Watching Avengers: Endgame was a great experience. I completely understand why the Russo brothers didn’t want anyone to spoil the movie on social media. Still I ended up watching the movie a week after its release and I had to pretty much stay off of Instagram and Twitter to make sure I didn’t have things ruined for me.
One week later, the Avengers: Endgame has passed Titanic as the highest grossing film in history and it’s not hard to see why. The run time of this film is just over three hours and I never checked my watch.
I sat down in a full theater with my popcorn, nachos, and orange drink to watch Hawkeye and his daughter shoot bows at a bullseye and then the rollercoaster began.
I didn’t care to look at people in the seats around me because I was focused. But, it was clear that we all were ready to experience the end of the Avengers journey as we know it.
Everyone was on the edge of their seats. We all gasped when Captain Marvel randomly showed up to aide our favorite heroes. We laughed when the rat happened to be at the right place at the wrong time. We sobbed when Peppers told Tony to go on the mission that could change their very existence.
The room erupted with excitement during the quest for the infinity stones and growled with anger when Nebula couldn’t control herself. We cheered when Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America stood up to Thanos. And we cried when this epic ride concluded.
I don’t think I’ve experienced such an emotional rollercoaster since The Avengers: Infinity War. The best thing about going to see this film, was the fact that everyone in the room was on the journey together. We were all in sync and it made the time we spent together all the more treasured.
Despite knowing that there was no special scene after the credits, we still waited just in case. And when we heard the faint, “clink, clink, clink”, we identified it.
When I found out this would be the end of an era, I hoped for Endgame to be a love letter to the fans. I can definitely say it is.
It felt like a wink to the last 11 years of people dissecting every frame of every movie from Iron Man to Ant-Man. It felt like an acknowledgment to everyone who wanted to know what the heroes did once we weren’t looking. And it definitely was a huge thank you to actors who brought the life and personalities to these wonderful characters.