Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Brie Larson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Danai Gurira, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Karen Gillan, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson
After more than ten years, and over twenty films, the original heroes of Marvel’s cinematic universe finally conclude their work as earth’s mightiest heroes. Picking up where Infinity War left off, half of all life in our universe has been indiscriminately erased from existence at the hands of Thanos and the infinity stones. Tony Stark and Nebula are adrift in space, and the remaining Avengers are trying to figure out how to get to Thanos and the Infinity Stones. Obviously, there’s a long road ahead, and while some of them have made their peace with what’s happened, some just can’t let it go. And one of them in particular is Ant-Man. After coming up with a theory as to how they may be able to rectify ‘the snap’, he tries to persuade the Avengers to help. It’s not going to be that easy however, as a few of them went their separate ways. In some ways, it reflects the opening act of Avengers Assemble, seeing what they’re all up to, and for the most part, in a complete tonal shift, is very funny.
Thor in particular seems like he’d be more at home in Teen Titans Go!, than the Avengers, and as always, Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner is a pleasure to watch. Once the adventure picks up momentum, it’s almost like a greatest hits, with cameos and references to the previous films throughout the second act, including Black Widow and Hawkeye teaming up once again. To go in to who’s who would potentially be spoilery, but one character making an expected, but probably the most anti-climactic appearance, is Captain Marvel. After the excellent debut, it was exciting to see what her contribution to the Avengers would be. Not a lot, it turns out, scraping about 5 minutes in total. But given how this is the last hurrah for the original crew, it’s their fight.
The finale is probably the most epic battle seen in a movie this generation, and is a very satisfying one at that. As expected in a blockbuster of this scale, it’s a cgi extravaganza, and if it hasn’t done anything for you in the previous twenty plus films, then there’s nothing new for you here. Endgame fulfils its promise and expectations of it being the biggest and most powerful Marvel film ever, with a lot of emotional weight packing a punch too. It goes its own way, with a lot of twists and turns, making Infinity War look like a training exercise. Alan Silvestri’s equally as epic score also needs to be mentioned, as it’s a real driving force behind the action, and that theme is just as rousing as it was when the Avengers first assembled. Despite its lengthy running time of just over three hours (although there’s no post credit scene this time), the time flies as you get caught up in this whirlwind of events. Endgame is a great conclusion to the last ten years. It’s the end of an era, but what an ending it is. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to go watch it again immediately afterwards.