Avengers Endgame is here and with it comes eleven years and 21 movies of expectations. After seeing it, I’m here to tell you that it delivered, and delivered in a big way.
Before you read on, know that this article is one giant spoiler. So, if you haven’t watched the movie or don’t want to know what happens, DON’T READ ON. I repeat, DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN AVENGERS ENDGAME.
You’ve been warned.
After watching and making an unknown amount of attempts to digest what I had witnessed, I couldn’t help but think about all the scenes that left me emotionally wrecked. You know, the kind that no matter how many times you watch them, the that you feel never changes.
Endgame is littered with them.
- Star-Lord seeing Gamora again
- Stan Lee’s last cameo
- Alexander Pierce making an appearance
- Thor meeting his mother for the first time since she died
And those aren’t even the best Avengers Endgame moments.
It has so many that it’s nearly impossible to do a definitive top 10 list of these moments. That’s why I’m not going to. Instead, I’m going to do a top 10 list of my definitive Avengers Endgame moments.
10. Hail Hydra
Endgame does a lot of things right and its treatment and reference to old movies and comics perfectly exemplify this.
In a scene where Captain America must make off with Loki’s Sceptre from 2012s Avengers, he encounters a crew of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents. The Agents, unaware that Captain America knows they are Hydra Agents, are riding an elevator down the side of Avengers tower. They become suspicious of Cap when he tells them that he has been instructed to take the Sceptre from them.
The scene perfectly recreates one of the most famous scenes in the MCU, the elevator scene from The Winter Soldier. This time, however, instead of battling one another, Steve whispers in Jasper Sitwell’s ear, “Hail Hydra”, and walks away with the Sceptre. Not only does this reference the Winter Soldier, but it also pays homage to the comic book event, Secret Empire.
9. Thor’s Beer Belly
One of the best parts of the movie wasn’t only a single scene, it was an entire character. Chris Hemsworth’s Thor has been known for two things. First, he has brilliantly brought the character to life. Second, he appears shirtless in nearly every movie he’s in…and for good reason.
Endgame plays to this when Hulk and Rocket meet up with Thor five years after the Decimation. The usually ready for battle Thor has taken up playing Fortnite and drinking beer. Doing this for five years takes its toll on a body and Thor is no different. In place of the six-pack of abs he’s known for, Thor’s gut has been transformed into what can only be described as a full keg of beer. His character has become such a lazy slob that the movie even goes as far as to refer to him as “The Big Lebowski”.
8. Hawkeye whereabouts
One of the lingering questions from Infinity War was the whereabouts of both Scott Lang and Hawkeye. Ant-Man and The Wasp answered the Scott question, leaving Endgame to answer the Hawkeye question. Within the first two minutes, Endgame tells the audience exactly where Hawkeye was.
Like Scott, Hawkeye is under house arrest and therefore any story that would’ve led to his inclusion would’ve cost him his family. Completely understandable. There are very few things in life more important than family. The scene is both awesome and sad at the same time.
The scene doesn’t only explain his whereabouts but
7. New Captain America
By the end of the movie, Thanos had been defeated and the heroes had won. With nothing left to do but take the Infinity Stones back to the realities that they came from, Captain America hops aboard the time machine and begins the quest.
The movie explains that 5 seconds of real-time is akin to hours and/or days of time travel. As such, when Steve doesn’t immediately return from his adventure, Hulk, Bucky, and Sam begin to worry for their friend. That is until Bucky notices Steve sitting on a bench not too far away.
Sam walks over to his friend and before the scene is done, Steve hands him his Shield and proclaims that it now belongs to him.
6. Handing of the guard
Endgame is a lot of things. It’s breathtaking, emotional, and unbelievably good. It has moments that will leave you crying and then, seconds later, has moments that will leave you cheering. If Infinity War was classified as soul-crushing, Endgame would be soul-lifting.
