‘Endgame’: Superheroes and Spoilers

Marina Kazarian and Patrick Stinebaugh

James Thomas (9) was on Fandango at 8:00 a.m. on April 2, eagerly reloading the page, determined to score tickets for the opening night of the much-anticipated action film ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ The movie, which premiered on April 26, is the final chapter of Marvel’s 22-film anthology, the Infinity Saga, and meant so much to Thomas that he wouldn’t have missed it for the world, he said.

The Infinity Saga franchise started 11 years ago with ‘Iron Man’ and captivated millions of fans as it chronicled the tragedies and triumphs of superheroes brought to life from the Marvel comic books.

Every character from the Saga joins forces to defeat the ruthless villain Thanos in ‘Endgame,’ which quickly became the second-highest grossing movie of all time, earning over two billion dollars at the box office.

Like Marvel fans around the world, many students and faculty members were enthralled by the hit film.

““Avengers: Endgame’ was compelling to me because not only was it a finale of a finale, it was the end to a story that has lasted for a decade,” Jasper Heymann (11) said.

As someone who has been following the franchise since she was six years old, Tenzin Sherpa (12) felt that it would be wrong not to see the movie, she said.

“Frankly, I have never really enjoyed The Avengers movies; I much prefer the individual superhero movies instead,” Tino Caer (12) said. “But, it only felt right to see how a piece of my childhood was going to end.”

For Caer, ‘Endgame’ marked the end of an era. He believes that the movie acted as a final gift for the fans, he said.

“With every new movie, I became progressively more attached to the characters,” Sadie Hill (10) said. “It was like all the movies I watched and adored during my childhood came to an end. It was heartbreaking.”

For Mathematics teacher Charles Garcia, ‘Endgame’ was a perfect ending to a well-told story, he said.

In previous films, Marvel had mainly used male characters, but in new films like ‘Captain  Marvel,’ strong heroines emerged and took part in the action.

“Marvel’s new introduction of a lot of strong female roles and characters really made me want to see [‘Endgame’] more,” Sherpa said.

‘Infinity War,’ the predecessor of Endgame, was a huge success, and it left a cliffhanger which made Eddie Ahn (12) want to see it more, he said.

“I chose to see Endgame basically because of the massive hype and my expectations for the movie,” Ahn said. “I generally like that Marvel has a lot of action packed into the series, and that the characters have so many movies to develop.”

Richard Hausman (12) enjoys Marvel movies because of the compelling characters, especially villains, he said.

“Even though Marvel has missed a couple of times, they do a pretty good job in casting excellent actors who present believable characters,” Caer said.

Caer feels that the Marvel movies received a bit too much love, simply because his generation grew up with them, he said. They aren’t perfect.

There were too many scenes “jumping between different shots of Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Hulk just punching weightless CGI bad guys,” he said. “It is incredibly slow for the most part, and I fell asleep, something I have never done in any movie,” he said.

Marvel movies have been an important part of Sherpa’s childhood and have defined her interests, she said. Superheroes, like Peter Parker in ‘Spider-Man,’ have served as her role models, Sherpa said.

“The movies and shows showed communities like the ones I grew up with,” she said. “The action-packed movies have fueled my sense of adventure.”

Sherpa has found that many people at the school share her love for the film anthology, she said. “It’s great that I can pick up a conversation with someone I usually don’t talk with and just talk about this movie,” Sherpa said.

Such a widely-anticipated movie had the entire internet worried about spoilers, Hausman said.

“I have had Marvel movies spoiled to me more times than I can count,” Caer said. “I think that it is mostly due to the fact that people are so excited about it that they can’t help themselves.”

Yoseph Kamran (12) left his Economics class for a few minutes when he heard some people talking about the ending of the movie, he said.

Similarly, Thomas deleted social media off of his phone for a week to avoid spoilers, he said.

“Everywhere I looked there was #dontspoiltheendgame,” he said. The hashtag was created by the directors of the movie, Joe and Anthony Russo, to encourage people not to ruin the movie, Thomas said.

Garcia said that the spoiler culture surrounding ‘Endgame’ is equal to that of ‘Star Wars,’ making him believe that the Avengers film is to the current generation what Star Wars was to his, he said.

“We grew up with [The Infinity Saga], and that is why we loved it so much, but I don’t think that it will be relevant in future generations, kind of like how ‘Star Wars’ is starting to die out a little bit,” Caer said.

“Memes are a big part of the Endgame hype, whether it be image-based memes on various social media platforms, or ‘fake-spoiler’ memes that satirize the excessive fear of ‘Endgame’ spoilers,” Hausman said.

Heymann believes that the common obsession with avoiding spoilers is unnecessary and “a little over-the-top,” he said.

“Avengers: Endgame is such a huge movie that one spoiler really does not ruin the movie at all,” he said.

With so much hype building up for the movie, many tried to make their movie-going experience as fulfilling as possible.

“I would say that this movie was one of the only movies where I felt connected with the audience,” Caer said. “In all my theater experiences, I have never felt compelled to whoop and cheer with everyone else.”

Sherpa bought her tickets in advance and saw the movie on a Sunday morning to avoid the long lines of people, she said. The movie’s three hour runtime was no joke either.

“I was kind of preparing myself for it,” Sherpa said. “I thought, ‘This is such an important movie, everything is leading up to this.’ And if I were to take a bathroom break I felt like I would miss a lot,” Sherpa said.

Marvel has been able to create a complex and connected story with their cinematic universe that no other series has truly been able to replicate, Heymann said.

“What I like most about Marvel movies is the level of complexity of their plots and how the plots are always connected,” he said. “The studio pays extreme attention to small details, and that is what makes their movies stand out.”