How do you end a decade worth of films? Movies that people have dedicated so much time, money, and feelings on? It doesn’t feel like it can be done; it doesn’t feel like you want it to be done. Avengers: Endgame is not like Infinity War; it’s not like any movie within the MCU. Throw all of your expectations out the window and go the theater with the same wonderment you had when you first stepped in to Iron Man, where everything began.
This is a spoiler-free review; there is so much I would love to tell you. After the devastation of Infinity War, we needed a win, right? We needed the Avengers back together, happy, and easily defeating the enemy. But, what the Russo Brothers have done is set up storytelling that raises the bar for any superhero movie. Because Endgame feels like more than just a bunch of costume heroes banding together to fight against their enemy. There’s emotions, there’s humanity, there’s desperation, and there’s despair. You should not expect anything and you shouldn’t always be looking out for the punchline, although; in true Marvel fashion, there are many hilarious scenes.
Endgame doesn’t pull any punches and a lot of unexpected things happen. I’ve seen a lot of rumors online and virtually all of them are untrue. There’s characters who you thought you’d seen the last of, but who pop up, and moments that are callbacks to Phase One; as well as moments that are complete fan service for viewers. There’s many Easter eggs for fans who read the comic books, little quirky scenes thrown in for people to enjoy, and of course, the great Stan Lee’s last cameo; which, was perfect.
If the beginning of the movie feels a little…out of whack, I believe this was done intentionally. The Russo Brothers wanted you to feel disoriented, because us fans and the Avengers have never suffered such a massive loss before. There’s no joyous, rousing speeches, no unwarranted, cheesy happiness that is thrown in there because it’s a superhero movie. It’s real, based on what has happened to them. Everyone is different; Captain America is different and in some cases, not as different as others.
We see in Endgame characters work together before who had never interacted and whereas in Infinity War it was more lighthearted; more is at stake and everyone has suffered. This is not to say that there aren’t some truly hilarious moments, particularly when Scott Lang or Thor are involved. It’s lovely to see Ant-Man and Clint in an Avengers movie together; we surely missed them in Infinity War, but their roles are quite big in Endgame.
What I’m trying to say, without giving anything away; was that three hours was a perfect time to fit in plenty of homage-giving to older characters, as well as fitting in certain storylines, and putting everything together. Nothing ever felt rushed, nor did anything ever feel like it went on for too long. It was the perfect way to wrap everything up in a bow and to see the original six come together just as they had the first time.
For all of the long-term fans, this one is for you. There will be tears, so be prepared. And be prepared to clap and scream and everything in between.
For my showing, it was announced there was no post-credit scene. I have almost a slight feeling this is due to the studio wanting to make sure nothing was leaked out, but if it is true, it is a little odd to break tradition and I’m wondering if this means Marvel will start fading away from the trend they’ve continued throughout the years.
Avengers: Endgame hits theaters April 26th.
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