Avengers: Endgame: I’ll give no spoilers unless I use a spoiler header below (so you can’t come across them without actively clicking on them), but it has been well sign-posted that it won’t be a happy finish for everyone.
Still, anything must be a step-up from the end of Avengers: Infinity War when half of the universe was turned to dust. So anything resurrected from that is a bonus for them, but I certainly knew beforehand that there would be some characters who wouldn’t be so well off by the time the end credits roll, even though I didn’t know who. This immediately made me hope… (and, let’s start the spoiler headers early)
I’ve said before how I’m getting tired of superhero movies, but Hollywood in general seems to be sinking under the weight of blockbusters which are nothing but sequels and reboots, and all of this is putting me off going to the big screen again, as there are more indie movies that are worth watching, as well as those dramas which ARE released in cinemas, but will lose nothing by being seen on the smaller screen.
Later this year, as well as Spider-Man: Far From Home – so, even before you see Endgame, you know Spidey will be fine), there’s Godzilla II: King of the Monsters, Men In Black International, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which looks like a rehash of X-Men: Apocalypse but with a different protagonist, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, and for kids, Detective Pikachu.
As we saw in the trailer, Iron Man is about to drift off into death, but if the later trailers showed him walking about, how did he manage that? Well…
We have a bit of humour where Rocket is referred to as “Build-a-Bear”, and there’s lots of arguing between themselves early on, but the main aspect of the story seems pretty much wrapped up within 20 minutes, or can it go on? Yes, it can… “five years later” and it’s ridiculously confusing. Perhaps that’s how they get people to attend multiple screenings, in the hope they’ll understand it.
And now time for some big spoilers, or perhaps confusion on my part as I try to get to grips with what on Earth (or in space) is going on:
And as for a potential toilet break, I decided it was just easier to protest about the lack of an intermission by… letting myself go, and claiming I was overexcited. Anyhoo, I’m 100% convinced they could easily have slotted one in at 83 minutes, just after the scene where…
And finally, the mother of all spoiler sections, so DO NOT READ if you haven’t seen the film (or don’t care)
And as for a mid-credits and post-credits scene? There is not one of either. For a change. Okay, this film has brought a definitive conclusion to Phase Three for reasons you’ll discover if you’ve not already seen what’s behind my spoilers, but I still thought it might’ve allowed for a teaser for Spider-Man: Far From Home, even though I have zero interest in watching that movie.
In fact, I was in two minds about doing a vlog about whether there’d be a post-credits scene and decided against it because it was completely improbable, right? I first thought about doing it because the timings came out about how long the credits take (which would show when the cinemas should raise/lower the lights), as everyone wanted to know how long it lasted precisely. There was no post-credit scene factored in. It could’ve been a red herring, and they always have one, don’t they? I should’ve gone with my gut feeling 😉
Then again, if you make a vlog that doesn’t tell Reddit fanbois what they want to hear, they get antsy and down-vote your vlog for no good reason.
Will I see any more superhero films? I’m interested in Birds Of Prey, any potential Suicide Squad and Justice League sequel, as well as the same for Doctor Strange and Guardians Of The Galaxy, but most of them can go whistle.
Running time: 181 minutes
Studio: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
Format: 2.39:1 (ARRIRAW 6.5K, Ultra Panavision 70 (anamorphic lenses)); 1:90:1 (IMAX version)
Released: April 25th 2019
Directors: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Producer: Kevin Feige
Screenplay: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby)
Music: Alan Silvestri
Tony Stark / Iron Man: Robert Downey Jr
Thor: Chris Hemsworth
Thanos: Josh Brolin
Bruce Banner / Hulk: Mark Ruffalo
Steve Rogers / Captain America: Chris Evans
Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow: Scarlett Johansson
Hawkeye: Jeremy Renner
James Rhodes / War Machine: Don Cheadle
Doctor Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch
Peter Parker / Spider-Man: Tom Holland
T’Challa / Black Panther: Chadwick Boseman
Gamora: Zoe Saldana
Nebula: Karen Gillan
Loki: Tom Hiddleston
Vision: Paul Bettany
Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch: Elizabeth Olsen
Sam Wilson / Falcon: Anthony Mackie
Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier: Sebastian Stan
Heimdall: Idris Elba
Okoye: Danai Gurira
Eitri: Peter Dinklage
Wong: Benedict Wong
Mantis: Pom Klementieff
Drax: Dave Bautista
Groot: Vin Diesel (voice)
Rocket: Bradley Cooper (voice)
Pepper Potts: Gwyneth Paltrow
Peter Quill / Star-Lord: Chris Pratt
On-Set Rocket / Kraglin: Sean Gunn
Shuri: Letitia Wright
Cull Obsidian / On-Set Groot: Terry Notary
Ebony Maw: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Proxima Midnight: Carrie Coon
Corvus Glaive: Michael Shaw
Driver: Stan Lee
M’Baku: Winston Duke
Voice of Friday: Kerry Condon
Brock Rumlow: Frank Grillo
Laura Barton: Linda Cardellini
Happy Hogan: Jon Favreau
And some I’ll hide behind a spoiler…
Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.