This is it, we’re in the Endgame now. The culmination of 11 years of the MCU is upon us with Avengers Endgame and if you’ve seen the film then you’ll know that there’s a lot to unpack from it.
Throughout this, I’ll be breaking down the movies ending as well as the main plot points of the story.
This is of course full spoilers ahead so if you haven’t seen Endgame yet and don’t want to know what happens then I highly suggest that you turn off now. Disney did a wealth of fake trailers so you probably don’t know as much as you think which I’ll be breaking down.
This is your last last last chance to back out but, if you’re still here, thanks for clicking the video, I hope you enjoy it now let’s get into the full plot breakdown of Avengers Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame Opening
Avengers Endgame opens with Hawkeye training his daughter with a bow and arrow at a picturesque family picnic before they themselves are made targets and are all mercilessly taken out by the snap.
Instantly this grounds the film and reminds you that even heroes who haven’t had anything to do with the Infinity War have been left victims by it.
We then cut to Tony and Nebula adrift in space with the former recording his message to Pepper. Tony falls asleep and awakens to see Captain Marvel outside of the ship who helps them return to Earth which is where they meet up with the rest of the survivors.
The film doesn’t feature the post credits scene from Marvel’s standalone movie so from that we can guess that she arrived on earth and then heard Tony was missing and spent the rest of the time searching for them in space.
Now we’d heard rumours that Tony and Nebula May get out of the situation using the Annulax batteries that Rocket stole in Guardians 2 so I think this feels like a bit of a disservice to Tony’s ingenuity.
It’s my only criticism with the film but I suppose it speeds up the character introductions.
Go For The Head
The film then follows the surviving Avengers attempting to track down Thanos who’s location is given away by Nebula because she knows of a Garden that he said he would retire to upon completing his final goal. They want to get the gauntlet back and reverse the snap. Tony doesn’t want to be part of it and this film expertly showcases Downey’s range of emotion when acting and you get the feeling that he just wants to leave it all behind and start again.
They arrive there to find Thanos alone and he informs them that he used the Gauntlet to destroy the stones because he doesn’t want anyone to change his decision.
This is ripped straight out of the comics even down to the fruit that Thanos collects and it’s an amazing easter egg.
This nearly killed him and thus he is very weak. Thor goes for the head this time, killing him in the process and they return to Earth which is when we fast forward five years.
Avengers: Endgame Time Jump
The world is in complete disrepair at this point, everything is run down, those who’ve been left behind are bitter and there are rumours that Hawkeye is acting as a vigilante and massacring gangs.
Whilst the Avengers still operate, many of them are broken especially Black Widow and you get the feeling that she would do anything to set the world straight again which plays into her character arc and eventual sacrifice.
Captain Marvel returns to space as many other planets are destroyed and we get a nice little Joe Russo cameo at a survivors meeting held by Captain America.
Cut to Luis’ Van which is inside a storage unit and after a rat crawls over the Quantum controls, Scott is freed. We follow him as he walks the streets, confused at why everything looks like 28 days later before he arrives at a memorial with all the names of the ‘vanished’ on a large stone.
After reuniting with his daughter and discovering what’s happened he goes to the only place he knows that can make a difference: Avengers HQ.
After telling them about the Quantum Realm and it’s time manipulation possibilities, They visit Tony to ask for help but he turns them down as he’s happy with life.
Bruce has also become Professor Hulk and he helps the Avengers build a machine to find the Stones in the past. Unfortunately, the machine is faulty so Scott can’t go back which is when Tony returns, giving Cap his shield back and stating that he will help.
What I love about this section is that it showcases that Stark can’t rest when he knows something is wrong. Watching Downey Junior grapple with the choice of losing the life he loves or granting a one for everyone else is inspired and he really becomes the hero of this film from this point onwards.
The Battle Of New York
Together they recruit the rest of The Avengers including Hawkeye, War Machine, Rocket, Nebula and Thor who looks like he was ripped straight out of the Big Lebowski.
Together they travel through time to different parts in the Avengers History and there are some amazing callbacks, Cameos and an incredible heart touching moment between Tony and his father in which they discuss parenting. A young Stan Lee also makes an appearance as well as Peggy Carter, Hank Pym, Zola, the Avengers, Director Pierce and more.
