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Review: Avengers: Endgame (Carson’s View)

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.

Episode 90: Avengers: Endgame

Garrett and Carson are in the Endgame. ‘Nuff Said!

Episode 86: Shazam!

Garrett and Carson kid around while talking DC’s Shazam!

Review: Captain Marvel (Garrett’s View)

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.

Episode 83: Captain Marvel

Garrett and Carson are flerken excited to talk about Captain Marvel.

Episode 77: Glass

Garrett and Carson break through Glass, M. Night Shyamalan’s last film in the Unbreakable trilogy.

Episode 76: Aquaman

Garrett and Carson wade through Aquaman.

Episode 75: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Garrett and Carson swing by to talk about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Carson’s View)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is truly something special. It is innovative, clever, funny, and extremely entertaining. This movie does so many things right, that pointing out anything that it could improve seems petty. Spider-Verse hits the nail on the head. It is a Spider-Man movie that both fanboys will be proud of and newcomers will enjoy.

Disclaimer: I am a huge Spider-Man fan. I grew up reading the comics and watching the cartoons. I have seen and forced myself to enjoy each movie that has been made to date. Even though deep down I was disappointed in the casting, execution, and unnecessary changes to Spider-Man lore. Then finally, we got to Tom Holland (who is a fantastic choice as the web-slinger) in Homecoming which is a worthy installment into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I felt very satisfied with the current interpretation of Spider-Man that we have. I thought Spider-Verse would be a fun “aside” story. A way to introduce kids to all the Spider-People Marvel has to offer to see if anything sticks. But that ultimately it would be a forgettable experience. I was very wrong.

From the get-go Into the Spider-Verse hits you with an unexpected style. Even after seeing the trailers, I was not expecting to be fully immersed in a visual masterpiece. It was a comic book come to life, and I say that with the highest praise. The music is done beautifully throughout and cannot be ignored. Still, I have not yet reached the peak of my admiration.

That goes to the storytelling. It made me so happy to see Spider-Verse tell each character’s background “comic book accurately.” It also did so in a manner that took no longer than 10 seconds each. Live-Action movies should take note that it can be done without boring the audience with origin stories that monopolize the entire first hour and a half. Spider-Verse was able to stay true to the comics, but still tell a new story of it’s own.

Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Garrett’s View)

The world of animation is where Spider-Man truly belongs. Into the Spider-Verse is unquestionably the best Spider-Man film to date and is the best animated film of 2018. And amazingly enough, should be in the discussion for best superhero film of all time.