Film Review: “Avengers Endgame”

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I was at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. There was a large row of crowd at the theatre door all Avengers fans. The Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater is among the first theaters in the world to feature IMAX’s new laser projection system. In cinematic history, the 22 super hero movie universe of Marvel Studio just ended with “Avengers Endgame”.

Joe Russo, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Letitia Wright, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland and Anthony Russo at an Avengers: Infinity War fan event in London on April 8. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Disney Studio’s executives and Marvel president took personal interest in completing this incredible movie. That’s the reason, screenplay writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely focused on strong story line with emotions, drama and sensitivity. That’s a long time to sit in one place, no matter how good the movie is, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige tells ABC Radio it’s not unprecedented. “It’s an hour shorter than Gone with the Wind, or 40 minutes shorter than Lawrence of Arabia, 30 minutes shorter than Doctor Zhivago,” Feige says of Endgame‘s length, compared to some cinema classics.  “It’s not that long,” he insists. And one more thing, warns executive producer Trinh Tran: don’t even think of leaving your seat once the movie’s started. “I would say that there is not one single scene that you should miss from this movie, so please do not go to the restroom, don’t go buy popcorn,” Tran warns, “’cause you don’t wanna to come back and go, ‘What did I miss?’ and ‘How was that connected to everything else?’”

Storyline:

Avengers Endgame storyline is a lot connected with it’s previous installment Avengers Infinity War. As the screenplay writers did their  best efforts to keep the film on track. The main reason for all superheroes to get united and jointly fight together is to get those great “Infinity Stones”. The six gems appearing in Marvel Comics are the Mind, Power, Reality, Soul, Space, and Time Gems. Although, the movie and superhero concept is mostly fictional but the main theme of the movie is based on reality. Spiritual side of almost all the religions especially Judaism believe on astrology and stones. Even modern science also endorse that when sun rays pass through stones like Ruby or Dimond they impact blood running in human body. The villain Thanos in Infinity War even kills his own loving daughter Gamora just to get these Gemstones.

The opening scene of the movie started with a scenic outdoor valley in which wife and children of Hawkeye all are enjoying their lives smiling and laughing. After sometime, wife and children all disappeared. This scene shows how Thanos with power of Infinity Stones disintegrate half of all life across the universe.

In 2008, Marvel Studios made a gamble that should be studied in film classes and business schools for years to come when it released Iron Man thus birthing the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The popular scene in a trailer, which got fans attention worldwide was that Tony Stark (Iron Man) recorded a massage for his wife that his oxygen food everything is at end. In the movie too, Tony and Nebula are trapped in deep space. Art director made the space look very close to reality. Tony looks old, broken and weak. Ultimately, Carol Denver’s rescues Nebula and  Tony Stark from deep space. They return to Earth and join the remaining Avengers—Black Widow, The Hulk, Captain America, Rocket, Thor, and James Rhode. Using Nebula’s knowledge, they find an injured Thanos on an unguarded planet and intend to retake the Stones to reverse his actions but find he has already destroyed them to prevent further use. An enraged Thor beheads Thanos.

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The new entry into Avengers Endgame is of Ant-man. While other people on Earth were shattering into dust following Thanos’ snap, Ant-Man was in the quantum realm. Ant-Man may not have been killed by Thanos’ snap officially referred to as the Decimation according to Marvel Comics — possibly because he wasn’t within the universe at the time. Ant-man role in the movie is of short length but still it’s known as full author backed role. This is because all superheroes want to go into quantum realm to stop Thanos from taking “Infinity Stones”. So after five years from Iron Man coming back, Ant-Man came back from quantum reality and just go to visit the Avengers headquarters. He meet there with Black Widow and Captain America and explains them that living through a duration of five hours instead of five years, theorizing that the quantum realm allows time travel. Tony Stark is now been seen as living a comfortable life with his wife and smart daughter at his ranch. The three superheroes try to convince Iron Man to help them in this matter as retrieve the Stones from the past so they can reverse Thanos’ actions in the present, but he refuses out of fear of losing his daughter, Morgan.

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Interesting thing in Avengers Endgame is of character development. Script writers and directors both have perfectly blended comic book action with the movie storyline. Same is with the big green powerful character The Hulk. In the previous Marvel Studios installments of The Hulk and Avengers Bruce Banner practices meditation to keep his heart rate low enough to avoid Hulking out. In Avengers Endgame, Bruce has merged his intelligence with the Hulk’s body—to stabilize travel in the quantum realm. After having a conversation with his wife Pepper Potts, Tony Stark start working  with technical mathematical work   required for solving questions in quantum reality. Bruce the Hulk also work alongside Tony to solve this difficult puzzle of quantum.

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Thor lose his brother Loki to Thanos’ wrath, but he also watched his people get slaughtered by Hela and Thanos. So, he looked much fat with six packs gone. He is also much broken and sad for all happened with his loved ones. He misses his mother a lot and cries for her. These tragedies lead him to drink more and more alcohol and are few of the reasons for his obesity. Banner and Rocket go to the Asgardian refugees’ new home in Norway and recruit Thor. The director and writers have added a little fun part with watching Thor in such state of mind and health. Black Widow Romanoff heads to Tokyo. In Japan, director has shown that there are all gang bangs criminals killing each other. Hawkeye Client Barton is now a lethal killer.

All superheroes now start their time travel journey with the mission to collect all the Infinity Stones.

