WARNING: Very few spoilers ahead, but still, you've been warned.
The Infinity Saga: eleven years, twenty-two movies, and one hell of a ride.
Since 2008, Marvel Studios has been building an entire universe. Almost yearly, at least one new film would release, and with it, we were pulled further and further into the world Marvel’s crafted, closer and closer to the characters we’ve grown to love up on screen. But it’s all been culminating to this, to the endgame.
Avengers: Endgame is...god, I’m going to sound like such a cliche, but it’s worth all the hype.
Everything that we’ve been promised was delivered. A three-hour long spectacle, Endgame follows the Avengers as they try to salvage what’s left of the world after the events of Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos’ snapped his fingers and destroyed half of all life across the universe.
The Russo Brothers have managed to capture magic on the screen.
All of the core actors deliver what I believe to be the best performances as the characters that they’ve ever given. Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), and Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man) particularly stand out. The trio were the original three heroes introduced to us and all three men deliver performances that gave me goosebumps If you thought they perfectly embodied their characters before, they all went above and beyond in Endgame.
The plot is intriguing and surprising at times, with twists where I had expected turns and intriguing character relationships I wouldn’t have guessed would make so much sense. While Marvel films are often lauded for their comedic timing and witty jokes, Endgame manages to create a consistency in the humor that strikes the perfect balance to the bittersweet endings to some of the characters we’ve grown to love on screen in the past decade. No loose ends were left dangling and all arcs were finally, finally completed and, well, laid to rest.
Endgame is the first Marvel, no, the first superhero movie in a long time to feel like what it should --- a movie about extraordinary people, saving the world. It pulls elements from all of the previous Marvel movies that have become so beloved over time: the elevator scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the introduction of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, to the a very specific moment during the party scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron (you’ll know exactly what I mean when you see the film, trust me).
I left the theatre in absolute awe of what I’d just witnessed, a culmination and encapsulation of something I’ve loved so dearly given the ending it absolutely deserved. Endgame is, and I don’t use this word lightly, an absolute masterpiece, a masterclass in just what a superhero film can be, a testament to this grand experiment in filmmaking that we’ve all been a part of for the past decade.
Marvel has made me laugh, cry, and dearly, truly love these characters and their stories and Endgame is the perfect finale for this long, drawn saga.
As Captain America said for the first time on screen, so many years ago, “I’m with you to til the end of the line.” And I’m glad to say that I was with him too.