Avengers: Endgame review

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This review will contain no spoilers for Avengers: Endgame out of respect for everyone.

When Iron Man came out in 2008, I remember watching it in theaters the day it came out as a kid. I have been following the franchise from day one, and for the last 11 years, I have watched every single Marvel movie and almost all of the TV shows. Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of the 11 years of investment in this franchise, and I’m happy to say that it couldn’t have been a better ending to the Infinity saga.

Marvel has mastered serialized storytelling. While not every Marvel Cinematic Universe film was great, one can’t deny the effort and hard work that went into planning this universe and keeping it internally consistent throughout. It’s a feat of storytelling that no one else has been able to pull off, and props should go to Kevin Feige and everyone else on his team, such as the Russo brothers, who directed Infinity War and Endgame. The universe was a risk, and it’s paid off really well.

There is something special having grown up with these characters. It’s like watching real people at this point develop and grow in front of you. The names of each of these people have permeated into the popular consciousness, and you feel this sense of attachment to each of these people. Even if you don’t know all the films themselves, you still know the names, and that’s what makes the Avengers films work even if you haven’t seen all of the standalone films.

As for the film itself, Endgame is one of the most satisfying films I’ve seen in quite some time. For a three hour film, it didn’t feel that long at all. The pacing was mostly great and they made some smart choices with the storytelling that allowed each of the characters to get their own moments to shine. If Infinity War was Thanos’ movie, Endgame belongs to the Avengers.

All the performances were really stellar this time around. Not a single cast member was weak and everyone had a great acting moment. The standout in the cast was Robert Downey Jr. This is his best performance as Tony Stark, playing a man broken by the events of Infinity War and faced with his own obligations. Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson also turn in their best performances as their respective characters. There were only a few weak performances in the movie (I’m still not convinced by Brie Larson), but it would be a spoiler to reveal who I’m referring to.

What I didn’t expect was that the film would take the risks it took. Those who have seen the film will know what I’m talking about. There are so many choices taken by the film that will surprise you, but in a good way. Your expectations will likely be subverted, which could upset some people who have hardcore theories. But when you’re watching the movie, you’ll forget about whatever expectation you have coming in and just go along with whatever is thrown at you.

It’s hard to say this without spoilers, but there are just so many moments that will make you feel giddy and excited. While it’s a decently somber film, there are also just so many satisfying moments that had me chuckling in disbelief that I got to experience it. The film took advantage of the investment you have in the heroes and the universe, and used it to maximize the emotional impact of many of the scenes and payoffs throughout the film.

If I have a complaint, it’s that it’s not the most clean narrative. The first part has to set up a lot, but it could have been done in a more clean manner. Without spoiling too much, there will be a lot of questions you’ll have about some of the plot points that may have to be ignored. If you think about it too much, things may start to not make sense.

But to be honest, the film is so enjoyable that I don’t want to nitpick those details. I had an absolutely great time watching Endgame and I’m not ashamed to say that it made me cry a little bit. It’s sad to see the last 11 years of the franchise come to a conclusion, but there is more ahead. No franchise is ever really gone. I’m hyped to see what else Marvel comes up with. I have full faith in them.