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Avengers: Endgame is the concluding chapter in Marvel’s current, epic cinematic universe. It promises to deliver resolution for many of its characters and their story arcs which we have become invested in for the past 11 years. It all started in 2008 with the successful release of Iron Man, since then we have watched some of our favourite superheroes, along with a spattering of lesser-known characters, battle their way through 20 films before officially bringing Thanos fully into the fold with 2018’s Infinity War. You can grab a quick recap of all the events so far with our Complete History of the MCU.
Endgame is the 22nd movie in the series and picks up directly in the wake of the heartbreaking cliffhanger Infinity War left us on. The movie begins with an emotional pre-credits scene that sets the tone for the first act of the film and from this point on the story beats come in thick and fast. Many of which are logical and almost predictable as the remaining team regroup and formulate a plan to save the world from the fallout of that finger click. What Endgame does exceptionally well is deliver the expected while at the same time keeping you on the edge of your seat. Don’t try to work out what you will be treated to next as the Russo brothers will trump even your wildest dreams.
The set pieces on show are some of the finest ever created in cinema, the integration of human actors with CG characters and backgrounds is seamless at times. Endgames runtime is a whopping three hours but at no time did it feel like a chore to watch thanks, in part, to the pacing and sheer amount of content included. If you want to know if there’s a good time for a toilet break during the film we can confirm your best bet is at the beginning while the trailers roll or as you exit the cinema. Blink and you will miss the return of a character or hidden detail, there’s so much going on repeat viewings are essential. The final act is one to behold and will leave you catching flies.
Although much of Endgame is pure fan service it also has the near-impossible job of wrapping up loose ends. Many, when originally conceived, couldn’t have truly known what was coming in this final instalment. It does a good job but there are a few annoyances and for an outsider of the series it’s a lot to take in. Endgame could be considered a bit of a mess if you haven’t seen all or at the least the majority of what has come before. Infinity War succeeded on this level with greater success and can almost be watched as a standalone movie.
Some of the biggest issues are of its own making. Many of our beloved characters are reduced to the sidelines, become a parody of their former selves or even have non-speaking roles but they serve a purpose. There are plenty of callbacks and surprises that will please but there are plot holes scattered throughout.
Hats off to the Russo brothers who took on this burden, they have created a modern-day spectacle that will take its place in history as being the biggest movie of all time. We will see a lasting impression on films for years to come and not even just those that are set to continue the franchise. There is a lot to enjoy with Endgame and the future of the MCU looks to be in a strong position. If you haven’t already please make sure you experience this great film on the biggest screen possible.
TBG Score: 7/10