Volume Eight, Issue Sixteen!
“Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame”
The secrecy surrounding Avengers: Endgame is at near ludicrous levels, with Disney and Marvel studios going to extreme lengths to keep the events of the film under wraps. Of course, I’m not going to start spoiling the movie here, because honestly, the fun in enjoying Endgame is watching it as fresh as possible. Though if you haven’t done a completely MCU rewatch in the past year, you’re probably going to want to do so before watching Endgame, the epic finale to the grand experiment that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Make no mistake, if Endgame is anything, it’s the conclusion of the “Infinity Saga” that began all the way back in 2008 with Iron Man. In that regard, it’s a stunning achievement of how Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige were able to not only pull this experiment off, but keep it chugging along for the past decade and change. It feels huge and epic, and running at a not so lean three hours, it certainly fits that description. While many may shrug this film off as just Infinity War Part Two will find that thought put away within the first few minutes of the film, and it really feels like it’s own movie. Every character goes on a journey throughout this film, and come out completely different from where they were not only their last movie, but where they were at the beginning of this film.
Joe and Anthony Russo deserve a nice vacation after sheparding this film and it’s predecessor over the finish line. After seeing the finished project, it clearly wasn’t an easy task, but they’re able to balance the different plot threads pretty effectively, though like Infinity War there’s a bit of a drag in the middle as the plot keeps chugging along. But once you see the final bombastic minutes, even the most jaded moviegoier will find it hard not to be impressed by what they’re seeing.
Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Robert Downey Jr are the true hearts of this movie, while Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang and Karen Gillen’s Nebula have surprisingly big roles. There’s also plenty of badass moments for Jeremy Renner, and his relationship with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow are some of the highlights of the film. And Mark Ruffalo…well, let’s just say I was VERY surprised with him in this film.
I suppose I’m in a tough spot, because I don’t want to spoil Endgame, but in order to effectively review it, I have to. It’s also kind of hard to review it as a standalone film, because it not only has ties to Infinity War, but the entire history of the MCU as well. So I’ll probably just leave it at this: if you’ve seen all the Marvel films, hell, even if you’ve seen a handful, you’ll still have plenty in this movie to latch onto. It’s truly an epic in every sense of the word, and a heartwarming and thrilling love letter to the Marvel characters, their creators, and the fans that made this movie experiment possible.