It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that Avengers: Endgame is the biggest movie ever. The biggest in terms of cast, in terms of scale, in terms of budget and the biggest build up in movie history preceded by 21 films leading to a thrilling climax. So, is the biggest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe also the best of them all? It’s damn near close.
The Marvel Mission…
I can confirm that Avengers: Endgame is the most fun of all the films in the MCU with hysterical laugh out loud lines, fan service that will make you stand up and cheer and more than a few moments that will bring on tears. In fact, I can’t remember cheering like this during a movie since seeing Return of the Jedi in the 1980s in a movie theater, so Endgame has already won over the kid in me.
But Avengers: Endgame has a lot on its shoulders. This film must conclude the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War as well as wrap up the storylines of many of the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And in addition, pass on the torch to a new generation of Marvel characters. (One shot in particular during the climax telegraphs this very clearly and fans will either love it or fight about it in the cesspool of divisive conversations being had on Twitter and YouTube.)
“…fans will either love it or fight about it in the cesspool of divisive conversations being had on Twitter and YouTube.”
Endgame must do all of that while balancing so many characters that we’ve come to know and love over a decade. Character is where Marvel excels, and Endgame is no exception. As much as spectacle and original action sequences have become a hallmark of a Marvel movie (along with shirtless male leads – and if you don’t believe me, check out these videos), compelling and relatable characters is why you care and why the action actually has meaning.