Avengers: EndGame is on its way to not just become the highest grossing superhero movie of all time (beating predecessor Avengers: Infinity War), but also perhaps the highest grossing film of all time (Avatar holds that record). The movie, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, has been getting much love from the fans as well as the critics. What makes EndGame so special is that the movie is not just about visual spectacles (the final hour is terrific though), but also about developing character arcs. It is about moments, and there are plenty of them in EndGame for us to savour, cheer and weep on! Warning, HUGE SPOILERS ABOUT THE FILM AHEAD! Before Avengers: EndGame, This Blockbuster Geeky Movie Used a Similar Time Travel Technique 10 Years Ago!!!
A movie like Avengers: EndGame deserves a couple and more rewatches just to catch all the details that are hidden between the lines (and the scenes). Like, did you know that there was a tragic love story hidden in Marvel's superhero ensemble?
No, I am not talking about director Joe Russo's cameo, where he plays a gay man who goes on a tearjerker date. Nor am I talking about Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) going on a murder spree after losing his family, including wife, to the Snap. Iron Man and Pepper Potts' love story is heartbreaking, but again, you wouldn't have missed that one Yes, Captain America (Chris Evans) reuniting with his old flame Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) at the end of the film is a beautiful moment, but hell, even that's not the romance I am talking about!
In fact, the romance I am harping on happens in the enemy camp, that is, in Thanos' army. Remember these two characters from Avengers: Infinity War?
They are Proxima Midnight (Carrie Coon) and Corvus Glaive (Michael James Shaw), the members of Thanos' Black Order (that also consists of Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian). Though Infinity War doesn't specify it, Proxima and Corvus are married to each other. Which is why Proxima is seen rushing towards an injured Corvus (after the latter is attacked by Black Widow) during the Edinburgh sequence.
Though the entire Black Order gets killed by the end of Infinity War, all the four, or their 2014 versions, return in the climax of Avengers: EndGame thanks to time travel shenanigans. Is Avengers Endgame The Fastest Film to Enter the Rs 200 Crore Club in India? Find Out!
Corvus and Proxima don't get much to do here, in fact, Proxima doesn't even have a dialogue in the movie. However, there is a scene in the climax that shows how close they are to each other.
Remember the scene where all the female superheroes band together to help Captain Marvel reach Ant-Man's van? In the process, one of them manages to gravely injure Corvus.
Later, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) uses his own version of Infinity Gauntlet to snap Thanos' army out of existence. We then see a wide shot of Thanos, and in the background, we see all his men and monsters getting obliterated. And if you don't blink, you will also see Proxima crouched near the corner of the screen, with a dying Corvus in her lap. She must be mourning over him, before both of them are snapped out of existence.
If they didn't belong to Thanos' army, we would have some sort of sympathy for these two. But by then we were already mourning for our own fallen heroes, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Iron Man. Still, it is incredible that despite so much happening in the film, Russo Brothers manages to find a moment for Proxima and Corvus, no matter how small it is.