THE AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Following on from the shock ending of last year’s Avengers: Infinity War: Thanos has won. The universe has been decimated – half of all sentient life wiped away with a snap of his fingers.
In the aftermath, the surviving Avengers must band together once more and embark on cross-time caper through their own mutual history to revive their vanquished allies and take the fight to the mad titan himself with nothing less than the fate of all reality hanging in the balance.
First things first. As the culmination of a twenty-two film mega-franchise, it goes without saying that Avengers: Endgame is not for the uninitiated. Dense with plot threads, call backs and character beats from previous films this is definitely one for the fans. A reward, if you will, for all their years of service.
And what a reward it is.
Unlike Avengers Infinity: War which was a speeding rail-road toward an ending no-one saw coming, Avengers: Endgame is a different beast. Slower paced, more reflective and, bizarrely, more comedic than its glum set-up would suggest. The film is a celebration of all things Marvel, packed to the gills with easter eggs and fan service from the earliest days of the franchise. Indeed some of the more creative action set pieces seem borne from playground discussion giving the whole film a gleeful energy that is sure to make even the most cynical audience member giddy.
Focused on the core team of Black-Widow, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Captain America and a new spin on the Hulk the film is a swan song of sorts, giving the various characters an appropriate and emotional send-off, setting the stage for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
To say anything more about the plot would ruin the numerous surprises and gasp inducing reveals the film has on offer but needless to say Avengers: Endgame delivers in spades.
by Will Higo
Tues 28 May 7.30pm
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