Blake Kavan

Blake Kavan

Well, this is it. A year after Thanos infamously snapped his fingers with the infinity gauntlet in “Infinity War,” half of the earth faded from existence like a speck of dust. In perhaps the most anticipated blockbuster of all-time, the remaining Avengers are back to avenge the fallen in Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame.”

The Avengers still remaining are: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and newbie, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).

Their plan of action? Live for today, survive for tomorrow and plan for a miracle of a future to undo the destruction caused by Thanos (Josh Brolin).

Of course, that’s much easier said than done. In “Infinity War,” every superhero and their dog tried to stop Thanos and failed, so how will they prevent failure from repeating itself with half the field turned to dust? Fortunately, Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) suddenly has returned from the quantum realm (as seen in “Ant-Man and the Wasp”), and the wise-cracking Avenger has a plan so crazy it just might work.

With a film like this, the less you know entering the theater the better, so that’s it for the film’s synopsis. One thing I can tell you, though, is these are not the same Avengers we’ve come to adore over the years — they’re different even from “Infinity War.”

They are so far removed from the first “Avengers” film when they are cracking one-liners in an attempt to save New York City. Following the aftermath of “Infinity War,” millions of people turned to dust, and that guilt and sorrow weighs on our heroes immensely.

It’s difficult to find standouts when you’re dealing with such an ensemble cast of A-list actors and historic, legendary heroes, but the film still finds a way for certain characters to absolutely shine. Chris Evans has become so synonymous with his Captain America character, it almost doesn’t feel right when Evans is in a non-superhero film. Evans has never been better portraying Cap’s bravery, tenacity and morality.

Renner and Johansson are unsurprisingly brilliant again as Hawkeye and Black Widow, and one scene in particular, which I will not spoil, is both mind-blowingly intense and remarkable.

The real star of the show, though, belongs to the one who started it all: Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. has outdone himself playing a man with so much fear and guilt, but also so much light and hope to offer the world.

With no disrespect to the blockbusters that have come before and after, “Avengers: Endgame” is the blockbuster of all blockbusters. Yes, there is more storytelling than action. Yes, the three-hour runtime will test your bladder. And yes, it’ll be far from the last superhero film ever made.

When it comes down to it, though, “Avengers: Endgame” is a film over a decade in the making, and the fact that so many characters and films could be intertwined over a 12-year stretch is nothing short of amazing.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but most importantly, you’ll remember where you were when you walked out of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Grade: A

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