Avengers Endgame Full Movie: “Avengers Endgame” marvel superhero–movie fans Although we know the titles of many of the films that will be part of stage four of the Marvel universe after Avengers: Endgame, there are still a few unknowns. One of those unknowns will be shot in Australia, and it’s interesting news, because there’s only another Marvel film shot there.
That other film is Thor: Ragnarok. Does that mean that Marvel is bringing up another adventure of the god of thunder? It’s hard to say. If indeed the studio has chosen the Dark Kingdom as the guiding thread for phase four, we could get to see a movie based on the Siege saga in which the government takes it with the Asgardian refugees, but for the moment it is just a guess. It can also simply happen that Chris Hemsworth, who is Australian, and the director of Ragnarok Taika Waititi, who is New Zealander, wanted to take the shooting to their land.
The news that is going to be filmed there is known by Mitch Fifield, Minister of Communications and Arts of the Australian Government and Don Harwin, Minister of Arts of New South Wales. Both have announced the news as part of an injection of 24 million dollars that the Australian executive will invest in the project. Fifield breaks down the benefits of the investment:
“Avengers: Endgame” does not stop surprising its fans. This time, Marvel Studios presented a one-minute sneak peek (look) of the long-awaited movie, where you can watch the conversation between the Avengers and Captain Marvel.
In this preview revealed in the CinemaCon, Captain Marvel discusses with the small group of surviving heroes the actions they will take to defeat Thanos and reverse the fateful events of “Infinity War”.
Already in the trailers presented by Disney and Marvel you can see a small part of this scene, which appears Thor, who invokes his Stormbreaker and this happens very close to Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) and she does not even flinch.
In this new video, the heroine tells the Avengers that they can beat Thanos because they now have her. To which War Machine says that they have been saving the world for years and if it is so strong because it did not appear before.
Captain Marvel mentions that there are other planets in the universe and that they do not have superheroes to save them and after that tense moment the scene with Thor is developed.
This new look of the film was presented at the CinemaCon and then on the “Good Morning America” program.
With the imminent arrival of Avengers: Endgame at the end of April and the profound impact it will have on the entire film economy, fans are still asking questions and trying to get to the smallest detail.
One of those details is the duration of the movie. Reports assured that it would be more than three hours, but neither directors nor producers confirmed or denied the information. Finally one of the brothers Russo has revealed the exact data.
“It’s 3 hours and 58 seconds,” said Joe Russo in an interview for ComicBook.com, which is close but not exactly the same time revealed on the billboards of some theaters, which put it in 3 hours and 2 minutes. The direct one made the joke that they accelerated the credits to reduce the odd second of the movie.
With time confirmed, Avengers: Endgame exceeds by 16 minutes what was the longest superhero movie so far, The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan and released in 2012.
In the past it had been explained that the film would last longer than usual, especially because of the emotional context of everything that will happen and the large cast of actors and characters that will probably be even greater than Avengers: Infinity War.
Avengers: Endgame premieres in Spain, Mexico and cinemas around the world on April 25 and 26. It is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. It stars Brie Larson, Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.
On April 25 “Avengers Endgame” arrives on the billboard of all the Argentine cinemas and the advance sale of tickets is already available through the web.
Dozens of spectators plan to see the film just the day of its release but did not have a small and significant detail that could complicate the situation: the film does not have promotions from Thursday to Sunday 28 of the month. The value of the entrance is at $ 350, approximately, varies according to the cinemas.
The day the advance sale was opened, the outrage was present through comments on social networks. Thousands of users questioned the initiative, since the restriction causes them to pay the full entry price, which is practically not done with the amount of discounts available.
In the current economic and social context not all viewers can access the cost of tickets without 2×1 or existing discounts. So the claim became stronger. This was enough for the cinemas to come out to give an answer to the present problem.
“The reality is that it does not depend on the cinemas, they only want to sell tickets and then sell pochoclo, this is how the business works, so the restriction of the promotions can reduce the public,” they explained from the site Cines Argentinos.
According to the same source, it is estimated that 90% of people use promotions, which can be observed with the average tickets paid. According to this data, it is not a benefit for the cinemas. So, who applied it?
Disney took the measure. Of course, it is a marketing plan with the aim of raising more money. The industry maintains that since it is one of the most anticipated films, those who really want to see it on the day of the premiere, will do it anyway. The rest, starting on Monday, April 29 (after the first weekend), will also have promotions available.
The sitación is pleasant if we keep in mind that it is one of the highest grossing films because it will reunite the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for the last time, in what will be its greatest battle.
