The epic conclusion to last year’s Avengers: Infinity War is finally here. Everything that you thought was going to happen in Endgame –throw that out. This film is nothing like you expected at all. Which does not mean that it is not good. It is actually really good and will have you going through many different emotions –good and bad.
Without giving much away, Endgame picks up with the Avengers having been defeated by Thanos (Josh Brolin), who had wiped out half of the world’s population — including many of the Avengers themselves — with the use of the six Infinity Stones. The remaining Avengers must work together to fix this mess and defeat Thanos once and for all. If this sounds like the official synopsis, that is because it is. There is just so much more content to this, but it would blow your mind if I explained it. This is why the film is three hours long.
The three-hour movie is justified with all the storytelling that directors Joe and Anthony Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have crammed into it, which pays homage to the past, present, and future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It is quite hard to explain because there was just SO much content in the film, but it never feels jumbled or confusing. It does feel like a puzzle rather than a smooth narrative at times, with our team sometimes being separated and the film jumping to different storylines. But in the end, it all seems to flow well and provide a satisfying ending.
The film has many laughs and memorable one-liners, which is to be expected with Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) still around. Thor’s Rangarok personality is still intact, despite his being disappointed in his own failure to stop Thanos.
Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye plays a larger role in this film than any of the previous Avengers films. His character has usually gotten the short end of the arrow, but in Endgame, he finally gets his moments to shine and show that he truly is an important and useful part of the team.
Some fans may be disappointed with the limited screen time of their favorite characters. There are many fan favorites who are expected to be seen in the film but the majority of the screen time is devoted to the original Avengers, in a fitting tribute to the first Avengers film.
While we cannot spoil what happens to any of the characters in the film, each character does get their own deserved moment to shine and it pays off beautifully.
Don’t fret: Avengers: Endgame does have a satisfactory conclusion and many Easter eggs for those who have followed the previous 21 films. Of course, it is not the end of the Avengers or the stories Marvel has left to tell.
Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame opens in theaters this Friday.