By Rodrigo Padilla / Special to the Delta

Since I left the movie theater a year ago with my heart shattered, I could not stop thinking about the future of the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Because after the lethal snap of Thanos in Infinity War, one thing was clear: Avengers: Endgame had to give us an answer to many existential questions, starting with the survival possibilities of many of the beings that perished at the whim of the purple giant of the chin departure.

Endgame, in many ways, functions as a meeting: of the characters, of the multiple stories, of the scenarios, cities, and planets, and of the different periods covered by the MCU. Sometimes it’s like a wake; others, like a party; and, even, for a brief moment, it’s like a 12-step therapy session.

And it’s a huge social event that lasts 180 minutes. And like the best celebrations, it is sometimes difficult to remember all the faces that were present, from all the places where we were and from all the things that happened in the crazy night. Avengers: Endgame is full of colors, characters, narrative threads and twists, like any good party, will cause you a slight hangover from those in which you do not remember everything you saw and did.

And as to who organizes the party, because from the beginning it has become clear that the two most prominent Avengers are Iron Man and Captain America and both are again the main protagonists, although as in Infinity War they share the evening with dozens and dozens of more heroes, some more active than others.

Although I pretend not to spoil the experience (or give spoilers) you should know two things: It will be very difficult to understand Endgame without having seen Infinity War – it is the second part, in all senses – and, on the other hand, these films are very different.

While Infinity War is a trip on a roller coaster, Endgame is more a game of chess where each movement brings us to a final end. Is it a checkmate? I do not know, but it’s clear that brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, who also directed Infinity War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, bet to follow that unique path that Doctor Strange had already warned us about.

Of the 14 million possibilities that the magician had told us about, this was the path they chose to finish the cycle that began with Iron Man, in 2008 and which closes the third phase of the MCU.

As for the plot and as we had indicated the trailers, Endgame is about three things: Find Thanos, recover the Infinity Stones and resuscitate all the beings who died by the snap of Thanos. Do they succeed? I will not tell you, nor will I tell you how they try.

What I can tell you – because it is somewhat obvious – is that the subject of death will still be present, so it is not a bad idea to refresh your memory with who is alive and who is dead before Endgame.

I can also tell you other things: Endgame uses many of the movies and references from the past, and at times it’s like a feast of the franchise’s greatest successes (if it was a party, it would be one of those where they play the music they like. the majority).

It also makes use of the humor that works very well in the first Guardians of the Galaxy and in Thor: Ragnarok, although in my opinion, it repeats the jokes more than necessary. Fair, Thor, and Hulk are the focus of a couple of jokes.

As we already know thanks to Ant-Man and The Wasp, Captain Marvel and the trailers, in Endgame meet Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) with the Avengers that we already knew survived the snap of Thanos: Iron Man ( Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) and Nebula (Karen Gillan). Also, as we saw at the end of his film this year, they are joined by Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) to boost the group’s potential with its super superpowers.

And that’s not to mention dozens – yes, dozens – of other characters that will appear during this three-hour festival, even more than in Infinity War because many of us will see them in flashbacks to the past.

As I said, the last two Avengers are different. The most recent is governed by a more somber and introspective tone, and by the need to bring each of these many characters to a good (or bad) end.

While Infinity War benefited from not having to spend any time presenting familiar characters, Endgame uses many of those 180 minutes to remind us where they come from and tell us where our heroes are going, reducing the time of the action, even though it does.

There is an epic battle (which may seem familiar because it has overtones of previous battles).

Although you will appreciate Endgame even if you are not a big fan, it is very clear that it is also a letter of love and farewell to this phase of the MCU for those lovers of the franchise.

The tape is jammed with references to the past and private jokes that sometimes left me thinking that I failed to be more diligent with the task (that is, having reviewed several of the previous films before bowing to Endgame).

Among those that are useful to see again are Iron Man (2008), Captain America: First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Captain Marvel (2019). ). In fact, why do I play dumb: There are references to the previous 21 movies, so it’s good to see them all (if you have almost 60 hours to watch them all).

Enjoying the movie has its own demands. Last year I was afraid that Infinity War would be a mess, but the result – including the unexpected ending – left me so satisfied that I saw it again half a dozen times.

If you have seen these movies, if you have enjoyed these characters, if you consider that the MCU is a well-achieved universe that meets your expectations, Avengers: Endgame is a celebration of that at full volume and in full color.

While it is not 180 minutes of fireworks, it is a slow celebration that reaches a conclusion that will let you calmly say goodbye to parts of this franchise that you will not see any other parts that lend themselves to birth, evolve or resurrect in what paints to be a new stage of the MCU as fruitful as the first three.

Avengers Endgame is definitely the MCU masterpiece, your heart will be all over the place and you will leave that theater satisfied. They promised and they delivered, a perfect ending for the Infinity Saga. Long live the Avengers!

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