Part of the journey is the end.
I squandered all my chances to see Avengers: Endgame when it was in the theaters. But, I still felt obligated to watch this big screen epic film. Avengers: Endgame is the massive conclusion to the Avengers: Infinity Wars, the war that was so devastating to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). So, I watched on a big screen at home in 2-D, I know, stupid, I missed the 3-D, the Imax and the 4DX formats. I treated this like a mandatory thing I had to do. So, I squeezed in 3 hours and started watching.
As soon as Dear Mr. Fantasy, by Traffic started playing I was hooked.
“Dear Mr. Fantasy, play us a tune
Something to make us all happy
Do anything, take us out of this gloom”
I sat there for the entire 3 hours and I don’t think I even moved.
After the first 10 minutes you were up to speed and you realized where this was heading. Avengers: Endgame gathered all the loose ends and headed straight into conflict. It was very well done, flowed nicely and had its usual comedic moments. The film made a very complicated time travel scenario make sense (if you didn’t think about it too much).
I don’t usually comment on acting in a CGI movie – screaming a word or two at a green screen is not acting – it’s a paycheck. The usual characters, Ironman (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) had the biggest roles. All the characters sounded and acted just like all the other MCU films they have been in. Although, Thor did do some acting since his character gained a bit of weight and developed a dependency, at least for while.
Of course, the CGI is the best in the world and all you can do is sit back and appreciate the marvel of the Avengers: Endgame epic film.
What struck me the most was how large the cast was and how well this film showed the magnitude of the MCU. At one point all the cast listed below lined up and the camera panned over the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was an incredible CGI scene.
The Entire MCU Cast:
I’ll just end this with a cast listing and say it was a very enjoyable trip through time.
- Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
- Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
- Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor
- Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
- Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
- Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine
- Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man
- Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
- Karen Gillan as Nebula
- Danai Gurira as Okoye
- Benedict Wong as Wong
- Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan
- Bradley Cooper as Rocket
- Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
- Josh Brolin as Thanos
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange
- Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther
- Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
- Zoe Saldana as Gamora
- Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
- Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon
- Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki
- Pom Klementieff as Mantis
- Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
- Letitia Wright as Shuri
- William Hurt as Thaddeus Ross
- Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
- Winston Duke as M’Baku
- Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Ebony Maw,
- Jacob Batalon as Ned
- Vin Diesel as Groot
- Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord
- Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
- Ross Marquand as Red Skull / Stonekeeper
- Michael James Shaw as Corvus Glaive
- Terry Notary as Cull Obsidian
- Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne / Wasp
- Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie
- Rene Russo as Frigga
- John Slattery as Howard Stark
- Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One
- Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
- Marisa Tomei as May Parker
- Taika Waititi as Korg
- Angela Bassett as Ramonda
- Michael Douglas as Hank Pym
- Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne
- Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton
- Maximiliano Hernández as Jasper Sitwell
- Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow
- Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce
- Callan Mulvey as Jack Rollins
- Ty Simpkins as Harley Keener
- Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
- James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis
- Hiroyuki Sanada portrays Akihiko
- Alexandra Rabe portrays Morgan Stark
- Emma Fuhrmann portrays Cassie Lang,
- Stan Lee has a posthumous cameo in the film as a car driver in 1970; this is his final film appearance.