Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

I know that this movie is designed to appeal to literally every human who might feasibly ever buy a ticket (and at this point I’m preeeetty sure anti-spoiler culture has been a decades-long corporate conspiracy to force people into prioritizing paying out for opening weekend screenings) … but I’m so glad I got to see this completely unspoiled on opening weekend, because I feel like they made it just for me and I had so much fun with every single idea and surprise.

This was a surprise in and of itself, because I was basically unmoved by most of Infinity War’s “bicker for two hours, fight anonymous alien armies for one, then end on a dramatically weightless cliffhanger”. But then they come roaring back in Endgame with so many things that that are Absolutely My Jam:

Part One: Make the consequences of failure scary and meaningful for real people.

Part Two: Subvert and show the futility of our desire of revenge.

Part Three: Fast forward several years so that the universe can be full of gonzo comic-booky ideas as well as grounded character surprises. (What’s up, fellow fans of Fringe: Season 5.)

Part Four: Everybody is sad and talks about their feelings for an hour. (I am IN. TO. THIS.)

Part Five: Time heist! Specifically Back to the Future II-ing themselves into previous movies is peak Absolutely My Jam.

Part Six: Overwhelming Dad emotions.

Part Seven: The Big Fight is well directed, bonkers, has great reveals, has real stakes, people have understandable goals, there are action beats that are also character moments, which is all I want out of an action movie. (The army of anonymous aliens are back, but they feel like a scary backdrop for the character arcs rather than just arbitrary filler action scenes to take up time.)

Part Eight: The assorted sendoffs and moments of finality, up to and including the fact that there are no end-credits scenes. Characters I’ve known longer than I’ve known my wife aren’t going to be in any more of these movies. This is the actual end, no twists, no cheap comebacks, no take backs, no “Next Time on The Avengers”. Just heartfelt storytelling that fits the people we know, and honoring characters that mean a lot to a lot of people. Respect.

This is the capstone of a monumental work of big messy fun blockbuster storytelling, and I’m so glad I got to be around to watch this whole thing get made in real time, and share the experience with a theaterful of people and also our entire culture as a whole. I'll miss these folks… and I’m so excited to introduce them to my kids in a few years.

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