Avengers: Endgame Review (Spoilers)

Where the hell do I start with this review? I guess I’ll start with my initial thoughts after I saw Avengers: Endgame for the first time at a midnight screening on opening night. To be honest I wasn’t sure how to feel about the movie. Part of me left the theatres unsatisfied and borderline disappointed with what I got. As I started to play the movie over in my head again nothing changed. My feelings towards it got worse. But I felt like it was my duty to watch it again before I gave my entire thoughts. Maybe some things would change the second time round. Or maybe my initial thoughts would become solidified with that second viewing.

Honestly, viewing Avengers: Endgame a second time made all the difference for me. Just the personal viewing experience alone. I sat through that midnight screening tense and constantly on edge. My mind was going a million miles per hour with all the theories I had going into the movie. I can only speak for myself, but going in more relaxed with no pressure made me enjoy the movie a whole lot more. And even though I still have my issues with it. I found myself slowing falling in love with the movie. As I finished my second viewing I started asking myself “What the hell were you thinking when you tweeted out “the movie is just fine? Is this not everything you wanted from it?” And I hold my hands up. I’m happy to say that I couldn’t have been more wrong about Avengers: Endgame.

Given there is so much that goes on in this film it would be impossible for me to touch on every aspect. So, what I’m doing with this review is splitting it up in to three main sections which are dedicated to each act of the movie.

Act 1: Aftermath of the snap

Oddly enough, this is what I was looking forward to the most going into Endgame. We only caught a glimpse of how the Avengers reacted to the snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. But how would they feel/change once time had passed? For such a huge moment in the universe were they going to let the snap sit there and sink in? And boy did they. Seeing Tony like that after he returned to Earth was rough. I thought it was a great character moment. For someone that always has the answers it was heartbreaking to see him so defeated. Then I started to get concerned when the remaining Avengers went into space to kill Thanos. Although it was satisfying watching the Avengers show up to Thanos’ garden and straight up kill him I was so happy when I saw that ‘5 years later’ title appear shortly afterwards. I’ve seen a lot of people say the first act was too slow, but it was so important to me.

Seeing the Avengers lose AGAIN and hit rock bottom was needed for this movie to work. And I love how the snap impacted everyone differently. Tony gave up and focused on his family, Thor went into hiding, Cap was trying his hardest not to accept defeat and Black Widow was left to pick up the pieces with the rest of the Avengers. Oh, and Clint was in Tokyo being a straight badass. Then you have your everyday people. I really appreciated the scene of Scott Lang looking through the countless names at the memorial park. It just reinforced the impact of the snap for me. We have all witnessed this universe grow and expand over the past 20+ movies and throughout that opening act it just felt…empty.

Act 2: Quantum Realm

I remember Infinity War being described as a ‘heist movie’, but I felt that even more here with how the Quantum Realm was used to go back in time and collect the stones before Thanos. And even though I knew they were going to be revisiting major events in past movies I didn’t expect them to be interacting with previous versions of themselves. I thought it was a nice twist as it added to the already huge stakes. I loved this concept with Cap especially. As soon as he walked into that elevator I said “Oh, they’re about to do it aren’t they?!”. I didn’t get what I wanted, but the “Hail Hydra” line was a nice touch. However, for as much as I enjoyed the time travel aspect of the movie it did come with its issues. For me this is where the movie started to get muddy and kind of drag for me. It got to the point where it felt like they were trying to do too much. You start to jump from one timeline to another and one side plot to another with Thanos plotting in the background. On a second viewing it does start to make more sense, but I still felt overwhelmed by the end of the act. The whole time travel aspect has created some debate online since the release of the movie. So, I’m glad to see that I wasn’t the only who has issues with it.

Act 3: Assemble

With all of the stones collected and Hulk doing the snap it was all leading to this. What a third act! It did not disappoint at all. This might be my favourite final act of any comic book movie. Captain America, Iron Man and Thor teaming up against Thanos was enough for me. And you add in Cap using Mjolnir for the first time. Oh, I was more than content. Then they took it to the next level by introducing the “dead” characters. I was blown away by the shot of Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow and Black Panther running at the end of the Infinity War trailer. The Russos really just put that shot on steroids here. Seeing every single character in the MCU charging at Thanos and his army, I was just in awe the whole time. I just noticed I haven’t spoken about Thanos much in this review so far. It just shows how crucial the gauntlet was to him. Because throughout the movie he got his ass beat. I would’ve liked to have seen him put up a better fight. Maybe take out one of the Avengers during the final conflict. But that could’ve been too much now that I think about it, because we needed to sit with Tony’s death. Plus it was so satisfying watching Scarlet Witch nearly kill him all by herself. I came to the conclusion that Infinity War was Thanos’ movie and Endgame is the Avengers’ movie.

