Avengers EndGame: Snapped Out of it
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner
Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Based on The Avengers by Stan Lee & Stan Lee
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography by Trent Opaloch
Edited by Jeffrey Ford
Directed by Russo Brothers
After you put in years and years into any relationship, you feel like you deserve a heart-to-heart about the future of it. Unfortunately, for fans of an actor or a film, they have to someday bid adieu to their favorites ones. Be it the characters, actors or even the story arcs. There is no eternity as age catches up and time is definitely a trouble maker. It never pauses or lets you even travel through it. It just doesn’t stop and you have to find a way to work it out. So, a fan just had to grow up from being a comic book nerd at the films hooting to the heroes to an old man who saw their story arcs pay off. However awesome it is, it gets hard to cope with it.
Imagine a world where you really have to live with superheroes and villains. Normally no green aliens or purple aliens are looking to invade earth and throw us out of our peace. We have ourselves to point fingers at each other and destroy what we have built. But in an imaginary world, we can still be talking about honesty, fighting all day with stubborn grit and not snap out of it at all. Somehow, that kid has to snap and see that the grimace of the aftermath is also worth it.
Each character is not just a drawing when it comes to MCU. Ironman stands for his loud mouth and silly quotes or sarcastic remarks. No, he comes with solutions to problems. He understands how hard it is to do the right thing, takes a challenge and tries to work it all out despite odds being unfavorable. He is a man of his words and also has the courage to face consequences for his actions. Similarly, we have Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye who all stood for the different aspects of courage.
A courageous person has to be stubborn, greedy, problematic, optimistic, good-hearted and skillful. They all have such qualities and that’s why they are heroes. They might have enhanced abilities but they just became their responsibilities than tools to show-off. One might wonder aren’t these just characters in a film. They are, but films are a medium where we escape from reality yet find a way to celebrate the goodness in all of us. Some could be goofy good, some could be annoyingly good, some could be occasionally good but we all want to do the right thing. Still, somehow there is terribleness in the world and we make of mess of our own plate of food, quite often. Hence, we need these symbols of greater good to always keep us on the path of righteousness even if they are just characters and are cooperate money-making machines. They define the stubborn young believer all the time.
If Infinity War is a snap that hooked us all, EndGame is a snap out of it. MCU has been a good physics lesson that more involved moral science than actual physics. It is a teacher that trains us to look at the bright side like Captain America, find a way all the time like Iron Man, question your worth like Thor, bury your angst monster like Hulk and bring it out in open when necessary, have sharp-eyed focus as Hawkeye and be smart to do the right thing like Black Widow. This may all seem like to fanboy and that is the beauty of movies. You don’t have to be too grown up ever to really love and learn from them.
Avengers EndGame really snaps us out of the glorifying Universe of Good vs Evil into the real world. It says to us there is a beauty in letting go too. In a relationship, we cannot always be the needy, we have to be bigger than that too. Every comic book fan ever knows that the stakes in books are never real but they are just cool stories. But the filmmakers of MCU don’t think so. They see them as opportunities to tell stories and hence, it feels like a gut punch to witness a finale of events you cared about.
Russo brothers did not pack their punches. They just gave one after the other and laid it upon us to see if we feel worthy of it. They care about each fan and each moment so much that they came up with something that can be so lovely to call a real tribute to fans who let build them a Universe. They made a film that we cannot stop talking about and feel how sad it made us or how awesome it is. The pacing is needed for us to feel the characters and their necessity to do things. VFX helped us to see their vision and music made it all epic.
(Spoiler Zone) We needed an all-superwomen team up to help another woman showing the power of diversity in MCU. We needed a proper send-off to IronMan who started the Universe. We get it by him having a family and the restless man finally being asked to rest by his loved ones. Similarly, we get an old man Captain America because we deserve to see him happy. This movie fits in the A-B-C acts so perfectly that it makes us wonder about Time Travel paradoxes while Bruce Banner or Professor Hulk explains that when the stones are returned to the original place, the original timeline returns to normal. Still, Captain getting a happy ending gives us another paradox but for the kind of person he has been, one feels he deserved his own silent timeline to live and prosper. It is tough to ask even such a selfless man to not think about himself at least once. 22 films of Acts A-B-C also seem like have come to an end. If Ironman announcing himself to the world starts Act -A, him snapping us out of the spell he and his fellow Avengers’ cast is the end of Act-C. In the end, hope to live happily someday and not be a sacrificial goat all the time, is also important.
MCU creators asked us to invest so much into it that we can run screaming competitions at the theatres and really say whose who to new fans and pick fights for our favorites as well. In the end, they also asked us to snap out of it all and move on to the next best thing. While it will be hard after 11 years and 22 films of investment as they paid it off all without any debts, we can really let go too.