**This Review is Spoiler Free for Endgame, but may contain spoilers for all the previous films**
Robert Downey, Jr (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Capt. America), Chris Hemsworth (Chubby Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Professor Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) all get interesting and consequetial arcs as the original Avengers lead the way to redemption, but standout performer Karen Gillan (Nebula) really shines in the large amount of screen time she gets. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley have been around basically since the beginning and that knowledge comes in handy as they have to callback to older films several times in this movie. It may be somewhat confusing for some of the fans who haven't seen all 22 of these but again it moves so fast that nobody really dwells on it. I certainly complained at times during The Winter Solider and Civil War that what the MCU really lacks is consequences, the characters who often make bad decisions rarely suffer enough consequences to change their behavior, however in the last (2-3) films that has changed thanks mostly to Thanos (played surprisingly well by Josh Brolin), a very well written "Big Bad" that doesn't say a lot in this film (most of his intent is covered well enough in Infinity War). Believe it or not Endgame's consequences are much more heart wrenching than in Infinity War (although those dusting scenes were well done), this film is better than that one. I suppose the Russo brothers had this all planned out after they were able to make Civil War a success, that helps a lot even though there are plenty of inconsistencies throughout.
The finale of this film like most is another epic battle where a lot of creatures and heroes collide, this looks very familiar to Infinity War, but because we are on the edge of our seats waiting to see which of our heroes comes out ok, it doesn't matter much. The emotion this film rides on has been building up for 11 years, kids have grown up with these films so the most important thing to do is to properly honor those characters and don't mess up the landing. By the time the credits roll you will have felt satisfied, perhaps a little devastated, but most importantly you will have felt like your time was not wasted watching and investing your valuable time in this MCU has been worth it after all. SEE IT!
**perhaps in time I will re-review the film with spoilers, until then feel free to comment freely**
I don't know what Phase 4 will bring, but it will never be the same and that's ok, I am confident in knowing I have most certainly enjoyed the ride. Rewatchability is something that evolves with time so I reserve the right to edit this list, now with that being said...
Lets rank em, all 22 MCU films:
22. Age of Ultron (5.5)
21. Thor: The Dark World (5.5)
20. Iron Man 3 (5.5)
19. Dr. Strange (5.5)
18. Ant-Man and the Wasp (5.5)
17. The Incredible Hulk (5.5)
16. Thor (6.0)
15. Capt. America: The First Avenger (6.0)
14. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (6.0)
13. Captain Marvel (6.0)
12. Ant-Man (6.0)
11. Iron Man 2 (6.0)
10. Spiderman: Homecoming (6.0)
9. Thor: Ragnarok (6.0)
8. Black Panther (6.0)
7. Avengers: Infinity War (6.5)
6. Guardians of the Galaxy (6.5)
5. Iron Man (6.5)
4. Capt. America: Civil War (6.5)
3. Avengers (6.5)
2. Capt. America: The Winter Soldier (6.5)
1. Avengers: Endgame (7.0)
Shouts to Composer Alan Silvestri who linked together many of the scores from the previous films to really enhance the big moments in this one. Check it out below (especially track 28)!
Avengers: Endgame Score Soundtrack
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT MY GUEST APPEARANCE ON TALKING FLICK WHERE WE TALK ALL THINGS ENDGAME!
Talking Flick: Listen to my guest spot on Talking Flick a great movie podcast where we talk what else Avengers: Endgame! Available on iTunes, Sticher, Anchor, or wherever you listen to Podcasts Links below.
Talking Flick Podcast on Anchor (The Avengers: Endgame Episode)
Talking Flick Podcast on iTunes (The Avengers: Endgame Episode)