Never has a film franchise been able to capture the collective attention of audiences across the globe and consistently surpass expectations for so long.
It all started with Iron Man (2008) 11 years ago and before we could even see it coming, the Marvel Cinematic Universe became a reality and changed the game for superhero movies forever. A franchise which took 21 films in the making will be treated as a benchmark for comic-book movies in the future. Each film on its own has been underscored with the same brand of cocky superhero humour, boasting larger-than-life special effects and eye-widening fight scenes.
But the cross-pollination of characters across these films served a much larger and ingenious purpose than merely whetting pop cultural fans’ appetites. Avengers: Endgame is the spectacular culmination of all those factors. Here’s us telling you why you shouldn’t miss this last epic in this already epic franchise.
What’s it About?- To talk about Endgame’s plot is a major spoiler. The film picks up from where Infinity War signed off. After the loss and destruction left behind by Thanos’s (Josh Brolin) snap and nearly half of the world’s population having wiped out including some of our Superheroes, the remaining Avengers struggle to come to terms with not just the depressing reality, but their own sense of survivor’s guilt. But there is not much time to feel sorry and wallow in self-pity. They have a mission. And that is to defeat Thanos, once and for all with Whatever it takes. They find a wildly complicated way to procure the Infinity stones that fuelled Thanos’ murder spree.
On paper, the storyline sounds predictable. But it actually isn’t. Endgame delivers on the sky-high expectations with class, a generous dose of Marvel-style humour, a bucketload of emotion and of course, edge-of-the-seat action.
On the Upside- It takes a genius and a true craftsman to be able to link 21 different plots and woove them into a single narrative. The true skill of Marvel and the most compelling part about Endgame is that it makes you refresh your memory about the other 21 films. It reminds you about the other little pieces that make this a grand and Marvel-ous spectacle. The characters confront old story arcs in the form of lost friends, family members and loved ones. Even hardcore MCU fans might take a while to recall some side characters.
Brothers Anthony and Joe Russo have managed to bring back the magic of Infinity War and made it even bigger with Endgame. Though creating a complex and convulating story spanning 11 years could have been a recipe for disaster, the writers have successfully interlinked the stories and character arcs to tighten up all the loose ends leaving no room for ambiguity. The star-studded cast of the film consisting of gifted actors like Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Chadwick Boseman and many more.
On the downside- The only thing that can cause the film to loose is its length of 3 hours. However the runtime is justified as there are no scenes, no sequences, or no dialogues that is going to make you feel like the film is dragging.
All in All- Though it’s unlikely there are any, but even the uninitiated will appreciate Endgame. A hard-core fan, though, will most likely be overwhelmed with the constant onslaught of nostalgia. The Russos go back in time to aid audiences in moving forward. It’s especially heightened in the presence of supporting characters. From the get go, Endgame makes a revisit to phases one, two and three imperative thereby quite deliberately stretching the impact of this final chapter. Even in the conspicuous absence of end credit scene, a singular sonic moment harking back to the first Iron Man film drives that final sentimental nail in the coffin of our Marvel dreams. Here we are with 4 out of 5 stars for this final instalment in MCU. The series may be over but the Avengers’ magic will live on.