The Russo Brothers Don’t Disappoint as Avengers: Endgame Lives Up to the Hype
It all started with Tony Stark captured and stuck in a cave. Twelve years and twenty-two movies later, Marvel finally presents us with their coup de grâce, Avengers: Endgame. Could this movie possibly live up to the hype and anticipation? Could this deliver the satisfying swan song for some of the greatest superheroes on film? It does, in spades.
When we last left our heroes, they were left to pick up the pieces (or ashes) of their lives after the infamous Thanos snap. Almost as if we it was an episode of the HBO’s The Leftovers; we watch as depression and grief have fallen upon the world. It is emotionally packed sequences that provide something that has always seemed to be missing from most of the Marvel movies: stakes. No matter how dangerous the threat or evil the villain, the heroes never seemed to be in any real danger. Tertiary characters may be doomed, but no one really thought Thor was going to meet his maker in Avengers: Age of Ultron. As this saga of the first-generation Avengers comes to an end, the stakes have never been higher. This adds to the drama and emotion of the film.
The Russo brothers have directed some of the best Marvel films and did not disappoint in their latest film. The pacing for this movie is well done which says a lot about a movie shot at 182 minutes. It feels like it is only two hours. They keep the humor Marvel is known for while still maintaining the seriousness of the film. Winding the audience through a nostalgia filled movie that reminds the audience of all the greatest hits of the Marvel films. As all of the original Avengers survived the snap, it allows the actors all to have moments to shine throughout the film. It is difficult to have standout performances in a huge ensemble, but the Russo’s keep the nice formula from Avengers: Infinity War by keeping characters and actors who have a great chemistry together.
This is a difficult movie to review as almost any mention of the plot will be spoiler filled. Just know that if you have enjoyed the Marvel movies this far, this is up there as the best with Captain America: Winter Soldier and Civil War. This closes the three phase “Infinity Saga” wonderfully and will leave the audience satisfied and most likely misty eyed. It may be a hard road ahead as the new heroes must take up the mantle to head up the next saga for Marvel. They will definitely have big spandex to fill.