Avengers: Endgame

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Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.

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The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios' grand conclusion to twenty-two films, "Avengers: Endgame."

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Cast

Robert Downey Jr.
as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Evans
as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Mark Ruffalo
as Bruce Banner/Hulk
Scarlett Johansson
as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Jeremy Renner
as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Don Cheadle
as James Rhodes/War Machine
Paul Rudd
as Scott Lang/Ant-Man
Brie Larson
as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel
Bradley Cooper
as Rocket (voice)
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Pepper Potts
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Critic Reviews for Avengers: Endgame

All Critics (454) | Top Critics (53)

  • What you will be getting when you walk into an inevitably overstuffed movie theater is something singular that reflects our age in a way that none of the MCU films that preceded it have-indeed, very few Hollywood spectacles ever have.

    May 1, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • The only complaint about Avengers: Endgame is that it raises the bar so high that there may well never be a superhero movie to match it.

    Apr 28, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • What's missing from "Endgame" is the free play of imagination, the liberation of speculation, the meandering paths and loose ends that start in logic and lead to wonder.

    Apr 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The MCU will go on and on, but this chapter - and the American pragmatism vs. American ideals bromance that drove it - have well and truly come to their "Excelsior! Nuff said!" moment.

    Apr 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Endgame consists almost entirely of the downtime scenes that were always secretly everyone's favorite parts of these movies anyway.

    Apr 26, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

    Slate
    Top Critic
  • It's overdone and bombastic. A fitting end, in other words, to a franchise cycle of insatiable commercial ambition...and thundering creative swagger.

    Apr 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is a perfect storybook conclusion of 22-films over a span of 11 years for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even those who do not religiously follow the Infinity Saga will have themselves drenched in emotions, excitement and an overwhelming amount of entertainment, solidifying this as not only one of the best movies in its canon, but one of the best of all-time in its genre and perhaps of all film. 5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Both more intimate and bigger than Infinity War, the film meets expectations as much as it is busting them. You probably shouldn't think too hard about some parts and there are certainly some polarizing decisions in the first half. But then the film celebrates its predecessors and its fans, rewarding those who paid close attention for over ten years. A touching, funny, surprising and most importantly worthy goodbye to this phase of modern popcorn cinema. What a ride it's been. Edit: Gets half a star more after the second round, where the plot holes, open questions and inconsistencies didn't bother me as much once the full fledged fan fest was in full swing. Never has a film been more unwatchable and incoherent for the unknowing, yet a dream come true for the rest.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

It has been eleven years and 21 films until this point and whether or not you have been a fan of each and every film or not, it's undeniable that what producer Kevin Feige has been spearheading all these years is unprecedented and will probably be at least another decade until something like this is even attempted again. Even though Avengers: Infinity War felt like every storyline was colliding last year, Avengers: Endgame is the true finale of what they are now calling the Infinity Saga. Beginning with Iron Man in 2008 and finishing with Avengers: Endgame in 2019, this is a franchise that was made for fans of this newfound genre in superhero filmmaking and Avengers: Endgame is a near-perfect conclusion in every way. Picking up shortly after the events of Avengers: Infinity War (and don't worry, I won't be spoiling anything from this movie), we meet the team at their lowest point in the entire franchise. The first act of this film is really just about them coping, but shimmers of hope begin to arise, giving them ideas and possibilities for a new future going forward. The journey this film takes you on is absolutely astounding and there are some moments that will have you thinking the franchise has officially peaked, but I feel that fans have earned those moments for being invested through thing many films. There's honestly only so much to say without ruining the experience, so I'll move on to some specifics here. Robert Downey Jr. has always been great as Tony Stark, but due to the circumstances left by the previous film, I truly don't think he's ever been as good on-screen as he is in this film. He carries the emotional weight of the film on his shoulders and I just wanted to applaud every second he was on camera. On top of that, everyone from Karen Gillan (Nebula) getting more to do than she has ever done, to Chris Evans truly earning back his character's name, to even Jeremy Renner, who hasn't exactly had many standout moments until now, every cast member brings their all here and I could go on for days about how Avengers: Endgame features the most devoted cast any of these films have seen. I would also like to commend Scarlett Johansson, as it has been years since I've seen her this committed to a character. Audiences will flock to this movie hoping for a lot of big-budget spectacle, and although there are some of the craziest sequences in the franchise thus far, I have to admit that fans of drama will also probably appreciate this movie more than most of the films in the franchise. The impact the previous film has on this movie is severe and it really shows throughout the first two acts. From some great cinematography and new visuals we've yet to see until now, this is the definition of a film that has it all. There's so much I would like to dive into here, but I'll just say this is the definition of a movie that people dream up when watching a franchise. Story threads are tied up nicely, the spectacle is dialled up to a million, the performances are probably the best that this franchise has ever seen, and the humour is absolutely still present and well-balanced with the drama in a way that feels needed for this heavy movie. Overall, Avengers: Endgame isn't a perfect movie, because really, no film of this size can truly be perfect, but this was one of the best theatre-going experiences I've had in years. This is a true finale that earns every second of its three hour run time. Here's to a bright future for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