Captain America, Iron Man, Lang, Ant-Man and Rogers travel to New York City in 2012. Hulk visits the Sanctum Sanctorum and meet here the above image an interesting character of “The Ancient One”. This character got a make up and costume like a Buddha. Her way to delivering dialogue is mild and very articulate. Most interesting part is her extra ordinary spiritual power. She got a “Time Stone”. Hulk tries to convince her and after a few time, she happily agreed on a promise that all Stones Be returned to their original place. Captain America retrieve the Mind Stone but there’s some difficulty for Iron Man getting Space Stone. Loki steals this Space Stone, so Captain America and Iron Man travels to S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters in 1970 and steal and an early version of Space Stone. Interesting part in this sequence is of Captain America fighting with same Rogers Captain America and Iron Man meeting his Dr. Hank Pym.

Rocket and Thor travel to Asgard in 2013 to retrieve the Reality Stone from Jane Foster and Thor obtains his former hammer, Mjolnir.

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Thor who is already crying for his mother Queen Frigga. He not only meet her but also get her blessings for success.

On Morag in 2014, Nebula and Rhodes steal the Power Stone before Star- Lord can. Rhodes returns to the present with the Power Stone while Nebula is unable to return due to her cybernetic implants interfacing with those of her 2014 self. Through this connection, the Thanos of that time learns of his future success and the Avengers’ attempts to undo it. Thanos captures present-day Nebula and sends 2014 Nebula to the present.

Barton and Romanoff travel to Vormir in the same year and learn from the Soul Stone’s keeper, the Red Skull that it can only be acquired by sacrificing someone they love. Romanoff Black Widow sacrifices herself, allowing Barton to claim the stone. Although difficult to absorb for some of her fans Black Widow chooses to kill herself so that Hawkeye can be with his family again after the Avengers get all the stones and save trillions of lives.

After the Avengers retrieve and carry all of the Infinity Stones to the present, a new gauntlet is made and Banner uses it to restore those whom Thanos disintegrated. 2014 Nebula uses the time machine to transport Thanos to the present, and he attacks the Avengers’ compound, planning to completely wipe out and then rebuild the universe with the Stones. Present-day Nebula convinces the 2014 version of her sister, Gamora, to turn against Thanos, and kills the 2014 version of herself. A restored Stephen Strange arrives with his fellow sorcerers, the restored Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy as well as the armies of Wakanda, Asgard, and the Ravagers. They fight Thanos’ army alongside Danvers, but Thanos seizes the Stones after overpowering Thor, Rogers, and Danvers. Stark steals the Stones back and uses them to disintegrate Thanos and his army, but is mortally wounded as a result. So, Iron Man with his heroism qualities finally destroy villain Thanos and save the world from destruction.

Popular Culture:

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Superheroes have played a huge part in pop culture ever since they first started being drawn in pages. The first superhero comics came out in the late 30s and 40s. Superman from the DC comics, is regarded as the “first” superhero. Since coming out in 1938, Superman has become a widely known figure in pop culture today and is still continuing his legacy in movies.

The second most widely known superhero can be given to Captain America. Born out of the Marvel comics during WW2, Captain America was once a scrawny kid from Brooklyn, until the help of a new serum made him into a super soldier! He then became a hero as he helped the US take down its enemies, most known is his take down of Hitler. This figure became so popular because he appealed to the time period. Created during the Second World War, he became an American symbol, showing the ferocity of America, and encouraging people to join the fight. It inspired children during a dark time during American history, and gave them something to look up to. That’s why he has become such a legacy, not only in pop culture but in American history as a successful propaganda for WW2.

Comic books continued to grow in popularity as the two most dominant comic book franchises, Marvel and DC, kept creating more and more comic books and new characters. Each franchise branched out and created new series featuring more and more new heroes. Such as the X-Men franchise in the Marvel universe. These attracted more and more fans as the years went by.

Comic books became a popular item during the late 70s and 80s as video games began to also gain popularity. The superheroes were soon able to be played in arcades and entertainment systems. It became a staple enjoyment by kids and teens alike. We also saw TV shows centered around superheroes begin to pop up as televisions advanced. Many of the kids during this time who read and watched superheroes during their childhood, grew up with many role models. These kids are what make up the majority of superhero fans now in present time. Their love for these comics never stopped as comics kept going, and starting in the early 2000s to present day, superhero movies started to take speed.

Corporate Fame and Worldwide Business:

Disney blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” passed the $1 billion mark in the opening weekend, and J.P. Morgan sees the strength of the company’s core studio business as indicative of a strong year ahead.

In a note titled “No Endgame in Sight for Disney’s Success,” J.P. Morgan increased its price target on the company to $150 a share from $137. The new target represents a 7% increase in the shares from Disney’s Friday close. The stock, which has gained more than 27% this year, was up 1.5% ahead of Monday’s opening bell.

With a terrific $169 million international launch through Wednesday, Marvel Studios’ blockbuster film event Avengers: Endgame is on track for somewhere north of $300+ million as it continues expanding into new markets Thursday, ahead of a full weekend opening that will approach $900 million in global receipts.Fandango reports Endgame is the largest pre-seller of all time, and other online ticket outlets are seeing similar results. Close to 10,000 screenings will have sold across the USA by Friday, and once in-person sales start a large number of other screenings are going to quickly sell out as well.