Endgame Does ‘Whatever It Takes’


Clocking in at a little over three hours long, Endgame does an exceptional job in keeping the story moving. It rarely ever feels slow or overwhelmed with too many characters. By the time the film ends and the credits roll, you will not realize you have just spent three hours of your day sitting in a theater. (MCT/Marvel Studios 2019/TNS)

David Zimmermann, A&E Editor

It seemed like only yesterday that fans around the world were anxiously waiting for the highly-anticipated release of the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Avengers: Endgame. And now that it is here, it surely does not disappoint.

Over the course of 11 years and 21 movies that came before, Endgame serves as a brilliant conclusion to the Infinity Saga and an emotionally satisfying final chapter for the heroes that started it all.

Immediately following the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame sees the remaining heroes trying to figure out what to do with their lives after Thanos (Josh Brolin) successfully balanced the universe with the snap of his fingers.

Among the heroes that survived are the original six Avengers—Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

Together, these heroes must assemble against Thanos in order to figure out how to bring back the ones they lost. Together, they must live up to their name and avenge the fallen.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Endgame utilizes the usual quippy one-liners associated with Marvel films. However, besides the standard jokes, the screenplay offers something for its characters that no other Marvel film has ever offered. And that is a deep understanding of emotional catharsis.

Because the Avengers lost in Infinity War, they feel utterly defeated and almost hopeless in Endgame. They feel like they can’t move on but convince themselves they somehow have to. Giving sufficient screen time to these heroes, the screenplay is written in such a way that each part of the film focuses on the internal struggle of each character, especially the original Avengers.

In addition to a well-written screenplay, Endgame provides audiences with unforgettable acting performances from its stars. Even though this is the last Marvel film for some of the actors, it is also the same film that arguably has the best acting from the original team. Whether it is Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans on screen, all of these actors provide closure for their respective characters, making their arcs come full circle in the end.

However, one aspect that Endgame falls short of is its heavy reliance on computer-generated imagery (CGI), especially in the climactic showdown with Thanos. Although the use of special effects is exhilarating, it almost takes the audience out of the film because it downplays the personal stakes of the heroes. By far, Endgame has one of the most ambitious action scenes in all of the MCU. Even though the CGI may look amazing today, that does not mean that it may look as great ten years from now.

Unlike Infinity War, Endgame focuses more on its heroes and less on the villain. As a result, Thanos is not the fully realized character that he was in the last film.

Other than a few underlying flaws, Endgame still serves as the ultimate culmination of the MCU and can be considered one of the best superhero movies of all time. While this film focuses primarily on wrapping up over a decade of storytelling, Endgame also looks to the MCU’s future, providing audiences with the same opportunity that our heroes had: a chance to move on.