Avengers: Endgame

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Avenge the fallen.

The fourth Avengers movie, and direct sequel to 2018's Infinity War. This will be the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Infinity WarCivil WarCaptain America: Winter Soldier).

The universe is in ruins following the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War. But with the help of their remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order.

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Directed by

  • Anthony Russo
  • Joe Russo('Captain America: Civil War', 'Avengers: Infinity War', 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier')

Written by

Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Blockbuster

181mins

Rating: M Violence

USA

Understatement of the year: Avengers: Endgame has a ton to live up to. The results are both a victory lap and unexpected nostalgia trip for a series of films that have dominated multiplexes over the past decade, all taking place in the shadow of immense failure, pain, and personal loss. And that’s just the immediate aftermath of Infinity War—once Endgame takes the audience to the logical conclusion of Thanos’ actions from the preceding film, all bets are off, with surprising moments popping up frequently (especially given how most of what we’ve seen in trailers takes place inside the epically long film’s first 15 minutes).

By the time the film finds a way to revisit what has made the Marvel Cinematic Universe so much fun to spend time in, the audience has had a chance to catch up with familiar faces who have been fundamentally changed by events, but thankfully not in a suddenly-now-wears-a-moustache/lots-of-emo-eyeliner way. The Avengers haven’t just lost people, though that ways heavily on their hearts. They outright lost. Not “lick your wounds, we’re preparing for the third act of this movie”, but a true defeat, the consequences of which are ever-present.

And yet, even for allowing for the scale of tragedy in both universal and personal terms—reflected in various ways across Earth’s (and the universe’s) surviving heroes—Endgame is still funny as all hell, in trademark Marvel style building upon the characters so solidly established in previous outings. This would all mean nothing without superlative work done by the cast, chiefly those that have been there from the very beginning, who do the best work of their blockbuster careers.

The Russo Brothers (perhaps set to become the least-talked-about directors of an insanely financially successful film ever) take their time with all the above, Endgame’s much-mentioned running time never feeling greedy, but a chance to spend time (the last time?) hanging out with this bunch of super-friends, and patiently setting the scene for a thrilling mission to right the universe’s wrongs.

When it all culminates in a—surprise—epic confrontation, some things may get a little unwieldy, others might not entirely land (misogynist keyboard warriors are surely gonna be out in force about one of these moments in particular), and certain sequences risk feeling overstuffed with characters. It's all pretty forgivable, with the directors swinging for the fences in their ambitious excess. Besides, once the credits roll, the Russos have served up a THIS ENDING to rival THAT ENDING of Infinity War.

To have delivered two massive films where the vast majority of people leave a thrilling communal experience feeling the exact same emotion, more delicately delivered this time perhaps, is a real achievement, one that caps off some of the most satisfying, sombre, and celebratory moments in the MCU. Good luck bettering this (I can't wait).

Vanity Fair

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The final film in this long segment of the Avengers saga is thrilling and, yes, genuinely moving.

Variety (USA)

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“Endgame” isn’t exactly a do-over, but it builds to an infinitely more satisfying conclusion.

New York Times

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“Endgame” is a monument to adequacy, a fitting capstone to an enterprise that figured out how to be good enough for enough people enough of the time.

The Guardian

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An irresistible blend of action and comedy, guaranteeing a sugar rush of delirious enjoyment of its many pleasures.

Vox

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It’s true to its name as a stunning final chapter in a narrative that Marvel has built over 11 years.

Collider

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Avengers: Endgame is an ending of sorts, but what an ending it is.

Total Film (UK)

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The juggling of the ensemble and tones is again masterful, and the ending – or rather endings, for there are several, all of them earned – prove there were indeed real consequences to Thanos’ Snap.

Newshub

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The entire three hour runtime, more than anything, is full to its bulging seams with so much fan loyalty and so much love.

Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)

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I really didn't see how any film could wrap up this decade-long series in a way that was dramatically satisfying, while still giving us a reason to come back for more.

A perfect end of an era

This movie truly is an experience. It made me feel so many emotions and feelings; happiness, shock, sadness, and most importantly, satisfaction. I wish I could unsee Endgame just to experience it again, yet here I am still processing through what I just witnessed.

The pacing of Endgame is different if compared to Infinity War. The beginning is much slower as it dives into all the characters left behind and provides more information on how they have been dealing with everything that has happened and their desperation to fix it. It's less about being about a superhero movie, but more on character arcs and redemption.

The movie picks up after the 1st act and honestly is such a joy to watch.

This film truly is for the fans and not only does it follow through after the events of Infinity War, but it shows familiar faces and references of all the MCU films, allowing for a new sense of appreciation on what we have already seen in the past.

There are countless beautiful moments in this film and the 3rd act is just purely EPIC. It is more than what I could have ever asked for. Character arcs were ended and fulfilled in different and memorable ways.

Definitely needs to be watched more than once.

There are a few loopholes, but they are minor and does not overshadow the most amazing movie experience I have ever had.

This film makes me proud of being a loyal MCU fan. I'm just curious as to how they can potentially beat this.

No amount of movie breakdowns and predictions prepared me for this.

RIP Stan Lee. He would've been very proud.