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8 Movies You Must See Before You Watch Avengers: Endgame

April 25, 2019
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The ‘Avengers‘ series by Marvel Studios is one of the most ambitious film franchises in history. A narrative arc stretched across 21 movies and over ten years is a Herculean task deftly carried out by the makers. All of the excitement and interest regarding this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to a stop with ‘Avengers: Endgame’. This film is the culmination point of many characters who have become almost a part of our lives.

In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, despite the efforts of the earth’s mightiest superheroes, Thanos manages to destroy half of all the life forms on the earth. And it is with his victory and the defeat of the Avengers that ‘Endgame’ begins. It is now upon the remaining Avengers to bring back Tony Stark from outer space and prepare a final attack on Avengers. The stakes are high and the odds against our favorite heroes. If you are planning to watch ‘Avengers: Endgame’, then we have some recommendations for you that you can watch to prepare yourself. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Avengers: Endgame’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

8. X Men: First Class (2011)

The fifth movie in the X-Men franchise takes us back to the origins of the two factions and leaders of our favorite mutants. We witness Magneto (real name – Erik Lehnsherr) spending his days in a Nazi concentration camp where his mother is killed right before his eyes, while Charles Xavier grows up in a stable family, goes to school, and then to Oxford University. These two starkly contrasting upbringings help us understand why Magneto is always vengeful and looking for vengeance, while Xavier is a man of peace and dialogue. The movie begins with a Nazi scientist called Schmidt witnessing Lehnsherr’s unique ability to move any metal object.

After Lehnsherr escapes from the camp, we meet him after he has grown up and is looking for Schmidt to avenge his mother’s death. Schmidt has now changed his name to Sebastian Shaw and has collected a group of rogue mutants to create disturbances all around the world, hoping to trigger World War III between humans and mutants so that humans are defeated and the mutants rule the earth forever. Xavier and Lehnsherr join forces to defeat Shaw and his mutants. Later, we also learn why Xavier loses his ability to walk. The movie received high praises from critics, who hailed the brilliant casting of James McAvoy as Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Magneto.

7. Generation X (1996)

Did you know that the first movie made about the X Men dates back to 1996? ‘Generation X’ was conceived as a pilot for a series of television movies New World Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment Group had planned. Though the series never materialized, ‘Generation X’ was released on television and it serves as a reminder to the beginnings of X Men being adapted for the screen.

The film depicts Xavier’s School Of Gifted Youngsters being run by Emma Frost and Sean Cassidy. They bring in troubled mutant children and in the school, these children are taught how to deal with their powers and to negotiate their way among humans. The group faces a crisis when one of them, Skin, is entrapped by an evil scientist who uses special dream control techniques. This scientist believes that brain matter from mutants will trigger his psychic abilities. It is now upon Frost, Cassidy, and the other students to save Skin and prevent the scientist from carrying out experiments on unassuming mutants.

6. The Guns Of Navarone (1961)

All tropes used in a movie, especially in something as big and as commercially viable as ‘Avengers: Endgame’, have been in use before. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ can be classified as a “men on a mission” movie, where it is upon a bunch of guys to complete a certain mission and we follow them as they cross several obstacles to get their job done. One of the most important exponents of such films is 1961’s ‘The Guns Of Navarone’. Directed by J. Lee Thompson, the film was adapted from famous thriller novelist Alistair MacLean’s novel of the same name.

The story of the film is set in 1943 during World War II. The Nazis want to capture an island called Kheros where around 2000 Allied forces are marooned. But no one can help these stranded soldiers because the Nazis have installed two huge superguns on the Navarone Island, which bombs any Allied ship that come close. To destroy the gun and ensure the safety of the soldiers, the British army gathers a group of commandos who can go to Navarone and destroy the superguns. The movie boasts of a huge star cast with Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle. The film was a huge critical and commercial success and also won the Academy Award for Special Effects and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Original Score.

