“Avengers: Endgame” Is An Emotional And Epic Culmination For Marvel

I have seen the Endgame and it is amazing. This is the best Marvel has ever done. Truly. Avengers: Endgame brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a worthy conclusion, eliciting more emotion than any superhero movie yet. I laughed, I cried, and I was filled to the brim with joy. This is a triumph for anyone who has invested a decade and over 20 films worth of material into one giant story. Over three hours long but paced perfectly, you won’t want it to end. Somehow, Marvel, Kevin Feige, and the creative forces have exceeded expectations. Believe the hype, as it’s quite real. It’s the best cinematic release of the year so far.

As you all must know by now, the film is the culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, to date. No spoilers, so I’ll simply say that we pick up after Thanos (Josh Brolin) snapped half of the universe out of existence at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) are adrift in space. The remaining heroes back on Earth, including Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are at a loss for how to cope, but being Avengers, they can’t help but try to make a last ditch effort to save the day. That goes…differently than planned, though truly sets the plot into motion. When Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) re-emerges from the Quantum Realm, possibilities emerge. Without spoiling what happens, the grandest adventure yet begins. Plus, the rumors are true, in that essentially all fo the material seen so far in Trailers and TV spots has been from the very early parts of the flick. You have about two and a half hours (or really more, actually) of unseen material to feast your eyes on. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo once again direct, with another screenplay coming from the duo of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Cinematography is by Trent Opaloch and the score again comes from Alan Silvestri. As for the rest of the cast, it’s massive, but you’ll have to see that for yourself.

Again, this is the best movie of the year so far. I wasn’t prepared for the laughter, the tears, or just how moved I was by the entire final product. From the heart and the humor all the way to one of the most epic comic book style battles ever committed to screen, everything the Russo’s, along with Markus and McFeely, attempted, worked in grand fashion. Then, when we say our farewells, the power of the achievement becomes even clearer. It’s difficult to explain why without spoilers, but trust me when I say they find ways to move you that you won’t be expecting.

Awards wise, Avengers: Endgame probably won’t be given Best Picture consideration by the Academy (even though it deserves to at least contend for a nomination), though it’s definitely a threat for below the line Oscar attention. The music by Silvestri has a chance in Best Original Score, Best Film Editing would be more than deserved, and Best Visual Effects is all but assuredly on the table. Disney will figure out an awards campaign later on in the year, and though this isn’t going to grab prestige attention like Black Panther, it should be another Marvel offering that gets more respect than others in the past have, and rightly so this time.

In a matter of days, the MCU closes this phase of its existence with brilliance and their finest offering to date with Avengers: Endgame. The Russo Brothers should take a bow for pulling this off. If you have a favorite Avenger, odds are they get a moment to really shine and prove why you loved them in the first place. There will be more to say down the road, when the actual plot can be discussed more, but for now, just know that this is a brilliant comic book film. I’ll run down a new MCU ranking by the end of the week, and it’s pretty clear where this one ranks. The movie is a genre masterpiece, plain and simple. We’ve spent a long time building to this, so strap in and enjoy the ride, in all its epic glory…

Be sure to see Avengers: Endgame, in theaters everywhere on Thursday!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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