Avengers Endgame: Can it live up to the Hype?
With just a matter of days to wait now for the conclusion to over ten years of Marvel Cinematic Universe we ask, can Avengers Endgame live up to fans expectations?
The MCU a brief history:
The MCU kicked off with Phase One and Iron Man back in 2008 directed by Jon Favreau. It went on to include The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and culminated in 2012’s Avengers Assemble! It’s fair to say that phase one is a mixed bag at best. Iron Man, Thor and Avengers are the stand out films with the others ranging from fair to bad.
Phase Two began in May 2013 with the release of Iron Man 3. Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-man completed the set. Again the films range from pretty average to amazing. Of course Guardians is the highlight. Age of Ultra proved to be a huge disappointment and lead to Joss Whedon leaving Marvel altogether.
Finally we get to Phase Three. By now Marvel could be blindfolded and tied up back and still churn out a competent Superhero yarn. Kicking off in 2016, Captain America: Civil War was the first time Spider-man appeared in the MCU. Then we had Doctor Strange, Guardians 2, Spider-man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-man and The Wasp, Captain Marvel and finally Avengers: Endgame which is due for release on April 26th. I think it’s fair to say that for sheer quality, Phase Three is a major improvement on the first two. Twenty-two films that together are collectively called the ‘Infinity Saga’. To put that into perspective if, by the time you’ve watched the end credits of Endgame you’d seen each film just once at the cinema that would be around 60 hours of bum-numbing entertainment you’d have sat through. Also if we say an average ticket for the cinema is around £12 that’s £264. That’s some investment Marvel fans!
So where will this incredible feat of cinema take us? Never before has there been a series of interconnected movies spanning such a huge timescale and universe. Now this story arc comes to an end in the final part of the Infinity Saga. Infinity War was an incredible spectacle, blending all those storylines and characters into one watchable and enjoyable film. I feel the Russo brothers can finish the story in a way that pays off for all concerned. Infinity War left us with half the main cast being turned to dust and some other major characters seemingly dead. The film ended with little hope but then this is Marvel and nobody ever really stays dead do they? There is still a lot of the story to tell, wrapping up 11 years of story building in a way that will please fans will be tough. However, if the runtime three hours gives us any indication the Infinity Saga isn’t going to go quietly.
But back to the original question, can Avengers Endgame live up to its hype? Well I guess that depends on your perspective, are you one of the people who are spending £1000’s on tickets for the midnight showing because it was sold out, or are you just going to see it when you can? If you are the sort of person willing to drop the best part of a grand to see a movie, then the chances are you’ll be disappointed. How can any film live up to spending that kind of cash to see it? On the other hand there will be serious uproar if Endgame doesn’t wrap up nicely. We’ve all invested so much into these films. I personally believe we are going to see something incredible. Perhaps not the greatest film on cinema history but it is certainly going to be the biggest and I would guess, by some distance. Only time will tell as to whether the years of sitting through the MCU will have the payoff it deserves but I live in hope.
We know that the team has lost some key players, Rocket is the only Guardian left for example but they have Ant-man and Captain Marvel to bolster the ranks. I’m are guessing that there is going to be an incursion to the quantum realm and where that takes us is going to be exciting. I can’t wait!
I guess the saddest part is that Stan didn’t make it to see the culmination of this wonderful journey. However, it is somewhat fitting that Endgame will feature his final cameo. Now I don’t want to end on a sad note so I’ll leave you with this. If the end of the 11 year Infinity Saga has you feeling down, don’t feel too bad because Phase Four begins less than three months after with Spider-man: Far from Home. The MCU behemoth rolls on and now with the acquisition of Fox, you can bet the Fantastic Four, X-men and even Deadpool may be showing up in Phases four to six!
Right, now where’s my wallet and my eBay account, I’ve got two grand here for a midnight ticket, who’s selling?
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