Thanos had succeeded in his goal of wiping out half the universe, the Avengers are beaten and broken and are forced to live with the fact that they failed. This is a fact the movie hits home right at the start. The movie reminds you of the heart-wrenching effects of what happened in Infinity War and leaves you guessing from start to finish.
There is so much to talk about, but I don’t want to give anything away. It’s a movie that you really have to experience firsthand to really enjoy. From start to finish, Endgame stands strong as it features so much complexity in terms of story and characters that you can’t help but get lost in the world that Joe and Anthony Russo created, and the three-hour run time of the movie feels like it went by quickly.
Everything comes together so well, you are treated to surprise after surprise. If Infinity War turned the dial in terms of action to a 10, Endgame raises it to a 15. All you’ve seen up to now is both important and even brand new. It’s a celebration of everything we’ve seen in over a decade of films, and more importantly, the characters we’ve come to enjoy.
Endgame is not a movie where you can just watch without having viewed the MCU in its entirety. There are moments in the movie that focus on previous entries, so it’s easy to be confused. But for fans who have stayed up to date with the MCU, you are in for some great treats and done in such a way that it only makes you excited to see what comes next. This movie is filled with surprise after surprise, and it’s hard to predict what might happen next. If you don’t pay attention, you just might miss something important.
Captain America has always been one of my favorite characters in the MCU, and in Endgame, he really stands out as one of the best characters thanks to Chris Evans’ portrayal of the first Avenger. He isn’t the only character who delivers such a huge impact to the film, Robert Downey Jr. delivers another fantastic performance as Tony Stark, who once again questions his mortality, his choices and his heart.
While Captain America and Iron Man play an important role in the film, the rest of the cast is just as great. I can’t applaud Chris Hemsworth enough for his performance. We see a different Thor for a good portion of the movie, one who is feeling the sorrow of everything that has happened. I loved how in Infinity War we saw the entire cast get their moment to shine, and this is once again true in Endgame. I actually feel Endgame does an even better job, since we see so much more, including from Jeremy Renner and Paul Rudd, who weren’t a part of the first film.
There was only one character who just felt out of place and felt like an extraneous addition, taking away a bit from the movie. That would be Captain Marvel. It had nothing to do with Brie Larson, but instead, the character was just superfluously added in here and there when deemed necessary. That is a bit of a shame after the big build to her character being added into the MCU before Endgame, which made it feel like she would be a major player. That’s not to say she didn’t play a big role. She does, but not as much as you would think. There was one scene towards the end of the film that was exciting to watch.
Other than that, it’s hard to point out any other real flaws in the movie because there doesn’t feel like there was anything else. The pacing is perfect. The story is solid, though, there are some moments that leave you confused once you think about it, but it feels like those are intentional.
Avengers: Endgame leaves one major question to be asked….what’s next? Infinity War and Endgame have proved to be the absolute best from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I don’t know how Marvel Studios can ever top this movie, but they’ve surprised me a few times already. As such, I can’t wait to see what’s next, especially with Marvel now being able to adapt the Fantastic Four and the X-Men to the MCU.
Nuke the Fridge Score – 10 out of 10