I’ve seen some critics say that this segment is far too full of fan service but honestly when it’s at this level it’s amazing. Everything feels perfect and even the most obscure reference such as Cap saying ‘Hail Hydra’ gets a nod. This section allows each character to realise what they’ve lost and what they’re fighting for and I loved the emotional loss that Thor feels when meeting his mother on the day that she would die balanced with the comedic dancing of Peter Quill in the opener of Guardians.
It’s also at this point that the main threat of Thanos returns. Whilst Marvel teased and even bigger threat than Thanos they were ultimately fooling us depending on how you look at it.
Young Thanos’ Plan
Younger Thanos is perhaps more bloodthirsty and the threat of his awareness of their plan coupled with the loss of Black Widow at this point really hammers home just how high the stakes are.
Though they retrieve the stones it’s at a cost and even when Hulk returns everyone by snapping his fingers, you get the feeling that it’s only causing a new level of danger.
Past Thanos is pulled through the portal by Nebula and he completely devastates the base. He states that he realises the flaw in his plan and that the people that are left behind by the snap will always feel loss, therefore the only choice he sees is to reduce all life in the universe to a single atom and to start again in his image.
Thanos stated often that he never wished to become a God but it’s clear that he did and even the world being created in six days and having god resting on the seventh is similar to Thanos’ goal of collecting six stones and resting at the end of it.
In the end, Cap, Thor and Tony team up against Thanos, but Thanos beats Thor and is about to kill him which is when Cap lifts Thors hammer and uses it to smash him down. Thanos summons his entire army including the Black Order.
It looks like Cap is gonna be all alone which is when he hears Sam’s voice and pretty much everyone returns and they charge him. During this Hawkeye has managed to get the Infinity Gauntlet which gets passed about as a sort of MacGuffin with everyone trying to get it, Eventually, Captain Marvel arrives, destroys Thanos’ ship and takes it but Thanos wrestles it off her which is when Tony realises why Doctor Strange sacrificed the time stone in Infinity War in exchange for his life.
Tony picks it up and puts it on.
He then snaps his fingers, wiping out all of Thanos’ forces and Thanos himself. Tony, destroyed by the Gauntlet is finally able to rest after being reassured by Pepper that everyone is ok.
At his funeral, a Holographic Tony gives a message to everyone including his daughter.
Everyone is there including the young boy from Iron Man 3 all grown up which I’ve seen some get confused about but it’s definitely him.
Asgardians Of The Galaxy
Thor designates Valkyrie as the Queen of Asgard and he joins the Guardians of the Galaxy renaming them the Asgardians of The Galaxy. It’s clear that Quill is looking for Gamora who was brought to the future and I can definitely see this route being the direction that Guardians 3 goes down.
Cap goes on a mission to return the stones to their proper places and Hulk says that he should be back in five seconds but he doesn’t return.
At this moment Sam and Bucky see an old man sat at a bench and they realise it’s cap. Steve has a wedding ring on and he also passes his shield to Sam who is honoured to take up the mantle.
We then cut to a young Captain America dancing with Peggy Carter at their house. Which, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house at this point and Steve finally gets that dance that he promised to make all the way back in the first Avenger.
Sam and Bucky are due to appear in a Marvel spinoff series as well as Loki who managed to escape confinement with the tesseract during the film. I can see these two interweaving and of course Vision will Be rebuilt to star in WandaVision.
The MCU Going Forward
For the future these seem like the right direction to travel in and I’m looking forward to see how they are brought into the future.
Overall Steve getting to live the life that he did showcases that even the best heroes deserve happiness and Tony though apparently selfish sometimes became selfless much in the same way Cap did so that he could enjoy life in the same way that Tony found those five years of happiness.
Whilst Tony died, it is the way of people to do so and Morgan provides the future that he always wanted to have, surrounded by those who can inspire and love her in the same way that he did.
It’s an amazing message and one that really pulls at your heartstrings.
Post Credits Scene
The film doesn’t have a post-credits scene but in all honesty it doesn’t need to, this is a perfect closing of a book that was started way back in 2008.
Doctor Strange said that there were 14 million different possibilities, and out of all of them, this is the best one we could’ve got.
The movie is a masterpiece from start to finish and feels like an achievement that won’t be topped in cinema for a long time.
I cried multiple times, laughed out loud on several occasions and overall felt a great sense of joy when leaving the theatre that I haven’t had since the Dark Knight trilogy concluded.
This is an amazing film and easily one of the best if not the best comic book film ever made.
The endgame ended perfectly and I can’t wait to watch it again.
Obviously, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the film and if you agree.
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