Avengers: Endgame is the final part of an epic story told across 22 movies spanning 11 years. Back then, the world was in a full-blown global recession and international banking crisis with the collapse of the investment bank Lehman Brothers.
It was then that Marvel started a project called the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and faced a lot of criticism, doubters and haters.
Marvel didn’t even have the licence to more popular characters like Spiderman which they had sold to Sony, and X-Men and the Fantastic Four which they had sold to 20th Century Fox to avoid bankruptcy. They were only left with “B-grade” heroes like Iron Man and and Thor.
Marvel faced a shaky start at best where actors like Rhodey (aka Iron Patriot in Iron Man 2) and the Incredible Hulk had to be replaced. Audience feedback was negative with comments like too boring, too serious, and too slow.
Even though the first few Marvel movies did well commercially, they didn’t really find massive success until the release of the first Avengers movie in 2012, the sixth movie in the MCU.
This was a period of tweaking and making changes over four years since the first Iron Man was released until they got the formula right. All the ingredients for a great movie came together with a good story, decent acting, a dash of comedy, and lots of action.
This formula caused more people to invest their interest (and time and money) in the characters and stories.
And this finally culminated in the Endgame.
It’s Avengers’ business
Avengers: Endgame caps absolutely monumental artistic and business achievement.
Twenty-two movies, eleven years, USD$19.8 billion dollars made in the global box office with USD$2.2 billion (and counting) from Endgame itself. There’s much to learn from this success from a business standpoint.
You start with a dream of what you want to achieve. Even though in the beginning there’ll be those doubting and criticising you, it’s important to focus on your long-term goals.
It is virtually guaranteed you will face problems and challenges when you start. But if you continually focus on the right purpose, you’ll eventually hit the right formula to succeed.
You’ll need to get real and authentic. Every Marvel movie feels as if the creators genuinely and sincerely wanted to tell a good story – which is what making movies is all about.
By doing so, they appealed to a larger group, not just hardcore comic book fans. They were able to tell awesome stories which happened to have superheroes creating a new generation of fans. And made a lot of money in the process.
Being a successful business leader, manager or entrepreneur requires you to be proactive. Know your options. Build a strong team. Learn from your mistakes.
Put the past behind you for any ill-feeling for the greater benefit of all. Be forward looking as a leader. Have a succession plan.
Things can change in an instant. Hawkeye’s entire family disappeared causing him to go into full vigilante mode. There are moments where things change out of your control.
And there are moments where you need to make a decision (often in split seconds) that will alter the whole reality of your future (and those around you).
And when things happen, you have a choice whether to let the experience shape you to be bitter or better. Don’t judge others as well on what they have gone through unless you have walked in their shoes.
“I don’t judge people on their worst mistakes.” ~Natasha to Hawkeye
Only God knows when things will change in an instant. As mortals, we can only prepare as best as we can and leave the rest to God.
Treasure your time with your loved ones. Spend time with the relationships and people who really matter to you. Don’t be afraid to tell you loved ones that you love them 3,000 every day.
“I love you 3000” ~Tony Stark and daughter Morgan
When your life on earth inevitably draws to an end, what matters is not your career or money even if you are a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist. It will be about your loved ones and your family.
“When I drift off, I will dream about you. It’s always you.” ~Tony Stark (recorded)
Even Thanos had a retirement plan
Thanos knew what he wanted – which was to live a simple life as a minimalist farmer in “the garden”, officially called Planet 0259-S and not to be confused with a certain mall.
Thanos always had that plan and talked about it extensively with his daughter Nebula.
Even if you’re an amazing superhero blessed with long life and an amazing ass, you will eventually grow old too. Retirement may seem far away but this is one thing that really is inevitable.
Know your life and financial priorities and your long-term goals. Have a personalised financial plan to guide your journey. And enjoy the process of moving towards your financial freedom.
I am Iron Man
You don’t need to be someone else. You don’t need to be an egoistic tyrant. And you definitely don’t need to be inevitable. You just need to be yourself in your life, your story, your work and even your own financial plan.
Another lesson drawn from this is that the line by Tony Stark was only added in the final months before the movie was released. Be flexible towards changes. Grab opportunities that come your way, even if it costs you more time and effort.
There were some fans who were unhappy that Tony Stark died in Endgame sacrificing himself for the greater good.
However, sometimes people are called to go above and beyond. Sometimes you have a responsibility and need to step up to the plate. Sometimes you are that one in 14 million for someone who really needs you.
While you may not have superpowers, you are likely a hero or trusted ally – whether as a parent, child, friend, colleague, boss or client. You owe it to them to put your heart in doing what you should and on what is right. Whatever it takes.
What will be your Endgame moment? How will you get there?
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