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so much good
April 27, 2019
I saw crazy things today that eleven years ago I never even hoped I'd get to see cinematically. Avengers: Endgame services the fans in the best way possible, and since when did "fan service" come off as such a dismissive turn of phrase, anyway? Yes, it's three hours long - plus 21 minutes of trailers - and you need to plan around that (ie: take tiny sips or sneak in a catheter). Yes, the first hour is slow, except slow doesn't necessarily translate to bad. It's an obligatory slow burn that allows the drama to play out, as the leftover Avengers are still coping with the ramifications of Infinity War. And you absolutely need that first hour for things to pay off in the end. The third act is bananas. And I do think Endgame justifies every minute of its three hours plus' screen time.
It's a movie that you can't just casually talk about. It's such a landmine of potential spoilers. I think I can safely say that Endgame does honor to the entire MCU and its catalog of past movies. I can say that it explains away how at least one of the more improbable upcoming Disney+ Marvel shows actually gets to happen. We snag a hint of a possible direction the next Guardians movie will take.
Twists and turns. A gamut of emotions. I laughed, was stunned, and, yep, cried a bunch. In a way, this must be what it feels like to get waterboarded. The movie dunks you in, so that you're drowning emotionally, lets you up for a breather, dunks you in again, rinse, repeat. It's not just that it's rich, dense storytelling. Sometimes, we forget that these are A-listers inhabiting these roles. So, we get phenomenal acting. We get the best Clint Barton. We get the best Nebula. We get a masterful Robert Downey, Jr. And an unexpected Thor... until you think about it, and then it makes total sense. Some of the things Cap gets up to had me giddy jumping off my seat screaming clapping like a loser.
No wonder the Russos said they were done with the MCU. Because how do you top this? No, son, what you do when you hit a walkoff homerun is stroll into the sunset. I'm very curious to see how they'd get on with other non-superhero projects.
I want so much to spill the beans, to talk about the demented plotlines. I want to kibitz about my favorite moments in expansive detail, because dropping obscure phrases like "Omigosh, the taco moment!" just doesn't do it for me. But never mind. I wish I could develop amnesia, so that I could go into this movie again cold. I got envy for those who haven't seen it yet.
Yes, Stan Lee has a cameo. It's his last ever cameo put to film.
No, there isn't an end credit scene. So go pee.
Avengers: Endgame will make all the money, and it's deserving. Star Wars is a cultural and cinematic phenomenon that built its cachet over the span of forty plus years. It's nuts that the MCU has achieved the same level of status and swag in only eleven years. It speaks to the power of longform, serialized storytelling, and of taking your time, and of a plan in place, and of caring, really caring, about the characters and doing honor to them. Think of Endgame as the season finale to a wildly successful first season on television. It has callbacks to previous episodes. It ties off loose ends and tantalizes by dangling new plot threads. It's not at all a standalone movie. It is completely reliant on the movies that had gone on before it. Again, don't sleep on the potency of serialized storytelling and a shared universe and the nerd joy of seeing franchise characters interacting. Endgame doesn't drop the ball. It doesn't let down its diehard fans. It delivers an experience. I love it three thousand. Or more.
**Update** This purchase comes with 1 hour of bonus content (4 hours, if you count watching the movie with audio commentary):
- featurette: Stan Lee homage
- featurette: the first Iron Man movie and its impact on the MCU
- featurette: Captain America in the MCU
- featurette: Black Widow's arc in the MCU
- featurette: the Russo brothers
- featurette: the powerful women of the MCU and that A-Force moment
- featurette: Thor, post-snap
- featurette: Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter, star-crossed
- 6 deleted scenes
- gag reel
- Russo brothers talk Endgame
- Audio Commentary with directors Joe and Anthony Russo and screenwriters Steve McFeely and Chris Markus