Endgame takes early control of the cinematic box office

Aidan Evans, Staff Writer

Comic books and comic book movies have been on the rise since the release of Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr., and I’ve been a fan since 2011. So, when Avengers: Endgame’s tickets were put up for pre-order, I bought my family’s tickets the next day. All three hours, I refused to use the bathroom or leave for a refill on my popcorn. I laughed, I cried, and I enjoyed the movie.
This movie is the culmination of the last 21 movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, popularly coined the MCU, and it’s no disappointment for any fans of the last 11 years. There is no denying it; Endgame is the perfect conclusion for this part of the universe.
The movie is set right after the events of last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, and wastes no time reminding the viewer what happened in the previous movie. In fact, each movie from the past 11 years is referenced throughout Endgame, which is a move appreciated by a long-time fan.
However, the same can’t be said for someone who hasn’t seen every movie in the franchise. It became glaringly obvious that the film wasn’t made for the average movie goer. From references to callbacks to movies in the early stages of the universe, to minor references in movies recently, it’s not hard to get confused by some of dialogue.
The movie plays hard into people’s nostalgia, which can’t be hard to notice when it seems to be in every other scene. I can’t help but feel like those references and nostalgic scenes could be traded or cut entirely to shave the 3-hour runtime to a good 2 hour and 45 minutes.
The movie is action packed and loads of fun, so don’t be turned off by the long runtime. There isn’t ever a boring moment in the movie. With amazing dialogue, beautiful visuals, this movie is worthy of its $1.2 billion global opening.