Avengers: Endgame lives up to its name. Not only does it end the Thanos storyline, which Infinity War started, but it also wraps up the journey of several key characters. Endgame feels like the natural conclusion to Marvel’s cinematic universe, even if it won’t be. These movies make too much cash after all. If the newly acquired X-Men and Fantastic Four don’t take off though, I wonder how long Marvel can keep the current continuity going, before the temptation to reboot with new actors becomes too strong to resist. If you ask me, the D list heroes that remain aren’t strong enough to replace the stars who bow out at the finale of Endgame.
Five years after the events of Infinity War, the human race is coming to terms with living in a world where half the population was erased from existence. Hawkeye didn’t take the disappearance of his family too well and has turned into a murderous vigilante with a bad haircut. A depressed Thor decides to turn into me, by assuming the form of a gamer who has a sizable beer belly. Others like Black Widow wrestle with depression on a daily basis. It’s not all bad though. Bruce Banner has come to terms with his condition and now is able to retain his intellect whilst in Hulk form. Meanwhile, Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) has settled down by having a daughter with longtime love Pepper Potts.
It’s at this point that Ant Man (Scott Lang) escapes the confines of the Quantum Realm. The five years that have passed felt like mere hours to him, due to the way that time flows when one is shrunk to microscopic size. The experience gives Lang an idea. Could the technology responsible for accessing the Quantum Realm be tweaked to allow for time travel? The answer is yes, when one has a genius like Tony Stark working on the project. Once the gizmo is built the surviving Avengers set off to the past. Like a DBZ character hunting down Dragonballs, the Avengers hope to snap up all the Infinity Balls… um Stones, so they can make their wish of undoing Thanos’ evil deeds a reality.
Although I am a fan of stuff like Steins;Gate, it must be said that Endgame resorting to time travel feels like a bit of a cop out. Marvel wrote themselves into a corner with Infinity War and now need a way to reverse the deaths they inflicted. A rematch with present day Thanos, to reverse his culling of life, isn’t an option due to reasons I cannot mention without going into spoilers. On the plus side the time travel allows audiences to revisit scenes from past films, which was pretty cool. Be sure to turn off your brain though, as Endgame isn’t consistent with the rules it establishes concerning time travel. At one point it is stressed that the mission to the past has to be covert, in order to avoid major changes to the timeline. This is forgotten later however, when one of the heroes breaks the rules in order to secure a happy ending for himself.
My rating for Avengers: Endgame is four stars. Not as good as Infinity War, but an excellent movie nonetheless. I enjoyed the early scenes, which showed how the surviving heroes coped with loss. Although some things could have been executed better, I was also satisfied with how certain character arcs were concluded. My only real gripe is with the film’s length. Three hours of mostly action is a bit much for someone like myself. Don’t get me wrong, the final showdown is epic. I was impressed with how they managed to squeeze in everyone of note into that fight. Cool as it was though, I did space out at times due to a mix of CGI fatigue and the 180 minute running time sapping my endurance. Thank goodness I watched this from the comfort of home. I doubt my bladder or antisocial personality could have endured that long in a packed cinema.