“Avengers Endgame” is the fourth film in the “Avengers” series, and the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the finale to the last eleven years of storytelling, directors Anthony and Joe Russo deliver an excellent finale to the first decade of stories for Marvel Studios and easily one of the best superhero films to be released since the series began with the first “Iron Man” in 2008.
The film takes place after the events of last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” As the world tries to adjust to the aftermath of the finale of the previous film, the remaining heroes must find a way to undo the actions of Thanos (Josh Brolin) and restore peace to the universe. The result is a mind-bending and emotionally-powerful 182-minute epic that is easily one of the best endings to a beloved film saga since “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of King.”
Combined with last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” the film sports a record $400 million budget that not only offers a myriad of visually-stunning action scenes and colorful special effects; but also puts a unique spin on the events of the previous movies released under Marvel Studios. Without spoiling anything, many of the twists and turns the movie takes may surprise you even if you’ve been following the narrative from the start. The film brings the story arc to an emotionally-involving end while also marking a new beginning (“Spider-Man Far From Home,” a sequel 2017’s hit “Spider-Man Homecoming,” is on track for this July).
As the finale to what is now known as the “Infinity Saga,” “Avengers Endgame” has kicked off the summer movie season with a spectacular start. With the film shattering numerous critical and box-office records, it’s well worth seeing and is highly recommended.
Verdict 5 Stars out of 5
Review by Steven Pryor
At A Glance:
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Based on characters from Marvel Comics)
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Danai Gurira, Karen Gillan, Don Cheadle and Paul Rudd with Bradley Cooper and Josh Brolin