Avengers: Endgame rocked me to my core. There were moments were I was literally sobbing. I have spent the last 11 years following these characters, and even longer reading them in the pages of my comic books. Endgame was the end of an era, and it was tied together perfectly. After Infinity War, I got through it by giving you my 10 most emotional moments, and now I am going to do that with Endgame. So here they are, in no particular order.
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There were many moments throughout this movie that had me in tears, cheering, or laughing until my cheeks hurt. There were much more than just 10 emotional moments for me, but these are the ones that made me the most emotional.
When Hawkeye’s Family Got Dusted
As soon as the movie opened with Clint Barton showing his daughter how to shoot an arrow and his family picnicking in the background, I knew what was going to happen. Something that I feared from the moment I saw him as Ronin and not Hawkeye in the trailers. They were going to get dusted. I was ready for it to happen and my heart still broke for him when it did. A single tear rolled down my cheek and that was the first time I cried during Avengers: Endgame.
When Tony Comes Back to Earth
Seeing Tony Stark wasting away in space and so close to death was HARD. I have always been Team Iron Man (in both Civil War comic book events) and seeing someone I thought was so strong, looking so weak, broke my heart. I thought for a moment we might lose him then – but Captain Marvel showed up to save the day, and I loved that.
When Ant-Man Reunited with Cassie
Ant-Man’s reappearance from the Quantum Realm was pretty amazing – I mean, we owe this all to a rat?! I see how Doctor Strange said there were so many options, but only one way worked. What are the odds? I enjoyed watching him piece together what was happening – and the fact that it had been years AND that people had disappeared. When he browsed the memorial for Cassie’s name, and discovered his own, I started to tear up. Then when Cassie opened the door to her father and they embraced – yup, I lost it. Having kids of my own I can only imagine what was going through both of their heads. What a special moment.
Black Widow and Ronin
When Black Widow and Ronin/Hawkeye were the ones tasked with going to Vormir to get the soul stone, I KNEW that one of them was not coming back. And honestly, it was a toss up between the two. They both are the type to sacrifice themselves. What I loved about this scene was they were fighting each other to be the one to die, not the one to live. When Black Widow told Clint “let me go”, I lost it. The poor guy had lost so much already, and for his best friend to sacrifice herself so that he could get it back, meant everything. And then seeing her laying there, just like Gamora had in Infinity War – powerful stuff.
When Clint Gets The Call From His Wife
Once Professor Hulk (gosh my inner comic book nerd was geeking out over this!) snapped his fingers with the Iron Infinity Guantlet (is that what we should call it?) and we got back everyone who had been dusted, my heart started pounding. Of course at this point we knew it was too good to be true, and that the Avengers were about to get some company in the form of Thanos – all thanks to past Nebula. But still, when Clint’s phone rang and it was his wife, his face – that warmed my heart. You could just see the pain melting away, and the realization that this WORKED washing over him.
When Everyone Showed Up To Fight With Cap
The scene with Captain America standing alone with a broken shield, willing to take on Thanos and his huge army, all alone, was ridiculously powerful to me. If I could freeze that, print it out, and make it in to a poster, I would. And I am not a Cap girl at all. So I already had chills and a huge smile on my face. Then we hear “Cap, it’s Sam. On your left.” and I started to shake. Watching all of the portal open up as everyone (and I mean everyone) not only returns to the side of the living, but comes to join the fight against Thanos – AMAZING.
Then Captain America said those words we have been waiting years to hear – Avengers Assemble – and I lost it. I mean, I lost it. I was sobbing so hard I was shaking the whole row I was in (just ask my friends). That entire battle scene was EPIC. We have Captain America being worthy of picking up Mjolnir (knew it!) and Scarlet Witch letting Thanos know he might not know who she is now, but oh, he will. Just those moments brought pure joy to this comic book geek’s heart. But we also got Spider-Man’s re-entrance. And it was perfect.
The Big Girl Power Moment
During that epic battle scene I was talking about, Spider-Man gives Captain Marvel the new Infinity Gauntlet to take to the time machine van. He tells her he doesn’t know how she is going to get through all of the big baddies in her way and something amazing happens. All of the female Marvel superheroes come to her aid – saying “she has help”. Seeing those ladies all fighting together – Nebula, Gamora, Scarlet Witch, Captain Marvel, The Wasp, Okoye, Shuri, and more… – well, it was powerful. I cannot wait for my young daughters to see that moment. It shows that women can do anything, and girls can be superheroes too.
When Thanos Got Dusted
I was SO HAPPY at this moment – like, I totally wanted to yell “Yea, how does that feel!” (Yes, I said it – but I ddin’t yell it). For him to watch his army, and his dreams of balance, disintegrate around him was so fitting. It was the perfect way to bring closure to fans. And the fact that Mr. Tony Stark is the one that donned the gauntlet to do it (when Doctor Strange gave him the signal that this WAS the one way they could defeat Thanos, I got chills) just seemed right.
But of course, it was not without consequence. Throughout the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe we have learned that a single human being cannot wield the power of the Infinity Stones. And Tony sacrificed himself for the greater good. Something that his father Howard told him earlier in the film, when he went back in time, was a flaw of his. Tony knew that this was the only way Thanos could be defeated, and he was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. I bet you could already guess it, but this is the second time I started sobbing. I was a mess guys. A mess.
Captain America Having Lived a Life
Even though I am not a Captain America girl, I still like and appreciate the guy. I only want what is best for him, and I have been saying for months – dang, probably even a year – that I wanted him to go back in time and stay with Peggy. To give her that dance. And to just be happy. Well, that is the closure we got for good old Cap. When he was the one tasked with bringing the stones back to when they were taken, to keep the time lines stable, I knew he was going to stay there.
When we see old man Cap sitting on a bench, with a wedding band on, looking happy, it warmed my heart. And then when he mentioned Tony, saying he decided to try out that life Tony was talking about – man, it brought all the feels. Then we see him pass the shield on to Falcon and I was HYPED! I knew it would be Bucky or Falcon, but I really like this outcome – and I hope we see more of Captain America – Falcon style!
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The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”