Goodbyes

This whole time I thought it was a given that Captain America would die in the final battle. I was so sure that Cap would die and Tony would eventually retire. I honestly didn’t think they had it in them to kill off the face of the franchise. And the way he went out was perfect too. Even when the snap happened and you see Tony laying there burnt up and barely conscious. I still didn’t think they were going to kill him. Knowing Tony I was just waiting for him to say a joke or something to break the tension. When Friday said his condition was “critical” it hit me like a ton of bricks. This is why I admire the first act so much. I loved seeing Tony as a father and for him give it all up to save everyone was beautiful. Also, Cap has questioned his selfishness since the first Avengers and for him to make the ultimate sacrifice was perfect for the character’s arc.

Now on to Captain America. If you didn’t know Captain America is my favourite MCU character. In terms of my all time favourite comic book characters he’s fourth on the list after Superman, Batman and Spider-Man. Once Tony died I thought was Cap going to stick around? Was he going to lead the next Avengers? Then I saw him preparing to go back into the Quantum Realm to put all the stones back. I knew he wasn’t coming back straight away. Again, like with Tony I thought Cap’s ending was beautiful too. He finally went and enjoyed his life for once. I know he’s a fictional character, but I was so happy for him in that moment. However, I didn’t see this movie as an ending for just Captain America and Iron Man. This was an ending for the Avengers as a whole. Or at least the original members. Tony’s dead, Cap’s retired, Black Widow’s dead and Thor gave ownership of Asgard to Valkyrie. I honestly have no complaints about any of these decisions. Nor would I change them if I had the chance. I just know then when we get that next Avengers movie way down the line, the line-up is going to look a whole lot different.

Closing thoughts

There you have it! This might be my longest review ever. If any movie deserved this much of my time it was probably Avengers: Endgame. I just had so many thoughts running through my head especially after the first viewing. Thankfully, I went for another viewing because I found myself appreciating the movie a lot more. Do I put it over Infinity War? I’m not sure yet. I might have to watch it one more time before I decide. Both Avengers Infinity war and Endgame are at the top of my MCU list. In fact they both have a spot on my all time favourite comic book movies list. Bringing in the Russo Brothers was one of the best decisions Marvel Studios has ever made. I just want to thank them for picking up the torch and giving me a beautiful ending to this saga that I have grown up with.

Avengers: Endgame 9/10

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Favourite characters:

  • Iron Man
  • Captain America
  • Rocket
  • Hawkeye/Ant Man

Least favourite characters:

  • Thor – I understand what they were trying to do with the character and how he dealt with grief/guilt. I understand people put on a brave face and laugh their way through pain, but I felt like they were being too comedic with it.
  • Hulk

Avengers: Endgame Runtime Revealed?

We’re only a month away from one of the biggest movie events of the year. Or all time some would say. But how long will this event known as Avenger: Endgame last? Well, according to AMC Theatres Avengers: Endgame has a runtime of just over 3 hours. 3 hours and 2 minutes to be specific. This would make it the longest movie in the MCU ever and rightly so. While this runtime hasn’t been officially confirmed by the studio yet I would be shocked if it doesn’t go past the 2 hour and 30 minute runtime of Avengers: Infinity War.

There you have it. We could potentially be in the theatres for 3 hours on April 25th. Make it longer by a couple more hours I wouldn’t mind.

Chris Evans Bids Farewell To Captain America Role?

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Reshoots for next year’s Avengers 4 movie have been going on for a number of weeks now. A couple of weeks ago, on social media Chris Hemsworth, told fans that he had completed his scenes for the reshoots. Now, it was time for Chris Evans, Captain America, himself to complete his final scenes for the upcoming movie. Judging by what he posted on his Twitter a couple of hours ago, he might’ve just shot his final scenes as Captain America!

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As you can see from the tweet above Chris Evans, heavily implies this could be the last time we’ll see him in this role. I have to say this was a strange tweet to put out before the movie is released. We don’t even know the title of the movie yet. Or it’s possible that he does feel emotional after playing this role for nearly a decade. Personally, I think we will see the end of Captain America in Avengers 4. Whether the character dies or retires, I’m not sure about that. In the comics the likes of Falcon and Bucky have gone on to replace him. The main issue here is how great Chris Evans has been in the role. He’s set a really high bar for anyone else to pick up the shield after him.

Or is this all a trick to build more hype for the upcoming movie? I wouldn’t put it past the Russo Brothers at this point.

Let me know your thoughts on his tweet

Is Avengers 4 going to be the last time we will see Chris Evans, as Captain America?

 

Avengers 4 Concept Art Shows Major Changes Made To Characters

Information on next year’s Avengers movie has been scarce. We don’t even know what the official title of the movie is yet. However, as we go into September, expect to see Marvel release tons of information on one of their biggest movies ever. I know, I feel like I find myself saying that with every Avengers movie.

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A couple of weeks ago this concept art had leaked from Avengers 4. Initially this promo art was labelled as a ‘fake’. However, just a couple of days ago, someone has leaked a better version of this promo art. The most interesting to note about this concept art is how it only features the Avengers who survived the ‘snap’.

Here’s a close up on a few of the characters:

Captain Marvel

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Captain Marvel, is expected to play a huge role in Avengers 4. The concept art shows the character in her traditional suit which she will obtain in her solo movie.

