**SPOILER FREE PORTION**
As I sit down to write this review, I am thinking of the true heartache this movie has cursed me with. “Avengers: Endgame” is unlike any other movie. It’s almost the perfect ending to a ten-year chapter. It is crazy to think that all 22 movies have led to this.
With all the added detail that went into making this work, and the amount of thought and care Marvel CEO Kevin Feige put into making a great ending to the movies everyone holds closely to their hearts is evident. The actors shine on the screen like always, but they also bring a new depth that the vanishing of their fellow heroes has brought onto them.
This movie does not feel like it’s three-hours as, since the second it starts, it draws you in. This movie accomplishes the very thing the Marvel Cinematic Universe does best. It manages to make you cry with laughter one second, and then sob in sadness the next.
But, of course, no movie is perfect. “Endgame” had some minor plot holes and details that if you think too hard on, you may feel unsatisfied. If you have not seen the movie, it is without a doubt a must see! Be sure to come back and read the spoiler section once you do see it.
9 out of 10 torches
Now, for the dedicated fans that made sure to see this movie opening week, this part is for you. “Endgame” starts with a most heart wrenching scene, and it does not get better from there. “Infinity War” was the first time we had not seen our heroes defeat with triumph but, instead, lose their friends and family with little to no hope in sight. With the help of Captain Marvel, the heroes are all reunited with what they thought was the remainder of their team and go look for Thanos. But in a shocking twist, they are able to kill Thanos. However, without the stones, they do not know how to save their friends. After five years of the Avengers trying to find a way to move on, they finally find a way to save their friends with the help of a time machine.
Time travel has been involved in every fan theory of how they will get back the vanished heroes and defeat Thanos, but the way “Endgame” went about it seemed a little out of place.
The time machine trope has been used countless times with the movie, even making references to the movies who have used this trope, but it still seems a little out of place in the MCU. Yes, it was nice to take a trip down memory lane and see all the fan favorite moments for the past 22 movies, but it still felt a little cliché.
Science fiction movies all use this tool to verse any issue instead of coming up with a real solution and it felt like that was what “Endgame” was doing. The writers could have left the time stone intact which would have felt a little more original. It would make sense with the plot. With the mention of the stones being destroyed, they could have used Ant-Man to find the pieces and have the team rebuild them. Anything that would have been a little less lazy.
That being said, the emotion brought out from the cast of visiting characters from the past was unlike any other space travel movie. Seeing Tony and Thor get to speak with their parents was very heartwarming and made up some of the best scenes in the movie. However, nothing could compare to when they were able to bring back the rest of their team.
Watching “Infinity War” and seeing some of your favorite heroes interacting with each other does not even compare to when you see every single character fighting together as one. It brings a feeling of pure childlike joy that no other movie can accomplish. Captain Marvel was the first female lead movie that was done right and felt empowering, but it could not hold a candle to seeing every single woman in the MCU join together to help her fight Thanos.
As mentioned prior, this movie brought just as much sadness as it did happiness, and saying goodbye to three out of the six original Avengers was enough to make a whole theater cry. Having to say goodbye to the man that started it all was worse than any other character death I’ve ever seen before.
With phase one of the MCU officially over, it brings a lot of grief knowing that the Avengers that we have come to know and love will never be the same. But it also brings hope for what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has in store next. “Endgame” has brought hope that the next phase will be just as good or even better than the first.