I have been requested by Surkhiyan to review the very popular Avengers: Endgame, so here’s my two cents on it. Needless to say, spoilers galore coming your way.
Endgame was the highly anticipated last feature film of the Avengers franchise and of course, Marvel had the mammoth task of bringing all the storylines together and packaging them neatly with minimal loose ends – no mean feat. Thankfully, it did not disappoint.
The movie follows on from Infinity War, the previous Avengers movie, where Thanos (Josh Brolin) is successful in wiping out half of the world’s population, half of the avengers included. Endgame is set in 2023, 5 years into the future from current times and shows what the remaining Avengers have evolved into. An opportunity arises to alter the course history has taken, thanks to a time machine (not to brag, but I totally saw this coming) and Ant Man’s (Paul Rudd) discovery. The original line up of the Avengers is resurrected, with a couple of members appearing slightly different from last recollection – namely Thor (Chris Hemsworth), who is seen carrying a few extra pounds, a far cry from the buff god from Asgard he once was and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) now a nerdy gentle giant at peace with his two conflicting personas. They devise a plan to attain all 6 infinity stones before Thanos can get a hold of them, being mindful of the timelines of each stone.
Unfortunately for the Avengers, Thanos becomes privy to their master plan due to the future Nebula (Karen Gillan) travelling back to 2014, where the 2014 Nebula inadvertently taps into future Nebula’s memories – a result of them being present together in the same year. Future Nebula is captured and 2014 Nebula sneakily takes her place and in a bid to please her father, Thanos, travels back to the future (pun intended) without any of the Avengers suspecting any foul play. She then uses the time machine to allow Thanos’s army to travel to 2023 so he can obtain the infinity stones and carry out his original plan as intended.
And therefore the battle to end all battles commences. Thanos enters with a formidable plethora of every kind of hostile beast present in the galaxy. Your heart leaps into your throat because you know this is it: the proverbial is about to hit the fan. Here I would like to take the liberty to make some noteworthy observations:
Captain America (Chris Evans) lifts Thor’s hammer
Ok, so this was opportunistic and totally brilliant to watch, but puzzling altogether. The whole point of Thor’s hammer, the Mjolnir, is that he is the only one who can lift it, being the god of thunder and what not. Yet here’s Captain America, who not only uses the hammer during the battle but summons it. This is quickly addressed by the writers as Thor exclaims “I knew it!” when he sees this happening, acknowledging what’s going through every viewer’s mind. I have to admit, I had to google this one – links to this hark back to The Age Of Ultron where all the Avengers quite lightheartedly attempt to lift Thor’s hammer at a party. None of the heroes are able to shift it even a millimetre – except Cap. Was he actually able to lift it all along but doesn’t out of respect for Thor? We will never know. But what we do know is that he is worthy.
How do all 6 infinity stones end up on Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) hand?
Another head scratcher is when Iron Man manages to get all 6 stones off the gauntlet and onto his own hand, without anyone noticing, Thanos included. Granted that he was the creator of the new gauntlet and I suppose we can humour this situation in the way that he had perhaps installed some sort of “quick release” feature for the stones, but how did he manage to get them on his own hand in the blink of an eye? This was such a pivotal moment in the movie, that a bit of clarification on the mode of action would have gone a long way.
Captain Marvel who?
For all those who watched Captain Marvel, it was evident that she was the all-singing, all-dancing ultimate superhero to end all superheroes. Yet in this movie she is less than stimulating – more of a sparkler than a firework. Perhaps her character was held back to allow the other Avengers to shine and show-us-what-they-got, but it completely goes against where the bar was set in the most recent Marvel offering. She was nothing short of invincible, a quality that would have come in pretty handy during battle time.
Even though we all have an Avengers shaped hole in our lives now, I get a warm fuzzy feeling every time I think about Endgame, the type you only get from a grand cinematic experience that hits the spot. Great action, thrilling effects and brilliant storytelling – what’s not to love? A rewatch is very likely on the cards.