You, do you agree with this measure? Will you see the movie the same? How do you question what is happening? This is the question of the fans. We invite you to vote and tell us when you will go to see “Avengers Endgame”.
Avengers Endgame star Robert Downey Jr aka Iron Man has a special way of announcing the release of the movie
The much awaited movie of the year Avengers Endgame is finally going to be released on April 26, 2019. Robert Downey Jr aka Iron Man shares a special video in order to announce the release of the movie.
One of the most anticipated movies of the year Avengers: Endgame is finally going to be released worldwide on April 26, 2019. The upcoming movie happens to be one of the most awaited movies of the year 2019. With its release date drawing near, the Marvel fans are getting more eager and excited for it to be released. The makers of the movie have also left no stone unturned in promoting the movie. In fact, the entire cast of Avengers: Endgame too have been involved significantly in promoting the movie at all possible levels.
Recently, Robert Downey Jr who plays the role of Tony Stark or Iron Man in the Marvel movies chose a very unique way of announcing the release of the much speculated movie. Robert made a GIF of himself in the Iron Man attire and added a caption to it which read, ‘What did you just say?’ The actor is clearly teasing the audiences in a funny way prior to the release of the movie in a day’s time. Robert’c character of Iron Man happens to be one of the most loved characters in the Marvel movies.
Take a look at the latest video shared by Robert Downey Jr:
Avengers: Endgame is a direct sequel to the 2018 movie Avengers: Infinity War and is the twenty second movie under the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The movie is already estimated to become one of the biggest blockbusters of the year 2019. It has already broken all records of tickets sales around the world.
Marvel’s Avengers Endgame (2019) Movie Review: A Messy, Satisfying Conclusion
A love letter to the MCU–all of it.
By Michael Rougeau on April 24, 2019 at 6:39PM PDT
The release of Avengers: Endgame is now just hours away in the United States and United Kingdom. Following its premiere in Hollywood earlier this week, the movie has arrived in Australia, with the first showings elsewhere scheduled for Thursday, April 25. Marvel’s new film is potentially on track for an all-time record-breaking opening in the US, despite its long runtime of three hours and one minute. But is it any good? Read on for our review, and check out our roundup of all the Endgame trailers, posters, and details, as well as a look ahead at Phase 4 of the MCU. And if you’re worried about making it through the whole movie without a trip to the bathroom, we have some advice on when to pee during Endgame. We’ve also got the rundown on what to expect (or not) from the credits.
How do you wrap up a movie as big as Infinity War–hell, a franchise as expansive as the Marvel Cinematic Universe? How do you tie up the loose ends, close the time loops, and fulfill the character arcs of almost two dozen movies and over a decade of storytelling? According to co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo, they knew what they were getting themselves into with this whole thing–they wanted this ultimate conflict to be so complex and desperate that they’d be challenged to envision a way forward. And they definitely created that challenge.
The question now is whether that challenge paid off. And the answer, like the challenge itself, is complicated.
Avengers: Endgame absolutely works as a blockbuster movie experience. If you’re at all invested in the plight the remaining Avengers face after the events leading up to and including Infinity War, you will feel satisfied with this movie. The much-discussed three-hour runtime is no joke, but almost every minute of it is used well, barring some extended gag scenes that probably could have been left for the Blu-ray. Endgame manages to tie the entire MCU up with a beautiful, emotional, gut-wrenching, hopeful conclusion, which is an undeniable achievement.
But it also frequently loses the thread, especially as the remaining Avengers break into distinct teams and embark on their own separate missions in an extremely complex series of plots and sub-plots to defeat Thanos once and for all. Part of the problem is that simply defeating him isn’t enough–understandably, they want to undo what he did, as well. And their methods for doing so create infinite potential for plot holes, hand-waving, and rules that seem to get established in one scene and broken in the next. In other words, the Russos and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote themselves into a corner, and writing themselves out of it became maybe more complex than any movie–even one that’s three hours long–could have possibly supported.
The clips that have been released leading up to Endgame’s release take place almost entirely within the first few scenes of the movie. Eventually, the Avengers split and head off in very different directions, and the teams that form aren’t the most obvious pairings. A huge chunk of the movie–most of the middle, in fact–feels itself like a bizarro take on the original Avengers formula, one where cosmic Marvel intercepted with Earth Marvel much earlier, where Don Cheadle and a daughter of Thanos team up and blast off into space together.
