Avengers: Endgame (12A)

We’re only just into May and we’ve very possibly just had the biggest movie of the year.

After 11 years and over 20 films, we’ve reached the Endgame, the climax to the Infinity Saga and while it’s not technically the final entry into Marvel’s phase 3 (Spider-Man gets that honour) at nearly 3 hours long.

The big question though is “has it been worth the wait?”, the answer to that is a resounding yes.

*WARNING: MILD SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT* (Nothing that will ruin your enjoyment of the film though)

While we’ve had to wait a year to uncover the full aftermath of Thanos’ snap, Endgame picks up only a matter of weeks after the event. Tony is still stranded in space with Nebula and the remaining Avengers on Earth are licking their collective wounds and mourning the dusted.

Desperate to reverse the effects of the snap a plan is quickly devised and put into action however, our heroes quickly realise that things won’t be quite so simple and they are left out of ideas and in many ways, without hope.

Flash forward 5 years and the world is trying to move on from the fallout from the snap. Although this isn’t as easy for the remaining Avengers, who are unable to move on for their own reasons. Unexpectedly, a glimmer of hope is presented and a daring plan is quickly hatched.

The second act of the film focuses on this plan and, although under close scrutiny, there may be a few logic holes here and there, this is excellent viewing.

There’s plenty of suspense and equal measures of fan service along the way. Unfortunately, things don’t go 100% to plan and although successful, the Avengers are forced to assemble one last time for the final showdown.

This showdown is definitely one for the ages and the number of characters involved actually makes it a little harder to follow than Infinity War‘s big climax in Wakanda. That being said the high stakes involved make it a gripping encounter and die hard fans will be extremely satisfied with how this plays out.

Overall Avengers: Endgame is a worthy conclusion to the Infinity Saga that has played out over the past 11 years. It’s definitely not a perfect film and if you haven’t been invested in all of the MCU (including the TV shows) there are many elements that will pass you by, but it definitely succeeds more than it fails.

Although our time with the Avengers as we know it is at an end, the future looks bright moving forward. I’m already looking forward to Spider-Man in July!

Looking for more MCU geekery? Take a look at my roundup of every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, ranked from worst to best.

By Mark Jankowski

★★★★★

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