Before I go into my review, I would like to thank Jerrold Reber, my friend, and colleague who was kind enough to give me a chance to do my first MCU review. Thank you!
As we still are very early in the release of this movie, this will be a spoiler free review.
Luck was on my side that Belgium was one of the first countries to do a mini-marathon, showing Infinity War and at midnight they would show Avengers: Endgame, the movie we’ve been waiting for a while. After seeing Infinity War again, I felt the pit in my stomach grow a bit larger. I knew this was going to be a very emotional ride into the last 3-hour movie of the MCU with the heroes we’ve grown to love. After all, we got to know the heroes, beginning from 2008 with Iron Man and it grew up to be a massive franchise out of all expectations. I wasn’t sure at first if this review would be a match for me, but in a way, it’s an acceptable way of coping, and maybe now I can give it a place.
We all knew this was going to be the longest Marvel film yet, but in all seriousness, those 3 hours felt like nothing. A lot was going on in the movie to keep you occupied. The beginning was slow paced, but it was needed as it brought a lot of character and layers to the film. This way you knew exactly who was alive, and what your heroes were up to in the timeframe that everyone was snapped away into ‘nothing but dust and blood’ as our King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) said in Infinity War (I realize, that became too real when re-watching the movie). Endgame was still a dark movie, but comparing it to Infinity War last year, this movie felt like it flew by in a lighter tone.
Not only was the film lighter than its previous Avenger movie, but it also had a lot of tasteful humor in it. It wasn’t like Thor: Ragnarok where the jokes were mixed right before the more serious moments. Even in the moments where nostalgia hit from previous films, Endgame knew how to bring light into the darkness that was created by Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Infinity War. It was a nice mix between the humorous parts and the heavy emotional scenes. In my opinion, this is the movie that Marvel fans that stood by the MCU for years wanted, needed and strongly received. Joe and Anthony Russo may be proud of the work they brought to the screen.
The title ‘Endgame‘ is befitting for the film. Many say that it can be misleading, but if you look at the final battle, it truly is the Endgame. The characters were all build up to this from the moment the Chitauri landed in New York in 2012. You can see that they come a long way from the beginning years. Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) has fewer secrets and is more open about her struggles, even though the world lost a lot of people, she still wants to make sure people are safe. Tony Stark (Robert Downy Jr.) even seems more humane in this movie; he’s open about his struggles since the battle of New York.
All in all, the journey that the heroes are on brings a lot of mixed feelings and stirs new theories of what this movie means for the future in Marvel films and series. A lot of fans know that Endgame has been a puzzle, but it’s genuinely marvelous to see it all come together in the 3 hours in the film. Even though the film feels a lot lighter, there was still enough heartbreak to have your heart clench. Don’t let that hold you back of having the full experience, because this movie has a lot to laugh about, cry, rage and cheer.
It was an honor to be a part of the MCU for ten years as a fan. I will forever remember the moment I was looped back into the comic book world on the first Iron Man movie that hit the theaters in 2008 and truly hooked when Captain America (Chris Evans) arrived.
“I can do this all day.”
Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, 2019.