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Avengers: Endgame Review (Spoiler Free)

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It’s hard to believe that eleven years have gone by since Iron Man came out in 2008 which was the first time audiences set foot into a world completely new and unknown with so much still to be explored, though they didn’t know it back then. In the years since, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU, would expand to the size it is now with twenty-two movies exploring the far reaches of what this universe has to offer for all kinds of people to see and experience, from Norse Gods, to Super Soldiers, to monsters, aliens and even magic. It seems far fetched for all of these to exist within the same world and even harder to get audiences to accept that fact, but the creative minds behind the MCU have crafted their stories in such a way that not only is it believable, but also makes it all the more satisfying when you see these characters and elements coming together. This is the very spirit that fuels Avengers: Endgame, the twenty-second film in the MCU and the grand finale to the Infinity Saga.

In its purest form, Avengers: Endgame is a movie about the journey leading up to this moment. Each central character, especially Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk have had several movies to develop as characters and connect with audiences, which is why this movies is nothing but satisfaction and payoff for these characters that we’ve been invested in and connected to since we were introduced to the MCU in 2008. The Marvel movies have always been character driven stories, and Avengers: Endgame is no different. The more invested into the MCU and its characters you are, the better your experience of this movie will be. It would be easy to write Avengers: Endgame off as another blockbuster superhero movie in a seemingly unending chain of blockbuster superhero movies that are “dominating the industry”, but to simply describe it as that would be a massive disservice to the Film Makers, Writers, and Producers, but especially to the stories of these characters and of this world that audiences connect with. Don’t get confused, I’m not claiming that Avengers: Endgame or any of the other MCU movies are art films by any means, but I feel that the magic and heart of these films are often overlooked simply because they feature larger than life action set-pieces and heroes dressed in costume. There have been few film sagas that have had such compelling stories and development of its characters as the MCU movies, which is what this finale is all about.

At the end of the day, Avengers: Endgame is by no means a perfect movie. The first act does a great job of setting up the story and the second act has some pacing issues, but overall uses its time wisely to explore a new and interesting concept in the race to recovery after the crushing defeat our heroes suffered at the hands of Thanos in the previous installment, Avengers: Infinity War. However, the third act is where this movie really shines. Not because it’s a storytelling masterpiece or some kind of modern Shakespearean drama, but because it’s full of payoff that isn’t anything but pure bliss for the audience to experience. From action set pieces, to character defining moments, and even resolutions to the character arcs of the original six Avengers. This movie may not be the last Marvel movie, but if it was, I can think of no better way to set up a finale. If you’re a fan or a casual moviegoer who has experienced this world and its characters for over the last eleven years or even someone who got invested and caught up later, then this movie was made for you. With a resolution and ending that does nothing but tug at the heartstrings, you will enjoy this movie without a doubt. It was you who the Russo Brothers, the Directors, had in mind when making Avengers: Endgame. Even if you’re just a viewer who enjoys the other Marvel movies, I would still recommend this movie based on the grounds that you will get something out of it, be it a laugh or a cheer. Avengers: Endgame was a movie crafted by the fans and made for the fans as the end of an era for one of the greatest film sagas of all time. The best way to experience it is to experience it yourself, which you can do in Theatres, April 26th.

 

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