It’s so fun. There are a ton of twists and turns, and at every stage Endgame will turn your expectations upside-down. Characters you thought would live will die, and characters you never expected to see again will reappear where and when you least anticipate it. This really is the movie where everything from the MCU comes together all at once–Infinity War felt stuffed to the brim at times, but it has absolutely nothing on the bursting mess that is Endgame. Even diehard MCU fans will struggle to recognize every random side character who makes a cameo, every one-liner that’s actually a callback to a callback from a movie from years ago, and every other reference that seems familiar but you just can’t quite place it because, come on, there are more than 20 of these movies and it’s been a decade.
Infinity War was the cliffhanger of the MCU, and Endgame is its cathartic climax. There’s a battle that rivals Infinity War’s final clash, but with even more characters. It feels less personal as a result–there are fewer epic hero moments like Thor’s grand, crackling entrance into the Wakanda battle in Infinity War, and there are characters who have led their own movies who get one or two lines in this entire thing–or none at all. It was impressive how Infinity War felt like every character got some time in the spotlight, but Endgame doesn’t try to replicate that. This movie is about the core Avengers, and the background characters and supporting cast around them are just that.
Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark kicked the MCU off with the original Iron Man, and in many ways he’s the main character of this movie as well. The actor has come to completely embody Iron Man, and Endgame totally does him justice. Chris Evans’ Captain America is arguably just as important, and he has quite an arc in this film. I won’t spoil anything about Bruce Banner except to say his situation has changed a lot since the last time we saw him, and Mark Ruffalo’s performance in this movie isn’t marred by any distracting floating head CG like in Infinity War’s final fight. Scarlett Johansson has always brought a lot of warmth to the role of Natasha, a character who should by rights be a stone cold killer, and Black Widow is arguably the team’s beating heart. And as anyone who saw the trailers anticipated, Clint undergoes a significant transformation, although honestly the movie could have spent even more time on that.
Even with all the ground Endgame has to cover, it also has time for plenty of smaller, emotional moments–arguably too many, as it’s easy to view the movie with a clinical eye and imagine all the scenes here and there that could have been surgically cut to make it leaner. The events of Infinity War truly screwed the world up, and scenes like seeing Captain America leading a survivors’ support group emphasize the trauma. Some of these characters have changed a lot by the time we catch up with them–you’ll be surprised by Thor’s arc here.
But most of all Endgame is a love letter to the entire MCU–the whole thing. It’s messy and confusing, and there’s going to be a lot of discussion about whether the ending even makes sense–it basically breaks the rules set up throughout the entire movie leading up to it. But holy hell is it an emotional, fulfilling ride. I have no doubt we’re going to spend the coming weeks picking and pulling it apart until we’ve over-analyzed every single aspect imaginable. But right now, in the aftermath, Avengers Endgame feels like a win.
The Good The Bad
The chemistry among all these characters Breaks its own rules several times
Creative team-ups feel fresh Plot winds up feeling messy
Multiple genuinely surprising twists Dubious logic at multiple points, including the ending
Clever gags and great overall sense of humor
Doesn’t shy away from story’s darker aspects
Feels like both a love letter to and an ending for the MCU
‘Avengers: Endgame’: It’s Really a Movie About Deities
PG-13 | 3h 1min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 26 April 2019 (USA)
I’ve never liked the humungous, aaaaall-the-Marvel-superheroes-in-one-place “Avengers” movies.
To me, they’re the epitome of our crippled attention spans; everybody gets to do a tiny bit of their particular superhero shtick: throw hammer, throw shield, Hulk-smash, sling web, and so on.
Not to mention the talking tree, and the Brooklyn-accented raccoon. It’s a three-ring circus, and there’s never enough time to drill down on any one character.
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(L–R) Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Karen Gillian, the character Rocket Raccoon played by Sean Gunn (via motion capture and voiced by Bradley Cooper), Paul Rudd, and Scarlett Johansson in “Avengers: Endgame.” (Marvel Pictures/Walt Disney Studios)
Let’s be clear: This is simply a personal preference. It’s the same reason I prefer to do a vision quest: to sit in the same 10-foot circle in the wilderness for four straight days and look, for a lengthy time, at a little bit of wilderness. Rather than hike five miles and see a lot of wilderness for a short amount of time.
I like to keep things simple. I find in movies that it also makes for more engrossing storytelling. It’s more compelling to get involved in the character arc of one character.
Most critics despised “Venom.” I’d prefer listening to Tom Hardy’s hilarious dialogue with his basso-profundo “Venom” alter ego all day, than watch 50 superheroes mill about frenetically.
