[This is a Spoiler Free review.]
First off all let me be totally transparent in that I have invested a lot of hours in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s paid off. I have been rewarded with Avengers: Endgame. (Or tortured, ‘dunno, jury’s still out’ as Iron Man would say.)
With a much discussed official run time of 181 minutes (three hours) that actually speeds by, the final phase of the Avengers Infinity Saga brings you along on a ride of all the emotions.
Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of a story arc that has spanned 10 years and 21 films before it. There are a lot of people invested in both the larger and smaller characters. It was always going to be a mean feat to weave everyone’s journey to their final destination. For the bulk of it I would say the Russo Brothers have successfully wrapped up 90% of what we wanted to know.
They bring us some laughter along the way, which is much needed.
The film opens as the effects of Infinity War are being felt across the globe, which leads to some sombre moments. It brings us back to remind us who we’ve lost already and who characters left behind have lost. We also see some of what they gained. Seeing characters become the antithesis of who they have been over the last decade in light of Infinity War is done so touchingly.
In a bid to undo what has been done, Earth’s mightiest heroes have to take a huge gamble on untested theories and save mankind. I feel to tell you any more of the plot could really spoil it, and we like to try and remain spoiler free here at 4 Your Excitement.
What I can tell you is that there are moments which honour fans who have been along for the entire ride. They will make you laugh, they will make you cry.
Infinity War has so changed some our most beloved characters, it is quite a shock. Some have gone to dark places and are using their anger to try and avenge those they lost. Others have just given up and hide away in shame that they couldn’t save the planet.
There is a lot going on in Avengers: Endgame. Some characters only make a brief appearance, but it has already been established that not everyone in the universe has the Avengers to help them. Honestly, if everyone left got equal screen time, then we would still be sitting in the cinema. There was a thread which this writer feels could lead in to the Disney+ streaming of the standalone series for certain characters (I’m really trying not to give the Endgame away here folks!).
What I really enjoyed was the way the writers have carried us along on waves lifting us up with howls of laughter, then dropping us into a moment of pain. We were holding our breath for a lot of scenes. The final battle which could have gone on to become a tedium was handled with great wit and energy.
All in all, Avengers: Endgame delivers to the fans all of what they wanted and a fair bit of stuff that they did not see coming.
Unlike every other film there is no end credit scenes, but there is a Stan Lee cameo.
Take a tissue.
Avengers: Endgame opens in cinemas in the US on April 26th, April 25th in the UK. It is now playing in Australia.