Avengers: Endgame (2019)

 “Avengers, Assemble.“ “Avengers, Assemble.“

 “Avengers, Assemble.“

This isn’t a movie, it’s an event. It’s a culmination of an idea to bring a shared universe based on comic book characters to the big screen. The span of twelve years and twenty-one films and we are brought to this moment. A moment that is certainly unprecedented in film history that won’t be so easy to duplicate in the next century. What Marvel Studios is able to accomplish in a decade’s time should be cherished and celebrated not only because of the undertaking but of the actual success these films have seen. 

Avengers: Endgame isn’t your ordinary superhero film and the ones who understand that the most, make it feel extraordinary. There are story arc’s and specific plots that need to be resolved with a lot of ground to cover. Originally in 2014, the announcement was made to have Avengers: Infinity War split into two parts – which was later realized that these films would look, feel, & sound vastly different from one another. And they are just that – two vastly different films that stem from the same story. It also helps that both Infinity War & Endgame were shot back to back to keep the continuity and momentum of finishing this massive undertaking.

Following the events of Infinity WarEndgame focuses on the original six Avengers, Rocket, War Machine and Ant-Man: (Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle & Bradley Cooper) as they attempt to undo the snap made by Thanos (Josh Brolin) in the previous film. As much as Infinity War is Thanos’s film, Endgame is an Avenger’s film. They are the main focus as they are the main reason for why we are at this point. 

“You could not live with your own failure. Where did that bring you? Back to me. I thought by eliminating half of life, the other half would thrive. But you’ve shown me, that’s impossible. And as long as there are those that remember what was, there will always be those that are unable to accept what can be. They will resist.”

There isn’t any other directing team that could have pulled this off other than Joe and Anthony Russo. Endgame is executed with grace and efficiency while staying true to what has come before them and what they have brought to this franchise. Marvel keeps things shockingly tight-lipped that its surprising nothing leaked about the plot or the story. That alone is an incredible feat since a lot gets leaked in this day and age. The Russo brothers even withheld the title of the film for as long as they didn’t because it would spoil Infinity War

Endgame is a masterpiece in storytelling. A lot of the film’s success should be credited to screenwriters Christopher Marcus & Stephen McFeely who dot the I’s, cross the T’s and connect all the dots. There are moments between characters in this film that we didn’t know we needed until we are sitting down and watching it for the first, second, however many times. There are team ups between characters that would normally never be put together but because most of us have grown with these characters over the past eleven years, it all makes sense – we don’t question it for a second. 

Endgame is a special title for a few reasons. It significant because it is the “End” of this massive Infinity Saga that was just an idea to bring together a group of remarkable individuals. It’s also significant because it’s the “End” of two of the three trinity Avengers that have completely blew away our expectations. This is Tony Stark’s endgame to prove that he is everything that he claimed he isn’t and that is a hero. His sacrifice proves that he is able to be more than a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist – he is and forever will be Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. is the true embodiment of Tony Stark – He takes the character beyond the screen and brought him to real life making it difficult to distinguish between the two. 

“You think you’re the only one who lost people? What do you think we’re doing here? I lost the only family I ever had. Quill, Groot, Drax, the chick with the antenna, all gone. Now, I get you miss your mom. But she’s gone. Really gone. And there are plenty of people who are only kind of gone, and you can help them. So is it too much to ask that you brush the crumbs out of your beard, make schmoopy talk to Pretty Pants, and when she’s not looking, suck out the Infinity Stone and help me get my family back?”

This is also Steve’s endgame to actually live the life that was stolen from him in The First Avenger. Yes, he signed up for the super soldier program, but he never lived a full life past his duty as Captain America and once he got a glimpse of Peggy Carter (Haley Atwell) he knew that ultimately, he wanted to dance and live with his best girl.

Endgame is the longest Marvel film to date. The pacing couldn’t have been more perfect surrounding the three-act structure. It’s quite easy to tell when the film shifts gears – maybe it’s easy to spot because we’ve seen this structure so many times before but the Russo’s do a fantastic job of locking you in that you don’t even realize three hours has past already and the credits are rolling.

Of course, this film isn’t perfect but its damn near close. Time travel is a lazy tool to tell this story and the rules aren’t fully established or followed yet references are made to films like Terminator, Back to the Future, etc.…Black Widow’s death feels less significant than Tony’s as there isn’t a funeral yet the five stages of death are portrayed by the original six after they return back from the past. And there are several plot holes but at the end of the day, they don’t matter because of the grand scale of this film. Cap’s most famous line is a bit underwhelming given the sheer number of characters on screen. Why did he whisper “Assemble”? it should have been shouted, it’s his war cry.

“Why are we acting like she’s dead? We have the stones, right? As long as we have the stones, Cap, we can bring her back, isn’t that right? So stop this shit! We’re the Avengers, get it together.”

After the Russo’s crushed it with Civil War the hype that surrounded Infinity War & Endgame was at the highest it’s ever been for any Marvel property. They delivered on that hype an emotionally driven conclusion that you can watch in awe. I mean, they humanize Nebula (Karen Gillan) who is made of spare parts in the first few minutes of the film. Endgame is special because of these emotional depths we get from these characters. Thor’s moment with his mother, Scott’s moment with Cassie (Emma Fuhrmann), Clint & Natasha, the portal scene (That entire last hour if we’re being real) the list goes on.

Overall, Avengers: Endgame is truly an unprecedented masterpiece that concludes (Somewhat, there’s one more film) the Infinity Saga. This film will have you cry and laugh in the same scene, you feel the emotional weight and gravitas and most importantly it paves the way for the next set of stories and characters to make their mark. There will never be another film of this scale again. It’s serious, emotional, funny and downright spectacular. If I were to rate Avengers Endgame, I’d rate it a 4.75 out of 5.  

So, tell me guys, have you seen Avengers: Endgame and if so, what do you think about it? Do you agree or disagree with me? Comment below or send me an email and let me know what you think. 

Avengers: Endgame is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo is Rated PG-13 and has an 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. Avengers: Endgame was released on April 26rd, 2019 and has a runtime of 3 hours and 2 minutes. Avengers: Endgame can be streamed on Disney Plus.

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