"Avengers: Endgame" And The Magic Of Storytelling

'Avengers: Endgame' and The Magic of Storytelling

Very mild 'Avengers: Endgame' spoilers ahead.


More than once I've lost myself in the world of fiction, devouring long series that I keep coming back to over and over again because they just felt like home. I never thought that any franchise of films could make me feel the same way books have. But when I first saw "Avengers" in 2012, everything changed. The combination of so many of my favorite personalities clashing, the love-hate sibling relationship between Thor and Loki, the incredible almost sacrifice of Iron Man, all of it was something no one had ever seen on the screen before. It almost felt impossible at the time, and I'll never forget the excitement that the movie gave me, how deeply I cared about those characters.

Now, almost 7 years later, I walked out of "Avengers: Endgame" with tears streaming down my face, a massive headache and heartache beyond belief. "Avengers: Endgame" was a "thank you" to the fans who have seen every movie, invested hours and years of their time with these superheroes. It was exactly what it needed to be, the culmination of 22 films of storytelling and the closure of beloved characters I've been in love with since I was a teenager.

As someone interested in the logistics of storytelling, it was fascinating to see how the Russo brothers decided to give closure to such iconic characters. Marvel has outdone themselves in terms of the sheer scope of storytelling. The genius lies in the simplicity, the fact that they were able to set up something in 2008 and pay it off in 2019, 22 movies later, is absolutely insane. Each of the original Avengers' story arcs was closed in some way, endings that were fulfilling and true to the characters. This alone is an incredible feat, but the Russo brothers did something I didn't think was possible: made me fall more in love with these heroes. Each beat of the narrative reminded me that these characters are human first, heroes second. They are flawed, complex, ridiculous, and make mistakes. But at the end of the day, they're still willing to sacrifice themselves for humanity: "Whatever it takes."

The power that this movie had over me is a testament to the work Marvel has put into these movies over the last 11 years. To feel so connected to a soldier from WWII, a "genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist", a giant angry green monster, a father with a crossbow, and a badass secret agent feels unreal. In years to come, I will remember where I was when I saw this movie. I will remember the way this film made me feel because to be moved by any piece of art is truly an honor.

Thank you, Avengers, for reminding me why we even bother telling these stories in the first place.

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9 Reasons You're Still In Love With Tim Riggins In 2019

Clear eyes. Full hearts.

If you're a Friday Night Lights fan, you know very well who Tim Riggins is. And if you've never seen the show, he's basically just the bad boy football star and sensitive hottie of your dreams, all wrapped into one heart-throbbing package. If you haven't already fallen under the Tim Riggins spell, you're about to...

1. He's the star running back of the Dillon Panthers.

Basically every girl who has walked this earth has fantasized about having that cliche football relationship. No shame. #33 on the field, #1 in my heart.

2. He's actually really sensitive.

Tim Riggins may seem hard and dysfunctional on the outside, but he's really just a big softie. He's no JD McCoy, who grew up lavishly and extremely fortunate; Tim had a rough upbringing. He and his brother, Billy, had to work hard all by themselves just to stay above water, which is most likely what keeps him so grounded and humbled.

3. He loves kids.

Tim didn't even think twice about taking his neighbor under his wing when he moved in next door. And for some reason, there's just somethin' about cute boys holding babies that makes us girls swoon.

4. He's genuine and honest.

Sure, maybe he took advantage of his football-star status and slept with most of the rally girls, but once he fell in love with Lyla we saw his compassionate side. (You probably envied Lyla and maybe even hated her for a while because of it...I know I did.)

5. He knows how to have a good time.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

6. He's a family man.

Tim took the blame for his brother's crime and went to prison for it...if that's not loyalty then I don't know what is.

7. He's affectionate.

If you either hate Lyla or you want to be Lyla or a combination of the both, you are not alone.

8. He's protective.

Probably the only time you've ever wanted to be in a tornado was when you watched the episode where he shielded Julie from flying debris.

9. He's beautiful.

You're welcome for blessing you with this GIF.

May you all find your own Tim Riggins. Amen.

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