Avengers: Endgame brings a satisfying conclusion to this chapter in the MCU saga despite some messy storylines and plot holes.
The film finds the Avengers gang leading with the repercussions of Thanos’ victory last time around.
After 22 films in 11 years, it surely wasn’t an easy feat for everyone involved to bring the story to a conclusion while still guiding the MCU forward, and I think they mostly succeed in that regard. The Russo brothers prove for the fourth and probably last time that they’re perfectly skilled to handle such a big-scaled picture, even playing with a much more somber and dramatic tone than other entries in the franchise.
The cast remains this franchise’s perhaps most rousing achievement, filled with charisma until the very end, with notable highlights being stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and some very pleasant surprises. Josh Brolin remains great as Thanos, and the rest of the huge cast as well. Brie Larson though still struggles a bit in the role for me, unfortunately.
Flaws with the film arise for me once the film begins its second act. Without giving much away, a plot device is introduced that, while delivering some epic and fan-service moments, it robs the film some of its grounded tone and has some unfortunate massive plot holes that can only be discussed in a spoiler talk. The villain, Thanos, is also robbed of much of the sinister presence he had in the last film and is almost completely missing for a large portion of the film, which is disappointing.
However, a lot is forgiven with a very powerful and epic third act that is sure to excite even the most casual fans, and it delivers a great conclusion that feels earned, and that is thanks to the special care that was taken over the last decade to flesh out these characters. It gives some of them the perfect ending they deserved and the only one they could’ve had.
In conclusion, Avengers:Endgame can be very messy and inconsistent at times, especially in the first half, but it has an instantly classic third act that feels earned and delivers a necessary powerful punch and heartbreak that the MCU very often is in need of.