What to Watch Before ENDGAME

Avengers: Endgame is less than one month away and it is going to be one of the biggest movies in history. 10 years of plotting, 22 movies of building, heroes rising and teammates falling; the movie is going to be massive! But for many, that is a lot of cinema time to take in before showtime, between all of the movies and interconnected television shows which weave a cohesive universe. To help streamline your viewing (and reviewing) process, I have listed out the top 5 movies to really need to watch before you go to see Endgame.

Avengers: Infinity War - This might be the most obvious movie to need to watch, but I selected it for one specific reason; tone. This is a movie you need to watch again a couple of days before Endgame just to remind you where everything left off. It might sound macabre, but remembering who all were rendered to dust at the end of the movie, and knowing who is stranded far from home will be important to the first 1/3rd of the movie. We need to see the rise and and successes of the Mad Titan Thanos before we see how remaining heroes are able to muster for a retaliation.

Captain America: Civil War – Part of the underlying thrust of the main three characters in Endgame will be the rebuilding of trust. In Civil War, Iron Man stood against Captain America in disagreement over the Sokovia Accords, which established a UN panel to oversee and control the Avengers. Thor was off on his own adventures, serving as a neutral party of sorts, so the three are not currently seeing eye-to-eye. Their past issues will be an undercurrent for their greater actions in this movie, as they find resolution for the greatest good. The Wachowski brothers have even commented that this movie will have importance on the plot of Endgame. This was the first film of Phase Three in the MCU, and so it serves as the beginning of the end.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol I – This movie established the capabilities of the Infinity Stones, as we see how powerful the Power Stone is all on its own. Up until now we were only teased the possibilities of the other stones like the Tesseract (Space Stone) in other movies. However, it is the ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ moments where the Guardians are talking with the Collector that we learn more about these stones as well as the Celestials, and we begin to see somewhat of the scope of the greater story. We even see Thanos fully for the first time. Some of these plot points will bleed into the next phase of MCU, but I believe crucial details were buried in here for all of the stories that have followed.

Doctor Strange – This movie was essentially the first Marvel movie to really open up the realm of possibilities, messing with time and space. Magic is a difficult thing to explain in the MCU, as the power sets and limits are undefined. Mix that with the Time Stone creating almost infinite possibilities, and you have one of Marvel's most clever characters at the heart of a reality bending story. In Infinity War, it seems as if Strange knew a little more than he was letting on, and we are certain to see his plans and his predictions unfold in Endgame.

Ant Man and the Wasp – Huge plot points were set up in this movie, which was the first MCU movie released after Infinity War. It may not appear to be all that important on the surface, but the exploration of the Quantum Realm is believed to be either the Key, or the Key Hole, in unlocking what the Avengers need to do so save the universe from the destruction caused by Thanos. It’s a fun movie that is meant to be a little lighter, and therefore refreshing, just after the wight and the drama of Infinity War. That way we had a pleasant a rising action in the subsequent Captain Marvel movie, so we could be primed when reach the Endgame. Who would have thought that Ant Man would be so important to the franchise?

Truthfully, it would help if you have seen every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to date, as I am certain their will be subtleties for each character, and Easter Eggs throughout the movie that only the most die hard of fans would appreciate. Also, with the rumors of time and space travel, we can be assured that we will get to go back to events of other movies, seeing events from new perspectives. The battle in New York from the first Avengers film has already been confirmed to a degree, so we can only speculate what other moments might return. As of the release of this weblog, you have 2 weeks to watch you favorite Marvel movies one more time in preparation for the grand finale! Feel free to also watch the final trailers for Endgame posted below, and I will see you at the theater on opening weekend!