“Whatever it takes” is a common saying through “Avengers: Endgame.” Characters mutter this throughout the film because they truly know this is it. Directors, the Russo Brothers, absolutely stepped up to deliver this perfect film — whatever it takes.
“Avengers: Endgame” is, without a doubt, the best Marvel movie yet, and one of the greatest films of the year.
“Endgame” picks up right where last year’s “Infinity War” left off — Thanos gathered all the infinity stones, snapped his fingers and wiped out half of all life in the entire universe. Earth is in shambles, The Avengers are distraught and seeking revenge, and Iron Man and Nebula are lost in space.
Speaking any more on the plot would absolutely ruin this phenomenal movie. Marvel has been very quiet with marketing and trailers, and that’s only built the suspense. Fans have had no idea what The Avengers are up to this time, other than a quest for brutal revenge. Going into this movie without knowing a single thing about what's to come, and this is for the best. Throughout the film, Marvel delivers a heap of surprises that are always jarring and intriguing.
Some movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe just don’t take risks, but “Endgame” changes that. There are story beats that are entirely unexpected and off-the-wall. “Endgame” is a long movie, clocking in at over three hours. Fans won’t want to miss a single minute of this, because each scene is packed with details. And, somehow, the film never actually feels crowded.
Take, for example, the entire third act. This third act is, without a doubt, the best sequence in a superhero movie ever, period. The final act is the culmination of 11 years of movie-making, storytelling goodness, and it shows just how much heart and soul was put into the end. The sequence sparks emotions in viewers, especially in fans dedicated to the series.
“Endgame” does the unthinkable — it brilliantly wraps up the storyline created by the past 21 movies into a perfect conclusion. This has never been done in the entire history of cinema, and it’s astounding that it was accomplished so well here. Every storyline ends well, every character has amazing interactions with one another, and callbacks to older movies wrap up nicely. There’s really not much left to wonder at this point with excellent storylines coming to end. I didn’t think it was possible to end every storyline on a satisfying note, but the directors, the Russo brothers, absolutely nailed it.
Watching storylines for my favorite characters finally reach a satisfying conclusion is one of the most heartwarming things I’ve seen in a movie in a long, long time. If this was to be the entire end to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which, obviously, it isn’t, then I could rest happy knowing one of my favorite franchises ended on a high note.
The action in this movie is no joke, either. It’s hard to tread into scenes without spoiling any important details, but Captain America steps up this time around, and seeing him frustrated and seeking revenge in the film is one of the highlights. Of course, Thor’s Stormbreaker axe is also just as fun to watch now as it was in “Infinity War” too. Watching Thor rip through baddies with his axe is a highlight of the film, and he consistently steals the scene with humor and his sheer grace while fighting.
Of course, being a Marvel movie, the jokes are also hilarious as well. Watching Ant-Man engage with The Hulk is one of my favorite gags in the MCU, and there’s a bit with Thor that made me cry laughing. The balance between humor and seriousness is here, which is very common in the MCU, and the jokes never feel out of place. When the movie gets serious — it gets serious. But, that doesn’t stop a great gag or two occuring during the finale.
The set pieces in “Endgame” are absolutely phenomenal. The Avengers headquarters looks beautiful and more fleshed-out this time around than in previous movies, and scenes where Avengers are fighting look absolutely stunning. Watching the lightning shoot from Stormbreaker, or seeing Iron Man’s jet repulsors shoot always lights up the screen and looks fantastic. Captain America throwing his shield always has a great, crunchy sound.
And, once again, the third act is absolutely the most beautiful part of this movie. Every single shot in this act is gorgeous, with absolutely outstanding lighting and some of the best CGI in the franchise. It’s shocking how gorgeous this all is, and CGI never looks tacky. There’s a long shot toward the end of the movie that may be my favorite view of anything in the MCU. The final scene before the movie ends, for example, is one of the most beautiful scenes in the MCU, if not the best scene overall.
“Avengers: Endgame” is in theaters now, and it shouldn’t be missed. “Endgame” is an absolutely perfect movie.