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Spoiler-Free Review: Avengers: Endgame Isn't The Ending We Wanted But It's The One We Needed

It's the greatest hits of the MCU.

After 21 films over 11 years of build up, Avengers: Endgame is easily one of the most anticipated movies in modern history, so it’s easy to worry about how it’d all turn out.

But somehow, they’ve done it and they’ve stick the landing.

Are we really that surprised?

Avengers: Endgame is one of the most thrilling cinematic experiences you could ask for. It’s a tear jerkingly brutal, beautifully composed and oozing in nostalgia, which is expected after everything that has led to this.

Dealing with the fallout from Infinity War, Endgame has our heroes in disarray and literally stranded on opposite ends of the universe and it all seems hopeless…but that’s where these characters prove how far they’ve come into their own.

#SuitUp

The first phase of the MCU introduced us to relatively optimistic characters but now, they’re world wearied, tired but still somehow hopeful.

The core group of Avengers played by Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner, put in career defining performances. These are characters we’ve grown alongside, we’ve seen their development and arcs and that’s what Endgame does best… it pays off everything.

AvengeME!

 

Jokes, quotes and moments from literally every MCU film is paid off in one way or another, this film is like the greatest hits album of Marvel films.

It rewards those who have been there, sitting for collective hours waiting for post credits scenes or researching theories online *cough* Thanus.

Allonsy!

The film knows what you’re expecting. Action spectacles, comedic beats and dramatic moments… subverts what you’re expecting and turns it up to 11. Even after watching almost all promotional trailers, the movie still packed a lot of surprises and twists.

Directors Joe & Anthony Russo and writers Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely have pulled off one of the greatest challenges a filmmaker could undertake and have crafted a piece of art that ties everything together and makes sense out of films that until now were disregarded.

Ant man is a goddamn MVP.

Avengers: Endgame is the most important movie Marvel has ever made, there was a lot riding on it but it works. It’s everything we could ever want and more, which is a lot to say but… they’ve done it.

It’s perfect.

Captain Marvel Review: This Is The Empowering Movie We've Been Waiting For And It Doesn't Disappoint

The Captain is in.

It’s taken the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 11 years, 20 films and countless Stan Lee cameos to get to Captain Marvel, their first female-led superhero outing. And we’re here to tell you that it was worth the wait and Captain Marvel is everything you want it to be… and so much more.

CAAARRROOLLL!

The opening moments of Captain Marvel make you realise that you’re in for something different, something unlike any Marvel film that came before it… something special. And really after everything, for those who have stuck with the MCU so far, that’s saying something.

Without spoiling anything, Captain Marvel follows Carol Danvers, a member of the Kree military team, Starforce, has to try and piece together her past and her place in the universe. And although, that might sound like a cookie cutter plot, it’s the heart, humour and confidence that writer/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck inject into it that makes it stand out.

Soarin’, flyin’, there’s not a star in heaven that she can’t reach.

We’ve known for a while that Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel was the linchpin for the MCU going into Avengers: Endgame, touted by Kevin Feige as “the most powerful character in the Marvel universe” and oh boy, does Brie Larson bring it. Larson’s performance is powerful and understated but really what more could you expect from the Oscar winner?

Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg return as a digitally de-aged Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, although Coulson is relegated to the sideline for the most part. Jackson however, looks incredible and chews up the scenes with Larson and they work really, really well.

*Insert opening like of Blur’s Song 2*

Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Jude Law and Lashana Lynch round out the admirable supporting cast, all turning in multi-faceted performances but the real MVP of the film? That is without a doubt Goose, Danvers’ cat who steals every scene he’s in and can we please give him a spin-off already?!

Formerly known as Chewbacca.

The soundtrack is up there with the Guardians of The Galaxy in its use of dynamic, energetic music that will make you hop out of your seat. Like who in their right mind would’ve thought that we would ever have one of the MCU’s best fight scenes set to No Doubt’s ‘I’m Just A Girl’?

Captain Marvel marks a step in the right direction for the future of the MCU and after 2018’s Black Panther, we’re seeing a socially aware phase of films coming out that will make you wonder why it took so long.

Shaka-can’t do this.

The film is the cinematic equivalent of a hug. Sounds weird, I know. But when you think about the pantheon of comics and characters created by Stan Lee, it makes a bit more sense. The characters that inhabit these universes are both reflections of ourselves and people we aspire to be like and Captain Marvel is no different.

It’s aspirational and it wants you to be as well, it wants you to defy all expectations and simply try to be better… not by changing anything about yourself but by understanding yourself.

Fly on.

Let The DC Vs Marvel War Rage On, James Gunn Is Officially Writing And Directing Suicide Squad 2

He's gunning for the DC now.

Former-Guardians director James Gunn will now direct as well as write the follow-up to Suicide Squad, according to the The Hollywood Reporter.

Gunn was let go from Marvel/Disney after past inappropriate tweets resurfaced during pre-production for Guardians Of The Galaxy 3.

 

“I didn’t know how this worked.”

During his hiatus, Gunn produced the Superman-riff BrightBurn which seems to have served as a transition between studios for the filmmaker. 

2016’s Suicide Squad was highly anticipated but much maligned on release, suffering from everything from script issues and thin characters (which may or may not be because it was apparently recut by the studio who cut the trailer).

That’s what they do.

However, Suicide Squad 2 is rumored to be a retooling of the soon-to-be franchise with a new roster and direction which is in line with where DC is heading after the lukewarm reception to Justice League.

If Gunn is known for anything, it’s being able to assemble a diverse roster of characters/actors with a complex and engaging story.  

And also probably the tweets.

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