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**Spoilers for “Avengers: Infinity War” ahead**
So, here it is; the season finale of the first iteration of “The Avengers”. After this film, nothing in the MCU will be the same, and once you see it you’ll understand why. This film, and many of the films leading up to it, have faced criticism on the fact that they can’t be watched as just standalone movies, a prior knowledge of the MCU is essential to get the most out of it. With Marvel, the trick is to treat it like it’s a TV show that just happens to be made up of movies, and not forty minute episodes, and as I said in the intro this episode feels very much like a season finale. If you decided to stop watching the MCU movies at this point, you get a very satisfactory conclusion.
“Avengers: Endgame” starts almost immediately after the events of “Infinity War”. The remaining avengers are joined by Captain Marvel (who we see Nick Fury send an intergalactic message to in the end credits of “Endgame”). The team hatch a plan to track down Thanos to attempt to reverse the effect of The Snap, thereby bringing back the people that he turned to dust. Their mission doesn’t go exactly to plan, and the team need to regroup and try again. The solution they come up with in a one shot deal – if they don’t succeed it's game over. Even though the cast is somewhat thinned out, there are still a lot of characters knocking around which means, like “Infinity War”, we get some more team ups, each of which has their own challenge to overcome.
I’m trying to keep this as light on details as possible, because even though some of the bigger moments have been spoiled in the new “Spider-Man” film, there are still a lot of fun surprises and returning characters along the way. It’s no coincidence that the original six avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Scarlet Witch) all survived the snap, as for some of them this is their time to bow out of the franchise, so it’s only right that the team that helped Marvel to its first billion dollar box office hit get their time to hand over to the next incarnation of the Avengers.
It’s an excellent adventure film that has a three hour run time that just flies by. While there are some incredible action scenes, there are plenty of Marvel’s trademark quips to ground the action, and the film has some very poignant moments as we bid farewell to some of the most important characters in the series; characters that have been around since early in the series that we’ve come to know and love. It also marks the end of the Russo Brothers tenure with Marvel, and the brothers who have previously directed “The Winter Soldier”, “Civil War”, and “Infinity War” leave the franchise on a high note for themselves and give plenty of crowd pleasing moments in this film.
What is now the highest grossing film of all time is now ready for you to take home. Log on, or call into your local store to pre-order as this one will be gone in a snap (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help it!).
These are the learned and talented words of our Marvel-ous Kevin Dillon, @kevinwritestuff.
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