Spoiler-free, so go right ahead…
It’s been an emotional week for me. From the second Game of Thrones episode (which was quite the emotional rollercoaster) to the sneak-peek of Avengers: Endgame last night – it’s been a week of goodbyes.
I always think of what an impossible task it must be to end off something that’s been growing and evolving for the last ten years. How do you get it just right? It definitely needs a touch of nostalgia, more than ever you need to stay true to the characters, retain the core elements of your franchise, and somehow not compromise on the storyline. It takes a true superhero to pull this off.
As mentioned, I had a sneak-peek of the latest and last Avengers instalment last night. Would I recommend it to Marvel fans? Definitely. How about someone that is not familiar with the franchise? Sure, if you at least know the basic characters and what their superpowers are. How would I rate it out of 10? I’d give it a solid 8.
There is both laughter and farewells, all your favourite characters are there and you get to spend some time with each of them. Furthermore, you do get closure on a lot of these characters which, to me, was really rewarding.
Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers – Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner – must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos – the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.
If you want to watch the movie unbiased, please return to the article after you have given it a go. Still no spoilers ahead, but I’ll now be sharing some likes and dislikes.
What I liked
If, like me, you have religiously watched every single Marvel superhero film for the last ten years, you will not be disappointed. So many of the previous films’ locations and characters are revisited that it truly feels as if you are being rewarded for the years and years of dedication. You’ll see some scenes that you forgot existed, characters you haven’t thought about in years, and meet figures that you knew about, but only now really get to know.
The best news of all is that the signature Marvel humour is definitely present throughout the film. There are tons of laughs; Thor and The Hulk had me in literal tears. The humour, or superhero banter as it’s known, is effortlessly incorporated in the dialogue and makes for great comedy. Because it is the end, there are bound to be some touching moments as well. Yes, I did cry and the guy next to me cried as well – it’s a big moment, okay!
They really made the decision to focus on the core, original Avengers. To me, this was something that I both liked and disliked. Because they revisit scenes and because the core Avengers is truly what Avengers is about, it is nice to see these characters and experience the way that they interact with each other. But if you were hoping to, for example, get some Wakanda action then you are most definitely going to be disappointed.
What I didn’t like
And here’s where it gets tricky. My first impression walking out of the film was, “Wow, this was really good.” But as I drove home, I started going over some details and more and more things began to surface that just didn’t make sense to me. Science-wise. Everyone knows that there is a certain element of time travel involved in this film, but I feel like not all the rules of time travel were followed and that scientifically-speaking things couldn’t have turned out the way they had.
I fricken rushed to watched Captain Marvel before watching Avengers: Endgame. You can totally skip that, by the way. Rather rewatch Ant-Man and the Wasp. I really feel that Marvel did not do right by Captain Marvel. Her own film and her role in this film could have been omitted. The little part she had to play was, to me, not worth it and wanes in comparison to Black Widow, for example. There is also this one part where they get all the Marvel women together, and I know what I was supposed to feel, but what I truly felt was “too little, too late”.
I left the cinema feeling that I didn’t get to see enough of the characters I liked. And after a while, I realised that the cast was just too big for this film to spend time with everyone, and still pull off a solid story with all these characters. Appreciating the film for what it is, an Avengers film, I liked the fact that it concentrated on the OG Avengers, but I craved for some more of my favourite non-original Avengers. The movie was over three hours long so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more individual films from each one of them!
Last thing: there is no post-credit scene, so don’t sit there like an idiot like I did!
Have a look at the trailer:
Header image courtesy of CNet.