I Will Make an Exception
I’ll make an exception for “Avengers: Endgame.” I liked it a lot. Maybe because I know it’s the last of the “Avengers” circuses. Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s not true. As our collective attention span continues to shrink, Hollywood is going to mash-up the Marvel-verse and the DC-verse. Because, can you imagine how much fun Thor and Aquaman could have together?
Thundergod Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in “Avengers: Endgame.” (Marvel Pictures/Walt Disney Studios)
See, much like splitting the upcoming “Hobbs and Shaw” off from the “Fast and Furious” franchise, I’d actually enjoy a pared-down thing like, Thor and Aquaman. Let those two bozos have an adventure together. It’d be a far richer experience than the whole DC-plus-Marvel kit ’n’ kaboodle.
Especially with the Thor that shows up in “Avengers: Endgame.” Much like Aquaman, he’s sporting a giant beard and long hair. Unlike Aquaman, he’s let himself go—beer belly for days. I appreciate Thor’s apparent tribute here to ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, replete with “Cheap Sunglasses.” But I’m starting to digress. My attention span is not what it was.
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Jeremy Renner in “Avengers: Endgame.” (Marvel Pictures/Walt Disney Studios)
What Goes On
Writing this review is challenging; the movie is 3:01 long, and packed with tons of things that carry spoiler potential. I almost just spoiled Thor’s new fun character twist, but it’s already been talked about a lot.
The other twist that’s been talked about and available for public consumption is the fact that Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), since we saw him last, appears to have gone on a New Warrior Training Adventure and now refuses to hide, repress, and deny his shadow (his giant green alter ego), and has instead embraced it. The hilarious result is a cardigan-and-glasses-wearing, brainiac Hulk, who takes selfies with kiddie fans and is happy and chill. A chill Hulk! What a dreadful concept. But it works splendidly.
Mark Ruffalo in “Avengers: Endgame.” (Marvel Pictures/Walt Disney Studios)
“Avengers: Endgame” is also largely based on the concept of time travel and has lots of fun listing many movies that have handled the subject. I found I wanted to know exactly how many there actually are. I googled the topic. According to one young lady out there on the interwebs, 67 movies have been made about time travel, not to mention 15 that are still in the works, and many, many TV renditions.
Anyway, “Avengers: Infinity War,” as you may remember, left off with the big, bald, rubbery, purple-skinned Thanos finding all of the rainbow-colored infinity stones, putting them in his mighty metal gauntlet, and thereby defeating all the gods.
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Thanos (a motion-captured performance by Josh Brolin) in “Avengers: Endgame.” (Marvel Pictures/Walt Disney Studios)
What? Yes, I’m going to start calling Avengers gods, because that’s really what they are, with all their superpowers and such. Only Thor and Loki come out of classic Norse mythology and are recognized as gods. But they’re all gods.
Maybe not the raccoon from Brooklyn. Or Groot. OK, maybe Groot is a tree god. Actually, there could be a raccoon god. Have you seen that Mesopotamian, winged bull-god with the ZZ Top beard and the turban? Let’s go with the raccoon being a furry god of small stature.
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Rocket Racoon (L, voiced by Bradley Cooper) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) in “Avengers: Endgame.” (Marvel Pictures/Walt Disney Studios)
Anyway, I’m digressing again. Where were we? In “Infinity War,” Thanos disappears half the beings in the old cosmos. “Endgame” continues the saga, five years later.
The surviving “Avengers” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” characters, plus the recently introduced Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), are trying in various ways to cope. As mentioned, Thor’s gone on a mead-drinking binge.
Now, if you remember your “Ant-Man” movies, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) had been down the ant, er, rabbit hole into the quantum universe. Time is different in those dimensions made up of smaller particles, so he’s confused when he gets back here as to where everybody disappeared to.
Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) in “Avengers: Endgame.” (Marvel Pictures/Walt Disney Studios)
In classic Buddhist lore, the saying goes, “Only one day in the heavens, but a thousand years on earth.” Yes. According to Buddhist and Taoist teachings, smaller-particle dimensions are where the heavens are actually located, and this is one of the many reasons why “Avengers” movies are tales that by definition have to be about gods.
Here’s the key to the whole movie: Ant-Man figures out that if the Avengers can time-travel via the quantum universe, they can locate all the infinity stones before Thanos gets his big purple paws on them, then time-hop back to the present, and use them to undo all the havoc Thanos previously wreaked.
