It’s safe to say, this film has been a long time coming. Over a decade, in fact.
When Tony Stark started clunking his hammer* to make his MK I suit in a Gulmira cave, something much bigger than anyone could imagine was brewing. The beginning of one of the biggest, most ambitious (and profitable) narrative experiments in the history of film.
22 films later and we’re at the Endgame. An unrivalled epic that had my jaw on the ground by the end, making you wonder how they a.) kept all of this so secret and b.) managed to coordinate all of these stories so perfectly in to one big finalé.
The Russo brothers started their work in the Marvel universe on my favourite (until now) MCU film, Winter Soldier. They’ve since gone on to become the architects (along with Kevin Feige) of one of the most memorable epics since The Lord of the Rings. That was only 3 films/books (and a prequel)… this is decades of comics, nearly two dozen films and a hell of a lot of spin-off series.
This penultimate film in phase 3 of the Marvel Universe (Spidey is the last official film in Phase 3) is masterfully written, directed, acted and is visually unparalleled.
I can wholeheartedly recommend this film to anyone who, like me, has enjoyed what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become. Since reading the comic books I obsessively collected and absorbed as a kid, I’ve always been so eager to see if film could finally capture these flawed characters.
Finally, of Endgame I will say only this:
It makes Infinity War look like a teaser trailer.
Go see it.
*I had a genuine emotional reaction to this old clunking callback. I won’t tell you when.