This one is it. For all those who have delved into the Marvel cinematic universe, “Avengers: Endgame” is the appropriate conclusion to everything Marvel infused since director Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man” in 2008.
I can’t really dive into anything too specific, since there are people in the world who will hunt me down and take me out if I give away even the slightest tidbit or nugget. Safe to say, audiences will not be disappointed in the very least. That is why I was not surprised to see all of those who perished in “Infinity War” a couple of years back, since I knew they were not gone for good.
What is also cool was seeing Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel save both Tony Stark and Nebula from their time floating endlessly in space. That is how she is introduced and brought into the Marvel fold. Her part is slated for seven more appearances per her contract.
She is a powerful hero, one who knows how to fight and stand her ground in battle.
I liked this movie, but was more impressed by both the stand-alone sagas involving “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in 2014 and “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016. Both titles were helmed by the Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe, who also collaborate on “Avengers: Endgame.”
The duo knows how to facilitate action sequences that are appealing and intriguing. The camera contemplates the greatness of appealing eye candy.
When it comes down to it, the entire Marvel cinematic universe stands on its own two feet. Gone are the days of directors like David Lean (“Lawrence of Arabia” in 1962), or even an auteur like Stanley Kubrick (“2001: A Space Odyssey” in 1968).
What was also cool to see here is the last official scene with the late Stan Lee in a Marvel-related film. His part is just that of a passenger shouting with glee and excitement from a convertible.
The “Avengers” theme comes back into play with the Alan Silvestri score. Although not as dynamic as those of John Williams and his “Star Wars” score, they are very recognizable.
Just so everyone knows, “Avengers: Endgame” is not the end of the Marvel cinematic universe. It is actually the finale of phase three, of which there are numerous chapters.
The actual official end to phase three occurs with “Spider-Man: Far from Home” which hits theaters in early June. Look for more Marvel titles with the upcoming “Dark Phoenix” as well as “New Mutants,” which has been sitting on the shelf since the middle of last year. It’s finished, but the studio is waiting for the appropriate time to release it.
“Avengers: Endgame” clocks in at three hours and one minute. Also, be warned there is no Easter egg (inside joke or hidden message) for the end credits sequence.
Zero. Zip. Nada.