"Avengers: Endgame" is a poignant, powerful finale that more than lives up to the hype: It's a thrilling conclusion to the current Avengers saga and a deeply emotional exploration of loss and love, duty and honor, friendship and family. With themes of courage, teamwork, and perseverance, it's the ultimate gift to Marvel fans: They'll laugh, cry, and cheer as their favorite superheroes team up to save the universe one more time -- all of which means there's plenty for families to talk about after watching this Common Sense Seal-honored film.
Try these discussion questions for kids:
- Talk about the movie's action violence. Does any of it seem realistic? Is it intended to? Is there a difference in the impact between hand-to-hand combat and catastrophic, buildings-collapsing types of explosions? How can a single death be just as or even more upsetting than the death of crowds?
- What are the movie's messages about teamwork, courage, and perseverance? Why are these important character strengths?
- The movie deals with grief, loss, and trauma. How do the characters handle their pain differently? Which ones deal with trauma in a healthy way, and which don't? What motivates them all to "be better," as Natasha says?
- Why is it important for superheroes to be diverse? Do you think the Marvel Cinematic Universe offers strong examples of both racial and gender diversity? Has it changed over the films' history? What other types of representation would you like to see in these movies?
- What will you miss most about this particular combination of Avengers? Which characters did you like best in this installment? Which characters surprised you the most? Which Marvel-based stories do you hope they continue making?