Avengers: Endgame movie review: Nothing short of a Marvel miracle

Avengers: Endgame new poster, via Disney Media File
Avengers: Endgame new poster, via Disney Media File /

Avengers: Endgame is finally here to wrap-up several years of cinematic world building. But does the conclusion to the Infinity Saga satisfy?

What to say about the epic conclusion to the Infinity Saga without making online readers angry? This will be no easy mission. Avengers: Endgame is a film so difficult to discuss that reviewing it is almost impossible. And this is all thanks to a brilliant marketing campaign from Marvel which gave away almost nothing about the film’s plot.

This said, a review must be done and while spoilers will be avoided at all costs, what one considers to be a spoiler is entirely subjective when discussing this film. The mere description of how the film makes one feel can arguably be seen as a spoiler. So, this is a friendly warning: No details of Avengers: Endgame will be revealed in this review but Extremely Mild Spoilers are possible.

The following is pretty upfront in the advertisements as well as marketing. The story of Avengers: Endgame takes place during the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War. Half the world’s population has been wiped out and the Avengers are looking to pick up the pieces of the destruction from Thanos. Captain Marvel has joined the team and is now going to assist in fighting the big bad purple man. And well, that’s about all that can be said without ruining the film for the fans.

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Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: ENDGAME, Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019 /

At a whopping 3 hours, the film is packed with so much to chew and dissect, it makes it difficult to describe all of the elements involved. Avengers: Endgame is by far the most ambitious film from Marvel ever and that’s saying a lot after the insane experience of Infinity War. It will surprise many of the people who have become fatigued by the Marvel formula because this film will spin a thousand directions before the credits roll.

The amazing thing about the film’s runtime is that it breezes by seamlessly thanks to the solid pacing. No frame feels wasted and it absolutely makes it hard to get up to use the restroom. There are a lot of things happening on-screen, even in the quieter character-driven moments, which are spectacular.

The character moments in Avengers: Endgame equally rival that of the first film from Joss Whedon. Everyone has their moment to shine and connect to the audience, which is also a huge benefit of the runtime. The only difference is Endgame does a better job of making Hawkeye feel more crucial to the world. His character finally feels just as important as any of the big four –Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor.

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: ENDGAME..Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019
Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: ENDGAME..Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019 /

As a twenty-two film story, though, does the film satisfy the long-anticipated build-up? Yes, on all accounts. While the MCU has hit bumps in the road along the way, Avengers: Endgame brings everything full circle in an extraordinary fashion.

At times, it will give one nostalgia, at times one will cheer, and other times one might even tear up from the overwhelming feelings of an ending to this current saga. It’s astounding that this movie exists and fans have been more than rewarded after a decade of character building.

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The film does have flaws, but they are mostly nitpicks. Some of the humor in the film takes away from various emotional moments. Thor: Ragnarok had this same issue, pushing a quip on a scene that was more tragic than funny. Most people will not care about this though and might appreciate the levity the moment brings.

It also seemed like some of the visual effects towards the end were not completely polished before the film’s release. It’s not easily noticed by most but this may bother some. Again though, given the ambition of this film and what the Russo Brothers were up against, it’s such a minor issue.

Overall Thoughts

This movie is a miracle in every sense of the word. This entire franchise is a miracle as well. Avengers: Endgame is the example of why having patience is everything when trying to build a satisfying cinematic universe. It also shows why having patience allows for crowd-pleasing conclusions.

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None of this film would work if it weren’t for years of devotion to making each film as good as possible. Anyone who has been on this 11-year journey that all started with a “Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist” should be more than satisfied. What comes next is anyone’s guess but we should all be grateful that we lived to experience the Infinity Saga.

Avengers: Endgame is in theaters now.