The surviving Avengers must figure out a way to undo the mass
extinction that Thanos has inflicted upon the entire universe.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth,
Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow,
Josh Brolin, Brie Larson, Danai Gurira
Sequel to 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, 2018's Ant-Man
and the Wasp, and 2019's Captain Marvel
Based on characters from Marvel Comics
This is how you do a freaking ending! After 11 years and 21 films, Marvel completely knocks it out of the park and gives us the ending we’ve been waiting for. And yes, I’m fully aware the MCU will continue for many years to come, but the ending of this particular saga is one of the most satisfying I’ve ever seen. Lesser studios would have buckled under the pressure, giving us a complete disaster of a movie. But not Marvel. Not the Russo Brothers. Instead, we get a film which concludes a storyline that began back in 2008, leaves just enough for future installments, and is a complete love letter to this franchise and its fans. Thank you Marvel and the Russo Brothers. I’m beyond excited for what the future has in store.
So, I probably should have included this at the beginning, but I promise not to include any spoilers. With that, let’s dig into all the good this movie provides. First, the cast. Every single actor brings their usual A-game and then some. They clearly still love these characters and not a single one disappoints. It also helps that the stakes are incredibly raised this time around. Endgame does a damn good job of showing just how bad everything got after the conclusion to Infinity War. This is by far the most emotionally resonant of any of Marvel’s movies. Not all is doom and gloom, though, as the series' signature humor is still very much intact. I know some people might be put off by it, but the jokes landed for me. Finally, the ending. I’ll give you fair warning, expect to go through all the emotions. Endgame has, by far, the most satisfying and heart-wrenching ending I’ve seen in an MCU film yet. As for the runtime everyone keeps talking about, you won’t even notice. You’ll be too busy having a great time.
It’s hard to think about it now, but 2008’s Iron Man really changed the game for superhero comic book movies. What was once considered unfilmable and not profitable quickly turned the tables and became one of the hugest franchises in film history. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the greatest things to happen in cinema and Avengers: Endgame is one of the greatest conclusions to that franchise. Marvel has worked hard over the past 11 years for this moment. And, boy, did it pay off. Again, thank you to everyone involved for this movie and I look forward to what’s next for the MCU. Avengers Assemble!
When I review a movie, I try my best to avoid hyperbolic statements. Exaggeration can make a film review seem somewhat childish at times. But believe me when I say that Avengers: Endgame is one of the most incredible cinematic achievements of all time and could be on its way to a snug spot in my personal top 10 list. The hype for this movie has been unreal, akin to a once in a lifetime event. After Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped out half of all life in the universe at the end of Infinity War, things have never looked bleaker for Earth's mightiest heroes. But a plan emerges that could give them a way to undo it all. I give my word that this review is 100% spoiler-free, and as I type this, my hands are still shaking from how unbelievably amazing this film was.
Avengers: Endgame isn't just a worthy successor to Infinity War. It's a celebration of the entire MCU, from Iron Man to Captain Marvel. Every single character gets a chance to shine, and the constant callbacks bring smiles to every longtime fan who has been waiting for this film with eager anticipation. The fan service, particularly in the monumental third act, is much appreciated and incredibly well-done. It's difficult to talk about everything I loved without singing like a canary, but suffice it to say I adored every second of it and that this film is made for the ones who stay until the end credits every time and the ones who buy their seats five minutes after they go on sale. This one's for us, and Marvel has our gratitude. The performances are stunning and there are so many emotional moments that make you feel the impact of 22 films worth of character development.
Kevin Feige deserves to be recognized as a master of production and a true artist for this intricate tapestry of cinematic genius that he's crafted for us over the past eleven years. Every film has served a greater purpose and Endgame is the ultimate peak of the mountain that we will remember for the rest of our lives. If I could give it an 11, I would, but Avengers: Endgame will have to settle for a perfect 10.