Hulk

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This might be the most interesting aspect of the concept art. Yes, Hulk in his own suit. It looks odd but, he has had this type of look a number of times in the comics.

Captain America

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When looking at Captain America, again, this concept art looks to be accurate. Having seen set photos from Avengers 4, we know Cap will no longer have the beard and will be wearing an earlier version of his suit.

The likes of Iron Man, Thor and Rocket remain unchanged from Avengers: Infinity War:

Let me know your thoughts on this early concept art down below

Do you think it’s real or fake?

Avengers 4 And The Quantum Realm

This article will contain spoilers from Avengers: Infinity War, you have been warned!

Avengers: Infinity War isn’t even a week old as I write this but thanks to the ending of the movie the conversation around Avengers 4 has dominated the internet for the past couple of days. If you have already seen the set photos from Avengers 4 which is set to be released next year one of the most important things you would have noticed is the Avengers are in their original costumes.

 

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As you can see from the set photos those present on set are Iron Man, Captain America, Loki, Thor and Bruce Banner. However amongst the original cast one character that is also present who raised a lot of questions at the time of the release of these photos is Ant-Man. Having seen these set photos before Infinity War I paid Ant-Man no mind but with how the movie ended it makes sense now and his presence raises a lot of questions. What the set photos tell us is that Ant-Man is crucial to Avengers 4. With half the universe gone he will play a key role for one reason only… The Quantum Realm. Now what is the Quantum Realm? I’ll try my best to explain it, again I’m no expert so correct me if I’m wrong please.

The Quantum Realm to its core is an alternative dimension where place and time become irrelevant and it can only be accessed through magical energy, mystical transportation or by using ‘tremendous subatomic shrinking’. That last point is crucial because that’s where of course Ant-Man comes in. The Quantum Realm cannot be accessed by Doctor Strange in Avengers 4 because as you saw he ‘died’ and they can’t use the time stone as long as Thanos has it. Ant-Man who we never see in Infinity War most likely survived the snap and is the only one who can access the Quantum Realm now. A line about the Quantum Realm was also dropped in the recent Ant-Man and The Wasp trailer.

This is how it has been described when one enters the Quantum Realm:

At that point, time does not hold any sway and concepts of space are irrelevant. Once there, they will be frozen in time, unable to age, but also be in a state of unconsciousness or half consciousness, barely aware of their surroundings. (via. Marvelcinematicuniverse)

Assessing the Quantum Realm could serve multiple purposes:

  • It would allow the remaining Avengers to go back in time and save those who were perished during the snap.
  • Or it could be used to travel to the soul world where Thanos currently is by the end of the movie and that could also be where the rest of the Avengers are. Again that’s just a theory I could be way off with that point.
  • They could also use the Quantum Realm to travel back in time to recruit Captain Marvel because she’s from the 1990s and because of her strengths and power she is their best hope to defeat Thanos, she could even pick up the gauntlet. Also her film comes out just before Avengers 4 so be sure to see some reference to the activities that took place during Infinity War in the post credit scenes.

One of the most important things to take away when someone enters the Quantum Realm is “whoever tries to explore it may become trapped for eternity”. This is interesting because it implies the possibilities of one of the original Avengers dying in this film (for real this time). There has to be consequences for travelling back in time, and there always is. Maybe in Avengers 4 we’ll see some of the original Avengers lose their lives in the process of saving the new Avengers. As for who I think will die in Avengers 4 in my opinion it’s between Captain America and Tony Stark. I mean it’s been set up clearly, they never got to reconcile in Infinity War and once they do in Avengers 4 I think one of them will say their final goodbye. My theory is Tony will end up with the Infinity Gauntlet. Tony will also play a crucial role in this film because Doctor Strange gave up the time stone to save him meaning he was important to the one outcome Strange saw when the Avengers eventually win. And once again if he were to get his hands on the gauntlet a sacrifice would have to be made for the soul stone and I believe that will be Steve Rogers.

Let me know what you think of all these theories

What are your predictions for Avengers 4?

Check out my review for Avengers: Infinity War

New set photos from Avengers 4 raises more questions

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Yesterday more set photos leaked from the production of Avengers 4 (untitled) (Via. JustJared) which is currently being filmed in Atlanta. Now with Avengers Infinity War coming out later this year these set photos may have revealed a huge spoiler for the upcoming film. With set photos that leaked earlier last year it was rumoured that there would be some type of time travel involved in Avengers 4. Now that is confirmed as we can see from the set photos below especially with Captain America who is wearing his suit from Avengers Assemble (2012). Chris Evans in the set photos is joined by Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man). What has me interested is if they’re going back in time how does Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man fit into this as he wasn’t present at all in the previous films?

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As for the end of Avengers Infinity War this further creates questions for me. Does everyone die in the end? Will Doctor Strange have to reverse time to the first Avengers film for some reason? How do the likes of Ant-Man and Captain Marvel fit into this?

Avengers: Infinity War is set to in May this year while Avengers 4 is set to be released exactly one year later in 2019

Let me know your thoughts down below and fell free to check out the set photos too.

Click here to view all the leaked set photos from JustJared.com