Marathoners prepare months before a run; the Infinity Saga fans have no less been part of a marathon from MCU that started with Iron Man in 2008 to now concluding with Avengers: Endgame.
In Avengers: Infinity Wars, Thanos (Josh Brolin) wiped out half of the universe including many Avengers by snapping his fingers adorned by the six infinity stones, Endgame is where the remnant Avengers unite one last time to undo the mortal damages.
YouTube comments on trailers of Endgame have urged governments to declare a holiday on 26thApril, the day of the movie’s release! With such hype, it is hard not to walk into a cinema with huge expectations from a super hero movie franchise that we have spent over a decade keeping tab on.
Considering this is the ultimate movie in the phase three of Infinity Saga, there are endless question accrued in fans’ mind from all the plot twists and post credit scenes from the previous MCU series. We warrant a ‘closure’ from Endgame, or even settle for a simple answer. Endgame answers some, touches upon others and leaves open many, as always.
What happened at Budapest that involved Clintasha? Did Clint Barton and Natasha Romanova have a past that’s more than platonic?
How did JARVIS get his name?
Who’s the strongest avenger?
How did Iron Man make it back to Earth after left aloof in space?
Is Captain Marvel the One? What’s her chemistry with Thor?
Can Bruce Banner invoke Hulk again?
And the mother of all question, how does a handful of Avengers undo the damages done by Thanos’ snap?
If you are expecting the movie to be a literal part two of Avengers: Infinity Wars, you’d be surprised that Endgame is much more than that. It has a different tone, a distinctive shade and narration than its immediate predecessor. It also lifts the heavy load of giving closure.
Unlike trilogies and novels that are adapted as movies which has to stick to the narrative, Avengers storyline, and timeline has always been malleable at the discretion of the directors. Anthony and Joe Russo, the brothers who directed Infinity Wars are the same team who are weaving their magic to give us a fitting concluding that packs so many emotions, drama, suspense, action and just pure awe.
The directors seamlessly summon characters from the Infinity Saga that fits the story like a string of gems and stones held together by an invisible string.
The three-hour long movie starts off with setting the tone in the first hour with lines like “It’s not about how much we lost, it’s about how much we have left.”
The next hour brilliantly narrates the human side of the superheroes. Whether it’s a God from Asgard or a sharp shooter from Midwest America, deep down we emote all the same. And the last hour is sheer brilliance with out of the world visual effects, actions, plot twists and a super grand finale.
Thanos taunting the Avengers with lines like “You could not live with your own failure, where did that bring you?… back to me” are immensely intense.
As a fan if you had pent up anger on Thanos, then you’d be in sheer delight for the action unleashed by the Avengers upon him and his clique. The movie packs so many sequences where you’d go from clenching the armrest while sitting at edge of the seat to tear eyed and curled up in under ten seconds.
Is there anything bad about the movie? Maybe a few scenes could have been cut shorter or given us a few more closure and answers, but considering this is the last in franchise, the duration is totally justified and as Marvel fans, do you even care?
I watched the 181.07 minutes long movie without an interval on an IMAX screen, could not have wished for a better uninterrupted experience.
And hey! Heads up. Pay attention to the post credits scene, it is not as usual.