'Avengers: Endgame': A spoiler-y discussion about Marvel's epic finale

CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 4/29/2019, 1:28 p.m.
"Avengers: Endgame" is the epic finale to the story Marvel has been telling for the last decade, but did it ...
Chris Hemsworth as Thor in "Avengers: Endgame."

Analysis by Frank Pallotta and Brian Lowry, CNN

(CNN) -- "Avengers: Endgame" is the epic finale to the story Marvel has been telling for the last decade, but did it end with a bang or a whimper?

CNN's Frank Pallotta and Brian Lowry decided to figure that out. The two comic book fans, who also happen to be reporters, discussed what they liked and didn't like about Marvel's three hour epic finale.

The exchange that follows is filled with spoilers. If you didn't help the film break every box office record imaginable this weekend, it'd be a good idea to turn back because... we're in the endgame now.

Again, warning...

SPOILER ALERT

Pallotta: Lowry, man, I'm still an emotional train wreck. Elderly Captain America really got to me.

Lowry: I confess to having some misgivings going in. Messing with time/history is always a minefield. But they really pulled this off, and that was a perfect way to cap (pardon the expression) it off.

Pallotta: I honestly can't believe how touching it was! "Avengers: Endgame" did something that no other Marvel film has really ever done, which was, you know, end. There was a finality to it. I went in dubious that "Endgame" would actually have a true conclusion because there's a ton of films and Disney+ shows set to come out, but this actually made me believe we wouldn't see some of these characters ever again, and that was deeply emotional.

Lowry: It really did feel like closing a chapter, almost a baton pass. There's some risk in that; you don't shed three of your major characters (yes, I know there's a Black Widow prequel) without gulping pretty hard. But the movie needed a sense of loss after "Infinity War," and there were so many crowd-pleasing moments that really reflected what Marvel has built. In a lot of ways, this was a love letter to fans.

Pallotta: There was a lot of fan service, maybe too much for the average viewer even though it didn't hurt its box office. I remember when Cap grabbed Thor's hammer, the person sitting next to me was pretty confused. That's a part of Marvel Comics canon, but if you didn't read the comic books then you may not know. What was your favorite crowd-pleasing moment?

Lowry: That was it. I think I actually whooped at that, and it takes a lot to get me to whoop these days. That one little moment in "Age of Ultron," where Cap moves the hammer, and they pay it off like that. Pretty spectacular.

Pallotta: Mine was "Avengers... assemble." I've been waiting 21 films for Cap to say his signature line and that final battle between Thanos and the Avengers was the perfect time to do it. I remember watching that battle and thinking this is the closest I've ever seen a film getting to conveying what a major battle looks like in a comic book. It was a "Where's Waldo?" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.