With such a fever sweeping the globe for the highly anticipated “endgame” of the now 22-film strong Marvel Cinematic Universe, this review will be to the point but also as spoiler free as I can make it regarding characters, the plot and any big surprises that await.
This 2019 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics characters, is a sequel to 2018’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, and the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira and the vocal talent of Bradley Cooper and Josh Brolin.
Struggling to adapt to a world following the mass genocide caused by Thanos (Brolin) and the powerful Infinity Stones, the surviving Avengers feel there is little they can do to find the Mad Titan or mourn their fallen comrades.
Scott Lang / Ant-Man (Rudd) finds his way out of the quantum realm and seeks out Steve Rogers / Captain America (Evans) and Tony Stark / Iron Man (Downey Jr.) to propose using the realm to try and locate Thanos and the stones and repair what damage has been done.
Steve, Tony, Scott, Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow (Johansson), Bruce Banner / Hulk (Ruffalo), Thor (Hemsworth), Rocket (Cooper), James Rhodes / War Machine (Cheadle) Clint Barton / Hawkeye (Renner) and Nebula (Gillan) embark on their most dangerous mission that they must accomplish, whatever it takes…
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo bring out the platinum, super-
“Endgame” makes the ensemble cast in “Infinity War” look pale in comparison, and finds ways to blend nearly all of your favourite heroes (and villains) from across the movies into one concise, if at times overly complex, story. It’s a story about the humanity within these heroes that
You can argue this film belongs to Robert Downey Jr. as the “original” Avenger. You could argue it belongs to Chris Evans as the “first” Avenger. You could even argue it belongs to Josh Brolin as the “Mad Titan” himself. It belongs to each and every star listed – without one, it wouldn’t work, regardless of how big a part they play. Spending a decade with these actors and their characters
Yet considering the powerful plots and arcs weaving in here, there is a lot of humour – a lot. Most of it is 100% natural between our Avengers and that’s the best part; nothing feels forced or out of character. We have Rocket’s inappropriate snark, Tony’s wry realism and even Bruce gets an awful lot to do here humour wise, making this one of his best appearances. Yet not all the humour works, and sadly it falls upon one character who becomes a running joke for a good two-thirds of the film. The laughs are there initially, but after a
The action is aplenty and while it doesn’t match that of “Infinity War” in terms of what is at stake and the desperation felt in each battle, the climax of “Endgame” leaps from your wildest comic book, cartoon or video game and explodes before your eyes in a whirl of flashes, bangs, explosions and that swelling score from Alan Silvestri. It eclipses that of the “Captain America: Civil War” airport fight and I personally wish we could have had more of it. But just as the CGI takes over, there
One thing that can’t be argued is how vibrant this film looks, depicting many identifiable locations and worlds spanning the MCU that each
Part of the journey is the end. There are losses, there are gains. There is
A happy ending? It all depends on how you see this culmination of 11 years’ worth of storytelling and character development and what the future looks like as the credits roll. One thing is for sure, however, overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) you may be, the technical quality, thought and creativity that has gone into this decade-in-the-making blockbuster deserves praise alone.