Avengers: Endgame review -- Three-hour Marvel thrill ride tops Infinity War

CNET | 4/23/2019 | Mike Sorrentino
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Avengers: Infinity War's cliff-hanger ending left me fuming. Avengers: Endgame left me completely satisfied.

Directors Anthony and Joseph Russo have made a three-hour epic that flies by, just like Infinity War did in 2 hours and 40 minutes. Yet Endgame multiplies the scale tenfold. It has way more heroes, way more destinations and way more complexity.

Shift - Brings - Shift - Tone - Camaraderie

The shift in focus brings a shift in tone marked by the camaraderie between Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the rest of the heroes who headlined 2012's The Avengers. The villain-focused Infinity War was dark and deadly. This one goes lighter as it turns toward the heroes, with plenty of humor, and even some absurdity, mixed in with the heartbreak and insane action sequences.

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Endgame - Sequel - MCU - Movie - Knowledge

Endgame is a giant sequel to every MCU movie ever, but thankfully an in-depth knowledge of those films is unnecessary. The plot does jump around at times, which might confuse casual viewers, but bottom line: This thrill ride kicks off big and never lets up. It's so much fun.

Now that half the cast is out of the picture, the core Avengers and other surviving characters get more room for character development. The film dives into each hero's motivations and history -- especially important since this could be the final adventure for some of the longer-serving actors.

Standout - Johansson - Dazzles - Natasha - Romanoff

Standout Johansson dazzles, as Natasha Romanoff becomes a true leader who by Endgame sees Stark, Rogers and all the other heroes as a family she must protect. This Natasha is a far cry from the agent who feared the leak of her dark history in the past seven MCU films she's starred in. Endgame sets her up well for her highly rumored solo film.

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