Over a decade in the making and Avengers: Endgame is here. After the snap of Infinity War the world has been waiting, impatiently for my part, to find out what happens next. Captain America, Thor, IronMan, Black Widow, Hulk, and Hawkeye started it all in the original Avengers back in 2012 and now the gang is back together to finish the infinity saga. We at Couch Crunchers have been excited to see the events of the film unfold and we value to importance of staying spoiler free. As such, this will be a spoiler free review for your reading pleasure.
First I want to say, I expected many different things from this movie. Some of what I predicted was there and much that I never saw coming happened as well which was extremely refreshing. There were classic moments from the comics that finally came to the big screen, one in particular that left me giggling and grinning from ear to ear. I will not say what that moment is but I bet you will know when you watch it for yourselves. Likewise there were aspects of the story that I fully expected even before trailers released. This isn’t inherently bad however as I expected certain plot elements but not the details about how they would fully unravel.
As great as the first 2 acts of the film, it’s the final hour that brings the goods. The first 2 hours of this epic close to a 10 year story are fantastic and make many call backs to prior films but I occasionally felt ready for the story to move along. Honestly the slow pacing of the second act and some of how Thor’s character was handled are the only 2 negatives I can think of for Endgame and even then my complaints are minor. Thor was such an amazing character in Ragnarok and Infinity War that his portrayal in Endgame was a slight let down for me. Considering he was my least favorite Avenger originally and then my favorite, I was extremely excited to see more of him. Sadly he wasn’t used as well as his last two appearances. Even still he still offered up some of the funniest and coolest moments in the movie.
Where Thor was my favorite Avenger in Infinity War, this time around it was hands down Captain America. Despite the sad death of cap’s beard, his character was extremely well done, acted, written and directed. Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr were undoubtedly the two main characters of this movie and both knocked it out of the park. IronMan was fantastic as usual and had many heroic, heartfelt moments that made my enjoyment of this movie all the greater and somehow, Chris Evan’s Captain America still shined through as the greatest part of the movie. Cap has several outstanding moments in the film that fans all over the world will love and I cannot wait to relive them again.
There were too many character moments to highlight them all but I would be remiss if I didn’t write about Hawkeye (Ronan in this film) and Black Widow. Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson’s characters have shared a special bond since the original Avengers. We saw that relationship grow further in Avengers: Age of Ultron and we see it come full circle in Endgame. There is so much that the Russo brothers got right here that I don’t know where to begin. These two were originally thought to be a good match romantically until we find that they are more so like brother and sister. Endgame shows us this in full force. The fully platonic love these two have for each other is palpable and contagious. I loved each scene they shared together, one of which was especially powerful. Black Widow has always been well liked by most fans but Hawkeye has been less so. His character is deeper and more like-able than ever here and the relationship between the two characters is a massive reason why.
Captain Marvel is used just enough to make an impact but not so much that it is a problem. I like her character fine but I was worried that they would put too much emphasis on her. I wanted this to be a story about the characters I have grown to love over the course of a decade and didn’t want this brand new character to come in and take the spotlight. Luckily Captain Marvel didn’t do that. She was powerful, as would be expected, and she made major impacts on the story but ultimately she was a supporting character and used just enough to move the story along in beautiful fashion.
As can be expected, Avengers Endgame is an emotional journey. The final hour of the film is jam packed with action but equally full of heart churning moments as well. While there were times in the second act that I wanted the story to move along, in the end I wasn’t ready for the story to conclude. I hardly understand what I just watched and am still processing it all and will be interested to hear what others have to say about the movie. I spoke to some viewers right after the film ended and heard reactions stating that the movie was sad and others that said it was an extremely happy ending. I lean towards the latter but it can go both ways which I love. The Avengers are back in a big way and I look forward to several more viewings while it is in theaters. Crunchers, get your tickets if you haven’t already and be prepared to be amazed by this 3 hours epic conclusion to a saga 10 years in the making!
4 out of 5 Couch Cushions and a throw pillow!!!