Avengers: Endgame - Fade to black... leave the theatre | Sunday Observer

Avengers: Endgame - Fade to black... leave the theatre

Avengers: Endgame has arrived, and this marks the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Prior to the release of Endgame, every MCU movie had a mid-credit or post-credit sequence, it’s become a tradition for moviegoers. However, when it comes to Endgame, there isn’t a scene attached to the end of the credits, but there is a brief audio stinger waiting for you.

So how do you wrap up a movie as big as Infinity War? -- How do you tie up the loose ends, close the time loops, and fulfill the character arcs of almost two dozen movies and over a decade of storytelling? According to co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo, they wanted this ultimate conflict to be so complex and desperate that they’d be challenged to envision a way forward. And they created that challenge.

The question now is whether that challenge paid off. The answer, the challenge itself, is complicated.

Avengers: Endgame absolutely works as a blockbuster movie experience. If you’re at all invested in the plight the remaining Avengers face after the events leading up to and including Infinity War, you will feel satisfied with this movie. The much-discussed is no joke, but almost every minute of it is used well. Endgame manages to tie the entire MCU up with a beautiful, emotional, gut-wrenching, hopeful conclusion, which is an undeniable achievement.

But it also frequently loses the thread, especially as the remaining Avengers break into distinct teams and embark on their own separate missions in an extremely complex series of plots and sub-plots to defeat Thanos once and for all.

Part of the problem is that simply defeating him isn’t enough--understandably, they want to undo what he did, as well. Their methods for doing so create infinite potential for plot holes, hand-waving, and rules that seem to get established in one scene and broken in the next. In other words, thewriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote themselves into a corner and writing themselves out of it became maybe more complex than any movie--even one that’s three hours long--could have possibly supported.

It’s so fun though. There are a ton of twists and turns, and at every stage Endgame will turn your expectations upside-down. Characters you thought would live will die, and characters you never expected to see again will reappear where and when you least anticipate it. This really is the movie where everything from the MCU comes together all at once--Infinity War felt stuffed to the brim at times, but it has absolutely nothing on the bursting mess that is Endgame. Now in theatres near you.