Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame ★★

If Infinity War was, as @kernetcetera so eloquently described, ‘television’, then Endgame is the TV finale, the send-off show, the goodbye episode that wraps it all up with a nice little bow and gives the fans an opportunity to pay their respects to characters that had been a part of their lives for so many seasons. On that note, it’s certainly not the type of film that was made for someone like me, and I was a fool for thinking it may otherwise have been.

I have highlighted my preference for the more singularly focussed storylines in the MCU within previous reviews, with IW being somewhat of an exception. Infinity War surprised me with its acute balance of multiple character threads and plot lines with the fast-paced and action-packed spectacle of superhero powers punching up against the Mad Titan, Thanos. It felt lean and muscly, where the added padding and lethargic pace of Endgame serves as a complete, and for me, unwelcome juxtaposition to what had preceded it.

This, admittedly, is down to personal preference. I had wretchedly hoped for an escalation of the Infinity War saga, and was instead handed exactly what franchise fans had asked for all along. Endgame is fan-service through and through, and I have no doubt that day one MCU faithfuls will be absolutely delighted with what’s served up. Where I see po-faced and heavy-handed self-importance, Marvel’s fanbase will instead see earnest and earned tributes to the characters they love and themselves as supporters. And you know what? We’re both right. We’re just coming at it from different directions.

If you’re like me, someone who is far more interested in self-contained stories that can stand on their own two feet and are concerned about only what is delivered within a film’s runtime, not what’s outside of it... you’ll probably walk away feeling a little ripped off. If, however, you have completely invested yourself in the 10 years worth of movies that the Marvel Cinematic Universe consists of, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. Enjoy it.

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