After 11 years and 22 movies worth of storylines and characters, directors Anthony and Joe Russo and Marvel producer Kevin Feige had a massive task with making Avengers: Endgame a satisfying conclusion for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the movie has already broken numerous records at the box office, making 1 billion dollars in 5 days, does the movie itself successfully wrap up everything the franchise has been leading up to?
Picking up immediately after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, in which the mad Titan, Thanos (Josh Brolin) successfully brought together all the infinity stones onto his gauntlet and, with the snap of his fingers, killed half of all life in the universe. The world is mourning the deaths of their beloved ones, especially the remaining members of the Avengers, as for the first time, they failed to save the world. Desperate to find a way to save the world, Steve Rogers/ Captain America (Chris Evans) and Natasha Romanoff/ Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) enlists the help of Tony Stark/ Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Bruce Banner/ Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Clint Barton/ Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) James Rhoades/ War Machine (Don Cheadle), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Nebula (Karen Gillian) and Scott Lang/ Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) to embark on their riskiest journey yet to truly avenge the universe.
The best way to describe Avengers: Endgame without spoiling too much is like watching three individual hour long movies. The first part is a very slow moving and somber drama that shows how the characters have reacted to the world taking such a massive toll. For a superhero blockbuster, it’s quite a drastic tonal shift, but it allows for the rest of the movie to feel more earned and rewarding. RDJ, Evans, and Johansson are most definitely standouts for great performances during these moments. The remaining two-thirds of the movie goes on quite a mind-bending adventure that leads to very unexpected moments and some wonderful moments for the fans who have stuck with the franchise for this long.
The Russo brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely do an outstanding job tying together every single character and reference into a nice bow, bringing a genuinely satisfying conclusion for this storyline in the series. In a way, it is almost a shame that they are still continuing this franchise after this movie as the standards are set pretty high. Whether or not future entries into the franchise will have the same steam after Endgame, only time will tell.
Considering how successful the movie has already been, you may have already seen it or have plans to see it, so while a recommendation from me might be a tiny bit redundant, I would absolutely say Avengers: Endgame is worth seeing. If you are a fan of the MCU, there is plenty to get from the movie as it has many callbacks and brings a very satisfying conclusion to this chapter of the franchise. Just remember to be selective with snacks and drinks and sit tight for 3 hours of epicness.