Avengers: Endgame represents the culmination of an eleven year cinematic project that we have never seen before and will most likely never see again. From its humble beginnings as an upstart movie about a spoiled rich guy in a flying suit of armor, it has become something so vast and huge that you could almost call it an economy in of itself and that is something that must be recognized. I’m not saying that you have to love the MCU or you’re a complete idiot because tastes are subjective, but what I am saying is that, what has been built over these last eleven years cannot be called anything less than historic and that is not an exaggeration.
Personally, it’s been a thrill to go along with the ride.
Now we’re here at the Endgame… the movie that wraps up the original opening chapter of the MCU and begins a new one.
Thanos has won. The universe has been culled of half of its population, and the Avengers don’t know what to do until a chance return sends them on a wild and desperate mission to put right what once went wrong.
I’m going to stay as spoiler free here as possible, so bear with me.
Endgame faces a much harder challenge than Infinity War in that it has the mission of putting all of the toys neatly back on the shelves. Where the previous Avengers movie got to tear everything down and kill whoever it wanted, Endgame has to return much of the universe back to the status quo. Granted, this isn’t a spoiler since many of the supposedly dead heroes have sequels coming out as early as this Summer.
What this movie does do is operate in three phases. You have the somber and slow opening, dealing with the fallout of The Snappening in which the Avengers appear more vulnerable than they’ve ever appeared. I rather liked seeing the more human sides of our heroes.
The second part of the movie is a heist and it is where the movie becomes more unconventional, silly, and inventive.
Finally, the grand battle at the end and, I must say, Marvel pulled out all the stops for this one setting into motion what is probably the most eye-meltingly awesome battle ever to appear on screen.
So, yes, this is a pretty amazing movie and an amazing accomplishment.
I’m not a hundred percent happy about everything… I really didn’t like how Thor was treated. Granted, I like that he’s a bro now and more comical, but Endgame wanted to have him suffering from PTSD and then play it off for laughs which was a misfire and just made some of his scenes painfully awkward.
By the end of the movie, especially if you’re someone who was heavily invested in these films, you get emotion, tears, and a very tidy bow placed on MCU with the promise of more to come.
It’s an end, but it’s also a beginning and it’s a ride I’m still happy to be on.