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“You know my motto is “Excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory.’ Keep moving forward, and if it’s time to go, it’s time. Nothing lasts forever.” – Stan Lee
I can hardly believe I’m writing this, after eleven years in the making here we finally are, the culmination of so much time and money invested in characters who have become something… more. Well as Stan Lee said, nothing lasts forever, and Endgame is out to prove just that, the end is no longer nigh, it’s here, now. Brace yourself.
If Infinity War was Thanos’ story then Endgame is unquestionably focused on the Avengers and their singular focus of righting the ship, by rewriting history itself. Together, those that have been left behind will band together for one last mission so overwhelmed by the possibility (and likelihood) of failure it makes every one of them question even attempting it. They have been robbed of everything and everyone they ever loved. They lost, in epic, grand fashion. They lost so profoundly and completely the thought of fixing anything sounds downright impossible. What they must remind themselves of is who they are and who is depending on them. Even if the odds are 1 in 14 million, they owe the dead at least the attempt. They are, afterall, superheroes. It’s time to show the universe what that truly means.
Where the MCU has succeeded is in never forgetting where it all started and how everything has depended on the acceptance of the fans. The creators of this universe know there would be no universe at all if it weren’t for the support of those heavily in support of what has transpired. Even eleven years after the stellar debut of Iron Man, Endgame looks back to acknowledge all that has come before it nodding in appreciation of the imagination and technical prowess it took to reach this boiling point that is Endgame. It is the perfect balance of what was, is, and what is to come.
In a matter of three hours, The Russo Bros. and company managed to tell a coherent but dense story of not just the predictable heroism comprised of memorable imagery that these movies are famous for, but the trauma of taking on such responsibility, that of a superhero in over their head for the first time. It touches on loss, PTSD, the importance of sticking together, the importance of never forgetting but never losing sight of the future. To focus so much on what happened will prevent them from ever becoming who they are, who the world needs in hopes of finding the light again, after so much darkness. Their heroism will rise as they do, from the literal ashes of their lost loved ones and the metaphorical ashes of a world left in a wake of doom. The Avengers must… Assemble.
Much like a series finale, Endgame has an air about it that anything can and will happen. Your favorite heroes are no longer safe. Anyone can die at any moment, it’s like a Tarantino movie with spandex. You sit in fear and anticipation as this hero team finds themselves again to take on their greatest failure and somehow, fix it all. But again, like modern dramatic television, even in a complete picture with a so-called victory, not everyone will make it out to tell their story. No matter how hard our heroes fight and how much they sacrifice, loss will be there to greet them, it’s the how that is left up to them. They are the heroes because they can take it. It will take everything from them.
As much spectacle as these movies provide, the characters have never been lost to it all. They are always at the forefront of what happens. The humor is plentiful in a way that always feels natural to each character and most importantly it never intrudes on the feeling of importance of everything happening. It’s a superhero movie sure but its creators know what’s invested in all this and to trivialize it with misplaced one-liners would be a huge insult, as if they aren’t taking this seriously. Thankfully this isn’t DC.
Endgame is a success because it delivers everything promised over the last decade. Those behind the camera cared for the material with a kind of reverence allowing for those in front of the camera to feel like their characters matter, like what they were doing was going to piece together a giant puzzle that will ultimately amaze and astonish. This is an in depth approach, a dramatic approach, to the mass spectacle that is superhero movies. Endgame is exactly what we’ve been hoping it would be while simultaneously surpassing all expectations. It is as complete and coherent a film as there ever was and all involved have created an absolute juggernaut that will rip apart everything in its path. A three hour film that completes the overall story, alludes to what’s to come, and does all of this with pure entertainment savvy and a devotion to the material and its fans. Is this fan service? You bet your ass it is. That said it in no way hinders the scope and accomplishment that Endgame is. If you have cared about any of these stories and characters, the finale will leave you somehow shattered and complete, knowing what you just experienced is something special. I can’t wait to see this thing again.
Rated PG-13 For: sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language
Runtime: 181 minutes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After Credits Scene: ?
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Karen Gillan, Tessa Thompson, Brie Larson, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Josh Brolin, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 5/ Acting: 5/ Directing: 5/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 5 Nerdskulls
Buy to Own: Yes
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