Don’t worry. I will not spoil anything that happens in the movie.
I will stick totally to my feelings on what I witnessed tonight.
For 21 previous movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe had been building to this finale, much like a television series might. Everything was heading toward Avengers: Endgame.
I cannot imagine any way they could have crafted a better conclusion.
It was joyous.
Some might claim that the first act is slow, but, to me, this is where much of the heavy lifting of the characters takes place and I find that stuff fascinating and fabulous. The inclusion of character moments and development is what the MCU has been about since that time Tony Stark got tossed in the cave and those moments are every bit as important as the action beats.
The middle act is original and mind bending. Such a tremendous use of the trope that I am not going to tell you about.
And the third act is, quite possibly, the greatest third act in any super hero movie ever made. The last hour was filled to the brim with absolutely EVERYTHING I wanted from this movie. I had tears streaming down my face from the shear joy I was experiencing.
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo delivered their fourth Marvel movie (Winter Soldier, Civil War, and Infinity War preceding this) in the most unbelievable fashion. They have to take their place among the Mount Rushmore of MCU creators, up there with Kevin Feige.
There were so many brilliant performances in this movie, but I can’t tell you any specific ones because it might spoil something and you really should go into this with as little knowledge as you can. The trailers were beautifully done. They spoiled virtually nothing. Heck, they were remarkably sparse with details.
There were only two things that I would have bet money on happening, and they both happened. I won’t tell you what they were, but they fit beautifully with the story telling that has been going on for the past 10+ years.
No post credit scene, but there is some sounds at the very end that were familiar.
Some might complain about the 3 hour and 2 minute run time of the film, but I found it perfect. It flew by and by the end, I so wanted more.
The film has so much packed in it, I think it demands a second viewing (if not multiple viewings) to see everything that is there. I know I have my ticket for viewing number two tomorrow and I may see it a couple more times before the weekend is out.
There were several moments where I literally cried out in excitement. A couple of times I pumped my fist. It was amazing.
I was sick this morning, but I knew that I would not let that stop me from seeing this movie (which I saw in IMAX). I babied myself through the morning and afternoon and felt okay when I took off for Davenport. Sitting in my seat, there were moments when I did not feel great physically. However, I persevered and, by the end, I was feeling better than I had all day.
Avengers: Endgame was mind-blowing. I will probably have to write a spoiler post at some time about the film just to get it out, but for now, go see Avengers: Endgame. It is truly an epic.