It’s been a spectacular 11 years for Marvel Cinematic Universe fans. The world was gifted with a witty movie on the quirky Iron Man in 2008, and since then the gifts have just been coming in. Fans of Marvel movies, especially of the Avengers series are on the edge of their seats right about now because April 26th is fast approaching. Is Marvel handing out free goodies on that day? Sadly, no! It’s the day “Avengers: Endgame” will be releasing in most parts of the world.
The Path to the Endgame
As many would know, the Avengers are a potent medley of superheroes that range from the passionate Captain America, Black Widow, Clint Barton, and Hulk, to the charismatic Director Fury, Iron Man, and Black Panther, to the funny Ant Man, Groot, Racoon, and the really young Spider-Man, to the powerfully strong god like Thor. Marvel has thrilled fans worldwide by strategically releasing movies about their characters periodically, so they know more about the characters who come together time and again to… save the world, what else?!
Some of the notable characters who make up the Avengers are:
• Iron Man – played by Robert Downey Jr.
• Captain America – Chris Evans
• Black Widow – Scarlett Johansson
• Hulk – Bruce Banner
• Clint Barton – Jeremy Renner
• Thor – Chris Hemsworth
• James “Rhodey” Rhodes – Don Cheadle
• Okoye – Danai Gurira
• Thanos – Josh Brolin
• Captain Marvel – Brie Larson
• Ant-Man – Scott Lang
• Nebula – Karen Gillian
• Dr. Strange – Benedict Cumberbatch
• Gamora – Zoe Saldana
• Spider-Man – Tom Holland
• Blank Panther – Chadwick Boseman
• Scarlett Witch – Elizabeth Olsen
The movie is a direct sequel to the 2018 movie “Avengers: Infinity War”, and has been in the works for some time now. The filming process began as early as 2017, although it was conceptualized well before that, perhaps in 2014.
It follows the multiple story threads of the people who survived the attack of Thanos, the big, bad guy who wiped out exactly 50% of the Earth using the power of the Infinity Stones he collected in Avengers: Infinity War.
The ex-resident of planet Titan wanted to restore the balance between the resources nature had to offer and the Earth’s population, which had bloated grossly in comparison to the limited resources. With just a snap of his fingers, he wiped out several people and superheroes, while some were left stranded on his destroyed home planet, Titan.
Avengers: Endgame’s plot has been guarded almost as safely as a nation’s defence plans. Producers have released two trailers that have fans and critics dying to know more. They recently held a press meet and released another video for the few fortunate attendees. While some of it was already aired at ComicCon previously, there were an extra 6-7 minutes that the audience got to enjoy but definitely cannot share with anyone.
The trailers show an emotional Iron Man recording a goodbye message for Pepper Potts, the only woman he’s ever loved, while Thor, Black Widow and Captain America gear up to do whatever is necessary to revive their friends and other loved ones lost to Thanos’ “The Snap” of fingers. It also answers a question that several fans had about Ant-Man – why wasn’t he in the Infinity War? Why wasn’t he there to save the world from Thanos’ plot?
For those who saw “Ant-Man and the Wasp” movie, they’ll know that the tiny saviour and a few others were working on another important project. At the time when fans were shocked on the disintegration of Dr. Strange, Black Panther, Scarlett Witch and other beloved heroes, Ant-Man got stuck in a quantum realm.
The trailers show that in this final Avengers movie, Ant-Man will play a more prominent role. He joins hands with the remaining, alive Avengers to bring back the lost and the wiped out.
Why the Hullabaloo around the Movie?
If you’re not a big fan of the Avengers franchise, you may be wondering what all the hype is for. Traditionally, most superhero movies have been very well received. However, here are a few points about why this particular movie is all set to shatter world box office records:
•The Suspense – The brains behind the whole franchise have done a commendable job in leaving breadcrumbs time and again to keep the interest of their fans alive in this movie. Not only are fans avid to know how their favourite heroes will fight and rescue the others, but they have been primed for this movie with several hints dropped in the few other movies released since the last Avengers movie, notably “Captain Marvel” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp”
•The Last of a Fun Ride – There is a high possibility that this may be the last of the Avengers movies to be released. It is rumoured that Downey Jr.’s contract comes to an end with this movie, while Evans has publicly bid adieu to his recurring role of Captain America. Plus, the name of the movie itself is pretty suggestive
•Neat Graphics – Fans have loved the storyline, the dialogue, and the action scenes. But what really makes this franchise come alive are the immensely enjoyable graphics that have been of superlative quality in almost every Avengers movie. Fans have also enjoyed brilliant displays in single-hero movies such as Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther.
•Connection with the Heroes – Avengers movies are rich in passion, humour, suspense, patriotism, loyalty, and friendship. These traits are mainly human, but it’s thoroughly enjoyable to see marvellously gifted gods and heroes play out these traits on the large screen. How easy is it for fans to relate to the goofy Star Lord and adore the super-cute Groot? Racoon makes us guffaw almost always, and the strong bonds underlying the banter and friendship of all the Avengers is unmistakable.
Whether this movie is the last of the franchise or not or whether this movie makes the rumoured $2 billion or not, there is little doubt this movie is going to be one helluva ride for fans worldwide.