The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.” Kevin Feige produces “Avengers: Endgame,” and Anthony and Joe Russo are the directors. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau, James Gunn and Stan Lee are the executive producers, and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” is in U.S. theaters on April 26, 2019.
What We Thought:
Let’s be honest, if you are interested in Avengers: Endgame you really don’t care what others have to say about it. It’s pretty darn “Critic Proof” and will make billions of dollars worldwide. It’s the end of a phase of the MCU and if you’ve seen the 20+ films before it, you will be seeing it regardless of its Rotten Tomatoes score or Metacritic rating.
So basically what I think of it should be irrelevant to you (as it should be for every movie, but that’s for a different time). That really helps me out because trying to review this movie is super difficult without spoiling it. My issues with it, and yes it has issues, are tough to talk about because you haven’t seen the movie yet and I don’t want to ruin it for you. That being said I do have to write about it so I’ll try my best to not spoil too much.
If you’ve seen the trailers or put any thought into the movie you should know some sort of time travel will come into play. Whether it involves Ant-Man or Doctor Strange and the Time Stone I won’t say, but the film does involve time travel to a degree. That shouldn’t be a spoiler to you considering half of the universe got dusted in Avengers: Infinity War and the only way to bring them back would be to try to reset some sort of timeline.
This is also my biggest issue with the film. Most films get the concept of time travel wrong and that’s fine. I can accept that it’s wrong if you don’t lay out ground rules (I’m looking at you Looper and Source Code) or talk about the effects of time travel. Not only does this movie go out if its way to mock time travel science in other movies, it also lays out how to time travel. Everyone knows you can’t go back in time and change things, it’s simply not possible. And this movie tells its characters not to change anything. But then it goes and screws it up. Again, really hard to explain without spoiling, but let’s just say the movie makes fun of Back to the Future and then goes and gets it all wrong itself. Most people won’t realize it because they can’t think for themselves, but with the storyline in this, 2-3 previous films wouldn’t exist. Yes I know “it’s just a movie” but don’t make fun of other movies for getting it wrong when you go and do the same thing!
It’s also 3 hours long and shouldn’t be. I understand it being the final film in a wide storyline you want it to be epic and memorable, but this could be 2.5 hours or less. The first hour takes forever once the band gets back together and the second act continues its setup of the third act. Sure the third act is fun, but so much of the first two hours is unnecessary. There is a scene with Captain America at a support group meeting that ultimately means nothing. Every once in a while they throw in a scene to remind you that that character is still in the movie. There are some scenes of what Hawkeye has been doing which are cool, but ultimately aren’t necessary either. Being long doesn’t make a film automatically epic or dramatic and filmmakers seem to have forgotten that.
It sounds like I’m straight crushing Avengers: Endgame, but it’s not that bad if you can ignore the storyline at the end. It’s fine, but like Avengers: Infinity War, I felt it was anti-climatic. If you have half a brain you know what’s going to happen. If you know about actor contracts and who is returning to or leaving the MCU you can see almost all of it happening before it happens. Only one death surprised me so I’ll give it credit for that. If it’s shorter it’s a lot better. If it was smarter and more thought out it would be better. Their science is completely wrong which will bother me for a long time, but if you don’t understand why Looper is completely wrong you won’t understand my complaints about this. But it’s going to make $300 million in the US this weekend and $2+ billion worldwide and could possibly be the biggest movie of all-time. Heck you might already have your tickets for it so who cares. I’d say get your soda and popcorn ready but at 3 hours, you don’t need that extra pressure to hit the bathroom during the movie!