Review: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ leaves fan curious, excited

I was lucky enough to see “Avengers: Endgame” on the night of its official release with my friend who, like me, has been anticipating this movie since we left the theater after “Infinity War.” But with rumors, speculation and spoilers floating around for months before the premiere, we were scared.

The opening of the movie displayed some odd choices by the directors, Joe and Anthony Russo. With the 
past few years 
of Avengers
 movies creating
 and growing
 characters
 who are loved
 by many, you
 would think
 that those 
character s
and the things
 people love
 about them
 would be
 evident.

However,
 I think a few 
characters were
 given the short
end of the stick
 in this movie 
in terms of
 development.
 While there 
are some that 
have obviously
 grown and
 changed for
 the better
 throughout 
this era of
 Marvel, there
were some that
 seem almost 
neglected by the Russo brothers, not in terms of screen time, but in terms of consistency.

It feels like the past few movies in the MCU have created characters that people can finally relate to, but with “Infinity War” and “Endgame,” it’s like those characters don’t have any constant traits. It’s a lot of back-and- forth for the audience, but I think it’s mostly due to the director differences between these and the standalone films, and it should almost be expected.

Truthfully speaking, this is my only big complaint about the movie.
The Russo brothers had a big task putting this movie together, and I think they ultimately delivered on it. With all of the speculation of what was going to happen on the internet – time travel, deaths, alternate realities, etc. – they had a lot of pressure from fans. I was worried that I would already be expecting everything that was going to happen.

Fortunately, the pressure from the fans was not evident. The directors created a unique way of doing everything that needed to be done, and it was not like anything I anticipated. This film is truly bigger than anyone thought it could be.

By the end credits, I had forgotten any complaints I had, and I wasn’t upset about things that I didn’t like. Once it had faded to black and credits started rolling, it didn’t matter anymore. This is honestly everything I could have hoped for from a Marvel movie.

Being in a theater full of people who are all experiencing the same end of an era, seeing the same payoff after 10 years of these films, was a reward in itself. It’s a beautiful moment, really.

“Avengers: Endgame” is a lot to unpack, a lot to accept, and it was a very emotional experience. There was a nostalgia value that brought tears, laughs and even comfort. This is the last big film with all of the Avengers in it because of contracts and making room for the next phase of heroes, but it doesn’t leave you wanting more. I would even venture as far as to say I’m curious and excited to see what’s next because I’m almost not sure if Disney or Marvel can top this.
It was a satisfying end. Bittersweet, but satisfying.

Meredith Janning has worked on The Pine Log since her second semester at Stephen F. Austin. During her time at The Pine Log, Meredith has held the positions of staff writer and news editor.

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