director: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson
genre: Action | Adventure | Comics
released: 24 April 2019 (Australia, Germany & Greece), 26 April 2019 (USA)
General audiences and most fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe who have seen close to all the ‘MCU’ films till now won’t be disappointed with the events or conclusion of the film. As ‘Endgame’ manages to tick most of the boxes needed to make all the money in the world and provide almost perfect popcorn entertainment. It’s not though an assuring building block for the future and fans should be skeptical of what is to come.
The film continues from the conclusion of ‘Infinity War’ to find the heroes defeated and broken from Thanos’s evil actions with the Infinity Stones. Now, they will have to move on and see if they can build from the ruins or let the events define their lives for the worse. And as the trailer shows the introduction of Ant-Man to the scene proves to be the opportunity needed to claim back what they had once lost.
Both of the last Avengers films ‘Infinity War’ & ‘Endgame’ follow similar formulas with their three act structure and the sub dividing of the hero groups on mini adventures in order to get to the final third act where all the action is thrown at you and they join together to fight Thanos. The issue here is more of the expected happened compared to ‘Infinity War’ that had a lot more gutsier and surprising moments going for it. Here the film had a chance in the first act to make it more into a drama for a bit, but didn’t hit that mark perfectly with some scenes not being fully clear in context or feeling forced and out of place. Thankfully, though the many funny moments are still here despite the negative events the characters are associated with or partake in after losing half the planet.
Another thing to mention is that the film is a decent send off to the original characters of the Avengers films that it had first started off with (Cap, Iron Man, Hulk, Widow, Hawkeye & Thor). Now it didn’t pay tribute equally to all of them and their fates aren’t all what we had hoped for or can accept, but it wasn’t unexpected as well. Problem is as mentioned before that with the closing of one door you open another and that door leads to untraversed territory for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with foundations that are shaky and questionable to say the least.
Lastly, without again touching on spoilers, the action, effects and overall production value is impressive beyond belief. Movie making has come a long way and many should be grateful these films don’t all turn into ‘Transformers’ or ‘Fast and Furious’ type schlock entertainment and still have some charm, personality, humor, character development and some logical storytelling within the action packed and insane fictional word they reside in.
Marvel has put themselves in a position where the future looks bleak and profits may stop reigning at the previous rates due to the repercussions felt by this film’s storyline and its bittersweet ending. The MCU is something great, but its greatness won’t last forever. As enjoyable and entertaining this film was I didn’t leave the movie theater satisfied as the future for this universe is still unclear and Marvel hasn’t convinced myself and others that the plans for Phase 4 is worth anticipating or partaking in.