Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo | Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) got its real kick-off with Iron Man back in 2008. Robert Downey Jr was born to portray Tony Stark. A decade and 22 films later, it will go down in cinematic history as a feat never before seen or dreamed of – a narrative lasting a decade with several stories intertwined. This film brings the culmination of a decade worth of storytelling to a satisfying and bittersweet close – truly an Endgame in every sense of the word. My hat’s off to the two writers for finding the right balance of dark and light moments, drama and humour, and taking the time to allow so many characters to share the screen and each have their moments to shine. Well done – not an easy feat as the runtime of just over 3 hours proves tricky (much had to be cut to get the film as fast paced as it was). Almost certainly there will be a director’s cut or extended edition released one day. After seeing this film back-to-back on opening night and getting to really take in the story and catch many details written into the film expertly well, this review will be a ‘Writing a Movie RIGHT’.
Here come the spoilers.
The film starts off with Hawkeye (Clint Barton) showing his daughter how to shoot a bow and arrow. This quickly reminds us of the horrible loss faced by the Avengers at the end of Infinity War with the infamous Thanos ‘snap’. We quickly get caught up with our remaining heroes and soon Tony Stark is back from outer space. Stark and Captain America are still at odds after the events in Civil War and the loss in Infinity War. Tony, upset and angry, leaves the group to move on with his life. Captain Marvel assists the rest of the team, comprised of Dr. Banner, Iron Patriot, Nebula, Rocket, Black Widow, Captain America and Thor, locate Thanos and fight him to get the Infinity Gauntlet back so they can undo the snap. When they arrive and confront Thanos it is revealed that he used the stones one last time to destroy them – another crushing defeat for the Avengers. Then the screen goes black and it is five years later. It is emotionally gut wrenching seeing our heroes try to cope with loss and feeling hopeless. Yet hope sometimes comes from the smallest places and in this film it comes from the smallest Avenger, Ant Man.
Ant Man returns from the Quantum Realm as though five years were only a few hours. He tells the team they can utilize the Quantum Realm to time travel and sets a plan for them to run a ‘Time Heist’ for the Infinity Stones. This by itself is where the film really shines. Seeing how they brought back earlier films and scenes in the MCU was simply brilliant. There was so much on display to close out character storylines and arcs. Tony Stark was amazing with his father. Captain America had so many great scenes that fans will love and cheer for. At this point I want to simply stop with the spoilers. Most of the world will end up seeing Endgame and if you have not yet done so, go and see this cinematic event. It brings home a long running epic narrative told across 22 films in an achievement that perhaps no other series will ever be able to do. Other than make this film longer, there is not much that can be improved upon the story. Sure, they could go into greater details on the Quantum Realm or take more time with certain characters, but this film leaves very little wasted time in getting things moving fast.
I feel the fans will absolutely adore this film. Seeing the characters we have grown to love across the past decade sent off is just bittersweet and heartbreaking. In the end you will find yourself smiling and maybe crying at the same time. Thank you Stan Lee. Thank you Jack Kirby. Thank you Marvel. The bar is now set extremely high. There is no going back now. Ever upward. Excelsior!
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