Quantum Realm right before the Decimation happened. Scott, however, had only spent five hours in the Quantum Realm and soon realized that he technically traveled to the future and caught up with the Decimation, also learning that he was presumed to be a victim. Realizing that he effectively time traveled, Scott went to Avengers HQ were Natasha Romanoff and Steve Rogers resided and suggested using the Quantum Realm to go back to the past and fix the Decimation, however with Hank Pym gone none of them knew anything about the Quantum Realm.
The three visit Tony Stark to talk about time travel, but in the past five years Tony married Pepper and now has a daughter, Morgan Stark. Tony, not wanting to risk his new happier life, refused to help. The group next visited Bruce Banner who has since permanently merged his consciousness with Hulk's body, becoming the "Professor Hulk". Hulk agreed to help but Quantum mechanics were outside his expertise so his early time travel tests on Scott went wrong.
Meanwhile, Tony figured out how to safely travel the Quantum Realm to reach the past after all, and after some convincing from Pepper agreed to the plan under the condition that Morgan must continue to exist after they mess with the timeline. Black Widow tracked down Hawkeye who had become a serial killer after his family vanished during the Decimation and convinced him to return. Hulk visited Thor, who had established an Asgardian town in Scotland for the few Asgardians left but fell into depression and became an overweight alcoholic, nonetheless, Thor agreed to join the Avengers once more.
Tony developed a prototype time travel suit to work alongside a more advanced Quantum Tunnel, but Scott warned that without Hank Pym to produce more Pym Particles they only have a very limited supply to work with. Hulk also explained that traveling to the past wouldn't change the present but instead create alternate timelines. Hawkeye volunteered for a test run, which after proving to be successful the Avengers began to prepare their time travel plans.
The Avengers planned a "Time Heist" where they steal the Infinity Stones from different key points in history and bring them to the present so they can create a new Infinity Gauntlet to bring back everyone who disappeared. Rocket and Nebula returned form space to join the Avengers to participate in the Time Heist. Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, and Ant-Man traveled to the Chitauri invasion of 2012 when the Space Stone, Mind Stone, and Time Stone were all found in New York. Thor and Rocket traveled to Asgard in 2013 when Jane Foster was infected by the Reality Stone. Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nebula, and War Machine traveled to Planet Morag in 2014 right before Star-Lord stole the Power Stone and so Black Widow and Hawkeye can go to Planet Vormir to get the Soul Stone from the Red Skull.
Hulk founds the Ancient One who explained that Doctor Strange wasn't a sorcerer yet and warned that taking away the Infinity Stones to fix the present would mess up the different timelines they're creating, but agreed to give the Time Stone after Hulk promised that once the present is fixed they'll return the Infinity Stones to the moment they were stolen so that the timelines won't be affected. Captain America obtained the Scepter with the Mind Stone after tricking HYDRA agents who were about to steal it and defeated his previous self. Iron Man and Ant-Man attempt to take the Tesseract but the Hulk of the past ruins their plan allowing Loki to flee with the Tesseract. Running out of options, Tony suggested going further back in time to a place were both the Tesseract and more Pym Particles could be found while Ant-Man and Hulk take the stones they successfully stole back to the present. Rocket and Thor stole the Aether from Jane Foster while Frigga comforted Thor and helped him regain his confidence, Thor also took the chance to take the Mjolnir of 2013.
The War Machine and Nebula effortlessly knocked out a dancing Peter Quill and obtained the Power Stone, but right before Nebula would return to the present her signal was hijacked by the Thanos of 2014, alerting him of the Avenger's plan to undo the Decimation in 2023. Thanos kidnapped Nebula and had the Nebula of 2014 go pose as her future self and sabotage the Time Heist, meanwhile the Nebula of the present desperately tried to convince the Gamora of 2014 to stand against Thanos knowing she would eventually do so in the future. Stark and Rogers arrive at a S.H.I.E.L.D. base in 1971 were both Hank Pym and the Tesseract were located, they stole Pym Particles and another Tesseract without much trouble but Stark ran into his father Howard Stark while Rogers saw Peggy Carter. Tony had a long talk with Howard, who was unaware that Tony is his future son, and finally made peace with his father, before leaving with Rogers back to the future. Black Widow and Hawkeye were guided by Red Skull to the Soul Stone but are told that to obtain the stone one of them must die, the two competed to be the one to make the sacrifice but Romanoff won and threw herself off the cliff, ending her life and giving Barton the Soul Stone.
All of the Avengers returned to the present with the Infinity Stones having succeeded in the Time Heist but are devastated to learn that Romanoff gave up her life in the process. Despite the tragic loss, Stark proceeded to create an Iron Infinity Gauntlet to house the stones and prepare a second snap, with Hulk volunteering to do the snap as he had the best chance to survive. Unknown to anyone, the Nebula of 2014 had replaced the present Nebula and sneak into the Quantum Tunnel to bring the Thanos of 2014 into the present. Hulk's snap was successful and all the vanished victims slowly started coming back, however, their victory is short-lived as Thanos immediately laid siege Avengers HQ destroying the place and leaving all but Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man trapped under the ruins of the building.
