Okay, let’s just jump straight into this, who else is feeling a little empty inside?
While Endgame might be going down in history, and I agree with everyone when they say it will, for me it’s not one of my favourite Marvel or even Avengers films, but this outstanding movie definitely has its perks!
The opening scene jumps straight into Clint Barton, (Jeremy Renner / Hawkeye), who we know is spending his house arrest surrounded by his family, and at this stage is teaching his eldest daughter how to shoot arrows, and with heart wrenching fear, we all know what’s about to happen.
The film gives us a moment to process, as the Marvel logo pops up, but it’s not long before the movie starts again and it seems we have moved a few weeks ahead with the remaining team, Natasha Romanoff, Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, Rocket, Thor, and James “Rhodey” Rhodes, (Don Cheadle / War Machine) gathering information on the missing as Carol Danvers, (Brie Larson / Captain Marvel) locates Tony Stark and Nebula in space.
Nebula is greeted by Rocket, (Bradley Cooper / Sean Gunn), as they share a subtle touching moment, and Tony, (Robert Downey Jr / Iron Man), is grateful to be back on earth and in the arms of those he loves, but the loving embraces are short lived as he doesn’t hesitate to let the team know exactly how he feels about the outcome of the final battle, mostly aiming his anger at Steve, (Chris Evans / Captain America), resulting in him collapsing due to exhaustion. Thanks to Nebula, (Karen Gillan), the remaining Avengers are able to locate Thanos, (Josh Brolin). Within a quick exchange we learn that he has destroyed the Stones and Thor, (Chris Hemsworth), having felt he had failed, quickly cuts off his head resulting in the Avengers fearing the worst; nothing can be done to change what has happened.
Skip five years ahead, and it seems everyone is trying to move on. Nat, (Scarlett Johansson / Black Widow) has taken over Nick Fury’s, (Samuel L. Jackson), responsibilities navigating the team on missions and Steve is just moving through each day as best as he can, even taking up group therapy to help him, and others deal with their losses.
Thanks to a trusted rat at the junk yard, Scott Lang, (Paul Rudd / Ant-Man), is pulled out of the Quantum Realm, a little shaken and confused seeing how his daughter Cassie, (Emma Fuhrmann), is now five years older than when he last saw her. He rushes to the Avenger’s compound and meets up with Nat and Steve telling them his theory of time travel, which due to his lack of PHD’s doesn’t hold a lot of ground.
So, they head to the smartest man they know, Tony. At this stage we learn that Tony has been able to move on and has found peace, now living at a lake side with his wife Pepper Potts, (Gwyneth Paltrow), and beautiful daughter, Morgan, (Lexi Rabe), so he is very hesitant to help, as he doesn’t want to lose them. Therefore, the team decide to head to the other smartest man they know, Bruce, (Mark Ruffalo / Hulk), who has also been able to find harmony, having now accepted both parts of himself, Banner the brains and Hulk the muscle. Now enter a very awkward scene, which Steve and Nat’s faces sum up very well, poor Ant-man, poor us!
After this, the team head back to the compound to try and affect time travel, resulting in Scott being turned into a teenage boy, a baby and an old man. While Tony, unable to let things go, and unable to let the rest of the world suffer, is able to perfect it. Did anyone doubt that he would?
Nat finally locates Clint in Tokyo and it is revealed that he has become a ruthless vigilante, as he felt that certain people didn’t deserve to live, while his family got disintegrated, so he took it upon himself to rid the world of this injustice. In spite of this, Nat is able to convince him to come home, promising him hope, something she wished she could have given him years ago.
Bruce and Rocket also go off to locate Thor in New Asgard, the Asgardian refugees’ home in Norway. Thor still feeling disappointed in his actions has let himself go a little, becoming overweight and drunk. The only upside to this scene was seeing Valkyrie, (Tessa Thompson), and who didn’t cheer when they saw Korg, (Taika Waititi), and Miek still alive! However, I felt that the “Fat” Thor plot ran its course after the first five minutes and became an overused and unnecessary joke.
With the team, somewhat, back together again, they spend a little time collaborating their experiences and thinking of the best moments to head back to retrieve all the Stones.
Clint, who feels he has nothing left to live for, volunteers to do a test run, and after the first successful trip, the rest of our gang are suited up and ready to save the world, again.
Bruce first heads to collect the Time Stone at the Sanctum Sanctorum and after a while convinces the Ancient One, (Tilda Swinton), to give it to him, if he promises to later return the Stones to their original place.
Rocket and Thor travel to Asgard in 2013 to retrieve the Reality Stone from Jane Foster, (Natalie Portman), and as Rocket does so, Thor has a tender moment with his mother Frigga, (Rene Russo). Before he leaves Thor also obtains his former hammer, Mjolnir.
Steve does manage to get the Mind Stone, which also leads to some of the best moments to come out of this movie; present day Cap vs 2012 Cap, after a very funny “Hail Hydra” statement, and ending with a “Bucky is still alive” distraction, and let’s not forget:
“I can do this all day…”
“Yeah, I know…”
Tony and Scott are a little less successful due to Tony getting knocked out by a pissed off Hulk who was forced to take the stairs after the 2012 New York battle. This resulted in a new timeline forming as Loki, (Tom Hiddleston), was able to escape because of all the commotion, taking the Tesseract with him.
