It’s hard to believe that Marvel’s biggest film franchise has come to close for the most part, as Avengers: Endgame is what the past eleven years has been building up to. I’m more than happy to say that the series’ conclusion is an amazing and emotional one for everyone that stuck around for this awesome ride, but be ready to take a bathroom break or two as it is also quite lengthy.
Our own superhero editor Christian Stirling enjoyed suiting up for this epic finale just as much as I did, and you can superhero leap your way over to his review for his take on the movie as I go into mine here. To say I loved Infinity War and this follow up is a huge understatement, as they’re quite possibly two of the most exciting and emotionally moving pieces of cinema I’ve seen.
I had the pleasure of seeing this at the movies and now at home on Blu-ray, and I got hit by the action bug and feels both times. I’ll admit that sometimes the pacing can be a bit off here and there, but the super powered ends definitely justify the means as it provides the closure everyone could hope for and then some.
The review Blu-ray I was sent had great visual and audio, and I can only imagine how awesome it must look and sound in 4K HDR. Even still, the standard Blu-ray is packed with enough eye and ear candy to keep you dazzled until the end credits. Speaking of dazzle, there’s a ton of super extras to sort through once the film is over.
First up, there’s an audio commentary track by directors Anthony and Joe Russo along with writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. They discuss the making of the film along with ideas and anecdotes that makes for a fun listen. The most touching of the extras is “Remembering Stan Lee” where the cast and crew share their thoughts and feelings on the great Stan Lee while also going over his amazing MCU movie cameos. This had to be one of my favorite extras and is sure to make anyone tear up in both sadness and happiness as they honor a true hero.
“Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr.” has Kevin Feige, Jon Favreau, and casting director Sarah Halley Finn going into how the famous actor was cast as Tony Stark in the first Iron Man movie and forever changed and shaped the MCU into what it is today. “A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America” goes into the evolution of Captain America and how important he is to the MCU. Numerous crew members along with Chris Evans himself discuss the character and how he’s grown and changed over the course of the series.
“Black Widow: Whatever It Takes” features Scarlett Johansson, Jon Favreau, and Robert Downey Jr. going back to when the character debuted in Iron Man 2 and how she came into her own in the Avengers films and beyond. “Bro Thor” goes into what was either very funny or very sad for viewers as Chris Hemsworth had to wear a fat suit, hair/beard implants, and more to become the infamous Fat Thor in the film. It is pretty cool to see the effort behind the change and how Hemsworth brought a sad and angry Thor to life as he did. There’s also a hilarious “Gag Reel” that will have you laughing with the cast and crew, and six deleted scenes which I’m sure some of them found their way into the theatrical re-release of the movie in order to slightly beat out James Cameron’s Avatar for the highest grossing film of all time, and a few other extras to go over as well.
Avengers: Endgame is one of the coolest and greatest closure films you’ll see to a franchise, with more than a little something for everyone. The cast and crew of the MCU did a phenomenal job of bringing many of these beloved superheroes to the big screen and to have them all together in one place fighting the good fight is a sight to behold along with loads of super powered feels to experience.