Of the things the movie did right, and there were a ton of them, was the way Marvel chose to hand the reigns of their franchise to the next generation. Aside from being epic, the battle at the end of the movies serves as a passing of the torch.
- Captain Marvel shows up at the perfect time
- Valkyrie is given control of Asgard
- The women of Marvel line up and charge into battle
- Wakanda plays an instrumental part in the heroes success
- Dr. Strange correctly predicts the future and brings an army with him
- The Guardians of the Galaxy reunite and venture off on another mission…this time with Thor by their side
- Sam Wilson becomes Captain America
And so much more.
Not only does Endgame brings closure to 11 years of movie making, but it also announces that Marvel isn’t even close to being done.
5. Return of heroes
In one of the most picturesque scenes of the movie, Captain America lays on the ground after taking a beating by Thanos. Thanos tells him that he’s gonna enjoy every moment of what’s to come. As the last words drip from his mouth, his army shows up ready to destroy the Earth. With an army in front of him, Steve stands up in front of the orange sun ready to do battle by himself.
Endgame references a lot of the other movies in the MCU. And I mean a lot. Of all the references, none were as unexpected as the one to Avengers Age of Ultron.
You’ll remember that there is a scene in Ultron where each of Ironman, War Machine, Hawkeye, and Captain America try to pick up Mjolnir. While Ironman, War Machine, and Hawkeye fail miserably, Captain America is able to budge it.
During the final battle, Thor is being beaten to a pulp by Thanos when Mjolnir flies across the screen and hits the purple Titan. As it returns, it becomes instantly clear that Thor didn’t summon or wield his hammer…Captain America did.
And how did Thor react?
He simply said, “I knew it.”
The scene was so awesome that people outside and across the street could be heard cheering.
3. Black Widow death
Endgame is the sendoff for many of Marvel’s first generation characters. Everyone expected that the movie would bring about some deaths. If polled, most had either Captain America and Ironman picked to die. This is why, when Black Widow died, the theater filled with sniffling noses.
The Avengers devise a plan that sees teams travel back in time to retrieve the Infinity Stones. Of the teams, Hawkeye and Black Widow, travel to Vormir to acquire the Soul Stone. Remembering how Thanos acquired the Stone in Infinity War, the audience knew that something terrible was about to happen…and it did.
So that her friends may achieve victory, Black Widow jumps from the cliff and onto the rocks below, thereby sacrificing herself for the greater good. With Black Widow dead, Hawkeye is given the Soul Stone and makes his way back to the present.
2. Ironman death
It was never a question of someone big dying, it was more a question of who that person would be. Most, myself included pegged Steve Rogers to be the one to sacrifice his life so that the Universe would be restored.
But that didn’t happen.
Dr. Strange foretold in Infinity War that the odds of victory were one in fourteen million. And he left it there, never going into any detail. As the final battle begins to draw to a close, Tony Stark assembles the Infinity Stones into his Gauntlet. Then, like Thanos before him, snaps his fingers and watches as Thanos and his army fade to dust.
Wielding one Infinity Stone is more than any mortal could take, wielding six could kill a man…
In one of the most heartwrenching scenes of the movie, Peter Parker walks over to his mentor to tell him that they had won, only to learn that he was dying. The scene ends with Pepper Potts telling Tony Stark that he could rest easy knowing that the world was in good hands…
And he does just that.
1. Captain America send off
In the same scene as Sam becoming Captain America, during their conversation Steve explains that after he finished delivering the stones, he went back in time to do one more thing. He tells Sam that he wanted to finally live out the life Tony had told him about. So, after dropping the Stones off, he traveled back to his World War II days and lived out his life with the one girl who he never got a chance to…Peggy.
Although the scene is a punch to the gut because it’s instantly apparent that Chris Evans’s time as Captain America is over, it’s also incredibly touching and sends him off in the most absolutely perfect way possible.
And that’s it.
The Top 10 Avengers Endgame Moments That Will Leave You A Visible Mess. What did you think? What were your top 10 Avengers Endgame moments?