By: V. Hsu
Title: Avengers: Endgame
Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo
Release Date: April 22, 2019
Main Cast: Too big to name everyone
Budget: $356 million
Running time: 182 minutes
Rotten tomatoes rating: 95%
It is no surprise that Avengers: Endgame made more than $1 billion only on its opening weekend. After all, following up from the cliff-hanger we get at the end of the previous film, Avengers: Infinity War, everyone was nervously waiting to see what happened next. Personally, as a big Marvel fan, I think this was one of Marvel’s best films yet, not only because of the incredible continuation but also because of the amazing job the Russo brothers made at merging various previous Marvel films and stories into one.
Most of us already know what happens at the end of Avengers: Infinity War; Thanos uses all his infinity stones, snaps his fingers and makes half of Earth’s population vanish, including many of the well-known superheroes (with exception of the six original Avengers members). In Endgame, we see that the Avengers that didn’t disappear have to come up with a plan and reverse this whole event. The plan actually takes place, although, only five years later when Ant-Man is able to leave the Quantum Realm and has the brilliant idea of reversing the idea by going back in time. Throughout the film, we see this idea come to life and like all Avengers films, there is an epic battle in the end. Fortunately, the Avengers prove to us that together they are invincible by saving the world (again), reversing the Thanos’ event and bringing back all those other superheroes that vanished on the previous film. Sadly, not all characters survive, such as Black Widow and Iron Man, which is what makes this film so emotional to the point of literally tearing up like I did.
As previously mentioned, one of the most incredible things of the film was how the Russo brothers were able to make references to many other Marvel films. For those who haven't seen any of the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, I recommend you to watch at least Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and Wasp and of course Avengers: Infinity War; but for those who have been following the plot like me, will be happy to know that Endgame is full of inside jokes and references to previous films, which gives us viewers a sense of unity with the MCU.
The three-hour film seems long when thinking about, but when watching, time really flies. During the film, you won’t find yourself bored. Conversely, you will be nervous and tense through the whole film not knowing what to expect; you may even want to go to the bathroom but won’t go as you won’t want to lose any details. The film is everything you expect and much more. If you haven’t watched yet, I strongly encourage you to watch now, trust me, you won’t be disappointed.