Avengers: Endgame

April 26, 2019

So yeah, the advice to forget about expectations was spot on because this film is a master class in upending them.

I should have expected that, right? 20+ films in, we should know what we’re getting, right? These films have always surprised while also being satisfying. It’s a neat trick.

I’m still a bit overwhelmed and verklempt so I’m having trouble talking about the film. The pertinent bit is yes, they stuck the landing, with so many character moments and another climactic battle that looks like it was storyboarded by Alex Ross, you know those giant panoramic spreads he does where a cast of thousands is facing off and it’s so dynamic…

But the film is mostly about the character moments.

I won’t say much more because it’s hard to say what’s a spoiler and what isn’t this early on. And one of the things I’m grappling with is the meta-ness of a lot of it. How self-consciously this is a culmination of everything that came before. Where both we and the characters are asking what’s been set up and how far ahead was it set up and what’s preordained and what can possibly come next. There is so much fan service in the movie, but it’s not glaring and it doesn’t stand out as fan service. But this film wholly rewards its fans.

I did predict one thing, that I didn’t get down in writing, alas, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. **SPOILER??? Don’t know , but just in case****  There’s no post-credits scene. Of course not. Because the story is, at long last, finished.


4 Responses to “Avengers: Endgame”

  1. jdtargett Says:

    Just been and seen to it. Mind blown. Still in shock and awe, playing back the details in my head.

  2. Carbonman Says:

    We saw it yesterday. Very well done and wrapped things up nicely. I have to say that Captain Marvel was somewhat underused/misused at the end battle but loved the Cap coda.

  3. I enjoyed it immensely, but wow — “Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey” doesn’t begin to cover what happens. My brain still hurts trying to rationalize it.

  4. Thomas Stacey Says:

    I saw it Thursday and my biggest problem with it was also how they underused/misused Captain Marvel. And how it feels like they did her movie just so they could setup that one moment in Endgame.

    I thought it was an amazing movie and had a huge emotional impact for all that buildup over the entire series.

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