As a concept, the MCU should’ve failed.
Many other movie studios have tried, and failed, to make their own cinematic universe but only Marvel has succeeded.
The key? Emotional investment, strong stories and interesting characters.
All of that was evident in Endgame, the culmination of a 22-film story that has captured the imaginations of people across the globe.
For some films, a three hour run time might be a bit too long – it’s only ever really worked for Lord of the Rings – but for Endgame it uses its time wisely, wasting none of it by getting to the action straight away.
Effectively picking up straight from where Infinity War left of the film spends hardly any time re-introducing characters and skips straight to Thanos-hunting.
The plot, although straight forward on paper, can be a bit muddy – the rules of the time travel used are still debated to this day – but overall you just need to open up your mind and go with the flow.
As mentioned previously, we’ve had 22 films to get to know these characters and that makes the harsh emotional moments even worse. Tony’s sacrifice at the end of the movie is heartbreaking (made even worse by a deleted scene that deserved to stay in the final cut) because we have seen this character grow from a selfish egotistical pessimist to someone who cares for everyone and would risk his life for others.
One of the iconic moments of Endgame, which really showcases the impact of this franchise, is the charge of the heroes.
A masterful scene where every hero of the MCU charges down the mastermind behind their biggest downfall. A triumphant moment that is scored perfectly by Alan Silvestri’s ‘Portals’ and leads up to the crowd-cheering event of Captain America lifting Thors hammer.
Overall, Endgame is a beautifully crafted way to cap of an incredible string of movies as well as leaving the door open for the future films to come – including the film following it Spider-Man Far From Home.
Im sure you have, but in case you haven’t, go and see Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame: 5/5