Geek Review: Avengers: Endgame

Here we are.  Eleven years have passed since we first saw a live action Iron Man, ending with an infamous post-credits scene that established that, yes, there could be Avengers out there.

Now we come to what is the end of the first major storyarc of the MCU, encompassing 22 movies, with Avengers: Endgame.

So, here’s the thing:  this whole movie is basically an ending, so saying anything at all about the plot would probably be a spoiler of some kind.  Marvel/Disney has been pretty good about keeping the plot of the movie a secret, so let’s say what little I can say without feeling like I’m saying too much.  So, here goes:

Following the events of Infinity War, the various survivors of the MCU are at their respective lowest points.  They think they have a plan that can fix things, but it’s risky, and they’ll need to deal with Thanos (Josh Brolin) again.  Can they handle him the second time around with Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) finally working together again?

OK, so, bottom line:  this movie is basically a big reward for the diehard MCU fans who’ve been there since day one.  It’s the final send-off for the original Avengers line-up of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye along with Evans and Downey and to a lesser extent Don Cheadle’s War Machine and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts.  There are a lot of crowd-pleasing moments, the final battle sequence that every superhero movie has is one of the best I’ve ever seen, and it’s a real ending to this story.  This particular movie isn’t perfect.  The movie does lack a certain sense of urgency in the first half or so for reasons I won’t go into here, but that meant much of the movie was set up for character work as the Avengers get to be themselves.  That is, essentially, the appeal of these movies:  the characters.  And for the MCU to continue to grow, it needs to continue producing characters that appeal to mass audiences, so we’ll see what happens from here when they get around to finally announcing what Phase Four is going to be.

A part of me wonders if the last hour’s general excellence didn’t somehow influence my overall opinion of the movie,  It may have.  Regardless, I’m giving this one a 9.5 out of 10 lack of post-credit scenes.

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