Avengers: Endgame summarizes the story of 21 MCU Movies, delivering superhero saga in a satisfying finale.
Over a decade ago Marvel Studios kicked off its first superhero adventure with 2008 Iron Man. In 11 years since Robert Downey Jr. made his debut as Iron Man, the MCU has grown to include superheroes from all across the universe, from Earth's remarkable people to the Guardians of the Galaxy. Avengers: Endgame marks the 22nd film in the MCU and sets out to achieve a feat Hollywood has never seen before. And the film has done it by every inch in a spectacular fashion. Avengers 4 culminates the story of the 21 movies, delivering an epic superhero adventure while honoring the past in a worthwhile finale.
Endgame picks up after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, 2018, which saw the Avengers divided and defeated. Thanos won the day and used the Infinity Stones to disintegrate half the life out of the universe. Only the founding members of the team Avengers - Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) – remained, along with some key allies in the forms of War Machine (Don Cheadle), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Captain Marvel(Brie Larson).
Avengers: Endgame becomes the biggest opening grosser in movie history.SOURCE: Marvel Studios
Each of the survivors was left with the consequences of Thanos' Decimation in different ways, but when an opportunity presents itself to potentially bring back those who died, they all unite together and set out to defeat the mad titan, once and for all.
For the 4th Avengers movie, Marvel Studios on-boarded its veterans behind the scenes as well, re-teaming with directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who joined the MCU with Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). The film also followed with the same screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who've penned a total of six MCU movies since Captain America: The First Avenger.
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Endgame fits perfectly within the larger MCU in terms of direction and screenwriting because it was created by those who had a prominent hand in writing the sprawling cinematic universe. And with so much experience, the Russos exceptionally balance the superhero spectacle with human drama. There may be some moments when the story gets a little unwieldy, suffering from similar problems to Infinity War in maintaining a consistent pace throughout the entire film, but the film was always meant to be a culminating story and it's clear that the Russos, Markus and McFeely took the best care possible to make it right.
At the core of Avengers: Endgame are the heroes we've been seeing since the very beginning. At this point in the franchise, there're too many saviors for one movie - even for a three-hour movie - to focus on all of them. Infinity War undoubtedly struggled to provide a proportionating time frame to each hero. With half the universe gone, Avengers 4 is able to focus on the original six members, who are the true center of the MCU (at least, so far). The film balances its character arcs so well it's as if each hero is getting a solo movie in itself.
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To their credit, some of the actors have given their best performances in the MCU, especially Downey, Evans, Hemsworth, Ruffalo, Johansson, and Renner.
In addition to the character drama, Avengers: Endgame offers superhero action like nothing seen in the MCU - or any other superhero movie - ever before. The film deals with such exciting and iconic moments that it completely compels you to let go of its simplest mistakes. The fact that the movie is worth your second attention is its very adherence to famous comic moments.
There is a number of moving moments in endgame especially considering its arguably the biggest Hollywood blockbuster action sequences ever conceived, with an epic battle scene that felt like it was choreographed by a shonen anime creator.
The movie also features an excellent callback to the Captain America fight scene in the 2014 Winter Soldier, the welcome return of the Ancient One, Tilda Swinton from Doctor Strange, 2016, the Spider Man’s (Tom Holland) suit activating the "instant killing mode" and so much more executing in the way you might have never guessed of.
Avengers: Endgame is now playing in theaters worldwide, and the movie has already broken the record for the biggest opening day in cinematic history.