Avengers: Endgame – the end of an era

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Fans all over the world are set to experience the conclusion to a decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe films as the last Avengers hits cinemas over the next week.

Avengers: Endgame is the film fans have been waiting for and dreading since last year’s Avengers: Infinity War shocked them with its ending, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Fans and casual moviegoers alike will be satisfied with the movie, which closes this chapter of 22 films in the franchise.

Fans are eager for the trailers to finish, and the end to begin.

Beginning in 2008 with Iron Man, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has built a reputation for fan servicing, gripping visuals, and vivid storytelling. Endgame is no exception.

Endgame assumes that its audience has seen at least ‘phase one’ of the Marvel films and Infinity War, and while some may have thought this would affect its popularity, this doesn’t appear to be the case.

According to a statement from HOYTS Group CEO and President Damian Keogh, the ‘phase three’ instalment’s opening day was unprecedented.

Avengers: Endgame opening day on Wednesday was the biggest ever industry box office for a single day in both Australia and New Zealand,” he said.

The latest film from director duo and brothers Anthony and Joe Russo provides its audience with call-back lines and visuals to make every fan scream and clap – a phenomena often experienced in the 8pm session I attended.

An unfortunate twist on a beloved character is one of few negatives of the film, with the concept of time travel explained away by that elusive quantum realm only explored in the Ant Man movies.

Audience’s will be blown, or dusted, away by the pace of the film, which is fast, but takes enough time for emotional moments and humour.

Visual effects are, as always, seamless, with audiences believing Tony’s physical plight at the onset, as well as his out-of-this-world surroundings.

The integration of new and old characters is smooth, allowing both time to shine in this love letter to the fans.

Endgame promised to do “whatever it takes” to satisfy its audience, and it does indeed achieve this.

Avengers: Endgame is in cinemas now.

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