In May of 2008, “Iron Man” was released to theaters. The film was met with mixed to positive reviews and made a grand total of $585 million at the box office. What many didn’t know at the time, however, was that this was the beginning of what would be known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s been eleven years now, and after numerous films, sequels, crossovers, and televisions shows, we come to Marvel’s biggest film yet, a movie that has already broken records with a total global debut of over $1.2 billion!
“Avengers: End Game” takes place three weeks after the events of “Infinity War.” The mad prophet known as Thanos (Josh Brolin) has achieved his grand goal and wiped out half of all life in the Universe, including Earth and most of its heroes. During that time, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) has been stranded in space, along with his new blue companion Nebula (Karen Gillan), also known as the Daughter of Thanos. With the help of Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), however, they return to Earth where they reconnect with Captain America (Chris Evans) and what remains of the Avengers.
Old grudges are put aside as the team of heroes join forces for one last mission. In order to undo Thanos’ work, the Avengers last hope is to recover the powerful stones that have been a blight on them throughout multiple adventures and catastrophes—the very gems that caused all of this—the Infinity Stones. The movie features an all-star cast with Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, and many, many more.
“Avengers: End Game” is a… difficult film to put into words. What can I say that hasn’t already been said about previous superhero films? Or what I didn’t already say in my review of “Avengers: Infinity War” from over a year ago. I could shout praise at the phenomenal effects, which are just as awesome as ever, boast about the action, the humor, but it’d be difficult without giving away too many spoilers—and trust me this is a movie where you don’t want that to happen. So, I’ll summarize my feelings in one sentence. It’s an absolute must-see that will not disappoint and one of the best films I’ve ever seen, period!
The movie feels like a celebration of the Marvel Films—a reward for fans who have followed the movies for so long. Never have I viewed a movie that earned so many rounds of applause from the audience. “Avengers: End Game” literally had the audience cheering the heroes on at the end, making it one of the few movies where it was okay not to be quiet during a movie.
Now, despite the morbid tone the film is set in, “Avengers: End Game” knows when to take a comedic break to help lighten the mood. And trust me, out of all the “Avenger” films this is by far the funniest one yet. It literally had the audience and me choking with laughter. When it’s not all action and jokes, however, the tragic tone of the movie is handled well. Keep in mind, with half of all life gone, many of our heroes have lost friends and family; and you feel that. It’s almost like a tragedy film, which makes the action and comedy all the more satisfying when they happen.
There’s no single star in this. The movie is more of an ensemble cast where every character has their moment to develop and shine. The actors all give a tremendous performance and work fluently off one another. Which makes the film worth seeing just to see Iron Man and the Hulk teaming up with a talking raccoon. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, comic book movies are weird.
Before I close, there’s one last thing that must be addressed, and that’s the future. While this is the final conclusion to the “The Infinity Saga,” this doesn’t mark the end of the Marvel Studios franchise—not by a long shot. With “Spider-Man: Far From Home” coming in July, and talk of “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” in the works, viewers can rest assure that we have more Marvel Films coming. Let’s not forget this is a franchise based on Marvel Comics. The films won’t be running out of bad guys anytime soon. The only debate left is will the future saga be able to match “Avengers: End Game,” possibly even surpass it? Well, that’s an answer we might not get for another eleven years.
“Avengers: End Game” is rated PG-13 for sequences of
Sci-Fi violence and action, along with some language. It’s also Marvel’s longest film yet—clocking in at 3 hours. Despite the dark tone it’s set in, this film is a must-see for fans of all ages. The action and comedy are handled so well you’ll wish you could make the projector operator rewind it just so you could see it again. Which is why I’m proud to bestow “Avengers: End Game” with my first ever 10 out of 10!