Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

The 22nd and final entry in the Infinity Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Avengers: Endgame is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Following their cataclysmic defeat at the hands of Thanos (Josh Brolin), the remaining heroes must find a way to defeat him, with only Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and the returning Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), able to stand in the way of Thanos’ reign. With new addition Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) making her presence known, the heroes may have a new weapon in what is for some of them sure to be their final fight.

+ after however many films each, it is fantastic that there are still ways to keep the big four (Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor) fresh. Even moreso, I enjoyed the new relationships between the survivors of the other groups, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) are the best example, and a pairing I hope to see more of at some point in the future
+ the movie itself is full of fan service moments, ranging from the heartbreaking to hilarious. At least one moment has been in the back of everyone’s mind for years now, and if you don’t want to either clap, scream or pump your fists in the air, then you haven’t been paying attention
+ the plot is cliched, but does not stand out as being out of the ordinary for a comic book movie. There are enough twist and turns, and callbacks to previous movies, to keep it all interesting enough
+ perhaps most importantly for this movie, it wraps up everything we’ve seen before. There are set-ups for the future, but for the vast majority of hanging threads, they are tied up nicely into a respectable send off

– Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) felt incredibly out of place. I enjoyed her characterisation more as a part-time player than the lead, but she is just so head-and-shoulders more powerful than literally any other hero that her appearance cheapens the tension of any moment. Even a would-be feel-good moment near the end (which I LOVED) was all but made redundant once she let loose. In hindsight, they really should have saved Captain Marvel, both the character and the movie, to be the flag bearer of Phase 4
– though the plot is fine, it is ridiculously full of plot holes, made worse by the fact they try to explain them away in-movie, which only brings attention to them later on
– there are a few missed opportunities, but for a movie of this scale, with as many moving pieces, that is to be expected

> I really wish Age of Ultron was good, because the four core Avengers movies would have been great. Let’s all just agree to ignore Ultron, and pretend Civil War was Avengers 2.

Should you see this film: Whether I liked this movie or not, if you’re this far gone in the franchise, then I assume you’ll see it anyway. It was not the perfect film, by any means (but I’ll flesh that thought out another time), and I think I still preferred the shock and awe of Infinity War, but as the final entry in this Saga, it was an absolute must see.

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