Everything has led to this!

And by everything, I mean 22 prior movies in the much beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Can you believe there have been that many movies since “Iron Man” kicked things off in 2008?  With their most recent announcement Marvel now has movies lined up until 2024!  What a time to be alive and be a fan of movies!

Now the home video release of “Avengers: Endgame” is here!  A couple weeks prior to its home video release, it officially stole the crown from “Avatar” as the number one global box office movie of all time.  Of all time!

I don’t like spoiling movies, so I won’t.  But I will give the most cookie-cutter breakdown of the plot in case the one person in the world who didn’t go see it in theaters happens to read this review before renting it.

Following the events of “Avengers: Infinity War”, the Avengers team and the rest of everyone and everything in existence is left completely devastated while dealing with the unbelievable loss of half of all life in the entire known (and unknown) universe thanks to Thanos.   What is left of The Avengers re-group to team up and take Thanos down for good, while trying to bring back everyone who was lost in the process.

The word “epic” is overused in our society, but epic is the only way to describe “Avengers: Endgame.”  Like previously mentioned, it is the culmination of an intertwining story that covered the span of 22 movies over an 11-year period…and I think Marvel/Disney/everyone did a fantastic job in wrapping all of it up here.  When I say “Everything has led to this”, I truly mean that because everything in all 22 of those movies has led directly to the events of this movie!

I thought the movie excellently wrapped up everything it needed to in order to move on to the next “Phase”, which began just last month with the release of “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, a movie that begins mere weeks after the final moments of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Personally, the only “dislike” I really had with this movie was how The Incredible Hulk was used.  But, I must admit that I am extremely biased because Hulk is one of my absolute favorite things on the planet and I feel he’s never been given his just due on screen.  He was completely wasted and useless in “Avengers: Infinity War”, which still gives me nightmares considering how horribly they used him based on his comic history.  While he was thankfully given much more to do here than in Infinity War…it still wasn’t right enough or good enough for my liking.  If you see this movie and are curious as to my full opinion about Hulk and how he could have been better used, then please come talk to me as I would love to tell everyone why!  Most everyone I have discussed it with have agreed, so that makes me feel a little better about it all, as that tells me I’m not the only one that thought so.

Truth be told, a lot of characters weren’t used the way they should have been, as Marvel decided to take this final opus and focus mostly on just a few of its mainstay characters.  I understand why, as there are only so many characters in a movie and so much time to tell their stories.  While Hulk is still extremely important to this story, Marvel chose to focus mostly on the other original Avenger teammates: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow.

In the first “Avengers” movie in 2012, the team consisted of Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye.  Each one of them gets a “send-off” story of some capacity in this movie, except for Hulk, who is just there and helping.  I really wanted Marvel to make him more important than he was portrayed, considering these 6 superheroes started it all and it was their story together that was important and integralI basically felt Hulk was left out here.  It is just my opinion that, if you have enough time to focus on 5 of the 6 then take just a little bit extra time and deeply focus on the 6th as well.

Personal Hulk opinions aside, the movie is flat out fantastic.  Any Marvel fan is going to love it because they have seen all 21 other movies already and know what to expect here.

So, should you Watch it or Skip it?

Obviously watch it!  But also watch the other 21 (again) so that you know absolutely everything going on here.

I’m serious when I say that because I watched “Avengers: Age of Ultron” the other day and there was a line from Black Widow toward the end of the movie that pretty much meant nothing at the time but is now one of the absolute biggest moments of foreshadowing I’ve ever seen on film given what happens in “Avengers: Endgame.”  Hardly anyone would catch it unless they went back and watched the others like I recently did.

That just goes to show how intricate Marvel has been with the MCU this entire time!

Avengers: Endgame” runs 3 hours and 1 minute (with no mid or post-credit scenes so don’t worry about sitting through them this time!) and is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action along with some language.

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