Past Nebula attempted to take the Iron Gauntlet from Hawkeye but she was defeated by Present Nebula and Gamora. Thanos declared that the Avengers made him realize that erasing half of the population won't save the universe as he had theorized, now he'll instead kill every single living being in the universe then create a new one based on his ideals. Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America all battle Thanos but are overpowered, right before Thanos killed Thor Captain America lifted Mjolnir and used it alongside his Shield to face Thanos one-on-one but he's also defeated and Thanos broke the Vibranium shield. Thanos then summoned his entire army preparing to destroy Earth. Captain America, now puffing, got a reminder from Sam about the warp portals that started appearing from which every single superhero who had perished in the Decimation appeared starting with T'Challa, then Dr. Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, the Masters of the Mystic Arts, the Wakandan Army, Howard the Duck, Captain Marvel, Pepper Potts wearing her own Iron Man suit dubbed "Rescue", and the rest of the Avengers having escaped the ruins of Avengers HQ. Now with every hero truly united, Captain America declares "Avengers!...assemble."
An all-out war broke between Thanos' army and the ultimate Avengers army. All of the heroes fend off Thanos' forces while keeping the Infinity Stones away from the Mad Titan, but Hulk reminded them that they need to return the Stones to their periods. During the battle, Stark asked Doctor Strange if the 1 in 14,000,605 scenario were they win was happening, but Strange couldn't answer. Thanos eventually destroyed the Quantum Tunnel and snatched the Iron Gauntlet with the Infinity Stones. Captain Marvel made a last-ditch effort to stop the Mad Titan but even she was defeated. At the last moment, Iron Man tackled Thanos and tried to take the Gauntlet but was thrown away. Thanos declared his victory, "I am inevitable!", and snapped his fingers, only to find the Stones were not on the Gauntlet anymore, Iron Man had pulled a sleight of hand and transferred the Stones from the Iron Gauntlet to his suit. Tony declared "I am Iron Man!" and snapped his fingers, erasing Thanos and all of his armies from existence, putting an end to the Mad Titan once and for all, however, the power of the Infinity Stones was too much for Tony to handle. Iron Man died peacefully having finally succeeded in stopping the tragedy he foresaw in that vision all those years ago.
A funeral was held for Tony Stark honoring the very first superhero that Nick Fury recruited to the Avengers and the one who put an end to the conflict of the Infinity Stones for good. Steve Rogers volunteered to return all the objects that were stolen during the Time Heist to their periods, but to everyone's surprise, he returned as an old man. Steve calmly explained that after he returned everything he decided to stay in 1945 and live the 70 years he missed out when he was frozen and married Peggy Carter. Sam and Bucky approved Steve's decision and Rogers made Sam the new Captain America.
In 1945, Rogers and Carter are seen dancing together, where they express their love towards each other, and they kiss.
Why It Rocks
- It is the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's "Infinity Saga" arc, concluding all the events that took place over the previous twenty-one movies in the franchise, and knocks it out of the park:
- Incredible soundtrack composed by Alan Silvestri.
- The film included every single one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe superheroes that have ever existed within the Infinity Saga, and everyone gets their time to shine, be it a minor appearance or a major role.
- It provides some of, if not, the best action sequences the MCU has ever had.
- Some of the scenes where the theater exploded in jubilation include portals opening to reveal the resurrected heroes, and when Iron Man snaps his fingers and Thanos and his army get dusted.
- Excellent direction by the Russo Brothers.
- Great action scenes involving fan-pleasing moments, like Captain America lifting Mjolnir.
- Great acting especially from the original six.
- Alongside good action, the movie also has plenty of emotional moments for all the main Avengers, concluding many of their plot threads.
- Astonishing visual effects.
- The film gives Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Black Widow proper send-offs, closing their character arcs with fitting resolutions.
- Tony Stark's iconic "I am Iron Man." quote also returns after eleven years, and his death is very emotional.
- Good humor, like the jokes about America's ass.
- The movie begins and ends with quiet, intimate moments.
- Pepper Potts plays a major role once again after six years.
- Good characterization for each of the original six Avengers and the others like Ant-Man and War Machine and each of them gets their own time to shine. Thor, in particular, is accurate to the Ultimate comics in the way he is portrayed, and he has been given more character development, now suffering from PTSD (which is a much more severe case than that of Tony Stark's PTSD), depression and alcoholism and being forced to overcome his failed attempt of defeating Thanos in Infinity War.
- To compensate for their absence in Infinity War, Ant-Man and Hawkeye return as major characters with very significant roles.
- By time traveling back to the events of The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy, we can see moments which were unseen in these films, like what the Avengers did immediately after defeating Loki but before Thor brought Loki and the Tesseract back to Asgard or that Nebula and Gamora were slaughtering the Korbinites before they were send to aid Ronan the Accuser to retrieve the Power Stone from Star-Lord.
