DIRECTED BY: The Russo Brothers
STARRING: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Karen Gillan, Brie Larson, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Brolin
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.
Following the devastating events of Thanos’ snap, which wiped out half of all living creatures in the universe, the remaining Avengers and their allies discover a way to restore order to the universe, put right what went wrong, but the Mad Titan still remains a threat to their plans.
Eleven years, twenty-one films later, we’ve reached Avengers: Endgame, the followup to Avengers: Infinity War and the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Picking up after the event of Thanos wiping out half of all living things in the universe with the snap of his fingers, we see how are heroes are dealing with the aftermath in their own ways before they discover that there’s a possibility that they can restore order to the universe but they still have the threat of Thanos looming over their plans.
Endgame clocks in at just under three hours long and the first portion of the film deals with the emotional toll the snap has taken on the surviving Avengers and their allies, detailing the five stages of grief told through various characters and I really enjoyed some of that development, taking its time to deal with the fallout before going in on the mission to do ‘whatever it takes’ to right the wrong of the snap. Whilst Infinity War was about not trading lives for the universe (aka Vision), Endgame is about responsibility and what the heroes are willing to give in order to restore balance. I enjoyed this first act of the film, providing the most meat in terms of drama within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, setting up some really good character arcs for Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanoff and Nebula. The performances are solid throughout the main players, with also Mark Ruffalo getting to be alot more goofy than normal here, whilst Karen Gillan gets to showcase how far Nebula has come since we first saw her back in Guardians of the Galaxy. The final act is a feast for the eyes and a spectacular eye-popping conclusion to this era of the MCU on a scale that we’ll probably not see again for quite some time, with plenty of fan pleasing moments, with an ending that sticks the landing well.
Whilst a good portion of the film sticks to its landing, some missed the base for me, particularly the middle act. It’s difficult to go into details as it’ll be entering spoiler territory for some but let’s just say from the nice, drama-filled setup in the first act, it reverts back to the MCU formula you know with its humour and that, plus there’s certain creative choices that didn’t work for me, one in particular focusing on Thor. His arc I understood and whilst it has its moments, it’s mostly played for laughs and that didn’t sit well with me. As much as I enjoyed the final act, it’s alot to take in and again, some elements worked for me and some didn’t.
If you have followed the Marvel Cinematic Universe from day Iron Man right up to Infinity War, then Avengers: Endgame is a film you’ll enjoy as it’s a culmination of the MCU, providing many crowd-pleasing moments, paying homage to what came before whilst looking towards the future. If like some films within the MCU but have particular issues with how they putting out the same formula with their films, then I guess you might take umbrage with it. Personally I just thought Endgame was fine. 6/10