We’re in the Endgame Now

After 11 years and 21 movies, Avengers: Endgame is finally upon us. Described as the culmination to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) “Phase Three”, this ultimate finale finds the remaining Avengers and their allies willing to sacrifice their all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos after the snap of his fingers brought ruin to half of the universe in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

The ending of last year’s installment left fans in utter shock wondering how our heroes might reverse the devastation. Many have their theories of what is going to happen in the film, but even then no one really knows what is going to occur. “Infinity War was nuts, but this one is going to be our finest hour,” said Iron Man and longtime MCU star Robert Downey Jr. when discussing the stakes of the film in a promotional video. Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) stated, “These are the highest stakes that the Avengers have ever faced.” Captain America himself, Chris Evans, had this to say; “Everytime you think Marvel’s pulled every single trick out of the bag, they’ve actually saved the best stuff for this one.” Captain Marvel star Brie Larson said that “this is the end of the fireworks show; the grand finale.” Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) stated, “The storytelling is insane. You just don’t know what to expect.” Robert Downey Jr. went on to say, “I guarantee you there is no way anybody could guess what’s gonna happen.”

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the highest grossing franchise in film history, even more than Star Wars, James Bond, or Harry Potter. As of now, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the highest grossing movie domestically ($936,662,225) and Avatar is the highest grossing movie globally ($2,787,965,087). Avengers: Endgame is expected to beat both of those records. Recently, it was recorded that the film has made more money in pre-ticket sales than any movie ever made. Analysts at Box Office Pro have even stated that “the Marvel epic’s chances at reaching [The Force Awakens’] all-time opening weekend record of $247.97 million are increasingly possible based on current trends.”

Ramapo Junior Alanna says, “The end of Infinity War left me on the edge of my seat. With only a portion of the Avengers left to face Thanos, I am curious to see what the next part of the superhero story entails.”

In May of 2008, the MCU had its humble beginnings with the release of Iron Man. Little did the filmmakers know how much the franchise would evolve over the course of an entire decade. It’s crazy to see how far Marvel Studios has come from making a movie that they considered an “experiment” in filmmaking to having that kind of experiment now serve as a blueprint in the film industry. It will truly be an emotional experience seeing this entire “Infinity Saga” (as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige likes to call it) come to a big, exciting, and eventful close. It’s been a long journey for fans and we can’t wait to see it pay off. We hope to see you at the movies on April 25. Avengers. Assemble!

Featured Photo: The official theatrical poster for Avengers: Endgame (Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios)

By: Justin Landsman, Entertainment Editor

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