Top 10 Avengers: Endgame Moments Ranked by Their Soul Crushing Weepiness

Top 10 Avengers: Endgame Moments Ranked by Their Soul Crushing Weepiness


Were tears a viable source of energy Avengers
Endgame could power Stark Tower and most of the midtown Manhattan high-rises around it.
It’s a movie that might as well have been scientifically engineered in a lab to make
audiences cry as it’s three full hours of payoff after 21 movies and a full decade’s
worth of emotional investment. The proof the movie made me a notorious skeptic about the
Marvel Cinematic Industrial Complex cry. Endgame shamelessly pulls from its characters
most sentimental beats both big and small, and even opens with one of the simplest yet
most effective heartstring-tuggers yet. Forget pee breaks — here’s a look at the weepiest
moments in Avengers Endgame. No. 10. HAWKEYE LOSES HIS FAMILY IN THE SNAP.
In case you forgot the cold open of Endgame returns us to a pre-Snap moment just as Hawkeye
loses his family. It’s a scene we all pretty much knew was coming given the appearance
of Ronin-Hawkeye in the trailers but it’s no less emotionally affecting for it. Yes
it’s the result of a giant alien snapping half of the world’s population out of existence
with a bejeweled gauntlet but the stakes still feel extremely real as Hawkeye is suddenly
left alone in the middle of field his wife and children nowhere to be seen. It’s surprisingly
stark as is the brief portion of the film that deals with the five-year fallout of Thanos
actions. You’ll cry if you loved The Leftovers. No. 9. NATASHA DIES.
Natasha’s self-sacrifice made to retrieve the Soul Stone from Vormir is one of the big-beat
scenes in Endgame. It’s the payoff to her relationship with Clint which has been teased
throughout the series and a wrap for the two Avengers who are in comparison to their colleagues
basically don’t have any powers. More importantly it’s the ultimate selfless act as committed
by a character who was introduced as having been once upon a time self-serving duplicitous
and only out for her own survival. You’ll cry if Clintasha is your Avengers
ship. No. 8. TONY STARK GETS THE CHANCE TO SAY GOODBYE
TO HIS DAD. Given that Endgame is Iron Man’s swan song
his chance to talk to his father. whose shadow loomed over Tony’s entire arc can’t be
overstated. When Howard finds Tony sneaking around the base they get the chance to talk
about fatherhood addressing Tony’s fears about being the kind of absent parent that
he thought Howard was. And learning that Howard truly loved him even if his work took him
away too often. As they part ways Tony can’t help hugging him and thanking him and it serves
as the goodbye that they never got to have before Howard’s untimely death. You’ll cry if you have a complicated relationship
with one or both of your parents. No. 7. SPIDER-MAN RETURNS TO IRON MAN’S
HUGS. One of the big things weighing on Tony’s
mind in Endgame is a sense of responsibility for Peter Parker getting zapped by Thanos.
He’s got a lot of deep-seated anxiety about being a parent surrogate and eventually literal
and Spider-Man becoming collateral damage is something he takes personally. When Thanos’
damage is finally undone and Spider-Man returns Tony immediately hugs him in a moment of vulnerability
that nicely echoes the not-quite-hug the two shared in Spider-Man Homecoming. You’ll cry if you also consider Spider-Man
to be your son. No. 6. STEVE ROGERS GLIMPSING PEGGY CARTER
THROUGH A WINDOW. Cap and Tony jaunt back through time also
puts them squarely in a window when Peggy would be around SHIELD. And their sneaking
through the military compound actually puts Steve within a stone’s throw of his lost
love. He slips into an office to avoid detection only to discover that it’s Peggy. She keeps
a photo of his pre-serum self on her desk and he spies her through the window in the
adjoining room. For one long moment he stares at her through the glass before returning
to the mission at hand. You’ll cry if you have a single tender bone
in your body. No. 5. THOR TRIES TO SAVE FRIGGA.
When Thor returns to 2013 Asgard to retrieve the Reality Stone he’s transported just
moments before the murder of his mother Frigga. She discovers his presence despite his best
attempts at hiding and they share an all-too-brief talk about his guilt over his failure to stop
Thanos and fix the damage done. “This isn’t about who you’re supposed to be,” she
says. “It’s about who you are.” Which is to say his failures don’t define him
and he still has the chance to do some good. As with Tony’s reunion with his father Thor
is helpless to stop what’s about to happen and Frigga being the witch that she is knows
that there’s no use in trying to change the past at least in this respect. The important
part is that he realizes his self-worth which brings us to. You’ll cry if you loved Lady Bird. 4. “I’M STILL WORTHY!”
Thor calling Mjolnir and discovering that it still answers his call. It’s just proof
of what Frigga’s told him — essentially that he is still a good man — and it’s
a sweet moment given just how torn up Thor has been up until this point. He’s still
worthy to wield the mighty hammer even if he might not necessarily always feel that
he is. You’ll cry if you are at all familiar with
self-doubt. No. 3. IRON MAN DIES SAVING THE WORLD.
Iron Man sacrificing himself to fire off the Infinity Gauntlet one last time is arguably
the big-ticket dramatic moment in Endgame as like Natasha’s death. it’s the ultimate
sacrifice. And to top it all off it’s coming after Tony’s grown enough not just to settle
down but also to become a parent — he’s putting it all on the line for the sake of
the greater good. His goodbye to Pepper who tells him it’s alright is made even more
heartbreaking given the message he’s seen recording for her at the beginning of the
movie as well as his final goodbye video which make it clear just how much he’s grown.
It’s not just that arc reactor that’s proof Tony Stark has a heart. You’ll cry if the “hero’s journey”
archetype gets you every time. No. 2. HAPPY HOGAN TELLS TONY’S DAUGHTER
HE’LL GET HER CHEESEBURGERS. At Tony’s funeral Happy Hogan talks with
Morgan Tony’s daughter. In an echo of how devoted he was to her father he tells her
that he’ll get her anything she wants. As it turns out the thing she wants is cheeseburgers
— the very thing Tony asked for in the first Iron Man after returning from Afghanistan.
It’s enough of a reminder to get Happy to choke up. The beat is a small one, but a nice
bow on Tony’s arc. You’ll cry if you are a parent. No. 1. STEVE FINALLY GETS THAT DANCE WITH
PEGGY. Captain America deciding to hang up his shield
and go live with the love of his life is perhaps the most earnest — and earned — end to
his story. He’s saved the world over and over and over again, and there’s only one
promise that he’s failed to keep that saved dance for Peggy. His life with her is also
the one thing he gets to keep for himself where every other aspect of his life as Captain
America has been in the public eye. His life as Steve Rogers is his as he politely refuses
to tell Sam about it and a fitting end to his story. You’ll cry if no conditional.
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