Avengers: Endgame is finally here. The culmination of multiple characters and stories has never been done so beautifully. After our hearts broke from the Avengers: Infinity War ending, we were hoping to get a satisfying ending from the Avengers: Endgame. And guess what? We certainly did. The creators, writers and cast of Endgame showcased the perfect and conclusive ending for the global audience it has garnered over the course of almost a decade. As Captain America himself stated in a GMA interview, the word that will come in your mind when you finish the movie is: Satisfying.
Spoilers Ahead! Trust us, you don’t want to ruin the experience for yourself.
Yet is it quite obvious that the movie would have left you with some confusing questions. For instance, the whole use of time travel was fairly mind boggling.
Hence, without further ado, let’s talk about the ending of Avengers: Endgame.
Time Travel That Led To The End, Explained
This is the most complicated part of the movie’s end. Yes, we saw all of our favorite superheroes fight the biggest battle humanity has to face which leads them to victory. But if it weren’t for that time travel idea Ant Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) had, none of this would have been possible.
Here’s a quick recap of the events leading to this beautiful end.
2023 Avengers Traveling to 2014
Thanks to great coincidence and a pesky rat, Ant Man is brought back from the Quantum Realm. He was stuck in there because Hope was supposed to pull him out, though she couldn’t because she turned to dust when Thanos snapped his fingers in Avengers: Infinity War. Ant Man has no idea about any of this. For him, he was just aimlessly roaming around in the quantum realm for five hours. That actually gives him the idea of time travel to reverse the destruction Thanos caused.
So, the remaining Avengers: Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America/ Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Hawkeye/ Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr. ), Natasha Romanoff/ Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Jim Rhodes/ War Machine (Don Cheadle), Nebula (Karen Gillian), Ant Man/ Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) assemble on the area where they have to travel back in time. There are six stones and teams of 3 are sent to retrieve them all.
The mission is successful except the heartbreaking death of Black Widow we had to see in order for the Avengers to get the Soul Stone. Afterwards, we see Hulk put on the glove with the six infinity stones in order to bring back 50% of the population that was disintegrated back in 2018. We know this for a fact since the ‘5 years later’ time jump was from 2018. And the movie includes that when they travelled back in time to 2014, it was 9 years ago.
Thanos Traveling To 2023 from 2014
The 2014 Nebula was still wholly devoted to her father Thanos. So, when 2014 Thanos sees his future unfold before him through 2023 Nebula’s memories, he travels to the future in 2023 with the help of a 2014 Nebula and Gamora. After arriving, he and his army completely annihilate the Avengers HQ.
Mega Battle Sequence
Consequently, a mega battle ensues. This is when the final mega battle scene occurs where all our fallen Avengers grace our screens once again. That includes Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Peter Parker/ Spiderman (Tom Holland), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Shuri (Letita Wright), Okoye (Danai Gurira), Sam Wilson/ Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Wanda Romanoff/ Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Groot (Vin Diesal), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), and Drax (Dave Bautista). And they put one hell of a fight. We even see Pepper Potts in Iron Man suit ready for the battle. The fight sequences was beautifully orchestrated and served as a satisfying watch since we saw all of the Avengers reunited.
The moment when literally every avenger tries to prevent the glove containing the infinity stones from getting into Thanos’ hands was an iconic moment. From Spiderman to Scarlett Witch, the glove was flying around the whole movie screen. Unfortunately, Thanos gets a hold of it but Captain Marvel doesn’t let him snap the fingers to completely annihilate all of the universe.
Oh yes, Thanos suddenly changes his plan of removing 50% life on earth to removing 100% life on Earth and creating a new universe. This was certainly a good plot point to add in the narrative as it raised the stakes by tenfold.
Even after getting most of our fallen Avengers back, there are still some casualties. Black Widow is still dead ever since she sacrificed her soul for the Soul Stone. Hulk snapping his fingers returned 50% of all life in the universe, but not Natasha Romanoff.
The final heartbreaking scene comes when Tony Stark tricks Thanos and retrieves the infinity stones. The infinity stones ultimately make their way into the slots on his armor. The universe is saved but at the cost of MCU losing Iron Man; a trauma I’m going to need therapy to recover from.
Problems with the Time Travel
Moving on to the problematic use of time travel. Look, we know Avengers: Endgame could have only given us a satisfying ending through time travel. Though, if you think about it, there are some complications. No time travel ladden movie is exempted from complications after all.
Usually, when you go back in time to change something, the future is changed as well. But in Avengers: Endgame, if you change the past then you form a new parallel universe that branches off from the instance you altered the past. But, when you travel into the future, it is the same future you travelled originally from and not the new one formed by the alterations you added in the past.
My brain physically hurt when trying to comprehend that, so kudos to the film makers for somehow making it work. Of course, it might not be accurate in terms of physics but it was important for the Avengers to have all six infinity stones in their hands while still making sure they don’t make huge changes that would affect the current reality.
Captain America’s Detour May Have Complicated Things
Captain America has one final task to do after the Avengers have successfully defeated Thanos. He has to return the Infinity Stones in their rightful places by travelling back in time so as to maintain the time and space continuum. This is a task that would take him just a couple of seconds to do. He’s accompanied with Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes and Bruce Banner who await his return.
Though, after Hulk pushes the buttons to bring him back, Captain America doesn’t appear. At least, the Cap we know doesn’t. It’s a much older Steve Rogers who apparently led a peaceful life with his lady love Peggy Carter. It’s a ending that we all support, because Cap deserves it even though it doesn’t really make sense.
Just think about it, does this mean that two Steve Rogers were present in all the timelines where the previous Avenger movies happened and Peggy kept this as a secret? Or maybe this detour may have complicated things to a point where two Caps must always be present in any timeline.
It’s too complex to think think about so we probably shouldn’t. We should just be glad that Cap got a nice life for himself.
Things Will Be Tricky When 50% of All Human Life Return 5 Years Later
The best part about Avengers: Endgame was the fact that it wasn’t haphazard. The movie becomes realistic when it shows us how humans coped with suddenly losing their loved ones for almost five years. We see that society isn’t coping very well, symbolized with outgrown weeds and empty roads. In fact, we even see long lines of huge boards with the names of the fallen engraved on them. And it’s a pretty sad sight.
The group therapy we see with Steve Rogers and the cameo from the director himself, Joe Russo, showcased how we would cope if a Thanos like creature suddenly made our existence hell.
But weirdly enough, it focused on the people that didn’t move on from losing their loved ones and evolving. Even Iron Man is only able to have a peaceful life because his wife and daughter are still alive.
What about the countless people who are still mourning but managed to move on from their lives? Consider, someone who lost their partner to Thanos’ snap and entered into a new relationship and even married them. What if they were to meet their deceased partner again? That would be awkward to say the least, if not emotionally draining for all parties involved. Of course, the 181 minute long movie could not add this factor in as well but no one’s complaining. It’s just interesting to think about.
The Movie Was Still Perfect
The movie makers still did a pretty amazing job at concluding the various stories arcs that we have grown attached to, giving each character a fitting end. Even if it broke our hearts to lose Tony Stark and Black Widow, we were still happy at the ending because Avengers saved the universe. It’s what Stark and Romanoff would have wanted as well.