Part of the journey is the end

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Part of the journey is the end

Artwork by Aidan Scott

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Artwork by Aidan Scott

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Marvel: 22 films over 11 years.

Most would say it is impossible to fit such a lifetime into a singular movie. That even if that was achieved, the disinterest would be unavoidable.

But, nothing is inevitable.

The Russo Brothers managed to successfully pack 22 films of Avengers’ history into one final “mega” film, lasting three hours and two minutes.

On April 2, people raced to their computers to purchase tickets for screenings of “Endgame.” As early as 6:30 a.m., there was an 18 minute waiting period for getting tickets on Fandango.

Six hours after “Endgame” pre-sale tickets were released, it took the spot of best first-day pre-sales on Fandango’s official list. The previous record holder needed a whole day to do the same thing.

Before Scott Lang could finish his tacos, ticket websites were breaking down because of the release of “Endgame”.

The movie is a cultural phenomenon that has expertly spiraled its rich history into one satisfying conclusion. The majority is dedicated to the “original six”: Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye.

On a national scale, “Endgame” had the most successful opening weekend of all time.

It’s the movie itself. Every artistic decision made, from perfectly timed humor at those awful “heartstring-pulling” moments, to camera angles around each character. It’s a guaranteed win for the entire movie industry, that provides enjoyment for both longtime Marvel aficionados and newly introduced fans.

*** Spoiler Alert: stop reading here if you haven’t seen the movie.

The time traveling aspect adds a rush of energy to the viewers, as they follow the heroes back in time, to past movies in the Marvel-verse.

This film tends to avoid familiar appearances of the characters, which further enhances the piece. It emphasizes drastic changes that have occurred to highlight the fact that differences arise with new circumstances.

For example, Bruce Banner, the Hulk, has discovered a happy medium between brains and brawn. His identity, an ongoing conflict throughout the Marvel films, is settled. Thor, the Asgardian god, succumbed to the influence of unhealthy coping devices that somewhat humanize him. Thor’s character arc was, for the most part, unpredictable, but added to the idea that troubling occurrences cause change, for better or for worse.

Iron Man and Captain America received well-deserved conclusions to their stories as integral components of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Tony Stark’s departure was expertly crafted with his final line “I am Iron Man,” a homage to the first Marvel film released.

Captain America finally allows himself to “try some of that life Tony was telling him to get” and experience a world of normality with the love of his life.

The final battle of “Avengers: Endgame” brings together all the superheroes in the MCU, including those that turned to dust in the previous film “Infinity War” such as Spiderman, Scarlet Witch and Black Panther. This scene emphasizes diversity and hope in a battle against evil. This scene was definitely the one that withdrew the loudest cheers from the audience out of the showings I attended.

Before its release, people discussed how the length of the film would act as a deterrent. But, the truth of the matter is that it’s the perfect amount of time. It gives the directors freedom to perfect the Avengers “finale” to the satisfaction of their audiences.

It’s not just a movie.

It’s a piece of history. It’s a journey.

“Avengers: Endgame” can rest now. Because I loved it 3,000.

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