- The movie implements time travel in a way that isn't overly confusing yet breaks the trend of other time travel tropes, serving as a less confusing theory for time travel because it reinforces that what already been done can't change the future.
- It sometimes makes fun of the "changing the past can change the future" cliché that has been used too many times.
- While Thanos in Infinity War showed his pragmatic side, in Endgame, he showed his ruthless, more brutal side as a fierce conqueror, which is major character development for him. Plus, unlike most generic destroy the world/universe villains, Thanos has a reasonable motivation, in which nobody accepted his solution to prevent overpopulation, so he has to destroy it and rebuild it where he is leader to make sure overpopulation will never be a problem again in his universe.
- Happens to be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but improved since it managed to execute the character's death scene better since here, it is more rewarding since we've been through so many films with Iron Man so him sacrificing his life may seem permanent now that we really don't know if he can come back, unlike BvS whereas Superman dies in his second film and we know he is gonna come back in the next installment.
- The ending is perfect and concludes everything in the Infinity Saga very well.
- Not to mention, it even uses the song It's Been a Long, Long Time from Captain America: The First Avenger.
- Iron Man's unforgotten "I love you 3000".
- Memorable dialogue:
- "You... took... everything from me."
- "I don't even know who you are."
- "I went for the head!"
- "No... No I don’t think I will."
- "Avengers.... assemble."
- "I am inevitable...."
- "You... took... everything from me."
- And most importantly, this scene, the scene is where it all started to end and it also the unforgotten scene ever made: "I... am... Iron Man." (snaps)
- Although every single hero in the franchise appears, only the main Avengers are given significant focus, and almost every other character only serves as brief supporting roles.
- Captain Marvel had a minor role despite the ending of Infinity War suggesting she would be a significant character. The directors confirmed that this was because Endgame was filmed before the standalone Captain Marvel movie due to schedules, so the character was still unexplored at the time. Possibly it was also a bit of deliberate misdirection, as she actually does play a major role in taking down Thanos - but at the start of the movie, when it's too late to make any difference.
- The scene in the Battle of Earth where the female heroes team up. while a nice little nod to the comic team A-Force, is very cringy by some as it only serves to pad out a few minutes of runtime and to give the movie a modern Disney-esque dose of tokenism, what makes it more forced is just the characters have a stupid excuse to come together and help Captain Marvel brign the Gaunlet to the Quantum tunnel, even though there is no point if she managed to destroy Thanos' entire mothership.
- Some of the humor is occasionally hit or miss, involving the use of Internet memes like dabbing, the lunch scene going on for too long or Korg playing Fortnite (even if it was redeemed by Thor yelling at Noobmaster).
- The Fortnite reference might have been excusable due to an event going on in Fortnite to promote the movie.
- The time travel logic can get pretty confusing for some, especially those who liked to go with the logic from Back to the Future that what someone does in the past affects the future, which also help raise the stakes.
- Speaking about it, the time travel logic is presented as a plot contrivance since Tony Stark managed to figure it out in a few minutes. There was no struggle to perfect time travel, just it happened to be quickly solved, making the time travel plotline seem like a deus ex machina to bring back everyone.
- The unnecessary faster pacing of the second hour can sometimes make the movie hard to follow. Plus the first hour can make the film very boring by how unnecessarily slow it is.
- Black Widow's death is completely ignored in the end of the movie and no one but Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch tributes her sacrifice. Even Professor Hulk doesn't do it, even though he references how he wanted to bring Black Widow back to Cap because he loved her.
- Speaking of Hulk, Hulk wasn't treated with respect as much as many other characters, with both his personalities just coming in terms with each other offscreen, and despite him saying it is necessary to have Banner and Hulk combined, he isn't even strong, with a comedic moment where he pathetically fails to impersonate his old self. Plus, there could've been a scene where Bruce meets Natasha in the soul world when he snaps considering when he says he wanted to bring her back in the end of the film.
Avengers: Endgame was widely acclaimed by both critics and audiences and fans of the Marvel, and Avengers series. The film was widely praised for giving proper closure to many of the plot threads that had been established throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as its direction, acting, musical score, action sequences, visual effects, and emotional weight, with critics lauding its culmination of the 22-film story. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 94% with an average score of 8.23/10, based on 524 reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.". Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 78 out of 100 based on 57 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
The movie broke multiple box office records, surpassing the ones its prequel had previously established, including becoming the highest-grossing film of all time, overthrowing Avatar, which held the record for almost ten years. In a mere coincidence, James Cameron, the director of Avatar and Titanic, congratulated Marvel Studios for achieving the milestone.
- Avengers: Endgame marks the final cameo appearance of Stan Lee, who had passed away on November 12, 2018, although some of his cameos had been recorded before his death.
- In India, an alternate version was created where all swear words are muted.
- There are more MCU movies coming out such as, Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Black Panther II (2022), Captain Marvel 2 (2022) and MANY more