For a while there, “Avengers: Endgame” was the most successful movie of all-time at the box office, before a re-release or two put James Cameron’s “Avatar” back on top. It’s easy to see why.
It serves as the culmination of a 22-film saga, providing significant emotional send-offs to some of its biggest characters (even retiring a few of them, at least for now), wrapping up numerous story beats across multiple interconnected franchises, and even paying off a number of seemingly innocuous Easter eggs along the way (Captain America lifting Thor’s hammer, for example). Though it manages to provide individual journeys for many of its core characters, the film also feels like a proper event, warranting an all-hands-on-deck approach when it comes to its mammoth ensemble.
This is best exemplified in the film’s conclusion, which sees the Avengers who survived the Thanos snap in “Avengers: Infinity War” laboring to reverse this catastrophic moment and bring half the universe back to life. Though they are initially successful, Thanos follows them through time, preparing to lay waste to the planet. Fortunately, reinforcements arrive thanks to Doctor Strange, who foresaw that this was the only path to victory, and is able to gather a multitude of armies and fellow heroes, all with the help of Wong. Though only on screen for a few moments (first at the battle, then later at Tony’s funeral), he does contribute to the film’s most cheer-worthy moment.