Grandiose character performances from the lead cast, an emotional plotline, the harshest purple villain of all time, and of course CGI action-shots galore bring us straight to a satisfying ending of a chapter. Surely this is not the last film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it definitely feels like the end of an era.
The heroes that we have grown to love are stuck in a final showdown with the heavy-handed Thanos. While the film stands out as a blockbuster action flick, there is a lot of emotion involved and tears will fall. For a three-hour-long superhero movie, the run time feels shy of two hours, leaving me wanting more action and more time with these characters. There is just enough time for the film to solve the situation that they are left with at the conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War. It’s not an easy task to move forward after half of the cast is turned to dust, but Anthony (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War) and Joe Russo (Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War) direct the film towards a proper resolution.
At the end of Infinity War, we are left with a cast of MCU founders including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, The Avengers), Chris Evans (The Avengers, Captain America: The First Avenger), Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers, Thor: Ragnarok, Snow White and the Huntsman), Scarlett Johansson (Her, Lost in Translation, The Avengers), Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers, Spotlight, Foxcatcher), and Jeremy Renner (The Town, The Avengers, Wind River). While everyone in this cast has been a dud in one of the previous films of the MCU, they are all perfect in this film. After witnessing their friends and families die, they wear their emotions on their sleeves. This is not something we often get in superhero films. Usually, our fictional superheroes are emotionless robots. Luckily, Marvel has finally fixed this lack of character.
The dynamic between Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans leads this film to victory and emotional payoff. Without going too far into spoilers, the ending is clearly a tool that Marvel can use to move on from the franchise that has been built thus far. The end is worth the ride that fans have been on for the past 11 years. Of course, Thanos leaves his mark on the universe and everything is not left perfectly normal.
It will be interesting to see where the MCU progresses from here. With a Spider-Man movie just months away, Endgame will forever impact the future of the franchise. Sacrifices are made, battles are fought, relationships are broken, and overall this is the most meaningful film for the franchise.
The Bottom Line: If you are a die-hard Marvel fan, bring tissues and get ready for the longest and most rewarding end of an era.