Avengers: Endgame is a breathtaking conclusion to a decade-long franchise


Brendan Sheardy, Staff Writer

  Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that has spanned 11 years and 22 films. Following the actions of Avengers: Infinity War, half of the universe has been reduced to ashes, as the efforts of the mad titan, Thanos, were successful. In Endgame, the remaining Avengers assemble one last time in an attempt to undo the actions of Thanos and restore balance to the universe, no matter the consequences.

  This film is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Don Cheadle, Brie Larson, and Josh Brolin.

  I am a huge fan of the MCU. I can still remember back 11 years ago when my grandpa took me to see the first Iron Man movie in 2008. For over a decade, I have been following these characters and watching this massive story unfold and connect together over 22 films. It’s something that’s never been done before in history, and the fact that they were able to keep fans this invested in it’s story for this long is incredible to say the least. However, since fans are that invested, it also put a lot of pressure into the hands of the Russo brothers, who directed both Infinity War and Endgame, to give the fans an emotionally satisfying conclusion to this saga.

  I can say, as both a fan of the franchise and a fan of film in general, this movie delivers everything you want and more. Despite having so much to discuss about this film, This is surprisingly going to be a very vague review since even a hint at any events that transpire in this superhero spectacle would linger on spoiler territory. However, I will try my best to convey my thoughts without spoiling anything.

  While Infinity War was a non-stop action movie, Endgame dials it back a notch and focuses solely on character development and how our favorite heroes are dealing with the grief of losing their friends and family. This causes the first and second act to be slower than usual, but that’s not a bad thing. Every scene is necessary to build character and it makes the payoff at the end much more satisfying. There are only two action sequences in the first two hours of the film, so I would consider this to be more of a drama than a typical superhero action movie, which for me made the film much deeper and emotionally resonate.

  What sets Endgame apart from the rest of the MCU is its sense of finality. For years we’ve had each installment that continues to set up the next movie and tie it to other movies, but this film finally delivers the finale that we’ve all been waiting for, and it’s extremely satisfying. This ends with one of the greatest and most epic superhero throw downs I’ve ever seen. It’s grand in its scale and it delivers some instant classic moments that had my entire theater (including myself) clapping and cheering. The final battle makes Infinity War look bush-league compare the the intensity, and Infinity War was one of the most intense movies ever made.

  Thanos felt much more like a villain here than he was in Infinity War. Previously, Thanos was a huge threat to the Avengers, since he was trying to kill half of the universe, but he believed he was doing it for a good cause. In Endgame, he throws that away and becomes a sadistic and evil titan who no longer cares about the greater good, and just wants to destroy everything. This makes the final battle feel much more crucial as the entire universe is now at stake, instead of just half.

  As you probably know already, this is an emotional roller coaster. If you care about these characters at all, you will definitely cry multiple times. There is a great sense of loss that propels these characters actions and emotions, which in turn makes the audience feel the same. The heroes are much more relatable because they don’t feel like godly beings any more, they feel more like regular people who feel grief and failure. I connected so much to the characters and felt more emotional towards them because they are grounded characters.

  Overall, Endgame is easily the best MCU film to date, and may very well go down as one of the best films ever made. I loved every minute of it. It had me cheering, laughing, crying, and every other emotion you can think of. It is chock full of great character moments, superhero action, and a finale that will knock your socks off. This is everything I wanted and more. I cannot recommend this enough, especially for Marvel fans. Go see this as fast as you can, assuming you are able to secure tickets.

  Rating: 10/10