‘The most ambitious crossover in cinema history.’ Well, they’re not wrong.
It’s frankly impossible to talk about Avengers Endgame without the eleven years of context across 22, now 23 movies. For years, Kevin Feige and co have been giving comic book fans everywhere a loving interpretation of the heroes they love, on the big screen. While Infinity War broke new ground last year, the final hour of Endgame is a Marvel comics fan’s wet dream. Fan service is everywhere, and what is put to screen (trying to be vague here), is truly, a marvel.
It’s very difficult to discuss this film without giving anything away, due to the clever marketing that revealed so little. What I can say, is that it sticks the landing. Plot threads from almost every prior film are wrapped up in a way that is both emotionally resonant, and somehow entirely satisfying. That said, there is the odd writing choice. Certain characters are vastly different than they were in Infinity War, and not all of these changes work, in my humble opinion.
The pacing is also a bit more sluggish than it was in Infinity War. While never boring, it doesn’t move quite as quickly, though the character development that is given focus is arguably worth it. Alan Silvestri’s score continues to amaze, with some lovely leitmotif callbacks to several Marvel movies: something the studio doesn’t usually excel at.
Overall, Avengers Endgame delivers on its own hype. Directors the Russo Brothers have crafted an ending that is not only wholly satisfying in filmmaking terms, but also gives the loyal fans almost exactly what they want. It’s not as tight as Infinity War, but it has just as much heart. The last third alone make it a milestone in superhero history, and the final battle is one of the most jaw dropping scenes in movie history. Short answer: go and see it.