End. May not be as important as the beginning but still significant because it is an indicator of success.
And sometimes it doesn’t really matter about how you start, the way things end matters the most.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) had an interesting beginning to their superhero film journey – an unlikely hero in Iron Man which was well received by the audience.
Then followed a series of individual superhero movies – some eight of them – and start of Avengers which brought together all the superheroes under one roof to fight against a common enemy.
In Avengers and to the MCU, the Endgame really matters because it is the culmination of all the superhero franchises so far and 21 Marvel movies that have been made in the past 10 years.
And the people at MCU knew just how to give this superhero journey a farewell it well and truly deserves.
After the Infinity War in which Thanos manages to collect all the infinity stones and successfully wipes out half of Earth’s living beings, Stark is left stranded in space with no food and water while the remaining Avengers are planning ways to bring their colleagues, families and others who have vanished back.
This is as much I can reveal when it comes to plot, I swear I say more, I am afraid I will spoil it for you.
Frankly, Avengers: Endgame after the way things pan out in the Infinity War seemed impossible to pull off, especially the fact the “end” will all happen in a movie.
It was no surprise when the makers announced the movie would be three hours long (almost a Bollywood movie minus the songs and dances). I was still a bit apprehensive if that would be enough.
Given the magnitude of the cast – the band of superheroes we lost in the Infinity War and the remaining ones – it would have been a nightmare for the writers to come up with a script that truly justifies the Endgame.
We all might have a fair idea before heading to the cinemas that the remaining Avengers are able to bring the dead back especially after watching the new Spiderman trailer but how they pull it off is the key.
To me, the story to undo Thanos evil work had to sound realistic, something with substance and conviction.
But Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s crisp writing put all these doubts to rest. The way they piece the story together, with the element of surprise(s) neatly woven in the plethora of emotion, action and humour is simply outstanding.
The twists and turns in the storytelling is a masterstroke. You think you have a fair idea of how Endgame will pan out after an hour of show but then Markus and McFeely come up with another twist which will keep you guessing until the very end.
The direction from Russo brothers Anthony and Joe is superb. The way they manoeuvre the story between the past, the present and the future in such a complex setting is terrific. They also have an excellent control of the movie to make you feel that three hours is neither too long nor too short.
The cast as usual put on a stellar performance, spearheaded by a grand show from Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man).
Avengers: Endgame has everything from a genuine storytelling, humour, action and plentiful emotion.
There were times I laughed and times when I was choking on my tears. I may have watched all the 21 Marvel movies, none were as moving as the Endgame.
I guess that’s why it’s called the Endgame. But endings like this make you appreciate the franchise even more.
While it may be sad the way it is, you will come out of the cinemas feeling the Endgame is justified, especially given the odds they were up against.