Garrett and Carson use their Spidey sense to navigate Far from Home.
If you are reading this review because you cannot decide if you should watch Avengers: Endgame or not, I can confidently say that you shouldn’t. Endgame is just that, the end of an era and the culmination of 11 years and 22 movies of Marvel’s grand experiment. A journey that started in 2008 with Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man has brought us to this thrilling conclusion staring over 30 A-list actors. There is only one way to truly appreciate the magnitude of Endgame and that comes with 48 hours of homework. If you have done your homework, then you were going to see this one no matter what. If you haven’t, you shouldn’t. Plain and simple.
I believe you could get away with watching Avengers: Infinity War without having seen any of the preceding movies. Sure, you might not grasp every joke or call back, but you could follow and enjoy the movie as a stand alone. That is not the case for Endgame. Endgame is best described as a tribute to everything we have seen over the past 11 years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All of the previous 21 movies are referenced in one way or another. Which may sound cheesy, but it is constructed in such a masterful way that it works on all levels.
Avengers: Endgame is a movie for the fans. Comic book and movie fans alike. It is jam packed full of Easter Eggs for the super fan, but also fully invests the casual movie fan. It is a movie for all ages that only gets better with multiple viewings. It should come at no one’s surprise that Endgame will be the highest grossing movie of all time. Deservingly so. It is an event unlike anything that has ever graced the big screen. It is a wonderful finale that everyone can enjoy… after they do their homework.
Captain Marvel has finally joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Brie Larson headlines as Carol Danvers in this historical debut. Brie is a great fit to play Captain Marvel, but she is only scratching the surface of the character in this film. Largely in part to the relatively inexperienced directors who somehow convinced Marvel Studios they were ready for a movie of this magnitude. They weren’t, and it shows.
As a fan of comic books and Captain Marvel, I had been looking forward to this movie for a long time (even before the pager). I knew there was a need to do some adjusting from the source material going into the movie. Carol Danvers has such a complex and convoluted backstory that there is no way to do it justice in under 10 hours. The simplification of the origin story was necessary, but not some of the changes to fit the social narrative of this movie. Mainly everything to do with Annette Bening needs to be omitted and changed back to their original script. I am sure Annette is a very nice lady, but she does not belong in this movie in any capacity.
Captain Marvel needed to show why Carol Danvers is a complete bad-ass. It needed to let Brie Larson be that bad-ass. The action scenes were too confined, few and far between, and hard to tell what was going on. Captain Marvel has such a grand power-set that having her fight in a tiny room truly limits how awesome she can be. The emotional core of this movie also misfires as attention on young Carol should have been front and center to give more weight and motivation. These two directors shoulder the blame on what should have been an epic introduction. An incredible actress like Brie in the hands of the Russos has limitless potential. Avengers: End Game will be her true introduction into the MCU.
A solid entry, somewhat cookie cutter entry into the Marvel cinematic universe with strong performances that make it a cut above most other Marvel origin stories.