After the must-see showdown that was ‘Infinity War,’ the Russo brothers deliver a more fan-facing three-hour follow-up, rewarding loyalty to Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
The culmination of 10 years and more than twice as many movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Avengers: Endgame” promises closure where its predecessor, “Avengers: Infinity War,” sowed chaos. That film — which revealed that the cookie-cutter uniformity of all those MCU movies had been part of an unprecedented master plan — infamously wrapped with a snap: a gesture that, when performed by a supervillain armed with the six Infinity Stones, was capable of wiping out half of all life in the universe.
It’s been five years since the destruction unleashed by Thanos, and the Avengers are a mess–Iron Man is pissed, Captain America is trying therapy to move on, Hulk is a Zen-like mix of his two personas, Thor has a serious case of alcoholic dad bod, Clint is missing, and Black Widow is struggling to keep the Initiative together–as Iron Man quips, they are more “Pre-vengers than Avengers”. Each is wracked with survivor’s guilt until a much loved superhero returns with the idea of a time heist to defeat Thanos.
After a slow build up in the first 15 minutes, the time heist takes us to Vormir, Morag, Asgard and New York for a firecracker of an action sequence. While the pieces of the puzzle are being subtly put together, you’ll find yourself experiencing magical moments when you connect scenes from earlier movies with some superb scenes from this one.
Alan Silvestri’s music is subtle and powerful in turns, and the background score in the entire film is superlative.