his may prove to be the most difficult review I've ever written in my twenty years (!) of reviewing movies. How do I ever begin to describe the events of Marvel's culminating blockbuster Avengers: Endgame without stepping too far into the dark and dangerous territory of the accursed spoilers? I thought it would be difficult talking about last year's Infinity War considering the shocking plot events and general secrecy, but this concluding chapter to a 22-movie journey is even more secretive (the trailer accounts for only footage roughly from the first twenty minutes). I'll do my best, dear reader, to give you the clearest impression I can of this unique experience while respecting your need to be un-spoiled. In short, Avengers: Endgame is unparalleled in our history of modern popular blockbusters because it needs to work as a clincher to a decade-plus of hugely popular blockbusters for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and boy do they ever stick the landing. The thing to know ahead of time is that Endgame is not for the casual fan. This is a long love letter to the fans that have pored over all 22 preceding films, not just a scant one or two. Infinity War was accessible to relative newcomers because of the structure and focus on Thanos as the main character, providing a self-contained arc that lead up to his finger-snapping triumph. It also benefited from the fun factor of simply watching a bunch of popular characters interact and team up for the first time in MCU history. Now that a majority of those characters have turned to dust, the emphasis falls back on the original core of the Avengers, bringing things full circle. In several ways, Endgame is about bringing to a close this mammoth project that began with Iron Man, this decade of storytelling ambition that has stretched out into multiple inter-connected franchises. If you love these characters, then Endgame is a movie made specifically for you. There is a long stretch in Act Two that relies upon a decent amount of fan service and sentimentality, but I don't think either is an automatically negative attribute. Before we reach the finish line it's important to take stock of how far we've come and this goes for the essential characters and their long arcs. There are several fun cameos strewn throughout and the filmmakers even take an interesting tack of trying to reclaim and re-contextualize the MCU movies that fewer people enjoyed. It makes for a filmgoing experience that is heavy in references, in-jokes, Easter eggs, and cozy nostalgia, which will confuse and frustrate those not well versed in this big world. The other thing to know, especially if you're a long-standing fan, is that there will be tears. Oh will there be tears. I lost count of the amount of times I was crying, which was pretty much on and off nonstop for the final twenty minutes. I was even tearing up for supporting characters that I didn't know I had that kind of emotional attachment for. The film is done so well that the first third actually could play as the MCU equivalent of HBO's The Leftovers, an undervalued and elegant series about the long-term recovery of those that remain in a post-rapture world. The opening scene involves a character having to go through the loss of loved ones via Thanos' snap, and it's brutal as we wait for what we know is coming, dread welling up in the pit of your stomach. The Russo brothers, the returning directing team from Infinity War, know what scenes to play for laughs (the line "That's America's ass" had me in stitches), what scenes to play for thrills, what scenes to play for fist-pumping cheers, and what scenes to play for gut-wrenching drama. They allow the movie to be an existential mood piece when it needs to be, actually dwelling on the repercussions of a life post-universe culling. There's a character who frantically searches to see if a loved one was among the missing, and that eventual reunion had me in tears. With the three-hour running time, the Russos have the luxury of allowing scenes to naturally breathe. This might be the most human many of these characters have ever seemed, and it's after recovery and grief. Needless to say, the conclusion feels very much fitting but also unabashedly emotional, unafraid of diving deep into its feelings. I sobbed. How does one properly assess a movie like Avengers: Endgame, a conclusion not just to an Infinity War cliffhanger but to a twenty-two movie prelude over the course of eleven years? Nailing the ending is just as important as getting things going right, because without a satisfying conclusion it can feel like that level of emotional investment was all for naught. Endgame reminds you how much you've grown to love these characters, what fun you've had, and genuinely how much you'll miss these characters when they depart for good. It's hard not to reflect upon your own passage of time with the ensuing eleven years, how you've changed and grown from the MCU's humble beginnings in the summer of 2008. These heroes and anti-heroes can begin to feel like an extended family for many, and so fans desperately need the ending to do them justice. Avengers: Endgame is the ultimate fan experience. Nate's Grade: A

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

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