After sending Ant-Man back, Tony asks Steve if he trusts him, which he agrees he does so, and they head to S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters in 1970, queue Stan Lee’s cameo, which was over way too soon, and they steal an earlier version of the Space Stone, as well as more vials of Pym Particles from Hank Pym, (Michael Douglas). This also gives us a touching moment between father and son as Tony and Howard Stark, (John Slattery), share their fear of having children, and there is also a foreshadowing moment between Steve and Peggy Carter, (Hayley Atwell).
Clint and Nat travel to Vormir and learn from the Soul Stone’s keeper, the Red Skull, (Ross Marquand), that it can only be acquired by sacrificing someone they love. Something which later cannot be undone. After a fight between the two, both trying to sacrifice themselves to save the other, Nat finally takes the plunge allowing Clint to claim the Stone. This resulted in what was the first scene to kill me emotionally! Who else cried their eyes out? Who else was sat on their edge of their seats, not wanting either of these amazing characters to die?
Nebula and Rhodey don’t have better luck, and while yes, they were able to obtain the Power Stone before Peter Quill, (Chris Pratt), Nebula is unable to return due to her cybernetic implants interfacing with those of her 2014 self. Through this connection, the Thanos of that time learns of his future success and the Avengers’ attempts to undo it. Thanos captures present-day Nebula and sends 2014 Nebula to the present in her place.
After all the Avengers return, they first take time to grief the loss of Nat. After this, a new gauntlet is made and Bruce uses it to restore those who Thano’s disintegrated, but as Tony requests, he must only return them and not undo the last five years.
The victory is short lived however, as 2014 Nebula uses the time machine to transport Thanos to the present, and he attacks the Avengers’ compound, nearly killing them all in the process.
Present-day, good Nebula convinces the 2014 version of her sister, Gamora, (Zoe Saldana), to turn against Thanos, something she was planning on doing at this point anyway, and while Gamora tries to talk her sister down, the good Nebula ends up killing the 2014 version of herself.
After a stand-off between Thor, Steve and Tony against Thanos, the team become worried that they will fail again, but Sam Wilson’s, (Anthony Mackie / Falcon), voice comes over Steve’s radio and a restored Stephen Strange, (Benedict Cumberbatch / Doctor Strange), arrives with his fellow sorcerers, restoring all the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as the armies of Wakanda, Asgard, the Ravagers and many more remarkable Marvel characters, which have come out of the last 11 years of astonishing movies, and what can only be said as one of the most epic and outstanding moments in film!
Everyone, and I mean everyone, begins to fight Thanos and his army and during the battle, Tony Stark hugs Peter Parker, (Tom Holland / Spider-Man), as he sums up how everyone got there. Wanda Maximoff, (Elizabeth Olsen / Scarlet Witch), got a few good shots in, an extremely powerful Woman of Marvel moment occurs and then a moment which took my breath away, Steve picks up Thor’s hammer! I couldn’t contain my excitement as I jumped in my seat. These were only some of the best moments to come out of this impressive fight. There was just not enough screen time to enjoy it all! Please be an extended edition on the DVD, please!
Sadly, Thanos gets the upper hand and seizes the Stones after overpowering Thor, Steve, and Carol telling them that he is inevitable, and for a moment all our hearts sink, but luckily Tony is able to steal all the Stones back, stating “I am Iron Man!” and uses them to disintegrate Thanos and his army, but he is mortally wounded as a result and the rest of us weep and cry along with Peter and Pepper as they say their goodbyes.
Following Stark’s very emotional funeral, did everyone spot Harley Keener, (Ty Simpkins), and do you think it should have been a join funeral for Nat? Thor appoints Valkyrie as the king of New Asgard and joins the Guardians of the Galaxy, leaving us to wonder who really is in charge.
After a farewell hug from Bucky Barnes, (Sebastian Stan / Winter Soldier), who already seems to know what’s about to happen, Steve returns the Infinity Stones to their original places in time and of course, chooses to remain in the past to marry Peggy, and live out the rest of his life as he always wanted, finally getting that dance.
In the present, an elderly Steve comes back to our timeline and passes on his shield to Sam, but who, kind of hoped Bucky would have got it first?
While this movie is the end of an era for some of us, and it does feel like it’s over in some respects, it has also left many doors open for the future of the MCU.
Saying goodbye to Iron man still doesn’t feel like it has completely sunk in quite yet. Maybe because I’m hoping Marvel will explore a timeline where he survived, or maybe I’m just in denial! Yep, definitely denial!
Two sentences which will haunt me forever:
“Let me go, it’s okay…”
“We’ll be okay, you can rest now…”
At least we’ve got Spider man: Far from home to still look forward to, but I don’t think any small amount of fun, love and laughs, can make up for the devastation we are all currently feeling. Plus, it has still not been confirmed when this movie is set in the timeline, and will they explore the fact that there is a missing five years? Are all Peter’s classmates now five years old than him? Did they all get disintegrated? Ned, (Jacob Batalon), still looks the same age as Peter, so this didn’t tell me much. I have so many more questions and luckily, we only have to wait until early July to get our answers.
Well done Marvel! Well done The Russo Brothers! You have truly done it again!
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