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Scarlett Johansson in “Avengers: Endgame.” (Marvel Pictures/Walt Disney Studios)
More About Gods
See, I think this tale of gods, this saga, this “Ragnarok,” is happening right now because we are actually living in the time of Ragnarok (Norse mythology’s twilight-of-the-gods story), or as the Chinese call it, “The Time of Last Havoc,” or as the Indians call it, “Kali Yuga,” or as we Westerners call it, “Armageddon.” Everyone’s talking about it. All the spiritual paths are talking about it.
Google “the expanding universe.” Scientists know the universe is expanding rapidly. Like an overexpanded balloon, it’s about to blow! The prophets foretold it! This old universe and everyone in it is going to disintegrate! Just like in this movie! That is, if they don’t get saved by gods first. That’s apparently what gods do, among other things—they save humans from disintegration.
“Avengers: Endgame” is going to most definitely become the top-grossing superhero movie of all time. The G.O.A.T. It’s a great ending to the long run of 22 Marvel movies. This long tale has concluded.
A new tale will soon begin, though. There’s much money to be made. What I’m really waiting for is to see how Jason Momoa manages to reconcile his decades-long campaign to play DC’s Lobo, now that he’s taken on DC’s Aquaman. But I digress again.
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Angela Bassett, Dave Bautista, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vin Diesel, Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Jon Favreau, Karen Gillian, Danai Gurira, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Pom Klementieff, Brie Larson, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Pfeiffer, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Robert Redford, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Rene Russo, Zoe Saldana, Cobie Smulders, Tilda Swinton, Tessa Thompson, Marisa Tomei, Benedict Wong, Letitia Wright
Running Time: 3 hours, 1 minute
Release Date: April 26
Rated 4 stars out of 5
Avengers: Endgame proves we needed more time with the actual Avengers
Spoiler alert: This essay includes no specific single plot points from Avengers: Endgame, but does mention some broad plot ideas that could be considered significant spoilers.
At three hours long, Avengers: Endgame is a lot of movie, which means it has a lot of room for the things fans love about the Marvel Cinematic Universe — as well as the things some critics find frustrating about it. Sometimes, it’s both thrilling and frustrating at the same time — especially when it’s a movie dealing with time travel.
Part of the movie’s long, winding story involves the core Avengers (who survived the apocalyptic population-halving “snap” at the end of Avengers: Infinity War) circling back to crucial moments in MCU history. Over the course of 22 films, the MCU has become increasingly insular, complicated, and self-involved. The story that began in 2008 with Iron Man, which was at least vaguely grounded in real-world concerns about arms trafficking and global politics, is now principally concerned with splitting up and recombining its impressive roster of characters. For every Black Panther, a movie based in real-world racism and resonance, there’s an Infinity War that feels like a fan convention. Endgame doubles down on that vibe by blatantly playing back some of the MCU’s greatest hits, for action and humor purposes.
Photo: Film Frame / Marvel Studios
Endgame’s use of time travel is a definitive case of self-referentialism, but it’s also a wonderfully comic book-y conceit, and it allows for satisfying riffs on past MCU sequences — both famous and not. As good time-travel stories tend to do, it hits some poignant notes about the scarcity of time and the bittersweet nature of nostalgia. And those notes apply to the MCU itself, in a metatextual way, as well. There have been so many Marvel superhero adventures over the past 11 years, but there haven’t been that many actual Avengers movies. There was the groundbreaking smash-hit original; a less broadly loved, but wildly ambitious and underrated sequel; and the Infinity War / Endgame duology, which isn’t exactly one movie split in two, but doesn’t exactly feel like a pair of separate films, either.
Part of this has to do with Infinity War, which has “Avengers” in its title, but doesn’t have much to do with any of the iterations of the team from the two previous Avengers movies, or the de facto Avengers side-quel Captain America: Civil War. Its gargantuan crossover event folds in the Guardians of the Galaxy, previously lurking bad guy Thanos, and the Black Panther ensemble, among others. These aren’t just new or alternate Avengers. Infinity War and Endgame both count basically the entire universe as Avengers.
A lot of fans love Infinity War, but it’s a cluttered movie without a lot of breathing room. (The pace, after all, is breathless.) Endgame, on the other hand, takes a deep breath at the outset, rejoining its characters slowly. There’s more reflection, stronger acting from the talented ensemble, and more memorable shot compositions than directors Joe and Anthony Russo usually manage. Amid the downbeat aftermath of the snap, there’s also the pleasure of watching the movie reassemble the original Avengers: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, with a manageable handful of newer recruits like Ant-Man, Nebula, and Captain Marvel. The pared-down ensemble has more screen time, and less superpowered flexing. Even when the movie starts getting nuttier, with its time travel and magical stones, it’s less action-packed and more character-driven than its predecessor.
