“Avengers: Endgame” is all about nostalgia, a throwback to how far the Marvel Cinematic Universe had gone, what they have achieved, and points to where to next. It feels like an homage to the decades that Marvel had contributed to the entertainment industry, plus one big payout from taking a risk.
“Fortune favors the bold,” something I heard from a different movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
It’s a movie I found with heart. It’s special in every way. We’ve been tagging along with these characters for the past ten years and “Endgame” felt like sharing a beer with all of them, looking at all the good and the bad times they’ve all had. And yes, as we go deeper into the movie, it does feel like giving a good friend one last hug before they go away for a long time.
“Endgame” is most character-driven Marvel movie we have yet. There are characters, who now have nothing to lose. Characters whose stakes have been raised. And characters that are just happy to be around. We see them grieve, struggle, and contemplate on moral dilemmas, – everything by Stan Lee’s design to create flawed characters, we witness their moments of weaknesses and cheer when they rise up to the challenge. The characters are given depth.
The pace soars. There’s a lot going on, much more than “Infinity War” ever had. But it never felt clunky. Everyone just, snapped, together, each scene exactly where it belongs. Of course, there’s the signature “humor” in these Marvel movies. Directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, are no stranger to inciting a few laughs here and there, after all, they did work on projects like “Arrested Development” and “Community.” There were, some moments where I felt the humor was forced, or a particular scene dragged, but to truly confirm that I’d need a second screening, or a third, or a fourth. Make seven.
The action is glorious. It’s epic in a scale that only the MCU could deliver. There’s definitely a lot of shouting, punching, and getting thrown into something. There are some things in the action that gets predictable, but that will not stop anyone from howling in orgasmic delight.
Am I ever fatigued over MCU movies? Hell no. They’re more than just superhero movies — they’re fantasy and science fiction and those are stuff I can never get enough of. Kevin Feige mentioned that things will take on a different route in the future after “Endgame” and I believe him. I think we won’t be seeing the title “Avengers” anytime soon. And that’s cool. We’re getting “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “Black Panther 2,” “Doctor Strange 2,” “Captain Marvel 2,” among other things, including probably, the introduction of Nova – another cosmic-level superhero.
I’m ready for the next big one.