Let me tell you a story about social media: it sucks. Last year, before I’d managed to see Infinity War a person I used to follow on Instagram gave out a massive spoiler to the film. It was a girl who thought she was being really discrete. She said something like, “I don’t want to spoil anything but I just think it’s so sad that after just after he gets his life together he dies”. Her exact wording made it super obvious that she was talking about Loki and that he died very early on in the film. Now, I’d already guessed this was going to happen but to have it confirmed by someone who didn’t think she was making it obvious bugged me. I promptly unfollowed her and anyone else who even mentioned the film. What is the matter with people? I get that we aren’t going to stop people talking about having seen the film but why go into any details? I even feel like all the people who have talked about being devastated are giving too much away. I’m planning to write a specific post about it later so I’ll stop ranting. But because of last year, I knew that I wanted to see Endgame as quickly as possible. I couldn’t risk anyone ruining this for me. It was going to be the movie event of the year. The culmination of 11 years of fandom. The culmination of 22 films. It was the end of an era and I wasn’t ready for it to be over. But I couldn’t wait to see it.
Talking about Endgame without spoiling Endgame is going to be difficult. Talking about the plot is tricky and I really want everyone to have the chance to go in without any expectations. It’s the kind of film that you owe it to yourself to go in blind. It’s also difficult to talk about a film that was always going to mean so much to me. This is the kind of film that fans were going to love no matter what. The kind of film that is still making me feel emotional as I write this. I’ve not even said anything yet and I’m already tearing up. These films mean so much to people and these characters feel so familiar at this point. I’ve spent so may hours taking about this film since I saw it and I could keep going. I’ve not felt this way about something since the last Harry Potter book came out. After we’d all read it, my friends and I went for a walk together and were just numb. That’s how I feel now.
Endgame had a lot of work to do after Infinity War and a lot of pressure to live up to it. Thankfully, in terms of what it needed to do and be, Endgame is perfect. I can’t imagine it being any better. And that’s not talking about quality, story, editing etc. Are there things that could have gone better? Yes, probably. But did it matter? No. I wasn’t looking at the technical side of filmmaking for this film. Any issues were small and didn’t detract from the purpose of the film. And that purpose was a celebration. This is the Skyfall of the MCU. It’s The Day of the Doctor of the MCU. This is a film for the fans, for the people who have made these films for so long, and for the comics that inspired them. It didn’t need to be the best film ever made. It just needed to love the characters. And it bloody does.
Things, obviously, start off pretty bleakly as we catch up with everyone post-snap. The Avengers aren’t what they once were. They are fractured and trying to carry on as best they can. But, as we know from the trailer, they can’t move on. They need to try and change things. But how? That’s the tricky part. I really don’t want to give too much away but the group know they have to find Thanos. They need the stones to reverse the snap. So, the survivors formulate their plan and start searching. But just what will they have to risk? What will they have to sacrifice?
The film is split into 3 acts. The first introduces us to the post-snap world and is the darkest section. It’s also the greatest. There is so much drama, tension, and emotion in the opening. Every single character is played perfectly and we can see how hard everything has been. The second act slows a little but also gives us several fantastic and key moments. It lets every character shine but, most importantly, lets the original Avengers get their moment in the spotlight. There are some funny, poignant, and fan-serving moments in this act, which makes up for the slower plot. But, you also need to space to breathe because the final act is everything. It’s a celebration of everything the MCU has come to be. It gave me chills and had me on the edge of my seat. I’ve never been so close to shouting out in the middle of the cinema. This is the act that fans will appreciate more than non-fans. It’s the act that will get you back in the cinema multiple times.
And that’s even with it’s 3 hour run time. I admit, I was worried about whether I would make it through Endgame. I didn’t drink anything before I went in to be extra safe and I was pretty comfortable all the way through. I was surprised that the film didn’t feel long. It never really dragged. Slowed, maybe, but never dragged. I couldn’t imagine the Russo brothers cutting anything out. It isn’t as action heavy as previous Marvel films but that’s because the action that takes place is the most action-packed we’ve ever seen. You don’t need more when it’s such concentrated epicness. I do have to say, this film isn’t as slick as Infinity War. I think that film was so beautifully made and so game-changing that it can’t be topped easily. Endgame is a little more formulaic but it suffered from having so many ends to tie up. So many problems to solve. It does it fairly brilliantly and it does it with respect. And, really, that’s more important to me.
I left the cinema covered in tears, filled with joy, and happy I’m part of this fandom. I was glad I’d given over 11 years to these films. I loved it and I can’t wait to see what happens next.