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The final piece of the puzzle has been set out marking the end of the Avengers series this past weekend with the release of “Avengers: Endgame.”
The film destroyed box offices in just one finger snap, racking in $350 million in North America and $1.2 billion worldwide in its opening weekend; holding “Endgame” in the seat for the largest North American and worldwide film opening, both surpassing the creators’ expectations and earning itself a 96% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Make a run to the restroom and concession stand before entering the theater because “Endgame” wastes no time keeping moviegoers captivated in their seats for the three hour long finale.
After an unexpected end to the previous film, “Avengers: Infinity War,” viewers saw the Avengers rendered defeated, leaving everyone asking, “Where do they go from here?”
Fortunately, “Endgame” picks up where it left off in “Infinity War,” as the Avengers are desperate to find a way to bring back their allies and undo the decimation Thanos leaves behind in the universe after finally collecting the six infinity stones.
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo gather the star-studded members of what is left of the Avengers for another epic film, making it the 22nd movie in the MCU since its first movie in 2008 with “Iron Man.”
Cast regulars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and others reprise their roles as members of the Avengers while they also welcome Marvel newbie Brie Larson to the film as Captain Marvel.
“Endgame” is not just the action-packed film viewers would typically expect from Marvel.
The film is both witty and fun, still containing its fair share of laughable moments between character dynamics; not to mention the heart-wrenching, tearjerker, edge of your seat kind of instances viewers can prepare themselves to see as they say goodbye to beloved characters everyone has grown attached to.
Without breaking Marvel’s request of “Endgame” viewer secrecy and sharing spoilers, what the film does do a great job at is tying off 10 years worth of storylines with the emotional justice it deserves.
In an article from The Walt Disney Company, chairman of Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn said Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, and the Marvel Studios team have continued to challenge notions of what is possible at the movie theater both in terms of storytelling and at the box office.
“Though ‘Endgame’ is far from an end for the [MCU], these first 22 films constitute a sprawling achievement, and this weekend’s monumental success is a testament to the world they’ve envisioned, the talent involved, and their collective passion, matched by the irrepressible enthusiasm of fans around the world,” Horn said.
Marvel Studios has the next move. “Avengers: Endgame” raises the question: what will Marvel do now?
For other actors like Larson as Captain Marvel, whose character’s self-titled film was just released in March, this is just the beginning.
Considering the huge success “Black Panther” received last year, perhaps there is potential moviegoers can expect a follow up with Chadwick Boseman again. Marvel fans will be guaranteed another movie experience this summer as Tom Holland returns to screens in July as Spider-Man with the release of “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
For a franchise that has continuously brought action, adventure and entertainment to screens for the past decade, I take off my hat to the people who have put in countless hours to make the MCU what it is.
Speaking for myself and perhaps others, this is not the last time I will line up for another Marvel film. Until then, I say thank you and love you 3000.
Jaycie Thierry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.