Avengers: Endgame

Part of the journey is the end.

Avengers: Endgame
Director
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writer
Actors
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Emma Fuhrmann, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Brie Larson, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana, Evangeline Lilly, Tessa Thompson, Rene Russo, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Letitia Wright, John Slattery, Tilda Swinton, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, Hayley Atwell, Natalie Portman, Marisa Tomei, Taika Waititi, Angela Bassett, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, William Hurt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Redford, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Samuel L. Jackson, Sean Gunn, Winston Duke, Linda Cardellini, Maximiliano Hernández, Frank Grillo, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, James D'Arcy, Jacob Batalon, Lexi Rabe, Ross Marquand, Joe Russo, Michael James Shaw, Terry Notary, Kerry Condon, Ben Sakamoto, Ava Russo, Cade Woodward, Stan Lee, Yvette Nicole Brown, Callan Mulvey, Lia Russo, Julian Russo, Taylor Patterson, Agostino Rosalina, Ken Jeong, Ty Simpkins, Jackson A. Dunn, Lee Moore, Bazlo LeClair, Loen LeClair, John Michael Morris, Michael A. Cook, Brent McGee, Brian Schaeffer, Jamie Wedel, Anthony G Breed, Erica Ribley, Monique Ganderton, Jim Starlin, Jimmy Ray Pickens, Hye Jin Jang, Russell Bobbitt, James Lin, Jack Champion, Sam Hargrave, Patrick Gorman, Aaron Lazar, Robert Pralgo, Tom Wisdom, John Posey, Ameenah Kaplan, Olaniyan Thurmon, Jennifer Elmore, Mike Lutz
Runtime
3 h 01 min
Release Date
24 April 2019
Genres
Adventure, Science Fiction, Action
Overview
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.
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AVENGERS: ENDGAME

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).

Avengers: Endgame epic film

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.

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.

  1. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
  2. Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
  3. Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk
  4. Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  5. Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
  6. Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
  7. Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine
  8. Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man
  9. Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
  10. Karen Gillan as Nebula
  11. Danai Gurira as Okoye
  12. Benedict Wong as Wong
  13. Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan
  14. Bradley Cooper as Rocket
  15. Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
  16. Josh Brolin as Thanos
  17. Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange
  18. Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther
  19. Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
  20. Zoe Saldana as Gamora
  21. Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
  22. Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon
  23. Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
  24. Tom Hiddleston as Loki
  25. Pom Klementieff as Mantis
  26. Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
  27. Letitia Wright as Shuri
  28. William Hurt as Thaddeus Ross
  29. Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
  30. Winston Duke as M’Baku
  31. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Ebony Maw,
  32. Jacob Batalon as Ned
  33. Vin Diesel as Groot
  34. Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord
  35. Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
  36. Ross Marquand as Red Skull / Stonekeeper
  37. Michael James Shaw as Corvus Glaive
  38. Terry Notary as Cull Obsidian
  39. Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne / Wasp
  40. Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie
  41. Rene Russo as Frigga
  42. John Slattery as Howard Stark
  43. Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One
  44. Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
  45. Marisa Tomei as May Parker
  46. Taika Waititi as Korg
  47. Angela Bassett as Ramonda
  48. Michael Douglas as Hank Pym
  49. Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne
  50. Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton
  51. Maximiliano Hernández as Jasper Sitwell
  52. Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow
  53. Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce
  54. Callan Mulvey as Jack Rollins
  55. Ty Simpkins as Harley Keener
  56. Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
  57. James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis
  58. Hiroyuki Sanada portrays Akihiko
  59. Alexandra Rabe portrays Morgan Stark
  60. Emma Fuhrmann portrays Cassie Lang,
  61. Stan Lee has a posthumous cameo in the film as a car driver in 1970; this is his final film appearance.

Movie Details

Director
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writer
Actors
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Emma Fuhrmann, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Brie Larson, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana, Evangeline Lilly, Tessa Thompson, Rene Russo, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Letitia Wright, John Slattery, Tilda Swinton, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, Hayley Atwell, Natalie Portman, Marisa Tomei, Taika Waititi, Angela Bassett, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, William Hurt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Redford, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Samuel L. Jackson, Sean Gunn, Winston Duke, Linda Cardellini, Maximiliano Hernández, Frank Grillo, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, James D'Arcy, Jacob Batalon, Lexi Rabe, Ross Marquand, Joe Russo, Michael James Shaw, Terry Notary, Kerry Condon, Ben Sakamoto, Ava Russo, Cade Woodward, Stan Lee, Yvette Nicole Brown, Callan Mulvey, Lia Russo, Julian Russo, Taylor Patterson, Agostino Rosalina, Ken Jeong, Ty Simpkins, Jackson A. Dunn, Lee Moore, Bazlo LeClair, Loen LeClair, John Michael Morris, Michael A. Cook, Brent McGee, Brian Schaeffer, Jamie Wedel, Anthony G Breed, Erica Ribley, Monique Ganderton, Jim Starlin, Jimmy Ray Pickens, Hye Jin Jang, Russell Bobbitt, James Lin, Jack Champion, Sam Hargrave, Patrick Gorman, Aaron Lazar, Robert Pralgo, Tom Wisdom, John Posey, Ameenah Kaplan, Olaniyan Thurmon, Jennifer Elmore, Mike Lutz
Runtime
3 h 01 min
Release Date
24 April 2019
Genres
Adventure, Science Fiction, Action
Overview
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.

Comments 2

  1. Marshall

    Great review! I, too didn’t move for the entire movie – except when my 4dx chair swayed from side to side.

    Is this Marvel’s peak? Time will tell but I have to think that moviegoers will experience fatigue if Disney doesn’t slow down with these superhero flicks which are all follow the same archetype.

    • Frank Riordan

      An astute observation, it is, from a Star Wars enthusiast. Star Wars continues after 40 years, more movies they have planned. Fear of fatigue leads to the dark side. The Force will keep Star Wars continuing, the future Star Wars has. Into the future Disney+ will take MCU. Alive forever, MCU will be. Patience and optimism, you must have my young movie observer.

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