Image Courtesy of Marvel Studios.
Image Courtesy of Marvel Studios.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Review: every journey has an end

April 27, 2019

Our heroes have lost. “Avengers: Infinity War” stunned the world last year when it killed off half of the Marvel Universe with Thanos’ infamous snap. Not only has this put the remaining heroes in a life or death situation, but Marvel fans new and old were left dying to see how this will be addressed.

To say that “Avengers: Endgame” is the best film in the MCU would be an understatement. In a conclusion so satisfying, Marvel could stop making films to only some outrage. The movie draws every emotion from the audience, as it is a climax that culminates 11 years worth of stories across 22 films.

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After half of all living things in the universe are killed by Thanos, the remaining Avengers must reassemble to find a way to reverse the actions and restore the universe to its previous state. This is a thin outline of the plot, but it walks the fine line towards spoiler territory.

“Endgame” is in a situation like no other in that the movie’s marketing told us close to nothing. Marvel Studios, alongside directors Joe and Anthony Russo, pride themselves on the fact that much of “Endgame’s” best moments come in its revelations. As a Marvel fanatic, I can honestly comment on how the movie presented character moments that I could never have imagined.

At 181 minutes, the film somehow flies by as it uses every second to flesh out various plot threads. It’s a movie that soars past expectations in its jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring action scenes, but one that stands out in it’s quiet character moments.

These are characters that people have followed for nearly 11 years as the film continues to allow the audience to follow them on this journey. “Endgame” understands that the characters are what stand at the forefront of the MCU and allows for the heroes to push the movie beyond one’s assumptions. It’s the investment and attention from fans that allow the quieter moments to make the heavier ones more impactful.

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As I sit here pondering what I can and cannot say about this movie, I reflect back on the thoughts and emotions I had as the movie began to come to a close. “Avengers: Endgame” is one of the most ambitious, tenacious and gut-wrenching movies in all of comic book history. As someone who has been a part of this journey since day one, it’s difficult to believe that such a thing like “Endgame” and the MCU exist at all.

As a whole, the movie is a rewarding conclusion to a 22-part journey. On its own, the movie is the most focused and determined film in all the MCU. This movie is everything you want it to be, and so much more. Much more…

Verdict: ★★★★★

“Avengers: Endgame” is now playing in theaters.

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