Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Avengers: Endgame
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writer: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Based on: the comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Sequel to: The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Brie Larson, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana, Evangeline Lilly, Tessa Thompson, Rene Russo, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian StanTom Hiddleston, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Letitia Wright, John Slattery, Tilda Swinton, Vin Diesel, Jon Favreau, Hayley Atwell, Natalie Portman, Marisa Tomei, Taika Waititi, Angela Bassett, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, William Hurt, Cobie Smulders, Sean Gunn, Winston Duke, Linda Cardellini, Frank Grillo, Hiroyuki Sanada, James D’Arcy, Jacob Batalon, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Redford, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ken Jeong, Ty Simpkins, Stan Lee
Part of: Marvel movies
Seen on: 1.5.2019

Content Note: fat hate

It’s been a while since Thanos (Josh Brolin) changed the entire universe. People are coping, but how well varies from person to person. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), for one, didn’t realize at all what was happening, having spent years trapped in the quantum realm. But now he has finally been able to return to find the world very much changed. He seeks out the remaining Avengers, believing that the quantum realm may just be the very thing to help them undo what Thanos caused.

Avengers: Endgame basically had no choice but be epic (the sheer number of people and characters alone!) and it certainly delivered that. It does feel like a worthy end to the series, even if not everything about it works or is as good as it should be.

The film poster showing the main characters in a montage.

Just to get this out of the way: I was very glad I was warned about the fat jokes in this film, because they are constant. If I hadn’t been warned, I would have been devastated by them. As I could go in steeled for them, I was still tense and pissed off, but at least not devastated. Fat jokes suck, people, and the are not funny. Especially not when they are used to utterly humiliate a character and their grief. So, a big fuck you to all of you for that.

Apart from that, the film is very well done and a worthy finish for most, albeit not all, characters. I had my problem with Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and his story (and tied to that with Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) ending). That “girl power” moment was unearned. And there are quite a few things you’d do well not to think too hard about, lest they fall apart.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) sitting in a spaceship, reaching for his Iron Man helmet.

Despite its long runtime, it doesn’t feel long at all. And they certainly managed to get me in the right emotional frame for the film to work. I mean, it would be hard not to get a little emotional – the first film in this epic series came out over 10 years ago and there have been so many movies in the same cinematic universe since, it really feels like the end of an era. Avengers: Endgame gave me the right sense of closure.

While not everything about the films (or this film) was perfect, I will miss it (at least in part).

Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) standing next to two screens showing Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Shuri (Letitia Wright).

Summarizing: it’s no place to start with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s a good place to finish.


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