5. Inferno (2016)

Well, if you think Thanos is the only one who ever wanted to destroy half of all life forms, you’re wrong. Meet Bertrand Zobrist — he is a billionaire scientist, who, on his quest to save the earth, decides that the best way to go about it is by destroying half of the human population. Dr. Robert Langdon, the lead character of the movie, realizes that Zobrist is leaving around clues to where his superweapon called Inferno is located. This Inferno will release a certain virus in the air which shall affect all human beings when consumed. The first clue Langdon finds is a drawing similar to Botticelli’s Map of Hell. Langdon’s encyclopedic knowledge about the intricacies of clues hidden in ancient works, and historical secrets we do not find in normal books helps him locate the Inferno. But will he be able to stop the virus from spreading and affecting millions? Critics did not take positively to the series. Rotten Tomatoes’ critics consensus states, “Senselessly frantic and altogether shallow, Inferno sends the Robert Langdon trilogy spiraling to a convoluted new low.”

4. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

This Quentin Tarantino masterpiece is a movie set in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. When the movie begins, we are introduced to a highly shrewd Nazi officer called Colonel Hans Landa. He knows how to find Jews who have been hidden in the France countryside by their kind neighbors and naturally, when he finds them, he shows no mercy. To unleash terror among the Nazis, Lieutenant Aldo Raine of the United States Army gathers a group of Jews who can be very ruthless when necessary and with this group of men, he secretly comes to France to kill as many Nazi officers as possible.

Meanwhile, Shosanna, a girl whose parents were killed by Landa, finds a unique opportunity to kill all senior members of the Nazi Party including Hitler, when they visit her theatre for a movie premiere. Aldo also sees this as an opportunity to bring the Nazis down once and for all. The only challenge he faces is Colonel Hans Landa. The movie is regarded by many as a masterpiece while some still dismiss the film as silly and ludicrous. Like all Tarantino flicks, ‘Inglourious Basterds’ was also criticized for its explicit depiction of violence.

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3. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

The second Avengers’ film, ‘Age of Ultron’ sees the Avengers up against a villain of Tony Stark’s making. Stark was trying to create an army of super-intelligent robots which would constantly protect the earth. But the first one that he creates, Ultron, believes that to protect the Earth, all human beings must die. Ultron escapes Stark’s facility and also steals the scepter of Loki, on which the Tesseract is attached. It is now upon the Avengers to stop Ultron from carrying out his plan. The movie received praise from certain critics while others criticized it for its generic content.

2. Captain America: Civil War (2017)

The Avengers have not always managed to work with each other peacefully. Sometimes their philosophies and differences create a wedge between them and they end up fighting amongst each other. Such a fate befalls them in this film. After the events of ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’, the huge destruction of property that occurred in Sokovia makes the United Nations want to pass the Sokovia Accords, which would bring the Avengers under the direct supervision of the UN.

When the mother of a dead social worker confronts Tony Stark about the immense destruction he and his friends carried out and how it killed her son, Stark expresses his opinion that signing the Accords will be the best option; but Steve Rogers (Captain America) differs. He thinks the Avengers should not in any way be restricted from their powers to operate. The tension between Rogers and Stark intensifies because of this difference of opinion, and it reaches a whole new level when Stark discovers that Rogers’ friend Bucky Barnes is responsible for the death of his parents. Bucky was actually kidnapped by Hydra and was created into a Winter Soldier with superhuman abilities.

1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

This is the penultimate chapter in the story of The Avengers and Thanos. In ‘Infinity War’, Thanos goes on gathering the Infinity Stones and ends up collecting all six of them. Now with all of the stones in his possession, he naturally becomes the most powerful being in the universe. The Avengers, on the other hand, are scattered everywhere, and can hardly match up to Thanos strength. Even Hulk does not manage to put up a proper fight and is easily defeated. Thanos believes that the universe’s main problem is overpopulation, and thus he believes he has to kill off half the population of the entire universe. The movie proves to be a great set-up for the final battle between the Avengers and Thanos. It won Teen Choice and People Choice Awards in numerous categories.

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