“Avengers: Endgame” is the collimation of the greatest cinematic universe of all time. It’s the 3rd Avengers film but the 22nd film in the Marvel cinematic universe and is a direct sequel to 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War”. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremey Reiner, Paul Rudd, Karen Gillian, Don Cheadle, Brie Larson & Josh Brolin all return to their respected roles. The film is directed once again by Joe & Anthony Russo who did “Avengers: Infinity War”, “Captain America: Winter Soldier” & “Captain America: Civil War”. Marvel took an unconventional route in filming both “Infinity War” & “Endgame” back to back which lasted from August 2017 to January 2018.
After the Titan known as Thanos (Brolin), destroyed half of population including most of the Avengers such as “Black Panther”, “Doctor Strange” & “Spider Man”, with a mere snap, what’s left of the Avengers are left with nothing but defeat. As Tony Stark (Downey) & Nebula (Gillian) are left adrift in outer space, Captain America (Evans), Thor (Hemsworth), Black Widow (Johansson), War Machine (Cheadle) & Dr. Banner (Ruffalo) are back on Earth struggling to peace together what just happened. Despite the arrival of Captain Marvel (Larson) and her reuniting the original Avengers, they have no clear understanding of what to do or where to go from here. Things get worse after Thanos and the Infinity stones are destroyed but after 5 long years a bit of hope comes forth in the form of “Ant Man” (Rudd) who has valuable information about a way to undo the destruction of Thanos and the Infinity stones. However, Ant Man’s info does come with its own problems. The Avengers must come together for one last ride to stop history from repeating itself or suffer the same fate as their fallen comrades.
After “Infinity War” left us absolutely devastated, “Endgame” opens on a somber and sad note as expected. The feeling of disbelief and despair carry the first half of the movie although it still has its funny bits. The performances are top notch and to see how far this characters and actors come in the last 10 years is incredible. Downey and Evans really come in to their zone while the other hold their own. While “Infinity War” was the culmination of this incredible story arch, “Endgame” is just the that, the ending. The anticipation and hype was there but for some odd reason it didn’t have the same massive punch as the previous film. I’m not the saying the movie is bad by any means but there were low points and some lingering questions following the dramatic ending. My personal opinion is that when Marvel dropped the trailer of “Spider Man: Far From Home”, that was kind of spoilerish. Seeing Peter Parker and Nick Fury was a clear sign of a possible yet predictable outcome for “Endgame”.
Overall, this was a great movie that lived up to most of its expectations. I still prefer “Infinity War” to “Endgame” but this was a great final chapter for our beloved team of superheroes and gives hope for the future while still wanting more from the core group. This does peek my interest the upcoming “Spider Man” sequel as well possible “X Men” & other Marvel properties making their way to the big screen.