I think it's about time I penned a nerdy love letter to my superheroes. With 'Avengers: Endgame' out now (NO SPOILERS), it's been an emotional ride since it's prequel last year, 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Yes, I will be dramatic about this because it's a really big deal for me and other fans of the MCU.
As a kid, DC's Batman was the first superhero I always stuck by with. Throughout the years, I have seen all the variations for the Caped Crusader in movies, TV shows, as well as actors. Can we just say that Christian Bale was the best to ever do it? (Runner up is of course, Michael Keaton). I think a majority of fans would agree with me when I ask the infamous question on our most recent take of Batman: How did Ben Affleck get cast? The ultimate disdain I had for the man that ruined the image of one of my favorite heroes will never be forgiven. You can guess just how happy I was when Affleck announced his retirement from the role. GOOD RIDDANCE SIR.
Heading over to the Marvel world, Wolverine was really something special. Despite the messy timeline in the 19-year X-men franchise, Hugh Jackman portrayed Wolverine with such a mesmerizing performance that made me want to keep watching all those years. When I saw 'Logan' in theatres, I actually cried. THERE WERE TEARS FOR THIS MAN. I had practically grown up with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine so to see his final moments on screen was one of the saddest days of my life. Now that X-Men is officially included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, the movies have a chance to redeem itself with a proper story setup. EXCITEMENT.
'Iron Man' was the first-ever MCU movie I had seen. I watched it a couple years after its release in 2008 and quickly developed an emotional attachment to it and the MCU movies that followed. The movie became a starting point for the Avengers, and now look where we are. It's an end of an era. I don't know if I can put into words how emotional 'Avengers: Endgame' will be for me. To sum it up: there are certain things that can happen in a person's life that ignites a passion. I think the reason why the franchise has so many fans is because they're really good at bringing out that passion and an adrenaline rush. It's emotional for a lot of us because we've been following these characters for at least a decade. These are sci-fi/thriller movies that are dedicated to plenty of action sequences, however, there's a same amount of dedication put into building a connection with these heroes, as well. Superhero movies can be a hit or a miss, but to have a consistency to always be a hit for so many years speaks a lot about the time and commitment given to the stories, and all the talent.
From early reviews, I can see that the movie is living up to its potential which only excites me. Next week, I'll be watching the final chapter for our heroes and there is no way I can prepare for it. All I can do is to just live in the moment.