Film Review: “Avengers: End Game” (2019) ★★★★★

I promised never to write about Marvel’s films. It’s not because they are bad; it’s because big and famous pieces always get written on by every critic and blogger on Earth while real films with a subject matter much deeper than superheroes universe barely get attention. However, after seeing the intelligent approach of “Avengers: End Game”, I had no choice but become a clichéd blogger, if you want to call it that way, and enter the long list of names that, in the end, had to write about it.

After the devastating events taking place in Avengers: Infinity War, half of the planet’s population, including billions of human lives, have been wiped out by Thanos, leaving just enough number of people to rebuild their life. With only a few allies left, the Avengers gather together once again to stop Thanos for good. However, when the opportunity arises with the appearance of Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, the rest of the Avengers, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, Tony Stark, Thor, Hawkeye, and Nebula team up to travel back in time for their last attempt to undo the disastrous damage done to the planet and bring everyone they lost back. However, they don’t know that there is yet a great price to pay along the way, which they will have plenty of opportunities to learn about.

To go deep into the storyline means to reveal much more than you should really know. Of course, if you have seen the Infinity War then you know how many were gone. However, with five years being passed in End Game, the latest and most probably the last installment of Avengers that we know of, it introduces Tony Stark as a father to a very adorable girl, maybe not so happily ever after, but enough to go through one day after another. This, of course, happens after they defeat a common enemy whose death does not bring much satisfaction. This is why when Ant-Man appears with the knowledge about a time-travel opportunity, the group could not pass even the slightest of chances to fight in order to have a logical conclusion of their big battle.

And now I would like to go in-depth into the reasons why I had to write about Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers: End Game. Thanos continues being the main antagonist of the last installment, the creature that keeps his promise and wipes out 50% of all living creatures. “I thought by eliminating half of life, the other half would thrive, but you have shown me,” says Thanos to Captain America, and continues,  “… that’s impossible. As long as there are those that remember what was, there will always be those that are unable to accept what can be. They will resist.”  But to end his remark, he looks straight at Steve Rogers and says, “You could not live with your own failure, and where did that bring you? Back to me.” Thanos says with a strong tone of assurance that this time he will leave nothing of the planet that still resists.

So who is Thanos? Why does he do what he does? The reason he gave to Captain America is damning, however, he wants to ensure that everybody is aware of his intentions, a so-called attempt to save the Planet Earth from starvation, the same as he did with Titans. I could not help but keep asking myself, why again we get back to the same concept that the majority must die to save the rest of living people? Does it mean the Avengers are not doing good things for humanity by trying to save it from its inevitable death? The answer to this is very complicated and this film never tries to answer that.

Thanos is like an invader who travels from one planet to another and leaves nothing after his visit thanks to the six stones he has collected successfully. But what happens outside of this richly written villain is one of the most interesting scenes I have observed probably in 2019 – the fight scene between Black Widow and Hawkeye for their right to give up their own existence for the sake of humanity. Who wins the fight does not really matter – but it will be romantic, like a love story between life and death and eternity. There is one scene I would prefer to give away much information about, but surely you will realize which one it was – it’s the moment when a particular character knew there is a lot to lose but it can be even worse if not for one major step that can end everything for one, but give hope to others.

Chris Evans’ Captain America was so well unfolded, I could not believe how strong, how brave and courageous this hero is. In fact, with End Game, he became a written manifest to something every other hero should have done – to fulfill their lives by all means. Indeed, not only Captain America, every other character appearing in the film plays a significant role in defeating the common enemy. They will mostly cry, fight all the time, have no time to rest, and when they joke, it will be the joke of a lifetime as they know very well they won’t get another one.

In the end, “Avengers: End Game” is much bigger than just Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. With this, it went beyond its purposes, expanded its ability, and lived a life all future superhero films can only dream of. As the audience, you must be prepared for an emotional journey, witness the fall and rise of human life where some will fight eagerly to give up their own for a better future. But once it reaches the end, you will find yourself speechless. And it’s not because of someone who dies so someone else can live, not at all; it’s the unity of the universe, the importance of life, and why, whether we know each other or not, must treat everyone equal, as one, as someone who’s willing to take a stand. Avengers: End Game is not the end of the journey, it is the beginning of a new era of a cinematic universe that no longer can be defeated, thanks to Marvel.

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