With the entire film industry still on hold for the forseeable future, fans have continually searched for new and exciting ways to get through difficult days dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. In particular for the MCU, Disney's recent reshuffling of their massive release schedule means that there will not be a new Marvel movie until November 6, 2020 when Black Widow ultimatley hits theaters. MCU fans are fortunate though to have 11 years of movies to revisit in new and exciting ways. Videos are also being released almost daily reflecting on some of the biggest moments in the MCU's extensive history, and today brings a new stream of clips remembering possibly the biggest moments of the entire franchise to date.
In a stream of tweets from Twitter user Scott Gustin's account, he shared 5 high resolution videos of fan reactions from opening night of Avengers: Endgame. In the 3 hours and 2 minutes of the most massive film in MCU history, fans from all over the world had moments that hit them in many different ways, and these clips give a glimpse of just how impactful this movie was for audience members.
One of the funniest moments of the film came when 2023 Captain America fought himself from 2012 during the Avengers' Time Heist to keep his hands on Loki's scepter, which held the Mind Stone. After Tony Stark was quoted earlier in the movie telling Cap "Mr. Rogers, I almost forgot that that suit did nothing for your ass," Scott Lang followed up with "As far as I'm concerned, that's America's ass." The laughs erupted when normally stone-cold, down-to-business Captain America looked down and couldn't help but agree with those sentiments.
This scene came during the final battle of the movie, after Captain Marvel took down Thanos' ship. When Spider-Man gives her the Infinity Gauntlet so she can get it to the Quantum Tunnel van, there are no doubts to the strength of the team surrounding her. As Carol Danvers is joined by all the female Avengers, including Scarlet Witch, Okoye, Valkyrie, Pepper Potts, Mantis, Shuri, Wasp, and Gamora, the cheers erupt when so many powerful women join together to help take down the alien army in front of them.
In a film with more than a handful of standing ovation-worthy moments, this one has a convincing argument as the best of the bunch. After Tony Stark takes on Thanos solo, it seems imminent that Thanos is going to win again as he did in Avengers: Infinity War up to the moment he snaps his fingers. The cheers that erupt are near deafening when Tony is shown wielding all six Infinity Stones, and the excitement and tension that build toward his last words before his death is incomparable. "I am Iron Man" sends the crowd into a frenzy as Tony gets the most impactful hero moment of his entire MCU tenure.
The next moment is one that arrived after years of build-up. As Thanos is seconds away from cutting into Thor with Stormbreaker, Thor's trusty hammer Mjolnir lifts off the ground. It flies into Thanos and comes back to the hand of someone fans had wanted to see it in for years: Captain America. During the scene in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron where the team sat in Avengers Tower and all tested the hammer's "worthiness clause", Steve Rogers was the only one to make it budge. This moment in Avengers: Endgame four years later showed that he had been worthy to wield it all along, and the crowd's screams were ear-piercing as the tease was finally resolved.
The final scene is one that very well may be the best moment in MCU history. The cheers and screams that are heard here depict the pure joy and excitement fans felt finding out Bruce Banner's snap worked. After Sam Wilson comes in on Steve's comms, the first portal opens for Black Panther and the Wakandans, sending the crowd into a frenzy. As the next portals opened from Titan, New Asgard, Kamar Taj, and outer space, the cheers intensify with every hero that emerges. When they all faced off against Thanos and his army, the crowd's celebrations unleashed as Captain America finally said the phrase fans had been waiting to hear for years: "Avengers Assemble!" The hype for this moment had built up for a year after Avengers: Infinity War, and it paid off in such a big way before the final battle of Avengers: Endgame.
These fan reaction videos bring back all the memories of the film's release last year, and during these difficult and uncertain times, they help bring a much needed feeling of excitement and happiness to MCU fans.