Marvel's Avengers: Endgame has finally arrived, but does the epic conclusion live up to the hype? Check out our official review to see our thoughts!
In May 2008 I walked into a theater with two friends to see a new movie from Marvel Comics, Iron Man. I left amazed at what I saw what I didn’t know at the time was the journey I was about to embark on. At the end of iron man I heard a rumor that you should stay because there’s a scene after the credits, what it was I had no idea, but OK I stay seated and a short scene of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) speaking to Billionaire Playboy Tony Stark ( Robert Downey Jr.). The Conversation ends with Fury telling Stark about the Avenger Initiative.
My poor nerdy mind exploded because it was only at that moment I knew they were getting ready to make a bunch of movies leading up to The Avengers. Over the years we are treated to a slew of movies beginning with Captain America, Thor, Hulk, to the most recent stories with Dr. Strange, Black Panther, & Captain Marvel. Today, 11 years and 21 movies later, the journey we started back in 2008 comes to an end with The Avengers: Endgame.
*Minor spoilers below*
This movie picks up maybe 5 minutes before Thanos snaps his fingers and obliterates half of the universe. We see Hawkeye enjoying a happy family picnic moment teaching his daughter to use a bow and then, *SNAP* the next 2 minutes sets the tone for most of the movie. Most of the first act we see how the heroes and people of earth are dealing with the loss of their friends, & family. Even though some time has passed many of our heroes and citizens of earth, are all at different stages on the 5 stages of grief.
First, we have Antman, who finds his way back from the quantum realm, having to deal with the denial of what has happened while he was trapped in another dimension. Ronin / Hawkeye holding onto the anger he feels and taking it out on any criminal he finds. Thor’s depression that he could not stop Thanos ( he should have went for the head), Captain America’s bargaining by leading help groups to try and cope and reach out to others to work thru what has happened. Finally, we come to Hulk who has fully accepted the loss and has moved on to a point it seems he doesn’t even care what happened.
It doesn’t take long for our heroes to come up with a plan to “fix” what happened and implement that plan in act 2. By act 3 we have a final showdown that had the potential to be one of the greatest onscreen battles ever. So why do I say it ‘had’ the potential to be great? That’s due to the fact that in the end there are too many people fighting. The battlefield looks like a storm is on the horizon so once the fight starts it looks like a muddled mess we get to see some heroes do some impressive fighting maneuvers and the FX team definitely worked their asses off to make this battle the best damn thing you could see. There was a point where we had a Women of the MCU moment, where they were about to wreck shop but ended up being 10 seconds of jumping from hero 1 to hero 2 to hero 3, and finally focusing on about 3 women.
Now don’t think I didn’t like the final fight, there were just some minor thing about it I didn’t like. However it wasn’t anything major that I could say it was bad, this was still an epic battle that had many moments I couldn’t help but shed a tear. That was the other thing about this movie whether it was seeing what the heroes had to deal with after “the snap” or the decisions they had to make while working on their plan to fix everything, or when the heroes came back to the world, it will hit you like an emotional sledge-hammer. A beautiful Marvel engraved emotional sledge-hammer.