Avengers: Endgame is without a doubt one of the greatest superhero movies that Marvel has ever made.
This post for Avengers: Endgame contains spoilers.
Avengers: Endgame (2019, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo) picks up from where last year’s Avengers: Infinity War left off. With a runtime of slightly over 3 hours, every scene in Endgame never ceases to amaze me.
With stories from multiple movies intertwined together, and characters that we have loved from 11 years ago coming together with the newer generation of heroes—I think Endgame is the ultimate superhero movie that Marvel has accomplished. Not only is Endgame one of the most satisfying action-packed movie to watch, it also serves as a literal end game for half of the six original Avengers. With plenty of humorous scenes and emotionally filled performances, Endgame takes audiences on a trip down memory lane where our favourite superheroes reunite with their loved ones.
It’s not a surprise that in order to get half the universe back, the remaining Avengers team had to travel through time to retrieve the six stones before Thanos (Josh Brolin) gets his hands on it. The movie places the Avengers into tag teams, and each team has to go to a different year and planet to get the stone. Endgame accomplishes a coherent and comprehensive story through a nice flow and pacing. Nothing ever felt rushed, nor did it feel unresolved.
There is so much to discuss about Endgame without spoiling it. From the “Hail Hydra” moment, to Captain America (Chris Evans) vs. Captain America, to Captain America being worthy of holding Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) hammer mjolnir—my favourite is definitely the last one. That scene literally made the entire theatre applaud with cheers.
Honestly, the best scenes and my most favourite scenes all involved Captain America and Thor. Hemsworth once again brings back his humorous self in this sequel. His character also becomes shockingly fat from drinking too much, which was really funny. The best exchange in the movie was between him and Captain America, when Cap saved him from Thanos by knocking the purple giant out with the mjolnir. Thor reacted with, “I knew it!!!”, referencing the time in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where everyone tried to lift his hammer.
While the movie was filled with jokes from Thor, it was also a tear-jerker for many who loved Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). The one possibility out of 14 million—as predicted by Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)—to save the world was actually Iron Man. To prevent Thanos from snapping his fingers again, Iron Man had to put on the infinity gauntlet and use it to make Thanos perish, and this causes Iron Man to die as well (I think the infinity gauntlet was too powerful for his human body). Many people in the theatre were in tears, crying at the scene where Tony dies. I was feeling sad as well, but know that “part of the journey is the end” and such deaths are inevitable.
Endgame is also Captain Marvel’s (Brie Larson) first Marvel movie that she filmed. Larson had signed on for the role of Carol Danvers before she even got the script of the recently released Captain Marvel. I found her role in Endgame to be lacking, as she didn’t have much to do apart from the few fight scenes she got to appear in. Even though she’s said to be the strongest Avenger, it certainly wasn’t portrayed as well as it could be in the movie. Don’t get me wrong, her scenes were absolutely cool and she looked really good, but she wasn’t the one who stole the spotlight. I also wished that there were actual scenes with dialogue between her and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in Endgame, but I guess the Russo brothers wouldn’t have known that the pair would be such a huge hit in Captain Marvel.
Even though it’s an end of an amazing era, audiences can certainly look forward to all the upcoming Disney+ Marvel TV series that has already been announced. Endgame doesn’t shy away from softly promoting those upcoming TV series, especially the one starring Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan)—I’m so sure that we will definitely be seeing Captain America’s shield make an appearance in the streaming series.