Road to Endgame: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is a Bold New Beginning (and Look Back) for the Marvel Cinematic Universe

/Film | 5/2/2019 | Siddhant Adlakha
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It’s never too late for course-correction.

As Marvel has steamrolled its way through popular culture, its failings seem to matter less and less. For every middling entry like Thor: The Dark World, there’s a riotous follow-up like Thor: Ragnarok, which lampshades its series’ tropes, remixes its themes and kills-off existing characters it doesn’t know what to do with, effectively removing the former from canon. To borrow the parlance of sister-franchise Star Wars, “Let the past die. Kill it if you have to.” Though, what Star Wars: The Last Jedi understood about this approach (spoken and acted upon by the villain Kylo Ren) was, ironically, something Ragnarok understood as well, despite sweeping its predecessor under the rug: that failure undealt with can come back to haunt you, and that real growth and catharsis means learning from the past before moving on.

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Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame begin here.

The Avengers are shackled by the past. The horrors they’ve seen, those they’ve failed to prevent, and even those they’ve committed themselves. Weeks after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, they search desperately for a way to undo Thanos’ devastation — a universal genocide, wiping out half of all life — but they come up short on their quest. In what plays like Infinity War’s missing third act, the remaining heroes track down the Mad Titan only to discover that the Infinity Stones, which could have been used to bring back their fallen comrades, are no more. Thor, in his anger over failing to stop Thanos before, beheads him without mercy, effectively ending the story.

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The real story begins five years later, as the characters finally deal with the consequences of their failures. What follows is a film that veers between both the quiet contemplations and raucous eruptions that have been missing from these films for far too...
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