Review: Avengers: Endgame

Series: Marvel Cinematic Universe: #22

Series: MCU Phase 3: #10


That’s one heck of a climax.

In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos won. He snapped and half of the universe died–let’s ignore the logistics of that. In Endgame, there’s a chance–a very small chance–that they can fix it all. All they need is a little –

Tony Stark: [discussing the “Time Heist”] I believe the most likely outcome will be our collective demise.

Scott Lang: Not if we strictly follow the rules of time travel. That means no talking to our past selves, no betting on sporting events…

Tony Stark: I’m gonna stop you right there, Scott. Are you seriously telling me that your plan to save the universe is based on “Back to the Future?”

Scott Lang: [chuckles] … No.

Time Heist.

Steve Rogers: Almost everyone in this room has had an encounter with at least one of the six Infinity Stones.

Tony Stark: Or, substitute the word encounter with ‘damn near been killed by’ one of the six Infinity Stones.

Scott Lang: I haven’t. I don’t even know what the hell you’re all taking about now.

Bruce Banner: Regardless, we only have enough Pym Particles for one round trip each, and these stones have been in a lot of different places throughout history.

Tony Stark: Our history. So, not a lot of convenient spots to drop in.

Clint Barton: Which means we’ve got to pick our targets.

Tony Stark: Correct.

It’s a ridiculous solution to an even more ridiculous problem, set up over a decade and two dozen films with the most big name stars and huge CGI battle scenes I’ve ever seen in a movie. And … it just works. It’s a wonderful spectacle that probably couldn’t stand alone. But it doesn’t have to. It can stand on the shoulders of Titans (heh) and absolutely nail the landing.

I think the absolute crowning moment is the big final battle. A lot of of it doesn’t make that much sense, but it doesn’t have to. It’s the payoff. Everyone1 is back for one last big battle. And it is spectacular.

Overall, if you’ve made it this far in the MCU, you’re going to watch this movie. And I doubt you’ll be disappointed. Some put Infinity War higher, some even put a few of the other individual movies higher, but so far as I’m concerned: this is what made it all worth it.

Now the only question left is… what in the world can they possible do next?

  1. Man they did a number on Scarlett Johansson, even here. ↩︎