Colombo, May 5 (Oshitha Narangoda) – It was a rainy day in 2012 when I headed to the cinema to watch The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, for the first time. That day and the movie itself are two things I’ll never forget in my life.
Seeing an epic superhero ensemble in the cinema for the first time was such a fascinating experience and that was about 7 years ago. As fans, how we mentally prepared until the movie hit the cinemas was so exciting in its own right. That’s how successful Marvel has been in making us invest ourselves in their cinematic universe so far — not for a short time period but for more than a decade!
In 2008, Iron Man laid the first foundation stone for what’s to come and it was a damn strong one. As the maiden entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it delivered a thundering blow to keep things going while marking the beginning of the “Infinity Saga”.
If there’s one movie franchise which kept proving the phrase “patience is a virtue” then that’s none other than the Marvel Cinematic Universe itself. While I’m typing this, Endgame is nearing $2 Billion already while shattering box office records back to back.
For 11 years, the shared cinematic universe of Marvel kept expanding itself step by step under the supervision of Kevin Feige, uniquely talented directors and also, a passionate cast that breathed life into many characters debuted in comics including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson to name a few. And finally, it all led us to the ultimate climax of the Infinity Saga — Avengers: Endgame.
After accomplishing his end goal by wiping out half of all lifeforms of the universe in Infinity War, Thanos from Titan finally goes to rest. The Avengers, who are both emotionally and physically drained, struggle to face the aftermath. Will they be able to revert the disaster or mourn with the rest of the people? Avengers: Endgame provides the answer to that.
Throughout 11 years, Marvel has been crafting the Infinity Saga using 22 entries so eloquently with patience. Endgame, as the latest and 22nd movie of the cinematic universe, marks the conclusion of the saga in an epic fashion.
Avengers: Endgame is the pinnacle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the crown jewel of the Russo brothers’ filmmaking career. Finally, their effort coupled with everything else paid off and I bear witness, along with an abundance of fans from all around the world.
We all know that The Avengers was an epic ensemble of superheroes. 7 years later, Endgame, the culmination of the Infinity Saga, towers above the rest as the greatest superhero ensemble of all-time. And at the same time, it gives so many superhero movies a run for their money as a Titan (no pun intended!) in the history of modern movies based on comic book characters and events.
While Avengers: Endgame takes the cake as the best (and the longest) movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downey Jr. stands out as the absolute best not only as a charismatic actor but also, as the person behind delivering the massive blow to the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008, as Iron Man himself!
What makes Endgame a triumph is that it victoriously combines all the facets of Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Mystic, Cosmic and Earth, to form the biggest superhero “party” ever!
During the runtime of nearly 3 hours, Endgame uses the time to wrap everything up as a slow burner (in a damn good way) while reminding us of the fact that this movie is the end of an era.
It’s an intense and cheerful ride of an entire package of emotions, and the best superhero extravaganza you’d feel lucky to witness on the big screen.
What else am I supposed to say? Words won’t do justice to this masterpiece of a comic book movie.
If the preceding 21 movies of Infinity Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are ingredients of different and unique flavors then Endgame is the delicious mixture of the said ingredients — the grand salad you’d never gonna forget. In other words, if you’ve been a faithful and an avid fan of this franchise, Avengers: Endgame is the greatest gift Marvel would give you.
Thank you, Russo Brothers and of course, Marvel, for teaching us of what it means to be a superhero, for 11 years, and writing a love letter to us for sticking with you through thick and thin.
A Marvel fan.
(Avengers: Endgame poster by John Aslarona)