Avengers Endgame is the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the end of Phase 3. Not to worry, it will continue in Phase 4, but this may be the last appearance of some of the original Avengers. Check out our spoiler free Avengers Endgame review and parental guidance.
Avengers Endgame Review
Place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Marvel Cinematic Universe launched with Iron Man in 2008. Endgame is the 22nd movie in the universe across three phases. While the Infinity Stones were not mentioned in each film, they appeared throughout all 3 phases. The consensus seems to be that Endgame wraps up the Infinity Stones storyline.
Infinity War ended with Thanos acquiring all of the stones and snapping half of the life in the universe to dust.
Avengers Endgame definitely relies on viewers having knowledge of the characters and the infinity stones. Although the Infinity Stones are briefly explained, the characters are not really reintroduced.
Avengers Endgame is best for those who already have some familiarity with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you want a stripped down list of movies to watch, I recommend:
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Thor Dark World (although in our opinion it’s the weakest in the series)
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Captain America Civil War
- Doctor Strange
- Infinity War
Thoughts on Movie
I thought Avengers Endgame was a great turning point in the MCU. It provides closure to some storylines while showing the path moving forward.
The movie heavily features the original Avengers crew – Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. Also receiving significant screen time are War Machine, Ant-Man, Rocket, and Nebula – basically the survivors of the snap. The movie also brings back a number of supporting characters, both super heroes, colleagues, and family members.
Despite a 3 hour run time, the movie moves at a quick pace and managed to hold my attention throughout. I was a little worried because I was up late Thursday night finishing the weekend roundup. If you don’t think you can make the 3 hour run time without a bathroom break, there are some articles online suggesting when to go.
Spiderman may have turned to dust in Infinity War, but other characters step in to fill in the movie references. There’s a scene where War Machine and Ant-Man go back and forth throwing out names of movies in a certain genre.
There’s a great “girl power” scene in the middle of a fight. During the climactic fight, one of the women says I’ve got to cross the battlefield. Over the headset, one of the men asks who will have her back. All of the other female fighters show up to provide support.
One of the final scenes was a funeral for a major character. The Avengers team and support show up in full force and most are shown with their base team or family. There is one character who stands alone that we did not recognize. A quick Google search for <Dead Person’s> funeral guests revealed who this was. After seeing the movie, you may have to look it up.
There were a few threads that I thought were dropped. In one of the final scenes a character takes a trip with 2 important objects and returns with only 1 of the 2 without any explanation of where the other object is. After longer reflection, I think I’ve figured it out and it does make sense, but isn’t mentioned explicitly.
My husband and I also discussed the disconnect between the Captain Marvel’s mid-credit scene showing her arriving at the Avengers compound and her first appearance in Endgame. My speculation is that the Captain Marvel scene happens off camera and then she leaves for before her first appearance in Endgame.
I want to keep the review spoiler free, so I can’t say much more. Get your tickets now. We saw the show in IMAX and I definitely recommend it.
Avengers: Endgame Trailer
About Avengers: Endgame
Kevin Feige produces “Avengers: Endgame,” and Anthony and Joe Russo are the directors. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau and Stan Lee are the executive producers, and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.
Avengers Endgame opened on April 26, 2019
Parental Guidance for Avengers Endgame
Avengers Endgame is rated PG-13 largely due to violence.
Language is on par with the other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Most notably, there are a couple uses of sh-t. The movie is very story and action driven, so there is essentially no sexual scenes or references.
One character is shown drunk for a good portion of the movie. In addition, the character is no longer physically fit and has gained considerable weight.
The depicted violence is fairly typical of a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Last year, I compared the impact of significant deaths in Infinity War to the final fight scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 without the story resolution since there is a second part. Slight spoilers here, across Infinity War and Endgame, not all characters survive. These deaths are not in the last seconds of the film and closure is provided particularly in the form of one funeral scene.
I would recommend the movies for ages 10+ – depending on the child.
Final Thoughts on Avengers: Endgame
Update (May 17, 2019): Avengers: Endgame was originally released without a post-credit scene. A post-credit scene has been added – it is actually the trailer for Spider Man Far From Home which opens in theaters on July 2. Since the trailer contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame it is being shown after the movie.
Stan Lee makes his typical cameo in Avengers: Endgame. I have heard this is the last cameo he will be making.
I can’t wait for more people to see the movie so we can have spoiler filled discussions. I am also going to send out a plea not to discuss the movie on the way out of the theater. You’ll spoil it for those waiting for the next showing.