Marvel Avengers: Endgame — our spoiler-free review

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Jon Favreau’s Iron Man – an initially risky prospect that became the starting point for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After 10 years and over 20 movies, The MCU films have set off a mania for interconnected multi-platform franchises and multi-film arcs.

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The first age of the MCU is over. The Infinity Saga has ended and some of the original Avengers stories have come to satisfying conclusions. If it feels a little like you’ve been put through the wringer, it’s because you have.

The storyline of both Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame have put trauma in their stories that it’s natural to feel a little battered.

The Spoiler – Free Story

It all starts where we left off Infinity War. Thanos has decimated half of all life in the universe with a snap of his fingers. This has left the original Avengers to the ashes.

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Endgame not only has to wrap up the plot of that film but bookend the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. Endgame uses those three hours to great effect.

Despite its epic ambitions and tumescent running time, “Endgame” often feels shorter, looser and lighter.  It was looking fascinating while watching so many superheroes together fighting with a single villain.

Endgame” loses some of its momentum in the middle of its three-hour run time. It unleashes the largest and most fist-pumping, goosebump-causing, insanely destructive action climax in a superhero movie yet.

Hero movies have a longstanding bad habit of faking a character’s tragic death for a few seconds of pathos, then immediately take it back.  Avengers: Endgame puts the brakes on that by exploring how heroes might deal with grief, loss, and the pervasive feeling of failure.

The surprises that are in store will kick you where it hurts. However, the performances all-around are strong. Even there were some unexpected standouts for fans as Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and Karen Gillan as Nebula.

Endgame characterizes both Steve and Tony quite perfectly, lets both characters shine—and never is the movie stronger than when they’re onscreen together. The chemistry between Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. is the closest Endgame gets too romantic.

The final, climactic battle is legitimately thrilling because every one of its manifold delights is fueled by the warm familiarity that spending a decade with these characters has engendered.

Who’s dead?

Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Star-Lord, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Groot, Bucky Barnes, Drax, Mantis, Falcon, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill were all turned to dust in the final scenes of Infinity War.

Peter Parker’s “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good” line still brings a lump to the throat. Earlier in the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Gamora was sacrificed by Thanos (who also happens to be her stepdad) in order to secure the Soul Stone.

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Loki and Vision also bit among them. A series of posters which named the survivors and the fallen from Infinity War was posted. It included The Wasp which was bumped off at the end of Ant-Man and Shuri among dead ones.

Well, among other things, fans are hoping to see Ant-Man crawl inside Thanos’s bum and deal with the big purple menace from the inside out. The popular fan theory is known to us as “the Thanus theory”.

But It will be a surprise for all to know the end, which has been kept under wraps.

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Rajesh is the Managing Editor at The News Fetcher, with an interest in Sci-fi movies, tec and history. He can either be found boasting about his super memory to colleagues or devouring Zinger boxes at KFC.