That scene in Avengers: Endgame

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Hahaha, which scene did you think I was talking about when you read the post title?  It’s like a geeky Rorshach test.

There were many scenes in Endgame that I found very affecting, but there was only one scene that had me crying the hardest.

Spoilers ahead!

In the final climactic battle against Thanos and his minions, pretty much every hero from every MCU movie shows up to help.  Some of them happen to be women, including Captain Marvel, Okoye, Shuri, Pepper Potts as Rescue, Mantis, Valkyrie, Wasp, and Scarlet Witch (I may have missed some? Only saw it once so far).  “Don’t worry.  She has help,” they say, teaming up to help Captain Marvel get the Infinity Gauntlet through the melee.

Guys, when I saw this scene I cried so hard I worried that the guy on my other side was going to start giving me weird looks and scooching further away in his seat.  My husband later said, “I thought you would like that scene,” and I said, “I can’t talk about it or I will start crying again.”  I’m getting emotional as I’m writing this haha.

It’s hard to describe why it touched me so.  I think it was the fact that a franchise of which I have been a fan for 11 years took a moment to say, “You belong here, too.”  These women are the role models for future generations of girls, and I am so grateful that young girls have these heroes as well as Rey, Katniss, and many others in the contemporary sci-fi/fantasy genre.

I am aware that reaction to this scene has been mixed, to say the least.  Yes, it doesn’t really make sense in the narrative.  Yes, it could be perceived as pandering when the MCU has only after 11 years just put out its first solo female lead movie with Captain Marvel.  Yes, it excludes the original Avenger Black Widow, who was just killed off with much less fanfare than Iron Man was.

But I just want to offer my opinion that, for me, it worked.

I saw it rather as the women carrying on the mantle of Black Widow, taking up the mission that she started in Infinity War, when she said “She’s not alone,” and fought side-by-side with Scarlet Witch and Okoye.  I also hope that this scene could develop into something more, like an A-Force movie.

Overall, I really enjoyed Endgame and appreciated the way it offered a few new, different things while giving a retrospective of the first phases of the MCU.  What were your favorite or least favorite parts?  Did anything make you cry?

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9 thoughts on “That scene in Avengers: Endgame

  1. Bekah Irwin May 9, 2019 / 1:41 pm

    I LOVED this moment too!! I understand the negative responses from people, but these days, there will always be someone finding a reason to complain. I’m not that kind of person in any of my fandoms because I’d rather focus on the good. It brings more joy to my life. But regardless, I thought the scene was badass and it took me a second to even realize they were all women! Haha

    I only cried when *SPOILER* Tony died. Iron Man has never been my favorite character (I do like him, though), but I’m always moved by sacrifice. And, of course, the reactions of those closest to him were equally devastating. As someone who has lost a parent at a young age, the scene with Morgan afterward really spoke to me on a deep emotional level.

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    • Mei-Mei May 14, 2019 / 11:33 pm

      I totally agree with you on the positivity; I’m the same way with my fandoms. I definitely cried for Tony. And Black Widow. Well, basically most of the whole back half of the movie haha. I loved that scene with Morgan! It worked on so many levels.

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  2. Nancy May 13, 2019 / 9:54 pm

    I agree! I teared up at that moment too, plus seeing Steve & Peggy together at the end!

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  3. Michael J. Miller June 16, 2019 / 11:02 am

    OH MY GOSH YES!!!! Like you, I don’t see this scene as pandering but rather (hopefully) a nod to the importance of these characters and an indication of the shape of the MCU going forward. But I loved that they did this! And I would love to see an A-Force movie too. Did I cry? Yep. What made me cry? Um, SO MUCH OF THIS MOVIE. I fully admit I am a movie crier by nature but the collar of my t-shirt was literally wet from my own tears by the end of this movie. Soooo yeah :). I started crying with Nat’s death and I pretty much kept going, off and on, until the credits were rolling behind Steve and Peggy’s dance.

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    • Mei-Mei June 16, 2019 / 9:47 pm

      You explained that perfectly just there! That was exactly how I read the scene.

      I’ve always been a bit of a crier, but since having a kid it’s been so much worse haha. I had some tears already at Hawkeye’s opening scene. Then, like you, from Nat off and on til the end. My husband is used to me, but I really did worry for the guy next to me. XD

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      • Michael J. Miller June 30, 2019 / 10:53 am

        Ahhhhhh yes, there’e nothing quite like the reaction of the people around you to crying in the movies. And I’m always proud of my family and friends for enduring the scene I make XD.

        I just saw ‘Avengers: Endgame’ again (for, uh, the fifth time (seriously, it’s not a problem…)) with a friend the other day. And as the credits started to roll:

        Me – “I didn’t cry this time!”

        Her – “You cried.”

        Me – “Well, my eyes got watery at times and filled with tears I had to wipe away.”

        Her – “That’s crying!”

        Me – “Okay but I didn’t WEEP so this is progress.”

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  4. Eugene Flores July 11, 2019 / 8:23 pm

    I liked how this scene was right on the heels of Captain America standing up to continue fighting Thanos. It wasn’t about his powers – it was about just him, as a person, finding strength to go on. I think that’s what really makes superheroes relatable. Sometimes you just have to find it within yourself to get through something very difficult or tough in life. I think most good superhero movies do this. Regardless of any kind or level of power, this seems to be a big part of their character arc.

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    • Mei-Mei July 11, 2019 / 9:58 pm

      Well said! It’s not their powers that really make them heroes. That Cap scene was particularly powerful in that regard. He’s always got that “I can do this all day” spirit 😁

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