When it comes down to the cinematic universe, I only love two – Star Wars and Marvel. I think the reason for this is because both have done a great job in telling their story. Unlike other movie franchises, they don’t force the whole story in one movie. Instead, they do the build-up.
For Marvel, they work on their characters (we have solo movies like Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, etc.) and only then do they bring them together in one bigger and badder movie. Hence, 11 years and counting. They weren’t afraid to take their TIME and the return on investment shows. You can be a fan of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, or any other character… and still show up in the cinema to watch the Avengers even if it isn’t a solo movie. But if we’re being real, we know that any diehard Marvel fan will watch all the Marvel movies anyway. Am I right or..? 😜
Watching their latest movie makes me so emotional. It’s realizing that The Avengers finally came to an end in
uhm the Endgame. I can’t remember how many times I cried because I was happy, sad, proud, and even more sad watching it. While this post was supposed to be some countdown on my favorite moments (there were plenty), I’ve decided to contain it for now and write something thematic instead.
Without doing the math, the Avengers are actually great leaders.. and here’s why and what I’ve learned from them:
Spoilers, obviously… but you’ve been warned.
10 leadership lessons we can all learn from #AvengersEndgame:
We all fail.
Thor blew us away in Infinity War, but when he acts opposite god of thunder in Avengers Endgame, it reminds us that leaders can fail too and be sad about it. Of course, not in the way that “we’re failures and there’s nothing we can do about it”, but in the comforting way that “hey, everyone else makes mistakes too.” Take it from Frigga, Thor’s mother who told him, “You’re a failure just like everyone else.”
That doesn’t mean we should stop trying.
Challenges may bring us down, but it doesn’t have to be that way forever. I could think of multiple instances from the movie proving this but my favorite was when Black Widow said, “Even if there’s a small chance, we owe this to everyone who’s not in this room to try.” With Captain America replying, “We’ll do, whatever it takes.” They’ve failed once (Infinity War) but were more than willing to try again. Great heroes (and leaders) are nothing but resilient.
Because there is always hope.
Since Infinity War ended, people have already been talking about how Hawkeye and Ant Man were not in the picture. True to fan guesses/theories, they had bigger roles in the last movie, Avengers Endgame. I especially love that Ant Man – although he was being bullied for being small and well, weird – also gave the Avengers hope, even if that meant five years later. #MyLowkeyMVP
Because of this, the Endgame was set in motion too.
Great leaders know how to listen to different perspectives.
Scott Lang explains quantum physics and his idea of time travel to Natasha Romanoff and Steve Rogers. Feeling crazy, he then apologizes about it right away. Natasha answers: “I get emails from a raccoon. Nothing sounds crazy anymore.” and this shows how she’s willing to actually listen without judgement. Great leaders know very well to listen to other people in order to succeed.
And still show grace to others.
“I don’t judge people on their worst mistakes.” – Natasha
You could make mistakes, but great leaders look at you the same way he/she sees the star player – valuable as ever. They’ll even help you get up because they remember being in the same position once. At the same time, they could be so *up there* – great and godly – yet still remain kind to others.
They are not afraid of making changes.
When Thor passed on the leadership of Asgard to Valkyrie. He said, “You’re a leader.” And she replied, “You know I will make a lot of changes around here.” Striking as that may sound, Thor didn’t take it back and instead supported Valkyrie.
Now, I’ve seen this so many times before: predecessors who go back because they don’t trust the changes their successors will be making. Good leaders support and believe in their successors. They’re not afraid of changes even if that means it is not under their “watch” anymore.
And they know very well when to pass the torch.
..or shield, for this matter. Finally, we’ve come to one my favorite scenes where we see an elderly Steve Rogers handing the shield to Sam Wilson. Great leaders know that there is no success without a succession. They won’t hold on to their leadership thinking no one else can measure up to them but rather, they see potential in people, believing that others can become a great leader too.
This was a pretty emotional scene knowing that (in our timeline), after 11 years, the Captain America we grew up with is finally retiring BUT leaving us in good hands.
Because it takes a team.
We all remember THAT scene when Captain America’s shield was broken (and probably our spirts at that point) yet he still stood up to Thanos. It really felt like the Avengers were on the losing end and I seriously thought Cap was going to die then. But the *vanished* Avengers show up just in time through the magic portals c/o of Dr. Strange and Cap says the iconic “AVENGERS.. ASSEMBLE!” Yup, that scene has me crying for days. Ahhh, this team.
(Also that scene when the women of Marvel quickly backed-up Captain Marvel when she had the gauntlet… wow.)
And great teams have great depth.
The cinema crowd went wild (yes, wild) when Captain America was able to wield Thor’s hammer, which greatly helped the Avengers during the battle against Thanos. I couldn’t explain why I was feeling proud at first, but then I realized that it was because of how this proves that the Avengers are really an elite-tier team. Good teams are composed of good individuals, but great teams have great depth. It’s not anymore just about what one member can bring to the table (their strength), but about how these members are also as strong as each other. By the rule of Mjolnir, Captain America is worthy like Thor.
Lastly: winning involves sacrifice.
Sometimes, leaders have a higher price to pay than anyone else. The Avengers wouldn’t have gotten that far if it wasn’t for Natasha Romanoff’s sacrifice. The snap saved the universe, but cost Tony Stark his life. To win you gotta lose, you gotta sacrifice.
Tony Stark puts it, “Part of the journey is the end. Everything’s going to work out exactly like it’s supposed to.” The Avengers Endgame, no doubt, lived up to its hype and I could not think of a better way to close the loop on those 22 films. Thank you Marvel and thank you Avengers for this story.
Now, be right back… still crying.