After “Avengers: Infinity War” came out on April 27th, it earned critical acclaim from critics, fans & movie goers from around the world. In addition to positive reception, it made $2 billion at the box office surpassing the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU for short) previous two Avengers films. Infinity War made cinematic history transforming the movie going experience for fans of the superhero genre & non-comic book fans. I can’t tell you the crucial details about Infinity War, you’re gonna have to see for yourself.
Prior to “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel Studios & Disney released other films “Ant-Man & The Wasp” & “Captain Marvel” interconnected to the ongoing story arc “The Infinity Saga,” coined by MCU boss Kevin Feige. According to Kevin, the upcoming film “Spider-Man: Far From Home” will actually conclude The Infinity Saga and will also serve as the final film of Phase 3.
As a fan of Marvel since “Fox Kids,” I’ve ranked Infinity War as one of my favorite movies of 2018. If you want to see my article about my “Top 12 Films Of 2018,” feel free to read all about it. If you’re also interested in my non-spoiler review for Infinity War, go ahead & check it out to spread word of mouth for your friends and family.
Like its predecessor, Endgame earned positive reception from critics, fans & movie goers alike. It’s currently making a truckload of money at the box office. I’m gonna predict it’ll make $2 billion just like Infinity War.
Five Ground Rules
Like my non-spoiler review for Infinity War, I’ll retain the “Five Ground Rules you must follow in order to give a bunch of viewers a chance to see it.
1. MCU Marathon
Make sure to rewatch all twenty-one chapters if you want to refresh your memory. This is a major requirement if you want to view Endgame.
2. Social Gathering
Organize a club for you & your family to discuss the ups and downs surrounding the MCU.
3. NO SPOILERS
Don’t give away crucial details for people who haven’t seen the latest chapter. Remember The Russo Brothers’ clause contracts? #thanosdemandsyoursilence #dontspoiltheendgame
4. No Posting Plot Points Allowed
If you comment a huge spoiler on my blog, I’ll have to remove you permanently. If you want to come back, you have to partake in an Impractical Jokers-esque punishment by re-enacting the fat kid from “Mathilda” eating a monster sized chocolate cake without taking a break.
The following review doesn’t contain any SPOILERS related to nearly all chapters interconnected to the MCU. If you’re very excited to see Endgame? Make sure to refresh your memory by watching all twenty-one chapters, because this is a requirement. Is the latest installment of the MCU worth a culmination of eleven years worth of twenty-one pictures? Let’s find out shall we?
5. Know The Characters
In order to absorb knowledge of the MCU like a sponge, you should get to know Iron Man, the main protagonist of Phase 1-3, his comrades, supporting characters, baddies & Thanos, the main antagonist of Phase 1-3.
Balanced & Unbalanced Aspects
Balanced: Many Cast Members from the last twenty-one movies reprise their roles & they all did an excellent job for their respective performances.
The Russo Brothers did a fantastic job directing the film.
Screenwriting duo, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, known for writing the screenplays for the Captain America films, Infinity War & developed “Agent Carter” on ABC, both did a great job constructing the screenplay for Endgame.
Kevin Feige, Jon Favreau & James Gunn (recently rehired by Disney) served as executive producers.
Marketing for Endgame never reveals too much information. Previews only give us viewers a glimpse of our heroes reminiscing about their past adventures before they confront Thanos.
Action Sequences are spectacular on a grand scale that’ll melt your eyeballs.
Visual Effects contained visual eye candy bringing many things to life such as the environment, C.G.I. creatures, massive battles among many other subjects.
Despite set after Infinity War, humor is retained using appropriate jokes at the right time.
Alan Silvestri (Back To The Future Trilogy, Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) conducted music for the movie.
The Tone for the film is somber with a tiny spark of hope remaining deep within the main characters.
Pacing for a three hour long epic didn’t make me feel bored. I was totally invested with every character I know since was a kid. I’d skip the popcorn & drinks if I were you, in order to not go to the bathroom an in unexpected time.
Our beloved heroes’ character arcs continues to expand based on their teamwork, friendship & romantic chemistry. They all serve a purpose.
As a result of the aftermath of Infinity War, our heroes suffer all the hell they’ve been through. They change both externally & internally.
The vibe for the film reminded me of “The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King,” “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows” & “Interstellar” rolled all in one.
The story contains several twists & turns. I refuse to spill the beans, because this review is classified.
Like X-Men’s “Logan,” Endgame will make you cry and it’s one heck of a sob fest. I’m giving the latter picture Bonus Points for making me cry.
Stan Lee makes his final cameo appearance. It’s sad to see him one last time on the silver screen. Again, it’s one heck of a sob fest.
If you’re truly desperate to use the bathroom, there’s no after credits scene. I thinks it’s fine to not feature a post-credits scene, because Endgame is a send off after eleven years worth a story arc.
Unbalanced: To be honest with you fellow nerds out there, I couldn’t find nothing wrong with this movie. I’m giving The Cast & Crew a tremendous amount of Extra Points for making this chapter as a proper goodbye since Iron Man commenced The Infinity Saga.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
Similar to Infinity War, Endgame is an instant masterpiece, labeled as one of the best installments in the MCU. All the good stuff listed including the performances, action, tone, pacing, humor alongside a truckload of things, indicate why Endgame is an epic finale next to Return Of The King & Deathly Hallows. If you’re eager to see Endgame, I strongly recommend it for longtime fans.
Bravo Disney & Marvel Studios for taking me on an eleven year journey. I’m incredibly satisfied as a fan, critic and movie goer. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the MCU. I hope Phase Four will reintroduce the X-Men, Wolverine, Dr. Doom, Galactus, Silver Surfer & Fantastic Four. I’m gonna bet a $100 bucks that Galactus will take over Thanos’ place as the main antagonist of the next complex narrative along with Gambit filling in Tony Stark’s place as the main protagonist of Phase One through Three. Spider-Man: Far From Home is gonna be pretty tricky when it comes out on July. You fellas deserve an “Honorary Academy Award” for culminating an epic narrative to all The Cast & Crew Members working their butts off!
R.I.P. Stan Lee. Thank you for the memories for helping us true believers that your iconic characters can make us feel unique as superheroes deep down as we will overcome challenging obstacles in life from the outside & the inside. Somewhere in Heaven, you must be very proud saying your signature catchphrase, “EXCELCIOR.” Well Stan, I’d like to say “EXCELCIOR” to you as us Marvel fans will honor your memory by introducing a new generations of readers to your timeless works.
And to all the Marvel haters including Jodie Foster, Ethan Hawke, Bill Maher & Bette Midler. All of y’all can suck it! The MCU isn’t running out of steam, it’s just keeps getting better and better!