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A fitting finale or does it end lame? (Spoiler free).
25 April 2019
Over ten years and twenty films later, Marvel studios presents the conclusion to its epic Avenger’s series with Avengers: Endgame. After the devastating consequences of Avengers: Infinity War where big, bad baddy Thanos got his big, bad purple hands on the Infinity Stones and wiped out half of humanity, it’s up to the surviving heroes to unite one last time in a bid to restore order to the world.
Set five years after the Thanos snap we find the Avengers in various stages of grief and despair. Struggling with their own personal issues it isn’t until an unexpected blast from the past proffers a glimmer of hope that together the team try to reach 88mph, with slightly more than 1.21 gigawatts of power, to right what’s wrong.
Although the previously huge character count has been somewhat decimated, there’s still a lot of superhero egos to accommodate and, once again, directors the Russo brothers give most of the principle cast their fair share of screen time. Branching off into various sub-teams, each with their own task, there’s tension within the ranks as emotions run high and sacrifices reluctantly need to made. This time around things are, unsurprisingly, taken more seriously given what’s at stake, but there’s still the assured Marvel lightness of touch in the script providing laughs amidst the mayhem. There’s more dialogue than action, but when that does kick in it’s as spectacular as you could hope for and the inevitable final showdown is truly majestic.
Featuring reunions, some familiar faces from throughout the franchise and bittersweet character interactions, there’s no chance of losing interest as you never know what’s going to happen next or who might turn up. Previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films are cleverly revisited and merged into the elaborate story to showcase the gargantuan world that’s been created over the last decade.
If you scratch the surface there’s bound to be questions about the logistics of the plot, certain characters maybe should’ve been given more to do and it could be argued that some of the scenes towards the end needed to have been edited down to wrap it up sooner. Also, some of the gags aren't quite as funny as are hoped for and one character with a lot on his plate provides a cheap laugh, but when there’s so much to enjoy about the wealth of talent on screen it’s easy to let that wash over you.
Weighing in at a colossal 181 minutes, be sure to monitor your fluid intake carefully as you will not want to miss a second of what Anthony and Joe Russo put in front of you. Avengers: Endgame is an emotional and extremely satisfying conclusion to this particular instalment of the MCU and a blockbuster of blockbusting proportions. Avengers, dissemble.
Oh, and whilst there aren’t any mid or post-credit scenes there is something you might want to hear right at the very end.