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Avengers Endgame

by Sam Cohen
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Aug 13, 2019
Avengers Endgame

After 22 films and a hell of a lot of fan service, "Avengers: Endgame" arrived and took the box office by storm. If you're a Facebook user, I'm confident in my assessment that you've probably heard of this Marvel project that represents the culmination of events. And, hell, "Endgame" is a pretty apt title for a climax to end all climaxes.

Now available on Blu-ray and Digital from Disney, the superhero film that you can't escape can now be viewed from the comfort of your living room or your preferred mobile device. So, despite its dominance in the pop culture realm, how is the actual film? As much as it feels like a bunch of storylines ending and starting anew, "Endgame" is a good deal of fun for a while. But when it proceeds to dive back into the CGI-riddled inanity of "Infinity War," it loses momentum fast.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is stricken with grief after Thanos (Josh Brolin) makes half of the earth's population disappear in one moment. Yet, there's still hope in bringing them back. But to do that, the Avengers will have to band back together and go back in time to right the wrongs before they even get a chance to exist. The goal: To bring back those who disappeared and stop Thanos once and for all.

"Endgame" finds its footing in the hijinks that ensues when everyone's favorite heroes travel back in time to steal the infinity stones. A lot of the emotional heft meant to be thrown onto the audience is exactly that - thrown. These Marvel films tend to get cluttered beyond all reason, which makes any drama get lost in the shuffle of action set pieces. Those same set pieces are often cluttered, too, with large swirls of dust and anything resembling reality ditched to create the biggest and most epic action scenes ever created. But when you lack the fundamentals and staging of action, increasing the size of your stage isn't the best move to make. This is why the smaller and more intimate sequences in "Endgame" actually work, because they're seen as asides to the main narrative and, thus, have more room to work with.

The new "Avengers: Endgame" Blu-ray comes loaded with special features, all of which only provide brief glimpses into how directors Anthony and Joe Russo were able to pull off this star-studded affair. There's a lot of people wrangling behind these projects, and that rings clearer when you listen to the audio commentary with Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. While there isn't a lot of depth with how the "Avengers" filmmakers approach each scene aesthetically, there's plenty to chew on with how they juggle shooting scenes for performers with busy schedules. Other special features include:

• Introduction by Directors Anthony and Joe Russo
• Remembering Stan Lee
• Setting the Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr.
• A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America
• Black Widow: Whatever it Takes
• The Russo Brothers: Journey to "Endgame"
• The Women of the MCU
• Bro Thor
• Deleted Scenes
• Gag Reel

"Avengers: Endgame"
Disney Blu-ray and Digital


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