The end of phase three for the Marvel cinematic universe


After 11 years and 22 movies, an interconnected universe has finally come to a sound end, for now. Marvel has been at the forefront of a vast cinematic universe. Ever since the release of Iron Man in 2008, they have created countless titles featuring a variety of different heroes. While they have mainly focused on the development of individual story lines, one common thing found in all of their movies is a connection to one of their titles, The Avengers, and its relation to the story of Thanos and his quest for universal genocide. This movie marks a huge ending to this long story line, and while breaking records at the box office it broke the hearts of fans watching. Also warning, spoilers ahead.

“It’s sad that it’s the end of the third phase but it was really cool growing up and watching the movies throughout the years,” Lydia Twigg, 12, said.

Their most recent title, Avengers: Endgame, has now marked the end of what has been called phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. An interesting aspect that Marvel has incorporated into their movies is their continuous story. Each movie is connected in some way. For example, the last two Avenger movies featured items such as the infinity stones, powerful stones that control some aspect of the universe, but these stones were not new to the audience. For the last few titles, the infinity stones had been introduced and explained in order to prepare for this larger movie. By doing this, Marvel has created a unique type of series in which each movie adds onto the entire story line of the universe.

“I don’t typically watch superhero movies but this one was pretty good in my opinion. I’m just confused, where was Aquaman?” Jose Perez, 12, said.

Endgame began where it left off in Infinity war, with the Avengers grieving on Earth and Tony Stark drifting off in space on a ship that is running low on resources. While this created an emotional moment, as it was not known whether Tony would survive or not, it was ruined by the arrival of Captain Marvel who predictably saved Tony. Following this, the movie jumps straight back into action and the Avengers head off to get revenge on Thanos which results in Thor killing him. While this created a sense of relief as revenge was taken, the scene ended quickly and the movie hits a stalemate for the next hour or so. From here on, the movie focuses on plot and advances slowly which was completely fine for a Marvel fan that has watched the previous movies. On the other hand, the movie may not be very entertaining for those who have not immersed themselves in the entire Cinematic Universe. This remains true even as the action begins close to the end of the movie. Events such as Captain America picking up Thor’s hammer requires you to have watched at least Avengers: Age of Ultron and the first Thor movie in order to really feel the full impact. While Endgame accomplishes the main goal of the infinity saga, which is to conclude the last 21 movies, the movie definitely entertains the general audience but it fails to reach its fullest potential due to the fact that in order to completely understand all the events in the movie, it is a requirement to have watched the previous 21 movies.

“I think the movie tied some loose ends pretty well and did a good job of passing the torch on to other characters,” Erick Gutierrez, 12, said.

This was the climax for the last 22 films that Marvel has released. Now that loose ends have been tied up, not only by the events that have occurred in the movie but by the end of contracts for some characters, a new landscape is prepared for the next phase. This movie contained no end credit scene, which other Marvel movies contain. These end credit scenes function as teasers so that they know what to expect next. For now though, all that Endgame revealed was a dark screen.

“I would rate it a 10/10, would see again. I think it did successfully conclude the series in a way that I did not expect,” Twigg said.