Whether you’re a superhero fan or not, you’ve probably heard that Avengers: Endgame was released last month (I probably tweeted about it too much myself, so I’m sorry if you think I’m a crazy obsessive fan now; you had to learn that at some point though, right?). I watched the movie opening night and was inspired to gather my thoughts into a blog post. I wanted to include a few of the lessons that I noticed throughout the movie (like my lessons from Captain Marvel post), but since this was such an epic film, I also wanted to include my favorite moments as well.
SPOILER WARNING: This post contains MAJOR spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, so only read this post if you have already watched the movie/don’t care about spoilers.
Last chance to leave. The spoilers literally start in the next paragraph.
Did anyone else absolutely LOVE Endgame? I felt like it was geared towards fans. There were so many moments that referenced scenes from other movies, and it made me so happy! Of course, there were also the heartbreaking moments. God, I’m going to miss Tony and Natasha. And Steve too, even though he didn’t actually die. At least Tony and Nat went out heroically, and Steve FINALLY GOT HIS DANCE (I don’t care if it might not have made complete sense; you don’t know how badly I wanted that in Captain America: The First Avenger).
Take a stand for what you believe in, even if you have to do so alone. Others will follow close behind.
Thanos’ army arrives, and after taking a brutal beating from Thanos (he even tore through Cap’s shield!), Captain America stands up and walks towards them alone. Then, Dr. Strange and Wong bring the rest of the Avengers to the battle. Ugh, this was one of my favorite scenes ever. Anyways, this can apply to real life as well. Sometimes you have to be the first to stand up, and then others will follow and support you. It can be frightening to take that first step alone, but you have to go for what you believe in.
At the beginning of the movie, Tony blames Steve for not being there. Would the Avengers have won if they were together from the start? Maybe not, but Thanos and his army didn’t stand a chance with the reunited Avengers. They needed every single one of them to be there to defeat him, and they all were.
People have different perspectives, ideas, and skills. Instead of using this to compete with each other, what if we put them together? Supported each other instead of tearing each other down? I grew up playing sports, and I always seemed to play better when I got along well with my teammates. It was nice to know they had my back and were cheering me on. Aside from sports, standing together can also help in work, school, government, etc. People are stronger when they are united.
Never give up.
It took five years before the Avengers finally reversed Thanos’ snap. Captain America (Mr. “I can do this all day”) is known for his persistence, but the rest of the Avengers also showed this trait in the movie as well. Hawkeye and Thor strayed a little bit (once they got their head back in the game, they persisted too), but everyone else kept going no matter what they lost. Natasha stayed in charge of the remaining Avengers, Steve counseled those who struggled to fit into a world without their dusted loved ones, Tony raised a daughter, and Scott Lang came back and hyped up the team for a time heist despite how crazy his idea sounded.
Anything important takes time and effort to achieve. You might have to make sacrifices and push aside other interests, but if you put in the work and stick with it, you should be able to reach your goals.
This doesn’t solely pertain to ‘romantic’ love, but platonic as well-like friends and family. Would the Avengers have been so determined to win this war if they didn’t lose people who were important to them? Tony didn’t even want to rejoin the fight; why risk the family life he had earned? He seemed pretty heartbroken about losing Peter, however, and couldn’t stay back if there was a chance to save him (and he probably wanted the rest of the Avengers back too). Steve lost Bucky and Sam, Clint lost his family, Scott lost his partner, Rocket lost his crew…all of these relationships motivated them forward.
So you might be wondering, how does this apply to real life? Obviously, half our population didn’t get snapped away, but don’t be afraid to care about people; especially those who have your back and inspire you to be a better person. They might motivate you to advance in your career or to simply get up in the morning, but people can make your life more meaningful. Relationships can also help you grow as a person and accomplish things you never knew you could.
I also wanted to shout-out/fangirl about a few other important parts of the movie for me:
- Anything Tony/Peter. And Tony initiating that hug with Peter in the battle? My heart melted you guys.
- Going into the past was actually a lot of fun. I enjoyed seeing the ‘behind-the-scenes’ of the battle of New York. Loki, ‘Heil Hydra’, ‘America’s ass’, and Tony/his dad and Steve/Peggy? Perfect.
- Steve wielding Mjolnir. Like seriously, Cap and Thor are my favorites, but if Cap can wield Thor’s hammer like a badass, do I even need Thor? (Just kidding, I still love Thor)
- The return of all of the dusted Avengers. Boy, what a scene that was! Steve got up alone to fight against an ARMY. And suddenly everyone returned to back him up. Probably my favorite part of the movie.
- Wanda literally about to kill Thanos. Seriously, don’t upset her or she will mess you up! I love how powerful she is.
- Girl power. Personally, I don’t think Captain Marvel needed that much back up, but I always love girls supporting girls.
- “I love you 3000”
- THE DANCE
I probably left out some great moments, but I listed the ones that immediately came to mind while writing this post. I did only watch the movie once so far, so I certainly need to rewatch it to make sure I caught everything. Anyways, thanks for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed Endgame as much as I did!
What were your favorite lessons/moments about Avengers: Endgame?