Avengers 4 Is Marvel’s Endgame
By Leonel Veizaga, Staff Writer
Three hours. That’s how long the new Avengers movie is, yet the well-paced storytelling makes the film feel like it’s gone by faster than the snap of Thanos’s fingers. After the crushing events of Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame sees the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most famous team of superheroes band together with allies old and new alike. Defeated but undeterred, the heroes must figure out how to bring their fallen teammates, along with half of all life in the universe, back from the dead. Time is of the essence, as they engage in a final confrontation against Thanos, the alien despot responsible for the universal genocide. But is the latest entry in the MCU, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, worthy of massive praise like its predecessor?
The answer, unsurprisingly, is yes. In fact, it goes beyond what Infinity War established, and adds onto it in ways that only the Russos would know how to pull off. Every member of the cast brought their A-game to their respective roles.
RDJ’s performance as Iron Man in Endgame exceeds every other performance he’s had in past MCU flicks. Tony Stark is left bitter and jaded after having failed to save half of the universe, and Downey Jr. emulates those emotions spectacularly. The same can also be said for Josh Brolin’s performance as Thanos. Playing a character whose entire philosophy revolves around the genocide of trillions is no easy task, but Brolin pulls it off without breaking a sweat. His stoic demeanor and chilling voice work beautifully with the special effects used to bring Thanos to life.
However, while Endgame is indeed a film worthy of acclaim, it’s not perfect. Thor is reduced to a drunken, overweight shell of his former self, which almost completely ruins any kind of character development he went through in both Thor: Ragnarok and Infinity War.
Still, Avengers: Endgame is without a doubt the biggest blockbuster of the year. Although the characterizations of some characters felt muddled, it’s nevertheless an emotional rollercoaster through and through. It wraps up everything that the MCU started 11 years ago in a way no other franchise is capable of doing. With that being said, it earns a score of 9.5/10.