‘Avengers: Endgame’ leaves fans thoroughly satisfied

This image released by Disney shows Karen Gillan in a scene from "Avengers: Endgame." (Disney/Marvel Studios via AP)

After 21 films, 11 years and a legacy left by Stan Lee, the fact remains that all good things must come to an end. “Avengers: Endgame” is the final swing of the hammer, leaving the last, most impactful mark on the franchise. As emotional as it is epic, this is not just a film, but rather an unforgettable experience.

After the radical Thanos made half of the population in the entire universe disappear with a single snap, the remaining Avengers are still searching for a way to bring their loved ones back. In order to save the universe, every hero must unite for their biggest fight yet.

Right off the bat, the film took a big departure from the expected; I had no idea where the story would go. I can say the same about the entire film, it was not predictable in the slightest. That is a quality that a film as grand as this needs. From start to finish, I was unprepared for each twist and turn.

The change in story, however, made for a very slowly paced first act. When a film is over 3 hours long, there are bound to be some sluggish parts in it. I wish that drag didn’t last as long as it did.

Once act two arrived, there were no breaks. The film then transitioned into a truly awe-striking battle at the end. Heart-pounding moment after moment kept me wanting more and more, with a finish that is undeniably tear-jerking. A moment of film as exciting as this will not be achieved in many years to come. It was simply that spectacular.

While “Avengers: Infinity War” struggled with effectively portioning its screen time among the incredibly large cast, this film found a great balance, making sure each character had the arcs they needed. It does help that half of the characters turned to dust in the prior film. The large amounts of time spent on each hero ensures that the payoff in the end will be all the more emotional. The performances helped the characters shine even more. Robert Downy Jr. does his best acting as Tony Stark yet and has even been discussed as deserving an Oscar nomination.

While the heroes improved, it disappointingly seemed like the film forgot its antagonist a bit. The last time we saw Thanos, we couldn’t help but to sympathize with him. The film made sure we cared about such a destructive character. Personally, I loved the character of Thanos in “Infinity War,” but this time I just saw another typical villain. He had such little screen time and his motivation was not nearly as compelling. I wanted more of him after the impression left last time.

If there is one thing that is for certain, it is that Marvel cares so much about their fans. This film was a walk down memory lane that will leave the audience smiling from ear to ear. Whether it be from the smallest but satisfactory cameos, or the moments that will cause the viewers to cheer and applaud, it is impossible to say that you were shorthanded in terms of fan service. It’s nice to know that a film this large in scale shows so much love to its fans.

This is the final chapter to a story that has been weaved for over a decade. While the game-changing decisions made were hard to swallow, it marks the wave for a new phase of Marvel. I wouldn’t have wanted them to happen any other way or in any other film. “Avengers: Endgame” will be held in everyone’s hearts for years to come. Thank you Marvel for doing “whatever it takes” to make the fans happy.

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