Avengers: Endgame Review | Cherry at the Movies SPOILER FREE

It’s the end of the MCU as we know it but the Avengers: Endgame brought old friends, cameos, call backs, laughter and a few sniffles

My spoiler free review is keeping it vague on details but we all know Avengers: Infinity Wars ended on a snap. Of course MCU began in 2008 with Iron Man and for true comic book purists Blade the comic book movie that ignited a universe of the genre.  But the Avengers are still standing sort of with Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in charge for some reason, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Clint Barton/Hawkeye still under house arrest, Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), and temporary/honorary members Rocket the Space Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Nebula (Karen Gillian). It’s such a mission impossible I expected Tom Cruise to make an appearance. They come up with a scheme to destroy Thanos, get the six Infinity Stones and try to restore balance.  It’s a long, long, LONG road from the plan to closing credits and I do mean LONG since the movie clocks in at THREE hours <yikes> with NO bathroom breaks!

Thanos was able to succeed to wipe off half of all living creatures in the universe out of a sense of strain on the ecology (over population, pollution, and that sentient creatures are awful). Thanos (Josh Brolin) was able to make this villain a depth that painted various shades of pitch black to shade (he wants to kill everyone so not an anti-hero). Anthony and Joseph Russo worked really hard to bring all the storylines into a cohesive thrilling movie. It’s a huge project and didn’t succeed a 100% but wrangling cats is hard so they get an A for effort for even trying to conclude the many stories and timelines. 

I don’t want to reveal any major plot points but it’s a rollercoaster ride from the surviving Avengers and general populace ‘stuck’ unable to get their minds around the absence that Thanos created. I suppose one of the things that disconcerting is the flippancy towards PSTD/depression for one of the characters. It was played for laughs but for me it made me sad and a little frustrated that what could have been an enriching storyline was treated so dismissively. I saw a preview and everyone else laughed so maybe it bothered me more because of my experiences. Endgame jumped through time as it tied up and explained what happened. The Russo’s also made time to concentrate on all the major characters so fanboys/fangirls will be ecstatic seeing favorite characters able to really shine. It’s surprisingly serious MCU movie at times but had great one liners and lots of visual Easter eggs for hardcore comic book and MCU movie fans. We got to say goodbye to Stan Lee for the last time <sob>.

Endgame isn’t perfect and in my opinion would have benefited from editing it down to 2 ½. But I understand that the MCU has a lot of stories to tell and goodbyes so the Russo Brothers didn’t want to miss anything.  It’s not a perfect movie but it’s perfect to end the MCU as we know it. 

I’m Team Cute T-shirt! Go Captain America & Iron Man

CIV_ps_tourdolman_mockup_1[2]I didn’t realize that I would want a Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War t-shirt or sweatshirt after seeing the movie but Araca Group is reading my mind with this great selection that will be so convenient after seeing the film! I do love easy impulse buys and the Limited Edition ‘Live Event’ CIV_ps_HalfFaceHoodie_mockup_1Marvel’s items at select stores has my geek collector senses tingling (did you see the Spiderman reference spidey senses) with commemorative ticket and tour t-shirt. The popups will be available at select retail locations in movie theaters in the continental US selling eleven limited-time products of the ‘Battle Begins’ collections.CIV_ps_EventTee_mockup_1I’m already drooling over the limited addition ticket but the artwork will be unique to the popups available 88 locations across North America. Hmm I wonder if my friend up in Canada will want me to pick something up! I know he loves Marvel and the choices between t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats with a custom design for the release of the movie will be popular for any fan even if your more team Scarlet Witch. I hope that the designs include some of my favorite characters that aren’t getting all the merch love they deserve! Check out CIV_ps_EventTee_mockup_1Bthebattlebeginsmerchandise.com for specific locations to get your geek fashion on and don’t hesitate since I’m sure certain designs will fly onto our bodies.CIV_ps_HalfFaceHoodie_mockup_1B“We aim to expand the movie going experience by bringing fans unexpected products in a unique shopping experience” said Michael Rego, Chief Executive Officer of The Araca Group.  “We are thrilled to offer fans limited-time Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War merchandise for the ultimate live-event experience.” The Pop-Up Retail Locations will open May 6th in theater lobbies for a limited time, so don’t wait to get your Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War products before they are gone.  

I’m not sure what I’d like to buy since the selection appeals to my Captain America AND Iron Man side! Arghh I hate to choose only two <guffaw>. I’ve already chosen Team Captain but will have to check on my friends on their choices! What do you want to grab? I want the t-shirt! Leave a comment below…