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Review Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Anthony & Joe Russo | USA
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A year ago I wrote a review for Infinity War, where I elaborated how it revolutionized comic book movie adaptations to new uncharted territory. Little did I know then what awaits after Thanos snapped his fingers; what Marvel has in store for us in the form of this true culmination of the MCU. For those of you who haven’t watch it, let me just say this: “Avengers: Endgame” is nothing like you imagined it would be like. It is at the same time keeps on exceeding while also subverting your expectation in the best way possible, again and again for three straight hours. One could even argue that the Russos and Marvel’s team of writers did the impossible with this film which took what the whole franchise has building up to — both in terms of story and character but also with the filmmaking techniques that they introduced — and take them to a whole new level.
So what exactly do I mean by that? Well let’s see it this way: the superhero genre had exist since even the golden age of Hollywood. Then “Superman” came in ‘78 and it set a new standard for it. Marvel came quite late in the game with the two Blade movies and the first X-Men in the late 90s and since then, the genre only grows, slowly yet steadily. So yes, the superhero genre surely is nothing new. But what the MCU did is the true gamechanger that kickstarted this phenomena where people finally can enjoy not just the superhero movies alone but the world itself; to a point where each of Marvel’s entry to this universe became less and less a movie and more of a story, a chapter if you may call it, to a larger narrative. “Avengers: Infinity War” is where we first see Marvel use their world to the full potential, in which the film completely ignore any form of introduction because they knew that we as audience are familiar with it already. And so with that, the structure, pacing, and writing of that film is a complete deviation from the established norm. Gone were the three act structure, the balanced pacing, to make way for more chaotic and fast paced storytelling you would find in (you guessed it) comic books.
I was certainly impressed then and for a moment thought, “they could never possibly outdo this” — which of course they did, magnificently. After all this time, it became apparently clear that “Infinity War” is simply a testing ground, a qualification to the real deal that is “Endgame”. The comic book language the russos introduced is amplified here, pushing more and more its boundaries to give us a giant cosmical spectacle. It’s already big enough of a miracle that “Infinity War” can work as well as it did, making “Endgame” a more implausible feat that Marvel pulled off. Here we have a three hour blockbuster film, with characters ranging from a talking raccoon, a blue cyborg girl, and a norse god; yet somehow, we never questioned its logic. This is comic book perfectly transfered into a big screen. Gone were the days of comic book adaptations, because this is essentially comic book in filmic form.
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“Avengers: Endgame” is a climax of stories, revolutionary filmmaking, and the whole genre of superheroes as a whole. It’s as revolutionary as any other milestone blockbusters in its way to create its own language and norm, setting up a whole new era in our horizon. Maybe not a perfect film, but a perfect entry in the long line of this superhero phenomenon.

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