Excerpt: This film’s heart, though, belongs to Scarlett Johansson, whose sadness perhaps best articulates just what has been lost. Her Natasha had nothing before the Avengers and Johansson’s evolution of the character has imbued her with soulful drive and compassion.
Excerpt: In Avengers: Endgame, directors Anthony and Joe Russo accomplish the impossible, assembling an ensemble cast from various story threads of the MCU into a single coherent, surprisingly emotional plot that satisfyingly concludes an ambitiously epic saga.
Excerpt: Endgame might finally represent the total conquest of blockbuster cinema by the televisual. It has no design, no authentic aesthetic to communicate its messages and present an artwork that exists as more than the sum of its gestures and elements. Only stuff, stuff, and more stuff.
Excerpt: A miraculous blend of grief and humor. Big, bold, brash, then sneakily meta. I am only starting to get my head around the emotional and creative right-hook of it. A fitting end (for now) to the MCU.
Excerpt: Eleven years after “Iron Man” built hopes of a shared cinematic universe, the original four Avengers have found their biggest adventure yet, combing the universe for a way to reverse the events of the previous film. “Avengers: Endgame” is the spectacle audiences have been longing for since the beginning.
Excerpt: With Avengers: Endgame, Marvel manages to both take their expansive, episodic superhero saga in a direction I did not see coming, but also plays it out in entirely predictable, familiar fashion.