Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin
Writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Producers: Kevin Feige, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Mitchell Bell, and Ari Costa
Executive Producers: Jon Favreau, James Gunn, and Stan Lee
Composer: Alan Silvestri
Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
After the events of Infinity War, the universe has been in ruins since half of all life was destroyed, and the remaining Avengers are more fractured than ever before. However, if they hope to take down Thanos once and for all, as well as undo all the damage he’s done, they’ll have to reform and do whatever it takes to do so. As the MCU’s Infinity Saga nears its end, the Avengers try to pull off their most dangerous mission yet, with no room for mistakes or do-overs. Can they finally stop Thanos, as well as bring back everyone he killed?
This is it. The culmination of twenty-two films over the past eleven years. The final chapter of a long, detailed novel. The series finale of the cinematic equivalent to a television show. The last story arc and volume of an ongoing comic title. After all these years, we’re finally here at the end. After seeing it twice in the past few days, if I had to describe Avengers: Endgame in one word, it would be this: “everything.” This movie was absolutely, one-hundred percent, everything.
To start off, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans are absolutely incredible in this movie, with both of them giving what could possibly be the best performances of not only their characters in the MCU, but their entire careers as well. Without spoiling anything, as I intend to do for the entirety of this review, Tony and Steve’s relationship is a driving force behind this story, and where their arcs take them is nothing short of incredible. This movie is absolutely for fans of the MCU, but also for fans of these versions of Tony and Steve.
The rest of the main six are absolutely astounding, as well, but the only two I can really talk about without spoiling anything would be Natasha and Clint. These two have had such an interesting and emotionally gripping friendship that has only grown stronger ever since the first Avengers movie seven years ago. Clint as a character in this movie is quite possibly the most interesting he’s ever been in his entire tenure in the MCU, and Natasha continues to strive as one of the most interesting characters in the franchise. While I can’t say more without spoiling their arcs, I will say that I’m glad we finally got to see the two of them team up again.
The rest of the cast is absolutely phenomenal, as well, and everyone brings their A-game. Some might not be in the movie as long as others are, but everyone serves an absolute purpose that can be fulfilled by them and only them. Not to mention how incredibly emotional this movie is, which once again, is all due to the actors and direction. Very few movies have been able to make me cry, but no movie except one when I was a little kid has been able to make me full-on sob. This movie managed to do both, and for extended periods of time. No matter who you are, no matter how emotional films make you, I definitely recommend bringing some tissues.
On the inverse, there are some genuinely funny moments, but they never overshadow the situation at hand. And in between, there aren’t just some indescribably amazing moments, but an entire act of the film is just bafflingly monumental and astounding. All of this is helped by the score done once again by Alan Silvestri, and if you thought Infinity War‘s score was incredible, you haven’t heard Endgame‘s yet. Every moment, every emotion is absolutely enhanced by the score, and two or three tracks, in particular, are probably some of the best pieces of music in cinema. Maybe I sound like a fanboy, but I don’t care, it’s genuinely that good.
If I somehow haven’t made it clear, Avengers: Endgame is, in my opinion, an absolute masterpiece. It has flaws, like everything does, but it’s a movie that isn’t trying to be perfect, but rather acting as a finale to this story, these characters, and all of these films so far. It’s one of the best and most fulfilling conclusions to any ongoing story, and as some have said already, it’s definitely like the Return of the King of comic book movies. Every emotion is felt throughout the duration of this film, and every moment, minute, and second is absolutely earned. It’s because of all of this that I don’t just think Endgame is the best MCU movie ever made. I think it’s the best comic book movie ever made.