“Before we get into this, here’s your warning that this review is not spoiler free. Read on at your own risk”
Ok, let’s get into this.
How do I write about this? About Tony Stark, brave, brilliant
About Steve Rogers. A man out of time, the soldier who couldn’t live without a war getting a house in the suburbs and dancing with his wife in the living room on a slow sunny evening.
About Thor, lost and defeated. No legacy. No throne. No crown. Adrift
“This time Tony Stark doesn’t wake up”
The Avengers (2012) was the start of something. An idea that we against the odds we can win through sheer determination and good old’ teamwork. But it wasn’t enough. The sacrifice that the Avengers didn’t need back in 2012 is finally back to claim its due. This time Tony Stark doesn’t wake up.
And it’s alright
“Tony Stark dies in a blaze of fiery glory in the movie that takes its time to reach its ultimately satisfying climax”
Age of Ultron highlighted that the worst, the absolute worst thing conceivable to Tony was to see his team dead and survive. Endgame acknowledges that and gives Iron Man, the heart and soul of the MCU a fitting end. A legend’s end. Tony Stark dies in a blaze of fiery glory in the movie that takes its time to reach its ultimately satisfying climax.
“Avengers Endgame is a grand farewell. A goodbye that’s been a decade in the making, and it plays like one”
Avengers Endgame is a grand farewell. A goodbye that’s been a decade in the making, and it plays like one. The first half of the movie if a throwback to each of the big three’s journeys. The surviving Avengers must go back in time, grab the infinity stones and undo the snap in the present day. The logic behind this is a very ‘comic book’ BUT it gives us the chance to see the original six in their iconic huddle in New York from the first Avengers and you know what? I’ll take it. I’m willing to forgive Marvel for the fact that at times Endgame plays like a fever dream hallucination. Let’s do a quick roll call of frankly ridiculous scenes:
- Present day Cap fight himself from 2012
- A rat, yes a literal RAT, releases Ant-Man from the quantum realm
- Bruce Banner is now half-hulk at all time and dabs in public
- A re-hash of that iconic Winter Soldier elevator scene that had the theater howling
- Captain America can lift Mjolnir and its just as cool as it sounds
“Endgame is everything it promised to be”
And it all works. Endgame is everything it promised to be. A fitting culmination of an unprecedented cinematic feat. In 2008, Robert Downey Jr, a broke Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige and Jon Favreau created something incredible out of scraps and built up the foundation of a universe that has shaped our culture for a decade.
“Goodbye old friend. The war is over and you won. You can rest now”
Tony Stark started this journey and he’s the one given the hero’s sacrifice, as he deserves. Goodbye old friend. The war is over and you won. You can rest now.
The Verdict is 5/5