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After its fast-paced predecessor with a breathtaking ending, “Avengers 4: Endgame” a thankless task: The Marvel Cinematic Universe had to get out of its “Avengers 3: Infinity War” without coming across as hollow and kitschy. Audiences, just a year after celebrating the one film’s dramatically shocking ending, were expected to be in favor of toning down or even erasing it.
That’s exactly why I was very worried about the blockbuster event – but the Marvel spectacle consistently took my worries away. Today you can feel exactly that on TV: Sat.1 shows “Avengers: Endgame“ today, October 16, 2022, from 8:15 p.malternatively you can stream the gigantic superhero triumph at Disney + at any time.
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Like millions of movie fans, I was “Avengers 3” – not least because the disorganized group of heroes did not achieve a surprise victory after a lot of high-pressure action. The disastrous end of the film also raised doubts – not only for me: in 2018 a common, contrary opinion was: “We can ‘Avengers 3’ don’t celebrate for its ending, it’s guaranteed to be undone!”
Exactly this position I did not share. I don’t hate my vacation because it’s going to end. ‘Not the holiday, so’Avengers 3’ is the problem, it’s the impending return,” was my thought in 2018. This attitude helped months of clinging to a negative end with himself: I imagined how brave it would be if the Marvel Cinematic Universe were to launch the next phase on the ruins of “Avengers 3” – without the return of the lost!
Nevertheless, I knew that I was fooling myself. Of course they will Avengers reverse their crushing defeat by Thanos (Josh Brolin). Something similar already happened in a cinematic “Star Trek’ double, and it happened the same way in the Marvel Comics. Nevertheless, I had me in the Desire for a naysayer end dogged. So I went into “Avengers: Endgame’: I had high hopes of liking it – after all it was positioned as a semi-final of a series I respected.
At the same time, I also prepared myself for a disappointment. To the fact that I angrily stomped out of the hall, grumbling about a kitschy end that had been pulled out of my nose. But: “Avengers 4” continued to convince me of his ultimate goal from scene to scene until I went through a complete 180° turn. I realized: The defeat in “Avengers 3” was not an end, but the preparation for a glorious, hard-won comeback: The super team was created by “Avengers 3” to the underdog, who is in “Avengers 4” to the well-deserved success.
Writers Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and director brothers Anthony & Joe Russo serve the Avengers their triumph not on a silver platter. What could have been a harmony-seeking apology for the previous Marvel crossover became an emotional, gripping battle for a chance at revenge. It may end with a snap, but it is probably the hardest-fought snap in film history.
Before that, Markus & McFeely show in detail how differently the survivors process their defeat against Thanos. A hasty mission of revenge has already denied them any satisfaction, years later some have come to terms with the new normal, at least superficially (such as Chris Evans’ Captain America). Others do a poor job of maintaining the facade of emotional stability. Like Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, who looks like she’s about to have a howling attack in several scenes in the moviewhich she is just holding back.
After lingering in that misery and a bittersweet reunion between Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and his daughter Cassie (Emma Fuhrmann), I was already knocked soft. My theoretical enthusiasm for the concept of a lingering, tragic ending was matched by my real empathy for these characters. Then the development banned me from that Avengers put aside earlier disputes to dare a time jump (or “Time Heist”), which Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) initially reluctantly initiates.
Suddenly I found myself anxious to see where the plan goes. I was beginning to wonder how I could ever hope for him to fail. I was happy with them Avengers about goodbye, suffered in quiet moments and enjoyed the dynamically witty production, which nevertheless provided the absurd idea with scope. After a successful return to the present, albeit with losses, a chunk fell from my heart. At the latest when a tireless, courageous Cap is willing to face Thanos and his army alone, who has traveled through time, it was all over for me:
I wished him all the support the MCU could offer him. Exactly that broke in a few seconds later with an announced “Attention, left!”. The subsequent parade of returning Marvel characters, which I feared a few hours earlier, was the only logical reward after all this preparatory work. A glorious, exhilarating cinematic event. And I fool was convinced to be against it, whatever the cost.
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