Avengers: Endgame had a lot of hype surrounding it. It was considered by the directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, to be the conclusion that all of the 21 Marvel films that preceded it. The duo also directed the previous Avengers film Infinity War and were met with glowing reviews and a booming box office. They had to not only beat out the success and praise of Infinity War but also make a satisfying conclusion to a franchise loved by millions of people around the globe.
Did they succeed? Avengers: Endgame is a worthy conclusion to the Avengers saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It has plenty of things that make it appeal to millions of fans, but also has qualities that even a film buff can admire, though not without its share of flaws.
Endgame’s plot is very comic book esque. It relies heavily on a great deal of conveniences to get the plot moving. But is that a bad thing for a comic book movie? No. Endgame displays a very fun and engaging storyline, with intersecting plots, callbacks to other Marvel films, and conclusions to dozens of character arcs as well as introductions to possible new ones. There were points where I had to suspend my disbelief, sure, but I have to do that for all comic book movies and comic books in general. In context of the type of film that Endgame is, it works and doesn’t bother me.
The characters in Endgame are heavily emphasized and developed. Most of them have had an entire decade of movies to help flesh out their character. The character interactions and moments are pure fun. This movie truly shows the audience why people care about the Marvel franchise, and the answer is the characters. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark is at his peak as this character and Chris Evans as Captain America gives his best performance in the franchise.
However, Endgame still has its share of mishaps. The film, unfortunately, drags on at points. The first act is very drawn out and not as interesting as the second and third. The second and third acts have a wonderful payoff, but you cannot deny the tremendous slow-burn that the first act holds which goes on for far too long. The character moments within it were great, but over-utilized.
Speaking of utilization, despite mostly great characters, some feel wasted. The villain of Thanos and his potential is squandered and he doesn’t feel as powerful or fleshed out as a character like he does in Infinity War. I won’t say why for spoilers sake, but at least in Infinity War, Thanos becomes the main character. He is explored and turns into a villain that actually has motivation for the awful things he is doing, unlike most other villains in the MCU. But in Endgame, he just feels like every other evil bad guy we have already seen.
But is it a good conclusion to the aptly name “Infinity Saga?” Yes. If you were to stop watching Marvel movies from now on, only having seen the last decade of films, you would be satisfied. The films all build up very well by creating interesting and likeable characters who end up interacting with each other on a grand scale. The outlook for the future of Marvel is vague. We do not know what direction the franchise will go in, but we can expect to continue loving these characters on their many adventures. Avengers: Endgame, though flawed in several areas, is a worthy end to the 21 film saga of Marvel and one that people will remember for years to come.