It all began back in 2008 with Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. delivered a splendid performance that attracted a lot of viewers to the film and to Marvel. So much so that people started looking forward to the next Marvel movie, both comic fans, and casual moviegoers alike. Year after year the production company introduced iconic characters like Thor, Captain America, and Hulk, until 2012 when they released the first Avengers movie bringing all these superheroes together and introducing new ones as well. And, they made sure of one thing with all their movies, letting the fans know it was all building up to something epic. Now, 11 years later, I’m glad I got to witness that.
Avengers Endgame is the culmination of 21 movies. That entails a lot of expectations and I’m glad to say that Endgame did deliver. The 3-hour runtime, in my opinion, didn’t get boring or slow even once. They had a lot to cover and they did it with good speed and planning. The first half was dedicated to the set up while the second half was when the payoff happened. Keeping this review as spoiler-free as possible, the story follows the events of Avengers Infinity War which ended with Thanos snapping his fingers and using the power of the six infinity stones to wipe out half of all life in the universe. This resulted in the death of many Avengers as well as other important characters. The casualties were Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Bucky Barnes, Spider-Man, Nick Fury, The Wasp, and many more. Iron Man was stranded in space while the rest of the survivors including Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, Hulk, Ant-Man, and others were left in shock after watching their friends disappear in front of them. Personally, I like this form of continuity where they pick up right after the events of the previous film.
There were several great moments in the film that actually had me go “Holy shit!”. And I loved that. In typical Marvel fashion, there were comedic relief moments as well but not as bad as Thor Ragnarok, which I also appreciated. The emotional moments were gracefully shot and did have an impact on the overarching story, and the hearts of all the fans (mine included).
The direction by the Russo brothers was better than any other Marvel movie they have done till date. They put in their best effort leaving no stone unturned as it should be. The acting was really good as well, given the fact that they’re all great individual actors. Marvel’s CGI and special effects are second to none and they were spectacular in Endgame as well. What it all boils down to is the story, which, I’m extremely happy to say, was great! I had high expectations and I wasn’t let down at all. And, the soundtrack was legendary.
If you’re a fan of the franchise then you must have already seen the movie, if you were able to get a hold of a ticket that is. Theatres were booked EVERYWHERE! The movie has brought in more than $643 million worldwide already with no end in sight. Avengers Endgame is definitely a must-watch. I’ll be trying to watch it once more before it drops off the big screen.