Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writer: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, Josh Brolin
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Rated PG-13 | Minutes: 181
Release Date: April 26, 2019
It wouldn’t be the least bit cliche to say that all good things must come to an end. For Marvel Studios, all roads that have been paved by the last 21 movies in the last 11 years have led up to Avengers: Endgame. What directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo have done is truly indescribable. It’s a true gift to the fans who have been a part of this journey since 2008. To put it simply, it is the epic conclusion to an 11-year story arc.
Filled with a wide range of emotions from joy, sorrow, laughter, and excitement, Avengers: Endgame will surely go down as one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. Check out my full review below.
Avengers: Endgame place after Thanos (Josh Brolin) used his powers to wipe out half of all life with the snap of his fingers. Scattered across the galaxy, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) must find a way to reunite with their the fellow Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. Meanwhile, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) discuss their next plan of attack on Thanos. Meanwhile, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has gone rogue and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) is still stuck in the Quantum Realm.
In order to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, there won’t be any more plot details beyond the already vague description above. Although, watching Infinity War and a few of the other Marvel Studios movies will help you have an understanding of the context. And it goes without saying that you can expect to see a few surprising plot devices in order to keep things interesting and refreshing.
But really, this is a movie that is supposed to give our beloved heroes a proper sendoff. And Avengers: Endgame gives us just that. Here we see these characters at their most vulnerable moments. They are trying to get past a devastating loss they suffered at the hands of Thanos. Not only did they fail to stop him, but they could not prevent him from dusting half of all life in the universe. So the Avengers are in a new place because they have never experienced a loss of this magnitude. But as they hastily try to figure out how to undo the damage that has been done, they are actually pushing each other further apart.
This sets up a much different pace than what was set up in Infinity War. Instead of watching these heroes scrambling to prevent Thanos from achieving his plans, they are put in a position where they are letting their raw emotions blind their judgment. They are forced to confront their own failures. Watching them as they reel is emotionally distressing, especially if you’ve been a part of their story since the very beginning.
See, Avengers: Endgame taps into certain emotions in a way that no other Marvel Studios movie has done before. By doing this it organically builds to a series of unbelievably awesome and unforgettable moments. Because of this, we can believe that Tony is arguing with Rocket, or Hulk helps Thor in his time of need. Though a majority of it is emotionally heavy, there are moments where tongue-in-cheek insults that target another hero’s powers and abilities or their body figure, or just good old-fashioned name-calling can break the tension.
But one cannot get past how emotionally invested fans are in these characters. To watch their heroes turn into dust in an instant was overwhelming. To them, these deaths are very real. But Avengers: Endgame gives the remaining heroes a chance to avenge those who they have lost. Not only that, but audiences can find closure knowing that they haven’t given up hope.
While the build-up is slow, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely‘s script sets itself up for something bigger. Much bigger than any one of us could have ever imagined. And that is not hyperbole. Although there is a lot going on within the first two acts, it is still very well-paced, and smaller in scale when compared to what’s coming in the third act.
It’s in that time that audiences can see how these heroes have come to grips with their failures. Some are coping well. Others have moved on. Others have come to terms with who they are and embraced their powers. And then there are those who are dispensing their own sense of justice in their own way. Again, we haven’t seen these heroes at their lowest. So when they are forced to come back together, not only do they have come to grips with those failures, but they also have to face their former teammates, all of whom have changed.
Tony, who was once full of confidence and swagger, is at a loss. Steve is barely holding on to his strong sense of justice. Thor is reeling in all the wrong ways. Bruce has found that he can balance out the brains and brawn. While Black Widow and Hawkeye (or Ronin) don’t have nearly much to do in this, both are dealing with grief in their own way. Of course, their importance cannot be understated considering that they are the founding members of the MCU Avengers, but what they do in the first two acts is small when in comparison to what they do in their final fight with Thanos.
Of course, those bigger rousing action beats are filled with moments just for the fans. It’s there that many scenes are inspired by the comic books themselves.
Logistically, it is crazy to see how the entire third act unfolds. It is truly an epic sight as it is able to pull off huge action beats in waves. One moment after another, Avengers: Endgame hits us, relentlessly, with these rare and unexpected moments. It would be an understatement to say that it is one of the most massive and action-packed third acts ever seen. It is massive in size, scale, and scope. Watching it play out will be every Marvel Comics fan’s dream come true. There are surprising pairings and rousing scenes that will certainly have them cheer. And there are also bittersweet moments where fans will cry. But no fan will leave disappointed.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige deserves every bit of praise that comes his way for he was able to deliver fans something special. And to truly appreciate those moments, you probably should find a way to see this movie on the biggest screen possible.
Avengers: Endgame may be a bit convoluted at first, but has the most satisfying payoff to 11 years worth of storytelling. Though exciting from beginning to end, there is a sense of melancholy that reminds us that some of these heroes will not be moving onto the newest chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While that is a somber note, fans can look back and know that these heroes have laid down the foundation for a new generation and an exciting future.