Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this film for the intent of a review. All words and thoughts are my own.
So I should admit that I saw Avengers Endgame three times in the theater. Yes, I am a big Marvel fan, but the truth is that it was an epic movie with a lot to pull apart. I found myself picking up on things that I missed in the first two viewings.
Wait, you don’t know what Endgame is about?
Here’s the official press release:
“Avengers: Endgame” picks up with the Avengers having been soundly defeated by Thanos, who, after collectng the six Infinity Stones, imposed his twisted will on all of humanity and randomly wiped out half of the world’s populaton, including many of the Avengers. In the aftermath of the destructon, the remaining Avengers are faced with their biggest challenge yet—finding the resolve within themselves to get off the mat and find a way to defeat Thanos once and for all.
Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” is the most antcipated superhero film of all tme and stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket.
Gwyneth Paltrow also returns as Pepper Potts, along with Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. Josh Brolin also returns as the film’s infamous villain, Thanos.
Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” is directed by Emmy Award®–winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo from an original screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Kevin Feige is producing the film, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau, James Gunn and Stan Lee serving as executve producers.
And then I got a copy of the film to view at home. I’ve watched it at least three more times. But don’t you already know what happened?
Sure, I know the story, but remember this movie is the 22nd movie into an interwoven universe. There are a lot of threads in the film to follow and examine.
In some cases, you have beloved characters that are meeting for the first time, or reunited after a long time. Calling this an epic film is an understatement.
So what’s good in the digital copy?
One of my favorite things turned out to be one of the most intriguing items. The Directors’ Commentary of the film is a fun passenger for the ride of the 3 hour film. You get some insightful nuggets (like why the opening scene was not included in Infinity War) and trivia bits (like Robert Redford proclaiming on set that this was his last role as an actor – how cool is that?).
In addition, you get the deleted scenes which always add to the story. You also get some shorts exploring the roles of some of the Avengers and how their stories evolved over the course of the three phases.
I loved this movie and thought Marvel nailed the end of an 11 year saga. But you don’t have to take my word for it – whether you saw it in theaters or are seeing it for the first time, check out Avenger’s Endgame available now on Blu-Ray and Digital Home Release.