If you’re one of the many fans fully invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has been a long year since the release of Avengers: Infinity War. Sure, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel were there to help us along and give us a bit of hope, but they were mere crumbs when compared to our voracious appetite for this summer’s Avengers: Endgame. Potentially the most anticipated release in cinematic history, Endgame has been more than 10 years and 20 films in the making. For those wondering if it has been worth the wait, the answer is a resounding yes.
Endgame jumps in where Infinity War left off, giving audiences a solid punch in the gut, instantly transporting fans back to the traumatic events at the end of Infinity War, and it doesn’t let up until the credits roll.
If box office estimates are any indication, most of you have already seen Endgame, and if you haven’t it seems likely that you just aren’t interested in the MCU and don’t see what all the fuss is about. Therein lies the one potential failing of the film. Those who are not immersed in the MCU may find themselves out of touch with the experience Endgame is offering.
For those of us that have been watching for years, seeing the threads weave into one extraordinary tale of heroic adventure, Endgame is nothing short of a masterpiece. The film’s flaws are minor, easily overshadowed by its amazing successes. As expected, the film is a visual wonder of action and excitement, though that has become all but commonplace in the modern big-budget blockbuster. More importantly, Endgame does justice to its characters, and serves as a majestic capstone to all the MCU films that preceded it.
There is no doubt the MCU will continue on, but the release of Endgame feels like the end of an era. All the tension and anticipation built over the last decade has been released, and it is a testament to Endgame that its ending feels both satisfying and complete. It isn’t hard to imagine that there are still many great moments ahead for the MCU. Marvel has a near bottomless amount of content to keep viewers entertained for generations to come, but it will be hard to match the grandeur and wonder of Endgame.