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Avengers: Endgame…Ridiculously Heightened Expectations

Huge fandom means heightened expectations and it is hard for a series, or a single feature, to be able to surpass or even meet these expectations. Can the long-awaited Avengers: Endgame (2019) live up to these ridiculous expectations?

The final addition to the Avengers series, Avengers: Endgame picks up where its predecessor Avengers: Infinity War (2018) left off. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is lost in space without oxygen or food;  Thanos (Josh Brolin) has wiped out half of Earth’s living creatures; and the remaining members of the Avengers are simply trying to cope with reality and perhaps figure out a way to undo what Thanos has done. Even if they find a way to get a second chance at fighting Thanos, can they change the outcome this time?

Infinity War basically laid out the plot for Avengers: Endgame; you already know that they will go after the infinity stones, that somehow they will fight Thanos again, and that they will attempt to bring everyone back to life. The major surprises come from who lives, who dies, and how all these events unfold. All that being said, Endgame trumps its prequel, Infinity War, because it feels more like an actual feature, rather than a bridge to another film.

The plot is still quite messy with its large cast. Additionally, almost each cast member is dealing with his/her personal issues, whilst trying to save the world. Like Infinity War the cutting between the different characters – in different locations/settings- can be a bit disorienting, but it manages to serve the plot’s purpose and advances it forward.

The feature is a whopping 180-minutes of runtime, which makes sense as filmmakers try to wrap-up the events surrounding almost every member of the large cast. However, there are several occasions where the film feels somewhat unnecessarily stretched out, or is moving at a slower pace, than what should have been.

Much like its several predecessors, Avengers: Endgame employed impressive graphics and special effects. The use of humor is also much better in Endgame than in Infinity War, with layered jokes that are not only more abundant, but also much more naturally contextualized within the feature’s plot.

As for the characters, Captain America (Chris Evans) was front and centre in this feature, as the unofficial leader of the Avengers, and the character with the most lines. However, his lines were quite preachy, cliché, and they seem more like cheesy bumper stickers than words that would actually come out of the mouth of a human being.  The lines were too much for anyone who is not an extreme fan of Captain America. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) was his same old awesome sarcastic self, and perhaps the best part of the film, along with Thor (Chris Hemsworth), who is extremely unique (trying so hard not to spoil).

In regards to the acting, the star-studded cast was mostly up to standard, with exceptional performances from Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Mark Ruffalo.


Before concluding this review, however, we have several questions about the events of the film, like how Captain America is now an old man even though he supposedly does not age; or why Captain America suddenly started using Thor’s hammer as a weapon, and much more.

The messy and intricate nature of the plot makes it very easy for matters like these to fall through the cracks, even if they serve the plot’s purpose or are based on the comics’ events. That being said, saying goodbye to all these previously mentioned characters is really hard. This is why you will only truly appreciate this film, and forgive its many flaws, if you are an absolute fan.

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Iron Man (2008), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

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Robert Downey Jr. was the only cast member who read the entire film's script.

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