“Avengers: Endgame” breaks box office records


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“Avengers: Endgame” is the first movie in history to pass $1 billion in box-office earnings during opening weekend.

Colleen Weinburke, Arts Writer

Everyone is talking about “Avengers: Endgame.” It seems that everywhere I go, both in real life and online, the topic of “Avengers: Endgame” comes up. It is nearly impossible to escape spoilers (unless you do not use your phone or isolate yourself from civilization). I can not help but think: Has everyone seen this movie?

The answer: yes.

“Avengers: Endgame” made $1.2 billion in global ticket sales during its opening weekend. This makes “Avengers: Endgame” the first movie in history to pass $1 billion in box-office earnings during opening weekend. To put this huge accomplishment into perspective, “Avengers: Endgame” made more money during opening weekend then “Captain America: Civil War,” “Captain Marvel” or “Aquaman” made the whole time they were in theatres.

Why did so many people watch this movie?

A year ago, “Avengers: Infinity War” came out and and left us on a cliffhanger with what can only be described as the worst ending of a superhero movie ever. After over 10 years and 20 movies, Marvel has effectively become a constant in our lives, and we have grown emotionally attached to our favorite superheroes. When “Avengers: Infinity War” ended with our heroes losing and half of them dying, the world was left distraught and outraged.

Now, a year later, we can finally know what became of our heroes. “Avengers: Endgame” is the fourth and final “Avengers” movie. It picks up where “Avengers: Infinity War” left off and wraps up the whole “Avengers” arc and plotline while simultaneously setting up other heroes for future movies.

“Avengers: Endgame” focuses on the original, core Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye. The movie has many other characters and heroes in it, but it revolves around the original six Avengers.

The film contains many callbacks and references to past films the Avengers have been in. The movie is incredibly nostalgic and reminds us of the journey these heroes have taken and just how far they have come. The MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) has grown exponentially and there are now many more heroes than just the Avengers, but “Avenger: Endgame” reminds us how it was all started and who started it.

This movie does not mark the end of Marvel, but the end of the Avengers. It marks the end of an era and a new age of heroes.