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Avengers: Endgame

Eleven years ago, I snorted derisively at the audacity of the newly minted Marvel Studios plans. Without a single hit to their name, a grand plan had been hatched: they would release a litany of films, starring their various characters (that they still had the rights to) and combine them into an all encompassing universe, where anything was possible.

Needless to say, they quickly unleashed one of the most formidable (and consistently entertaining) series of movies in cinematic history. With no real specific number announced back in the day, unofficial phrases like ‘phases’, ever expanding characters, an unending supply of talented performers and directors, and rights re-acquisitions, Marvel has finally reached the culmination of this unparalleled magnum opus, with their 22nd entry.

" a true love letter to those who have passionately followed every, single, entry"


So this is it; the Granddaddy pay-off to an unequaled number of quality flicks. Did Marvel’s chief guide Kevin Feige and the Russo brothers deliver a worthy end?

Avengers: Endgame quickly picks up where Infinity War left off. All the surviving heroes are defeated, deflated, and having to cope with the knowledge that their failure to stop Thanos has been costly and is unchangeable. Earth, along with the rest of the universe, has lost half the living to ‘the dusting’, and our planet is a very different place in the following years. Some of the Avengers try to endure, move on and live their lives, others don’t do so well, but all share in a yearning to claw back what they lost. One of our heroes happened to have been in a different plain of existence when Thanos snapped his gauntlet. Five years later, this hero reappears in this darker world, with a spark of hope that will serve to reunite the surviving Avengers and attempt to right some wrongs.

That, in essence, is the crux of the film. This is a LONG movie, clocking in at just over three hours. There are so many threads, twists, surprises, setbacks, and callbacks to other movies, it’s impressive how tightly and effectively this final touch to the Marvel rug ends up being. It is also perhaps its only unavoidable sticking point. This is a true love letter to those who have passionately followed every, single, entry (of which this reviewer is proud to say he is one). But if you haven’t kept abreast of each new film and committed to memory the minutia and details of 21 films, there are some significant developments that are interwoven into this film’s plot that might slow the pacing or completely go over your head. It is a masterful reward for those who have been steeped in the MCU.

This is not to say that the casual or benign viewer isn’t going to be rewarded--far from it. The last hour of this film had the greatest superhero mash-up/battle ever committed to the screen. For those that have pined for the splash pages of comic books to be rendered real, it is delivered in the most spine-tingling, hair-raising spectacle possible. It is eye-watering, blood-pumping, raise-out-of-your-seat-cheering perfection.Avengers: Endgame

The film also will tug at your heartstrings. There are some beautiful character reunions, the completion of long standing and well-earned arcs. There are constant surprises, and, yes, there are some losses. This is not Game Of Thrones, and anything within a comic book story, especially when it comes to death, can be ret conned. All I will say is that there is a sense of finality to some characters’ journeys and everything from their final moments, to the way the credits are handled, tells me we will never see this incarnation in its totality again.

The only spoiler, I will allow proffer is: There are no credit sequences.

Endgame is THE END of this era. Just as in life, the MCU will go on. Some things will remain, some things will be missed. But what is undeniable is that this series of films has been resoundingly put to bed in an impossibly impressive and satisfying way.

Did they give us an ending worthy of the series? YES. YES. YES.

4/5 stars

Avengers: Endgame

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language.
Runtime:
181 mins
Director
: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writer:
Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Cast:
Brie Larson, Linda Cardellini, Scarlett Johansson
Genre
: Action | Adeventure
Tagline:
Avenge the fallen.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Some people move on. But not us... Not us."
Theatrical Distributor:
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Official Site:  https://movies.disney.com/avengers-endgame
Release Date:
April 26, 2019
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
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Synopsis: The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

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