Ever since Christopher Nolan picked up the script for Batman and booted up The Dark Knight trilogy, the world of cinematic superheroes has gone into overdrive, with Marvel, DC and Dark Horse Comics grinding out a multitude of superhero movies that are just as enjoyable for adults as they are for younger generations. Everyone has a favourite superhero, and seeing your favourite immortalized on the big screen is a something that seems to dazzle audiences of all ages, and provides a level of immersion and escapism that most people will line up for hours to experience.
Today the cinema was absolutely packed to rafters, and even though the movie had opened days ago, the tickets were sold out well in advance and the lines to be seated streamed out into the street. I saw entire families (dads, mums and their children of various ages) all eagerly chatting about their favourite superhero experiences so far as they excitedly anticipated the outcome of the movie. I saw little kids dressed up as Spiderman and Ironman riding high on the shoulders of their fathers that looked just as happy to be there as their children. I heard middle aged women praising the female archetypes in superheroes movies of recent years, commenting on how great they were as role models for their daughters. And I heard the audience clap, cheer, moan in disbelief and even gently sob in the dark over their favourite superheroes as the film transpired. And what I learned from all of this is that the world loves superheroes. They just bloody love them entirely.
They love them when they win, but they also love them when they fail because their failings make them more human and accessible. They love the idea of their superhero getting up, over and over and over again, regardless of how high the chips may be stacked against them, because it gives them hope to rise up against the odds themselves in real life scenarios. They love the spirit of a superhero because is it enduring and noble and we all admire those qualities and look up to them, no matter how old we are or who we are.
And we all have our favourite superheroes. We choose our favourites based on their abilities, their skill set and maybe we even choose who our favourites are based on who we aspire to be more like, or who may have shared a similar life experience to our own. Whatever the reason, it is clear to me that people love superheroes and they love to go and see them on the big screen. I know I do, I was seriously looking forward to seeing the final Avengers instalment today, and what can I say? Well, it certainly did not disappoint that's for sure!
Release Date: 2019
Running Time: 182 mins
The epic Avengers movie series comes to an end, and wow, does it ever go out with a bang! This finale episode ties everything together from all of the previous Marvel movies, providing an exciting and quite emotional conclusion to a tale that has had the world eagerly waiting for over six months to discover the outcome. I can assure you, Marvel fans will not be disappointed by this movie, they will love it.
It's been five years since Thanos wiped out 50% of all the living creatures on the planet and the world has since been left in complete despair. The few remaining Avengers regroup in an attempt to outwit Thanos and restore life to the world.
Any character that has made an appearance in any of the previous Marvel movies gets a look in here, it is a literal who's who of the Marvel superhero hall of fame. Chris Hemsworth completely steals the show with his slovenly antics as a unkempt version of Thor, and Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr showcase their acting talents with their emotionally engaging performances that are sure to bring a tear to your eye. However, to be fair, everyone is really solid here and bringing their best to this fitting and satisfying Avengers conclusion.
The storyline is creative, engaging and exceptionally clever; Marvel were clearly thinking about Avengers: Endgame decades ago and the way that it all comes together is truly awe inspiring. I don't want to give anything away, but this is a truly terrific superhero viewing, second to none and an absolute must see Avengers experience to end them all.
FINAL SAY: A perfect and touching end to an epic 'super' saga.
5 Chilli Peppers