Walking into Avengers: Endgame earlier this morning, a few questions came to mind. The first was myself wondering how Endgame would top Infinity War after the latter became a pop culture icon and easily one of the highest rated comic book movies of all time. The implications, whom most perceive to be temporary, were pretty unprecedented at the time of Infinity War’s release.
Now, only two hours after finishing Endgame, the only thought I have is how Marvel and more specifically, the Russo Bros, continue to top themselves with each installment. I had more than a few theories and a little wishlist of what I’d want to happen in the movie while walking in. As I was walking out, I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of my theories had been wrong but surprisingly, my wish list was fulfilled and then some.
The first thing I noticed while watching the movie was the pacing. Granted, Avengers Endgame had an extra half hour compared to Infinity War but I found myself enjoying the flow of the movie much more than the previous installment. The three hour runtime was hardly noticeable to the point where a four hour movie would’ve been acceptable to me. Each character in the movie was given ample time to shine and showcase their true personality, making it feel like the movie was centered around the characters and not the plot. The plot itself was nothing short of brilliant and although many tried guessing at it, there were enough twists and turns to surprise even the most informed. Although I avoided most of the TV spots and trailers, I could recognize that the directors and marketers definitely knew what they were doing when releasing all the clips leading up to the movie’s release. If you’ve watched them and fear that you may have seen too much, you could put your mind at ease knowing Marvel knows exactly what it’s doing and hasn’t lost sight of the hype.
Unfortunately, no movie is perfect. While Endgame does come close, there were very tiny issues within the movie. They weren’t big enough to make me unhappy while watching the movie but also not small enough to brush them aside. The characters were very well written and while the original six Avengers might’ve been the apple of the Russo’s eyes, the supporting characters in this film were also written well.
The action scenes were top notch. The CGI was on par with what we saw with Infinity War which was always a good point of the movie. This movie does symbolize closure for many aspects of the MCU and some are more apparent than others amidst the movie. It passed the torch onto the next generation of heroes gracing our screens for the foreseeable future while adding a complex layer of character development to each of the characters we’ve grown to love over the past 11 years. Marvel understood the magnitude of the movie and have truly delivered a movie that will be remembered for years to come.