infinity gauntlet replica unboxing

Watch as Kitra and I unbox the Hot Toys/Sideshow Collectibles Avengers: Infinity War Infinity Gauntlet replica, one of the most iconic movie prop replicas of out modern film era.

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endgame final battle

It’s all been leading to this.

Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is the biggest superhero movie ever in terms of size and scale, taking that title from last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. But even after multiple viewings, Infinity War‘s gigantic Battle of Wakanda has never quite landed for me – and now that Endgame has arrived, its own colossal final battle sequence creates a stark comparison (ha!) between the two. Here’s why Endgame‘s climactic action scene puts Infinity War‘s to shame.

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endgame sets up guardians of the galaxy vol. 3

One of the most refreshing things about Avengers: Endgame is how conclusive it feels. Most Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have endings that leave lots of room for sequels, and follow-up movies to come. But Endgame puts a nice, neat bow on its narrative, resulting in a rewarding cinematic experience. But of course, the MCU will continue onward. Which means there had to be some set-up for what comes next.

Of all the upcoming MCU films, it’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 that receives the biggest jump-start. Some of the final moments of the latest Avengers film plant seeds of what we can expect from James Gunn‘s triumphant return to the MCU. And the potential is limitless. Spoilers follow.

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Avengers Endgame Deaths

The end of Avengers: Infinity War left a lot of fans shocked as half of Earth’s mightiest heroes, as well as their allies from across the universe, were suddenly snapped to dust. That cliffhanger of an ending gave a lot of heavy lifting to Avengers: Endgame, especially when it comes to how those survivors of the snap deal with the aftermath of such a widespread attack on those they hold dearest to them.

Thankfully, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote both movies, so they were able to carefully determine who lived and who died. The roster of survivors ended up shaping exactly how Avengers: Endgame would play out, including who lived and who died in this culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But for every decision made about who survived for this epic finale, there was the possibility of going an alternate route that changed the face of the movie, including who was considered for Avengers Endgame deaths. Keep reading to find out more, but beware of major spoilers. Read More »

Marvel Movies to Watch Before Avengers Endgame

Now that we’ve seen Avengers: Endgame (which is absolutely fantastic), we can tell you how to be fully prepared for this monumental pop culture event. Yes, there are 21 films in total that precede this movie, and Avengers: Endgame somehow offers an epic conclusion to each and every one of them. But you don’t need to remember every single one in order to fully enjoy this sequel. We’ve put together a list of the six most essential movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that you should watch (or rewatch) to get the most out of your Avengers: Endgame experience.

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Fan Watches Infinity War 100 Times

(Welcome to Road to Endgame, where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In part two of our look at Avengers: Infinity War: confused action, and a cliffhanger that asks, “Who are the Avengers?”)

[Read part one of our giant look at Avengers: Infinity War here]

The first big action scene in Avengers: Infinity War unfolds when Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wong (Benedict Wong) rendezvous in Manhattan. It’s a fun excursion filled with setups about Infinity Stones, character decisions and the plot at large. Though by swiftly ensuring all civilians are out of the picture (unlike The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, where they were a constant presence), the scene is robbed of immediate stakes beyond the Stones themselves. Our heroes simply battle on empty streets.

The Avengers, in theory, fight to protect innocent people. But by failing in to dramatize this — both on Earth and elsewhere — the film misses a vital opportunity to contrast the Avengers’ actions with those of Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his henchmen (the nefarious Black Order), whose collective mission is genocide.

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Avengers Infinity War Blu-Ray - Thanos

(Welcome to Road to Endgame, where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In Part One of our two-part look at Avengers: Infinity War: how Thanos and the Infinity Stones rewrite our favourite heroes.)

Avengers: Infinity War stormed through the 2018 blockbuster landscape, one-upping the industry-wide shift in tone, scale and narrative priorities Marvel had ushered in over a decade. The film combined eight existing franchises to deliver the first half of a humungous finale; the result was on-screen enormity, matched by an inevitable $2 billion box-office haul. The sequel, Avengers: Endgame, is sure to surpass it.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has its roots in military propaganda; the U.S. Department of Defense subsidized (and thus, had screenplay approval over) Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain Marvel. And though Avengers: Infinity War didn’t need to run its script by the Pentagon (as far as we know), it falls back on the series’ paradoxical framing of heroism, as a result of its military-funded predecessors. However, this unprecedented crossover event could not have succeeded, or even existed, without a decade of narrative investment. The film takes full advantage of this — albeit to mixed results.

For better or worse, Avengers: Infinity War is a culmination of everything the Marvel Cinematic Universe stands for.

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Matt Ferguson Avengers Infinity War

Avengers: Endgame is almost upon us. But before we get to what might be the biggest blockbuster event of the year (with only Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to challenge it), let’s take a look back at last summer when we were all anticipating Avengers: Infinity War.

When the Marvel Studios movie arrived in theaters last summer, it was quite the spectacle. And Odeon Cinemas in the United Kingdom offered up five different posters from artist Matt Ferguson that combined to form one single image of all the Avengers preparing to take on Thanos. Now Bottleneck Gallery has teamed up with Grey Matter Art to offer Matt Ferguson’s outstanding work as a single print that is much easier to snag than all the Infinity Stones. Find out how to get the Matt Ferguson Avengers Infinity War print below. Read More »

Avengers Endgame - Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner

The end of Avengers: Infinity War shocked audiences by killing off half of Earth’s mightiest heroes and most of the Guardians of the Galaxy. In just a couple weeks, Avengers: Endgame will show the remaining heroes dealing with the aftermath of Thanos using the Infinity Stones to wipe out half the universe, which includes a plan to kill Thanos and bring everyone back…somehow. But it sounds like the roster of surviving heroes was almost a little bit smaller. Read More »

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Avengers Endgame Title

The cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War resulted in a lot of fan speculation about the next installment, the plot, the characters and yes, even the title. And one of the best guesses coming out of that film was “Endgame,” taken from a line of important dialogue spoken by Doctor Strange in the movie. The Avengers: Endgame title was flat out denied by the Russo Brothers in press interviews. Did the filmmakers lie? It sure looks like it…well, from a certain point of view.

At the Avengers: Endgame junket, I finally had a chance to ask the Russos for clarification.

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