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Avengers: Endgame – Review

It’s all been leading to this…

That’s what Avengers: Infinity War touted last year before we were flummoxed by that brutal ending.

It’s all been leading to this. But it’s really Endgame that feels true to this sentiment. Decades of strategic story-telling, movies filled with world-building, and characters who we have grown with, it has all been leading to this. An epic conclusion to that battle of last year.

Now we’re in the Endgame now. But does this chapter offer a satisfactory finale?

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Endgame follows the events after Thanos snapped his fingers and dusted half of living creatures out of the Universe. With him retiring on a planet many miles away, and the Avengers scattered across time of space, the world and our favourite superhero team seemed lost, without hope. But, of course, this is a three-hour movie so the Avengers have plans. Plans we cannot discuss here, but plans nonetheless. There is so much lost…can the team save the day?

Avengers: Endgame is an emotional roller-coaster. The Russo Brothers certainly take us on a ride with a story so bombastic that you barely feel the extended run-time. There is a craft here – with the pair weaving so many stories and get still making you feel every single second on the screen. It’s hard to not be impressed by the work on display here and as you dive deeper into the film, wondering how the team could possible pull it off, you are tugged along happily. Poignant and earnest, Endgame is, for the most part, a great depiction of allies and grief.

Of course, it isn’t just the sentimentality that is impressive here. Like with most superhero movies, it is the action that you come for. Endgame is no different and the fight sequences offer equal moments of jubilation and sorrow.

The biggest struggle with the film is the tonal shift. Endgame cannot quite figure out how it wants to tell the story because it is used to being funny. One third of this film is weird and hilarious but it shouldn’t be, right? The jarring cut from sadness to laughter to really bizarre moments doesn’t quite gel so when we are catapulted back to the drama, it’s a struggle to wrap your head around it which does damage the final third fairly.

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Truthfully, Infinity War is a much better set-up that felt much more weighted. Endgame doesn’t quite stick it’s landing, mainly because it shifts attitude so dramatically that the emotional stakes are lessened somewhat.

Still, this reviewer didn’t leave dry eyed and maybe allowing the audience to drop its guard with humour was so Endgame could deliver its final emotional punches with a bit more of a sting. The film serves the actors and the characters more so than it does story – that’s OK because that’s what matters this time around.

Endgame is a somewhat messy but ultimately satisfactory conclusion to the Avengers Saga with no clear path on how the MCU is going to carry on. The world has opened up, and that is possibly the best part of this Avengers story.

Avengers: Endgame is out 25th April! 

Avengers: Endgame – Brand New Trailer!

Guys, guys, guys.

It’s here.

Yes, the biggest trailer of the year has landed on the internet and we’re pausing from all of our flailing to deliver it to you. You’re welcome.

With the Russo Brothers back behind the wheel, the film takes place time after the events of the Infinity War and that insane finger snap which saw fifty percent of all living things disappear, including some heroes. Now Captain America and Black Widow have to gather all they can find in order to reverse what’s happen. And also, Iron Man is drifting off in space, on the verge of dying.

The trailer teasers just enough to get our juices going and we’re completely excited for what is coming next. Avengers is also the second feature that is shot entirely with IMAX cameras. Safe to say that IMAX is excited about the release!

Avengers: End Game is out 2019! 

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N: Be a Superhero for a Day – and Watch out for those Ants

If you ever wanted to channel your inner superhero, or relish the opportunity to try and lift Thor’s hammer, you’ll want to head to London’s ExCel Centre to Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N, an interactive exhibition of props from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that runs from 29 November 2018 to 31 March 2019.

Fresh from Las Vegas, it offers you the chance to see the effects of gamma radiation (or the Marvel version of it) first hand, get close to the Falcon before his wings pop out and sit on Captain America’s motorcycle – starting key not included.

Your experience begins with a briefing from Agent Hill (Cobie Smulders). You are there to undertake ‘training’ to be an associate member of S.H.I.E.L.D. – a replacement strap as it were – through a series of video-game like experiences. The raison d’être is the opportunity to suit up as Iron Man, or ‘Any Old Iron’ Man in my case and blast at stuff through the palms of your hands. I had no idea what I was doing and let’s face it, neither did Tony Stark.

A laboratory invites you to combine two elements – not comedy and drama, but neon and hydrogen. We’ve smelt it, but at last, I thought, we could see who dealt it. The response after much mechanical gurning is ‘new element created.’

Pass into another room and you’ll see all things Hulk, except perhaps, his charity shop donations. See the human brain during a Hulk transformation. Surprisingly, we don’t find out what happens to his language function – ‘Hulk smash? No, it’s Hulk’s mashed potato.’

All things Captain America greet us in another room, including that bike. There are also props related to Marvel’s second order superheroes – Black Widow, Hawkeye, including the latter’s bow (behind glass, so you can’t play with it). You can even test your own strength by squeezing a handle. I scored 653, a lot better than when it came to shooting at Marvel anonymous villains, Loki not included.

Speaking of, the Thor’s hammer challenge – drinks not included – was a particular highlight. I was reliably informed by the black t-shirted S.T.A.T.I.O.N. staff, not the sort who say, ‘mind the gap between the train and the platform edge’, that someone had managed to lift the heavily magnetised prop and he wasn’t a long-haired Hemsworth brother. However, it was beyond me.

The cleverest effect is a battalion of ants on the floor pointing to Ant Man’s costume as opposed to, say, a slice of day old bread. Disappointingly, we don’t get to see the world through Ant Man’s eyes as he shrinks, but there is always the second edition to perfect this.

The piece-de-resistance is a recreation of the Tesseract, which you can switch on.  You can also get close to Black Panther’s costume.

In the ‘apply-what-you’ve-learned’ finale, visitors enter a room and are given swipe-up mobile phones to take on Ultron. We were but puppets on tiny ring tones. Together we combined to zap James Spader’s annoying villain and received a ‘well done, wait for our call’ speech from Agent Hill, which, let’s face it, you hear at any casting session.

Ultimately, this is good fun, but I missed Spiderman. I could hear my editor saying, ‘get me pictures of Spiderman’. I think brand ownership issues were at play, something no superhero could solve.

The Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N is open from 29 November 2018 to 31 March 2019 – for further information and tickets, visit www.avengersstation.co.uk