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.
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?