It has all been leading up to this; 11 years after Jon Favreau kick-started the Goliath Marvel show with ‘Iron Man’, and 365 days after 2018’s grand opening half of ‘Infinity War’, the endgame is here and exquisitely delivered by the Russo Brothers.
Thanos (Josh Brolin) did what he said he would and snapped the Infinity Gauntlet, wiping out 50% of all living life out of existence. Now with many heroes left in the dust, it’s down to the few survivors including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Captain America (Chris Evans) to fathom some fool-proof plan, if they ever hope to see the fallen return.
Without ruining it for anyone, this follow up, again written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely is awesome. They work out every angle, every choice, every character step and never drop the ball on retaining the exciting fan service which has kept the MCU chugging along so well for a decade.
Perhaps it can be said that, depending on personal preference, that certain characters feel short-changed but this movie is a turn for the OGs; the Avengers rightfully get their go-around and for that it can be guaranteed that the audience majority will be happy and thankful. The squad that formed back in 2012 shine again and the narrative goes into some fun and twisty places, which I shan’t delve into any further because the huge purple tyrant demands my silence.
For all the whizz and showy spectacle of ‘Infinity War’, this is a reflective closing chapter which knows how to take time and let the doom of the situation settle in. It’s a gripping aftermath and this quiet, moody and upsetting clean-up really does tug at the heart. It also works spectacularly well in capturing the horrendously bleak and hopeless quality, of a tragically altered world that they’ve been thrust into.
The Russo Brothers certainly know how to capture hand-to-hand combat but again the bigger match ups do sometimes feel like sprawling CGI; it happened with the Wakanda scene last time and there’s times here where the two directors could have created a truly masterful battle but it’s somewhat choppily edited which suits the energy but loses the focus of what you’re watching. Plus they never linger long enough on groups of tussling heroes and villains, which could have further whetted the appetite.
Saying this, I cannot pretend that there aren’t some amazingly epic sequences in this comic book movie. The humour crackles as it so often does in the Marvel franchise and a lot of that lightning is stolen from Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. Alan Silvestri’s score is suitably rousing, and the sight of heroic squads working through different trials is an uplifting thrill.
Nick Fury brought together 6 heroes and now we’ve reached a point of joy, turmoil and loss which will be a legacy for the cinematic superhero ages. It’s only right and emotionally fitting, that the original crew literally sign off in the credits and after a whirlwind 3 hour movie; which by the way never sags, you’ll need to take a moment and let the turbulent ride of feelings sink in.
If you’ve kept up with every MCU feature from 2008 until now and also bought into every character and journey, then ‘Endgame’ will go into surprising, cool and touching places with neat nods and winks to satisfy the senses. It’s a blockbusting game changer. A legendary feast.