21 films in the making, billions in box office revenue, directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers: Endgame delivers what every superhero fan has ever dreamed. An epic-length, fast-paced, action-packed and heartfelt blockbuster that will completely blow you away (box-office included).
Endgame follows the events post Infinity War and the Thanos “snap” that wiped out half of everyone in existence to (according to Thanos) bring balance to the universe. We get to see the Avengers including their new addition Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) at their worst: defeated, broken, frustrated and unable to do anything at all. However, a ray of hope glimmers when Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) has a crazy idea that might not only avenge the fallen but bring them back to life.
Avengers: Endgame is a clever and almost perfect ride through time, space and famous locations, with a ridiculous number of callbacks to the entire MCU catalogue. It even features the return of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), who finally get his chance to be a showstopper with a performance full of emotion and anger, more like a vigilante than a hero.
Comedy is relatively subdued compared to Infinity War, with this film being all about avenging the fallen and closing a narrative cycle. However, fans will be thrilled to see Australia’s Chris Hemsworth and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) once again teaming up to deliver the funniest gags of the film.
Once again Marvel amazes us with impressive special effects, mind-blowing action sequences and costume designs, showcasing the best talent and technology cinema can offer, including their incredibly impressive de-ageing effects and motion-capture. It’s a visual feast!
Chris Evans‘s Captain America and Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man deserve special praise, as both characters have been carrying the entire weight of the entire MCU on their shoulders from the beginning. Despite the all sequels and the many films in between, they still the fan favourites thanks to their definitive performances – and in this film in particular they’re pushed right to their limits. Sometimes you almost forget that you’re watching an Avengers film, as it has the downbeat feel of a Civil War sequel.
Perhaps the only letdown in the film is for die-hard Hulk fans, as a full-force manifestation of the green beast we all wanted to see smashing his enemies is sorely missed. The film’s approach to the character is more human and more about Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and, at moments, oddly cartoon-like.
But you can rest assured that Avengers: Endgame is a cinematic triumph. Without any doubt, we’re declaring this the ultimate superhero film, and despite its length it flows perfectly towards an epic conclusion that will leave cinema-goers speechless and tearful. Superhero films will never be the same. It’s the perfect end to an era.
Avengers: Endgame – In Cinemas April 24