NO SPOILERS OF COURSE
11 years and 22 films later, Marvel has delivered their biggest and most ambitious project to date. Avengers: Endgame has arrived and pits the surviving Avengers against Thanos (Josh Brolin) in one final confrontation that not only closes out the story of 2018’s Infinity War, but acts as a conclusion to everything that has come before it.
Avengers: Infinity War was a massive film. Enormous in scope, ambitious in scale, and delivered on bringing together 10 years of films and characters who we’ve grown to love. But Endgame is another beast entirely. This does what no film has done prior, acting as a finale to a 22 episode season in which it has to tie up every single storyline and character arc in the space of 3 hours. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have pulled off something magnificent and extraordinary that I don’t think we will ever see the likes of again. There is not a minute of this movie that is wasted on something insignificant. The storytelling is so tight and focused that there isn’t a moment of downtime long enough for a quick toilet break. The story goes to places you never would have predicted and executes it in epic fashion.
So little has been revealed about this story to where I didn’t have a clue about where things would go. Anything in here that I thought might happen definitely doesn’t go down in any way I could have imagined. As far as surprises come, this movie is packed to the brim with moments that will shock and surprise anyone from the casual to the die-hard MCU fan. It’s rare to have no idea where a story is going to go in todays social media age and Endgame is a reminder of how good that feels. The intensity and emotional weight of this journey is on the rise the entire way through. It’s a constant building of tension and drama that has you engaged and locked in indefinitely. The first half is a lot of dealing with the aftermath of Infinity War and kicking off the events of this film and it’s done so at a slower but still thrilling and entertaining pace. The last hour or so of this movie is non stop right to the final second. A love letter to everything that has come before it, the back end of this movie is the perfect way to cap off everything that has come in the MCU so far.
The performances in here are top notch as expected as we’ve already seen everyone in here put their all into their characters. Veteran MCU stars Chris Evans (Captain America) and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) are as good as they’ve ever been as their characters. They have tied together the MCU for 11 years now and are the glue that ties together the emotion and tension of this entire story. They’re phenomenal leads but they aren’t the only major players in here. The extended supporting cast are all great including Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), and the returning Paul Rudd (Ant Man) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye). Chris Hemsworth (Thor) is one of the biggest highlights of the film as his character is taken in a very interesting direction I for one could not have predicted. Karen Gillan‘s Nebula has a much more involved role in this film than in any of her previous appearances. Karen brings a lot to this story and gets does a lot for the development of her character, making her journey one of the more engaging and rewarding in here.
The visuals are stunning and the action is the most exciting and varied action the MCU has seen to date. There are a number of moments where there is a lot going on at once, but one thing the Russo brothers perfected with Infinity War is being able to show a lot of information on screen at once without being overwhelming. There are individual moments that give you that ‘wow’ factor and will be remembered by everyone who exits that cinema but this film as a whole is a spectacle like nothing else.
Avengers: Endgame will put you through an emotional rollercoaster. It will give you chills with the epic action sequences that grace the screen. It will make you laugh with the comedy that is only injected at the right moments and doesn’t feel out of place. It will pull on those heart strings and get you emotional (it got me more than once). I’m not saying it’s a perfect film but it really is the perfect way to close out such a large cluster of stories in one movie. I hope we one day see the Russo brothers return to the MCU but I don’t think we’ll ever get an event or spectacle quite as stellar as this.
There is so much I cannot talk about which I will save for an inevitable spoiler review after i see this one again.