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Avengers: Endgame is a superhero saga for the ages

It’s really long; three hours long. There is a bit too much time travel. But overall it’s just the kind of extravaganza you’d expect.

movie reviews Updated: Apr 26, 2019 14:52 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
Avengers,Endgame,Infinity Saga
Can the remaining Avengers rally, defeat Thanos and undo the damage he’s done? Fans will not be disappointed in the finale to this 21-film, decade-long franchise.
  • Direction: Anthony and Joe Russo
  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Brie Larson
  • Rating: 4 / 5

Eleven years after Tony ‘Iron Man’ Stark kicked off what we now know as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the multi-billion-dollar, 22-film MCU-Avengers franchise (arguably the most lucrative franchise ever) has finally been wrapped up.

The question most fans are asking is, does it all end with a bang or a whimper? Happily, and despite the film’s bum-numbing three-hour runtime, the answer is without question the former.

At the end of last year’s …Infinity War, the intergalactic despot Thanos (Josh Brolin) had with a snap of his fingers wiped out half of all life in the universe, including several of our super-powered friends.

Their numbers depleted, it’s now up to the surviving Avengers — among them Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) — to figure out a way to reassemble, fight back, and tackle the genocide unleashed by the arch-villain.

The narrative is bogged down from time to time by hoary time-travel and heist tropes, but the co-directing brothers Anthony and Joe Russo do manage to still keep it engaging. They spend as much mileage on character interplay and emotional stakes as on CGI-augmented spectacle.

The plot also provides adequate representation to super-heroines such as Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).

In addition to playful banter, the script is stuffed with cameos by A-list actors from earlier films in the series. Seamless storytelling and majestic visuals commingle in …Endgame making it a superheroes saga for the ages.

First Published: Apr 26, 2019 14:52 IST