Avengers: Endgame review
First off, this is a spoiler-free review, because you know, #DontSpoilTheEndgame.
What an epic journey we’ve been through. We don’t think even Marvel knew just how big the MCU was going to be until Avengers rocked our world. Edward Norton certainly didn’t, and Mark Ruffalo must be counting his lucky stars. But after a decade of Oscar highs and disastrous lows – thanks, Thor: The Dark World – we’ve come to the end, and what an ending it is.
With a (literal) snap of a finger, audiences of Avengers: Infinity War went absolutely nuts over the fate of our superheroes, some of whom we’ve come to love (well, sometimes). With just the amount of heroes that were cramped into Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame’s tight-knit team of leftovers is simply refreshing. We now get time to go into every single hero's mental state and see how the finger snap has affected each of them – from who they’ve lost, to the burden of guilt for losing to Thanos. Everyone gets a touching moment, and no scene lingers too long or is cut too short.
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo clearly know the MCU inside and out, delivering an extremely well-paced finale – despite its three-hour runtime – and clever storyline that no Marvel fan will expect. These guys are fans, and have made a movie for the fans. Nearly every scene will have a wink or nod to a past Marvel flick, but that’s not all they are, as the scenes skilfully tie into the plot as well.
If Infinity War was the brawn of the Infinity Saga, Endgame is the heart, and most certainly the mind. That being said, fans will certainly get the epic battles they’ve been anticipating, better than the shaky camera shots in Infinity War. Although there’s an over-reliance of CGI, which will annoy fans when re-watched over the next few years, but realistically, when hasn’t the MCU relied on CGI? Your eyes will still be glued to the screen with each spectacular fight.
Yes, we’ve already seen Spider-Man swinging into action in his sequel trailer. Spoilerish? Sure, but this is more a celebration of not just a successful franchise, but superheroes in general.
Will Thanos be defeated? Who will survive? Will Captain America shave his beard? This is it, folks, and the less you know, the better the experience.
Avengers: Endgame comes out in Dubai today (Wednesday April 24). Make sure you have your tickets.