By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express
Eleven years and 22 movies all culminated in one ultimate adventure as the Avengers are in the Endgame now.
For those who wish to avoid spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, while this article is mostly spoiler-free, there are some mild spoilers ahead.
To see the Avengers all come together on the big screen (as much as character rights would allow) was once thought impossible.
To many there was no way a movie franchise spanning hundreds of characters and storylines could ever successfully come together.
However, in Avengers: Endgame, the Avengers truly did assemble, and to put it in a word, it was awesome.
With the end of Avengers: Infinity War leaving the Avengers not only disassembled, but many of them dead and gone, a lot of fans were unsure of how directors Anthony and Joe Russo were going to pull it off.
But they didn’t just pull off a great movie, they pulled off a spectacle.
The film starts off on a rather gloomy note, as it picks up essentially right when the last film left off.
Each of the original six Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye are all given their due diligence, further progressing their stories in a way which suits each of them.
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton (Hawkeye) especially stood out, as his character finally came into form.
Renner and fans alike had felt Hawkeye had been neglected and not treated with the respect the character deserves, despite the fact he’s a guy with a bow and arrow fighting alongside the Norse God of Thunder.
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Chris Evans as Steve Rogers (Captain America) had two of their most riveting performances since joining the Avengers, both of them being the original leaders of the team.
Paul Rudd in his first Avengers film, brings humour and emotion to the role of Scott Lang as he returns from the Quantum Realm only to find half of all life in the universe had disappeared, and five years had passed, the shock of it all is palpable as he searches for his daughter.
The entire third act of the film is masterfully paced and will keep fans’ eyes glued to the screen, as the Russo brothers put together a scene which gives each hero their due.
With so many powerful moments, throwbacks and heroes, Avengers: Endgame’s three hour runtime doesn’t feel that long, as it flies by, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats.
Starting in 2008 with Iron Man, the Avengers assembled for the must-see movie of 2019.