By Erika Urivez
When Marvel recently released their newest superhero movie, “Captain Marvel,” the anticipation for the final “Avengers” movie increased as fans wondered what her role may be facing off in the war against Thanos.
For a recap, “Avengers: Infinity War” ended with Thanos finally obtaining all six of the infinity stones to complete his infinity gauntlet. To have a better life and an overall healthier planet, his plan was to use the gauntlet to wipe out half of all life in the universe, chosen at random. Amongst those who disintegrated into the air was Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, all Guardians except for Rocket, Scarlet Witch, Nick Fury and several others. Many audiences stayed after not only for the post-credit scenes at the end that Marvel is known for having, but also to gather themselves after the emotional roller coaster of events. I recall the many scattered gasps around the auditorium and looks of shock as fans watched their favorite superheroes disintegrate at the end of the movie. Personally, I didn’t know how to handle what I had just witnessed and dreaded the year-long wait for the next movie.
One of the post-credit scenes showed Nicky Fury with a fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent as the world around them was turning into chaos due to all the people around them vanishing. Fury had a pager in hand and pressed a button, sending a call for help. Those who are familiar with the Marvel Universe recognized whose logo was shown on the pager, and everyone else found out from them. Fury called for Captain Marvel’s help and left viewers anticipating the release of her movie in March of 2019. Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait another year to find out how she helps the Avengers and those remaining after Thanos used his gauntlet. Fans were excited for her quick return to the screen when she was shown in the main trailer for “Avengers: Endgame.”
On March 26, Marvel released new movie posters to advertise the upcoming movie and hint at a few facts about who was impacted by Thanos. Each poster was a different character; some were in a normal color, but some were in black and white. Fans quickly figured out that those who were in black and white were the ones who disintegrated and a couple of them were unexpected. Letitia Wright (Shuri) and Evangeline Lilly (Wasp) were also amongst them. People then started to question if Loki or Gamora had the chance of coming back because they, too, had a poster.
Leading up to “Endgame,” there have been 21 movies explaining the stories and the characters who make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). There are a couple different ways to find a specific order in which its best to figure out how all the movies fit in a timeline leading up to the final movie. The main map to follow for it all to make sense works in three phases and differs from the order of release because some movies are set in earlier or later times than the other. Examples include “Captain America: The First Avenger” being set in the early 1940s whereas “Captain Marvel” is set in the 1990s. A majority of the other movies are set around the time they were released and technology in each movie increases more and more. In every movie in the MCU, the creator of the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee, has made a small cameo playing different roles each time. Sadly, this movie will feature the last appearance he makes and is the last thing he recorded before passing away in November of 2018.
Unfortunately, there will be several actors that won’t be returning to film more movies for Marvel after “Endgame.” Included is Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man). With half of the Avengers not returning, it will be interesting to see if Marvel plans on continuing their stories with different actors.
“Avengers: Endgame” will be in theaters Friday, April 26, with some theaters featuring showtimes the day before. The movie has so far been listed as being at least three hours long. Unless you’re going out for dinner after the graduation ceremony on the same day like every other person probably will, a fun idea might be to go see a movie afterward. However, it might be another good idea to purchase tickets ahead of time because past experiences with purchasing tickets for a highly anticipated release have proven to be sometimes complicated. Chances are it might get sold out fairly quickly and if you plan on seeing the movie in a large group, the leftover seats may be scattered apart.
With all the information there’s going to be in three hours, remember to use the restroom before hand. Don’t ask questions or be loud during the film. Marvel is stressing that after you have watched the movie, to try not to spoil it for everyone else. Also, with it being a Marvel film, don’t stand up when the movie is over. Wait the five minutes or be scoffed at by everyone around you, choose wisely.