With the release of Endgame finally here Mr O and I decided to catch up on all the films leading up to the Avengers grand finale that we missed due to being the parents of a small human. So expect lots of Avengers based reviews… probably full of confusion because they often confuse the fuck out of me.
So big bad Thanos (Josh Brolin) has decided the galaxy is out of balance. In fact he thinks 50% of the people (human, alien, whatevs) need to be eliminated for anything to thrive. He’s basically Nigel Farage on crack. I mean Nigel Farage could be on crack… but I digress.
To pull off this epic genocide, he needs a bunch of all powerful stones to put in his glove. Unsurprisingly, some of these stones are in the possession of The Avengers and their mates. One of them is even in Vision’s (Paul Bettany) head.
Awkwardly, after Age of Ultron not everyone is talking to each other. Also Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has lost his eye and his hammer, Vision has gone AWOL with Scarlet Witch (Elisabeth Olsen) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) has a secret that could be devastating.
Basically the whole film is bringing together all the different Avenger universes into a single thread in defence of the galaxy against Ultron in one mega battle.
It is all very entertaining. Over the years much effort has been put into building characters within the MCU including their backstories, motivations and relationships. There is also a seemingly endless budget so it looks spectacular and the battles are very exciting. The best parts are watching the banter between not only the long time allies but also new pairings. Thor and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) are great together. Oh and I loved teenage Groot (Vin Diesel).
All of that said, it does have a lot of characters so just when you are getting into the stride of following one story line, it switches and it’s like no, I want more Hulk (Mark Ruffalo); Iron Man (Robert Downey Junior) is boring. Somehow two and a half hours feels both too long and too short.
I have seen a fair few “set-up” movies and this is one of the better ones. It does it’s job of getting you ready for the next phase without becoming boring. I am not sure it would make any sense to anyone who hadn’t seen the majority of the previous films but then I don’t think anyone is coming into the franchise at Infinity War. I am still reeling from some of the losses at the end of the film. There are some characters that I was very attached to. I won’t name names for fear of spoilers.