Photo: Film Frame / Marvel Studios
It’s all a reminder of how adaptable and varied these characters can be — but the reminder comes just as Marvel is winding many of them down. Part of Endgame’s bittersweetness derives from the fact that, regardless of how the series continues (and most of these characters likely will be seen again, some of them very soon), the Avengers from 2012 probably aren’t getting back together any time soon. Some of this melancholy is the natural byproduct of how great these actors are at playing these lovable characters. Some of it is effective filmmaking, though the Russos are also prone to milking emotions without really crystallizing them in concise images.
And some of the melancholy derives from the MCU’s series-wide tendency to rush past its best moments in pursuit of grand, crowd-pleasing crossover events. Those crossovers sometimes deemphasize what these movies do best. While the cinematic house style of the Marvel movies can become rote, Endgame shows how much life there is left in these characters’ relationships. The movie gets a lot of mileage out of, say, the Hulk trying to comfort a drunken, desolate Thor, or Black Widow forlornly looking over her peanut butter sandwich as Captain America watches.
These scenes might sound silly or manipulative on paper, but they’re more engaging than many of the MCU’s digital action sequences. Massive fights like the ones in Endgame’s back half have gotten more frequent these last few years, as the core Marvel characters have been thrown around from event to event. Changes to the status quo are made (S.H.I.E.L.D. is Hydra, the Avengers break up), undone (Tony Stark un-retires, Captain America returns to the grid), and hastily made again (half the heroes are dusted) in service of a bigger master plot. It would have been entertaining and novel to keep some extra company with the Avengers in the space between the big changes and the triumphant reunion — to see an Avengers sequel or two with more shawarma sit-downs, more casual house parties, more Thor / Hulk heart-to-hearts, and more peanut butter sandwiches. Less obsession over the Infinity Stones, and more characters. More world-saving, but less universe-dominating.
Photo: Film Frame / Marvel Studios
Imagine a rejiggered Phase Three of the MCU that took more time to let these characters breathe the way Endgame’s best moments do. Maybe Captain America: Civil War could have been reconceived as the Avengers sequel it kind of was already, leaving room for a separate Captain America movie following him on a smaller-scale adventure closer to, say, James Mangold’s The Wolverine. Infinity War could have been freed from the Avengers moniker, and focused more intently on Thanos — a villain-as-protagonist gambit that the filmmakers claimed to have performed, but ultimately hedged on. And Endgame could still function as an Avengers reunion / finale.
Obviously, what the MCU did instead was no mistake. Box-office records have been smashed. Fans are delighted; shareholders are delighted. It’s just hard to shake the feeling that some of Endgame’s predecessors existed primarily to goose anticipation for this latest astronomically grossing MCU event. (It’s an effective strategy for getting people to fill in their personal MCU blanks — in particular, Endgame cleverly makes Thor: The Dark World feel more essential than it ever was before.) Some fans claim that any lack of connectivity is the problem with, say, Age of Ultron, as compared to the newer Avengers movies: it isn’t smooth or assured enough in moving along the series’ master plot. Others will claim to have been waiting 11 years for Endgame.
But why? There were 20 other MCU movies between Iron Man and Endgame, and there was room enough for more material that explored these characters’ human sides rather than focusing on Infinity Stone collection, and serving as a temporary holding area for characters before routing them to a massive showdown.
In some ways, Kevin Feige’s dynamic of always teasing the next project is true to life. Many of us do, in fact, live our lives in anticipation of some promised excitement in the future. Given the MCU’s status as a self-perpetuating forever franchise, it’s admirable that Marvel is willing to draw its stories to a close — at least for some characters. But the MCU’s strength has rarely been in endings. The original Avengers’ rapturous finale is the exception, not the rule. These films’ gargantuan action sequences get all their flavor from the meaningful moments between them.
And that idea is wonderfully literalized during Endgame’s time travel scenes. Amid some major action moments from the movies’ past, the characters create smaller, more satisfying grace notes for their new movie. That should come across as self-regarding, but it doesn’t. If anything, it feels like Marvel didn’t entirely realize what it had until it was almost gone, and took the opportunity to improve on its own past. Endgame is a strong outing for the Avengers, but it also highlights how much more time and space we needed with these characters.