Written by J.T. Johnson
SEE IT! THEN, SEE IT AGAIN!!!
SPOILER WARNING: Okay, so I really try to not go into too much detail about “Avengers: Endgame”, but I do need to recap a bit of the beginning and some of the synopsis so what I’m saying makes sense. Therefore, if you want to know whether I’m recommending the movie but haven’t seen it yet, then simply look above this warning at the giant “SEE IT” ranking and get the hell out until you’ve seen it for yourself. The review below will be waiting until then.
Eleven years after starting the MCU with 2008’s “Iron Man”, the filmmakers of “Avengers: Endgame” give us an epic finale to 22 films worth of storytelling. It’s a little uneven at parts but that is forgivable given the monumental task of wrapping up so many story threads. One thing is for sure, the three hour runtime definitely doesn’t feel like it as you get all the action and craziness that you could ask for from a Marvel film.
The movie picks up right after the events of “Infinity War” at first. Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) lost all of his family when Thanos (Josh Brolin) infamously snapped his fingers and disintegrated half of all life in the Universe.
Meanwhile, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Nova (Karen Gillan) are saved in space by Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and returned to Earth. The remaining Avengers including Cap (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) go after Thanos. Unfortunately, Thanos quickly tells them that the stones have been destroyed.
In a fit of rage, Thor finally aims for the head and kills the Mad Titan. Five years later, Scott Lang suddenly comes back from the Quantum Realm and explains that they can go back through time and get the stones before they were destroyed. A new plan is formed and we see a sort of “greatest hits” compilation as our heroes revisit familiar timelines from past films.
This trip down memory lane not only serves as a challenge for our present day heroes, it also reminds us about the ride that we’ve been on up to this point. It has been a decade filled with many thrilling adventures and a cast of colorful characters, most of whom show back up in this film in one way or another.
Another great thing about the movie is that while the situation we find our heroes in is dire, the filmmakers didn’t forget the heart and humor that is also found in these films. Each of the sequences taking part in the past works in its own way. Some of them play on our nostalgia of the films that have come before, but others have more emotional resonance but I don’t want to say too much more than I already have.
The movie is emotionally impactful thanks to our connection with the series up to this point. That means that it goes without saying that if you haven’t seen the past films, then most of this probably won’t impact you in the way that it should. The film services those that have been loyal to the MCU up to this point, so if you’ve only watched one or two of these films before, take my advice and catch up on the others before you dive into this one.
I said earlier that the film is a little uneven. Going back with several teams to different time zones is a little bit harder to deal with and making them all work together as we jump back and forth is a bit tricky. Beyond that, though, when the film reaches its conclusion and everyone comes together for a final confrontation with Thanos that is beyond wild and one of the best sequences in the entire MCU.
The big challenge for this film was sticking the landing and completing eleven years worth of storytelling. I could go on and on about all of the awesome things that show up in this film, but I really don’t want to spoil anymore than what I’ve already had to mention. All I can ultimately say is that if you have been a massive MCU fan up to this point, then this film should provide a solid conclusion for the characters that we’ve been following for over a decade.