Now this is it. Ten years, twenty one movies, and the most ambitious undertaking in cinema history, as Marvel studios raises the bar ever higher in the definitive chapter of their universe. Infinity War was dubbed the ‘’biggest crossover ever’’, but it was just clearing the tables for Endgame, less ‘’hold my beer’’ and more ‘’hold my keg’’.
SERIOUS, SERIOUS SPOILERS. SERIOUSLY.
Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) is adrift is space, following the fight against Thanos on Titan. He is Nebula (Karen Gillan) onboard the Guardians spaceship trying to make their way back to Earth, but they won’t make it before Tony dies. They’re saved by the arrival of Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), who returns them to the Avengers compound. The surviving Avengers- Steve (Chris Evans), Nat (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Bruce (Mark Ruffalo), Rhodey (Don Chedale) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) – resolve to find Thanos and take the Infinity stones.
The find Thanos alone on a garden planet and easily subdue him, only to find the Infinity stones are gone. Thanos (Josh Brolin) destroyed the stones after using them to kill half the universe. Thor kills Thanos as the rest of the Avengers believe there is no way to bring back the dead.
Five years later, the Avengers are still dealing with the fallout of the snap when Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) shows up. Scott disappeared five years ago when he was stranded in the Quantum Realm, but for him it was only five hours. Realising hat the Quantum Realm might hold the secret to time travel and with it the possibility to reclaim the stones and undo what Thanos did. While Tony and Steve bury the hatchet, Nat goes to find Clint (Jeremy Renner) who’s become the vigilante Ronin following the deaths of his family. Rocket and Bruce go to New Asgard to convince Thor to rejoin the team. With the Avengers re-assembled they form a plan- travelling back through time at various points in their history and claim the Infinity stones in the present- whatever it takes.
Endgame is nothing short of epic in its ambitions and the way it executes its premise. You really must see it yourself to appreciate all it has to offer, from the quips and one liners to the interpersonal stakes and the sheer amount of fan service on display, revealing in its own history complete with cameos and reappearances from past entries. Without doubt, one of the best films you’ll see this year, and sure to be remembered as one of biggest blockbusters of all time.
By Daniel Murphy