This is going to be a spoiler review so please just see the movie and then read this if you do not want to be spoiled!!!!
This is my 100th post since I started this website, and that is ironic because I will be reviewing one of the most important movies of my lifetime with it. What is there to say though? After 22 movies, 11 years, and billions of dollars later, Marvel ended this saga with as good a movie as you can possibly ask for. Every fan out there has invested so much time, money, and heart into these characters and the Russo Brothers, Kevin Feige, and the rest of the Marvel Machine delivered in a big way. The scale of this movie will never be matched and it only could have truly been felt if you have been there since the beginning.
These movies have meant so much to me since they started in 2008. I was a sophomore in high school when Iron Man came out and now I am out of college for 4 years and engaged. I grew up with these movies and it was so incredibly satisfying to sit in the theater, tears streaming down my face watching everything come together.
Marvel changed movie making and the way we look at movies as a whole. I am just flabbergasted by the fact that they pulled this off. So here we go I am diving deep into Endgame here, so again be aware of spoilers!!
This movie was basically divided into three parts, oh and conveniently it is 3 hours so each part takes about an hour. The first hour is dealing with fallout from Infinity War, and building the team and plan to undo it. The second hour is the Avengers in teams of two time traveling through the history of the MCU to find the infinity stones, and the third hour is bringing everyone back and finishing Thanos once and for all. Each hour is incredible and brings different emotions to the table, there is legitimately a moment to laugh and cry about every ten minutes throughout each section of this movie. I will say though the second hour overall is some of the best work in Marvel history.
The reward for all Marvel fans is in those scenes when they travel back through the MCU and add to each and every character that they already built on. We get moments with Tony and his dad, Cap and Peggy Carter, Thor and his mom, and numerous more situations that make you feel nostalgia and excitement all at the same time (MORE STAN LEE!). Every scene has a new surprise that again will make you laugh, cry, cheer and every other emotion you can possibly have.
I want to try and do something different here because Stock Watch does not really work with this, so I will just run through the characters and talk about what they mean to me and to the movie.
Tony Stark/Iron Man – The Heart and Soul of the series which will truly miss him now that he is (spoiler alert) dead! Iron Man 1 started the entire Universe and if it were not for the tone Robert Downey Jr. set and commitment he had to the movies, they would not be here today. His relationship with every single character was important and meaningful and he will be truly missed. Watching him snap his fingers to I AM IRON MAN was about as emotional as it gets.
Steve Rogers/Captain America – The Leader of the Avengers and the man delivering the positive messages throughout the series. Chris Evans has been fantastic throughout the saga, but he was particularly good in this. He really got to show a range of acting skills and had the two best moments of this movie. When he got to hold Thor’s Hammer my crowd went Bananas, and when every hero emerges and he finally gets to say AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, the tears were streaming down my face and it might have been my favorite moment in cinematic history. His send off was perfect and passing the torch to Sam felt right.
THOR! – Thor started out in the MCU as more of a Shakespearean figure but has turned into easily the funniest main character in the Universe. His entrance to Wakanda was ICONIC, but his treatment in this movie was so unexpected and perfect that I will remember it forever. They make him a fat Fortnite playing slob that has forgotten what it means to be The God of Thunder. His road back and redemption is great and basically every word Chris Hemsworth says throughout the movie is hysterical.
Bruce Banner/Hulk – This character actually started out with Edward Norton playing Bruce in The Incredible Hulk, but they cast Mark Ruffalo for the Avengers and have not looked back. He has done a great job balancing the Bruce Banner role with the craziness of the Hulk, however in this he gets to do something totally different. He has become Professor Hulk which is the Hulk with Bruce’s Brain. This is one of the best Marvel gags ever and gives Ruffalo a chance to shine. He was hilarious and gave us a completely unique look at the character which is not easy to do 22 movies in.
Clint Barton/Hawkeye/Ronin and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow – These two have been linked together really since the original Avengers. They are the only heroes without “powers” and they always had an unspoken sexual tension between them on some level. They both had very emotional arcs culminating on Vormir where in order to get the Soul stone one of them needed to sacrifice themselves. They have an epic fight where both are trying to kill themselves, ultimately finishing with Black Widow dying for good. This was one of the best scenes in the movie and puts a stamp on one of the ancillary relationships in the Avengers.
Scott Lang/Ant Man – At the end of Ant Man and the Wasp, Ant Man was trapped in the Quantum Realm, meaning he missed all the events of Infinity War. So, the beginning of Endgame has him figuring out what happened and then finding the Avengers to try and figure out how to make a “time machine.” He has so many funny moments playing the audience avatar of sorts and really has been an awesome addition to the MCU.
Nebula – Nebula was a character introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy as a daughter of Thanos. She did not have much personality and was honestly built to be a killer. Over time she has blossomed, but never really was given a chance to shine. Here in Endgame she becomes sort of the key to the whole story, which just shows the power of the Marvel brand and these characters. Karen Gillan did a great job and I really enjoyed all of my time with her.
War Machine/Rocket Raccoon – Not much to say about these two, they had a few hysterical lines and heartfelt moments but did not add too much to the overall story. I do enjoy their presences in the MCU though.
All of the other “snapped” Characters (Black Panther, Spidey, Scarlet Witch, the rest of the Guardians and the numerous others) are in the movie later on and do not play a huge role in the story. Same with Captain Marvel, she is there only when they need her and then she flies away. These will all be the stars of the franchise moving forward though. So we will be seeing plenty more of them.
What else can you say about this movie honestly? The Russo Brothers have done an unbelievable job with the 4 movies they did and accomplished everything a comic book fan can dream of. Kevin Feige had incredible vision and foresight that led to, in my opinion, the greatest cinematic achievement of all time.
*A couple other tidbits
- I loved how we hear Sam in Cap’s ear to signal everyone coming back, it is a chills inducing moment that only Marvel can produce.
- KORRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG (if you know, you know)
- The scene where all the women in the Universe get together is pointed, but very awesome.
Juice Rating: 96/100
*All my movie ratings can be found here.