We made it, everyone! It took from basically the start of quarantine until Labor Day, but we have finished all of the entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Great job! Be sure you stay tuned at the end of this article for an announcement about what is coming next. For now, we need to take a little stroll through Europe with our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and a climactic battle in London because, as I've said before, the only three cities in the MCU are New York, London, and Hong Kong.
We made it. This is the culmination of more than 10 years of foundation laid by the Marvel Cinematic Universe starting with Iron Man and Nick Fury's declaration that the universe was much, much bigger than just Tony Stark. Like Infinity War, Endgame is an achievement. It has quite a bit of heavy lifting to do in order to reverse The Snap(TM), but it has an impressive three hours in which to do it. I'm not usually one for speculation ahead of big movies, preferring to be surprised, but even I engaged in some theorizing around Endgame. I thought that 1) Gamorra was alive in the Soul Stone, 2) Nebula would wear the Gauntlet at one point, and 3) Adam Warlock would make an appearance. For those keeping score at home, I was 0-3 on Endgame theories.
At the end of "Avengers: Infinity War" we got a tiny glimmer of hope in a post-credits scene. Nick Fury sends out a signal on a very old pager with a red, blue, and yellow symbol on the screen. Astute eyes (or quick Googlers) knew it to be the symbol of Captain Marvel, one of the powerhouses of the Marvel universe and apparently Fury's secret weapon.
Our last movie was a dire, dramatic, tragedy with impossibly high stakes for the entire universe in which we witnessed the deaths of several beloved characters. How do you possibly top that with your next installment?
How is it possible that we are here already? I realize that "The most ambitious crossover ever" has become a meme, but it's not wrong. This movie is the culmination of a cinematic universe that took 10 years to create, and involves characters of different tones and different genres. No matter what, that deserves credit. I have some criticisms of Infinity War, but it definitely has ambition and delivers on powerful moments. It could have been an unwieldy ensemble mess, but it balances the star power to create an intense, if tragic, story.