By Katarina Ivancik and Neil Kavanaugh
After over ten years of world-building and character development, the Russo brothers have brought the original Marvel Cinematic Universe to an epic conclusion during its opening weekend of “Avengers: Endgame.” The movie made history becoming the first movie to surpass the 1 billion mark in its opening weekend. Students across campus flooded local movie theaters to watch this groundbreaking film.
“Avengers: Endgame” focuses on the story of the original six Avengers, giving each of them specific moments to shine and a proper send-off.
“All stories have an ending and they knocked this one out of the park,” said Will Flood, a senior Politics major.
As indicated by the trailers, the plot picks up right where “Infinity War” ended and the cast is immediately faced with the problem of finding Thanos and reversing the devastating effects of the Infinity Stones. Over the course of the film, the team focuses their efforts on restoring earth’s population. Their adventures and battles feature some of the most fan-anticipated moments of the series thus far. Events that have been hinted at throughout the various films finally come to fruition and during the battle the Russo brothers deliver non-stop fanservice goodness. Any lucky movie-goers who manage to stay spoiler-free before seeing the movie will be pleasantly surprised at every turn.
However, viewers should realize that this movie is not a stand-alone film. “Avengers: Endgame” is considered the sequel to “Avengers: Infinity War,” but since it is the concluding chapter of the first era of the MCU, audience member should seriously consider familiarizing themselves with most of the previous movies in order to fully understand Endgame. Ultimately, the movie is a love letter to all Marvel fans, but for those who have watched the movies religiously, “Endgame” is a rewarding experience.
Catholic University Campus Ministry bought out a movie theater in Silver Springs for any students who wanted to see the movie on Friday, April 26. More students than anticipated bought tickets for this event, resulting in a waitlist for eager students to be added to.
Jordan Bryant, a junior Architecture and Civil Engineer double major, was lucky enough to snag one of the highly discounted tickets.
“I knew it wasn’t over yet, but I did not expect this,” said Bryant after seeing the film.
The Russo brothers crafted this film to thank all the die-hard fans and all those who have supported them over the years, eagerly awaited this cinematic blockbuster of a movie.
“The best Marvel movie ever hands down,” said freshman Jack Morelli. “I’ve been watching Marvel movies since I was 8 years old, and I was so devastated after Infinity War.”
Students that saw the film were impressed with the cinematography. The Russo brothers are experts at crafting shots designed to draw the viewer in.
“There were a lot of iconic shots in the movie, like for example the iconic shot in the first Avengers movie was the shot with the six of them, but with Endgame, there’s at least five or six of those shots,” said Morelli. “You just see it and you know ‘I’m going to remember this moment for a long time.”
Looking forward to the next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, phase three will officially end with “Spider-man: Far From Home.” Endgame is the first Marvel movie to not feature an end credit scene, further emphasizing that this storyline has come to an end. The next phase will feature new shows featuring Marvel characters like the Scarlet Witch, Vision, Falcon, Winter Soldier, and Loki. Disney is launching a new streaming service called Disney+, which will be streaming all Disney movies as well as featuring these brand-new shows. All of the live-action series will be considered canon in the MCU and will interconnect with all of the upcoming movies.
Stan Lee would be proud of what the Marvel universe has become.
“Marvel is a cornucopia of fantasy, a wild idea, a swashbuckling attitude, an escape from the humdrum and the prosaic,” said Stan Lee, “It’s a serendipitous feast for the mind, the eye, the imagination, a literate celebration of unbridled creativity, coupled with a touch of rebellion and an insolent desire to spit in the eye of the dragon.”