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1!'''''All'' spoilers on this page are left unmarked. Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned!'''²²[[foldercontrol]]²----²[[WMG: Themes]]²²[[folder:Second Chances]]²²As already mentioned on the main page, second chances is the main theme of Avengers: Endgame, that exists in every choice or decision, moment or character arc conclusion present since the very beginning of the film. And the main message of the film is that, whether it means taking back what you've lost, or building something new out of what you have, you should always take a second chance when it comes around. For better or for worse, Avengers: Endgame wields its theme how Captain America wields his shield: as something to make him stronger, that he'll never give up.²²Second chances are present since the very beginning with Tony and Nebula, where Tony tells her re: paper football, "we are now one apiece" and Nebula replies "I would like to try again". It's such a throwaway line, but something that sets the tone for the entire movie to come. We get back on earth, and we see that the Avengers are forming a plan to take back what they lost - a second chance to defeat Thanos. After Tony collapses to the floor, they leave for Titan-II. But Thanos isn't even worried when they arrive, and they soon see why: he destroyed the stones, the only possibility for a second chance to restore everything. Closing off the first act in a [[BookEnds poetic way]], Thanos remarks that "perhaps [he] treated [her] too harshly"...²²Thanos and his complete failure to understand the meaning of a second chance is something that comes up a lot in the film. But, for now, there's the second act.²²FIVE YEARS LATER²²The Avengers have all moved on from the snap, to varying degrees, and all of them have changed. Tony has taken it as a second chance to start a family with Pepper Potts, and Bruce has taken it as a second chance to merge with the Hulk to become Professor Hulk. Steve and Natasha are desperately trying to stay as they were - Captain America, the inspiring symbol of the nation; and Black Widow, the mysterious agent who works in the shadows. Meanwhile, Thor and Clint have actually regressed into themselves, reverting back to jovial yet fierce warrior and hardened assassin respectively. Nat and Steve even have a talk about how she's "still trying to be better" while Steve says that they "both need to get a life". And then... enter Scott Lang.²²It makes sense that Scott is the one to come up with the grand Time Heist - after all, his movies are about getting a second chance to become the hero in his daughter's eyes. And, together, they generate the Time Heist, during which they get to live through their lives a second time, but this time at different points in their stories, and with different motivations:²²To bring them all home. '''Whatever it takes.'''²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Collective Trauma]]²The society that Thanos created is a society dealing with Collective Trauma. That the snap created a shared traumatic experience, and the harsh feelings the avengers struggle with are symptomatic of that trauma.²[[/folder]]²²[[WMG: The end of the original 6]]²While Infinity War was a natural endpoint for the tragedy of characters, Endgame is the punctuation point at the end of several characters's journey in the MCU, and what that ending says about what their story was about.²[[folder: Black Widow]]²When Natasha Romanov was introduced into the MCU, she was a slick operator. A trickster, and a spy whose loyalty was to the mission above all, and who deep down, wanted some red taken out of her ledger so to speak.²²This was [[{{Understatement}} challenged]] during her many years. Challenged by Loki in saying her actions will never taken away what she's done in the past. Challenged by HYDRA pulling the rug out from underneath her by revealing she was working for evil even after all that. Challenged by Ultron in reiterating her past issues, and how much they defined her. Challenged by the civil war, where Captain America spoke about standing by principle rather than by groups. Challenged by Thanos, whose snap destroyed her work, and who left her with a dead end job, still hoping to serve the world the only way she knew how.²²But through all this, there were also others that pushed her to change. Banner, who challenged her sincerity and made her become part of something bigger. Steve, who after punching out HYDRA, affirmed that he would trust her with his life. And who as a friend, had her choose principle over service, forcing the hand of others to put her into exile. Yet in it all, she began to understand that she wanted others to accept her. And the Avengers did. They became her true family, and so, when the call for salvation is offered by Ant Man, she steps forth as an advocate of hope and belief. In Scott, in Bruce, in being able to fix it.²²And thus the punctuation on her story is in sacrifice. For the mission, for the greater good, and for Hawkeye. To give him a chance to see the other side of it all. To finally balance the scales of her deaths by providing the means of life for billions. To see things through Whatever it Takes. So with a sincere, "It's okay", Black Widow died for the Time Heist, and found peace knowing she'd die for a good cause.²[[/folder]]²[[folder: Hulk]]²[[/folder]]²[[folder: Thor]]²Thor was many things in his life. A warrior, a prince, a teacher, a poet, a god and a hero. But when his failure was undesputable, we found out what he was under all those labels: a child. Greatly hurt by his loss, and unable to find healthy ways to process his immense grief.²[[/folder]]²[[folder: Iron Man]]²[[/folder]]²[[folder: Captain America]]²Steve never had a resemblance of a normal life since he used the Super Soldier Serum to become America's symbol of hope. When Wanda show him a vision where he was able to have his dance with Peggy only to see them disappear, he realize his greatest fear was a world where he didn't had to fight anymore. The only thing that kept him going was Sam Wilson, a Veteran Affairs counselor that was able to reach out to him and gave him one question he couldn't answer, what makes him happy?²²After the events of Infinity War and killing Thanos, Steve was alone again with Sam and Bucky dying in the Snap and Tony bitter and angry at Steve believing he didn't come to help. Face with either retirement or being pressed into service on Ross' command under the Accords, Steve decided to choose retirement and acted as a counselor for those affected by the snap and for the first time living a "peaceful" life until Scott arrives to tell them they can undo the Snap and undo as much damage as possible. Securing the Scepter but not the Tesseract, both Tony and Steve made the decision to go back in time to recover the particles and the Space Stone and Steve finally makes the final decision on what he was going to do to find happiness, to go back in time and stay with the ones he love until reuniting with Sam on the bench and finally hanging up the Shield for good. ²[[/folder]]²----


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