by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Ed note: This is a very brief, spoiler-free review from Carrie. Please maintain the spoiler-free zone in the comments. Enough people haven’t seen it yet that we don’t want anyone who hasn’t sought out the information for themselves to be spoiled. So please keep any and all comments spoiler free. Thanks!
Well, here we are. Avengers: Endgame is out, I’ve seen it, and I feel all grown up.
Consider this not so much of a review, as list of things you should know:
- As everyone is so fond of pointing out, the movie is three hours long. However, it doesn’t feel long. I’ve sat through many shorter movies that felt longer. If you really have to pee, you can pee as soon as the movie goes to Japan, but don’t stay in the bathroom for long.
- There’s no filler. The movie is carefully constructed and edited. There’s also very little exposition. The filmmakers assume that you’ve seen other Avengers movies and that you are caught up.
- One of the post-movie joys is discussing whether or not the events of this movie make sense. In fact, in the middle of the movie, a group of the Avengers discuss whether the events make sense. They can’t come to an agreement and neither will you. Just roll with it.
- The movie is a love letter to fans. As a standalone movie, I can only assume that it would be incomprehensible. If you are going to watch this, you should, at the very least, have seen Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Avengers: Infinity War.
- However, this is really a movie for those of us who saw EVERYTHING. We saw the Agent Carter TV show and Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. We forked out good money for Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World. Since 2008, these people have been our families. This movie is for us.
To clarify, I’m not gatekeeping, I promise. Anyone can be an Avengers fan. You don’t have to pass a loyalty test or have read the comics or have seen all the movies, and if anyone tries to convince you otherwise, they’re idiots.
What I mean is that this movie is not intended as a standalone. Seen alone, the events won’t make sense, and the character beats won’t matter. For fans, this movie has some flaws but is INTENSELY emotionally cathartic and satisfying. It’s geared as a end of one phase, a goodbye of sorts, and so the more devoted you are to the franchise, the more you will get out of it.
It’s like a graduation. Off to the next phase.
Again, please keep the comments spoiler-free. Thank you on behalf of everyone who hasn’t been able to get tickets!
Also, the trailer below has been Carrie-approved as entirely spoiler free.