Editors Note: This article is a guest contribution from Jason Delgado.
By Jason Delgado
I have to be honest with you; I’m what the late great Stan “the man” Lee would call a True Believer. I’ve been reading Marvel comics as far back as I can remember. So this review of Avengers: Endgame is through the lens of a “make mine Marvel” type of guy, and admittedly may be a wee-bit biased. Before I get to the movie review, let me take you back in time.
I can recall growing up with only the Incredible Hulk live action Marvel show; while DC was the giant back then. The main superhero viewing options were the Christopher Reeves’ Superman films, Lynda Carter as TV’s Wonder Woman, or Adam West doing the Batusi, which I loved as a kid, but still, it was super cheesy. Then Tim Burton revolutionized the genre with his big screen version of Batman, and the modern superhero movie craze was born. But I was left for years wondering, when would the rest of my favorite Marvel characters show up?
Fast forward to the year 2007. I was in Hall H at San Diego Comic Con (the legendary 6,500 seat room where all the big movies are announced and the stars appear), and Marvel surprised the audience with an unreleased trailer for a little film called Iron Man. The Hall exploded with applause and excitement, while they ran the trailer several times, to make sure that we soaked it all in.
The rest is history. 11 years and 22 films later, and my Marvel dreams have come true. The 21 films before this one have been a build-up (to varying degrees), and Avengers: Endgame is the crescendo. You could say the same for the structure of this movie. The first two hours of Endgame are setting the stage (albeit in a fun and entertaining way) for the final hour, which I believe is the finest hour in Marvel history.
Chris Evans (Captain America) said in a Hollywood Reporter interview, “I can’t believe they even cut together a trailer, because so much of it is a visual spoiler.” I feel the same way about this review, I can’t say too much about the details. I can say that the acting performances are amazing, and my hat is off to the Russo brothers who directed this film. The emotional build-up for this movie, through the Marvel films that came before, is executed perfectly by the end of Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame is my favorite Marvel movie, which is a strong statement for me because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed so many of them. As a nerdy comic book fanatic growing up (which wasn’t the cool thing back then), I didn’t know if I’d ever see this day. I have to thank Stan Lee for creating many of these characters, and Marvel president Kevin Feige for being the mastermind to bring them to life on the big screen. Marvel has been such a huge part of my childhood, and now the films of my adult life, and Avengers: Endgame is the love letter to cap it all off.
See this movie in IMAX if you can! I saw Endgame first on a normal sized screen in 3D, then again on a non-3D true IMAX screen, and I enjoyed it more the second time around because the visuals for IMAX are so wonderful. The IMAX version was shot entirely on IMAX cameras (unlike some other IMAX movies that will only shoot a certain scene or scenes on the special cameras), so it is a beauty to behold.
Composer Alan Silvestri did a great job on the score, as evidenced by my hearing someone trying to whistle it in the restroom. It’s a bit complex to whistle, but you know the music is either really good or really terrible when it’s stuck in your head like that, and I say it’s the former.
The IMAX version of Avengers: Endgame bumped my review score up to 5 out of 5 hot sauce packets! It’s el scorcho hot! I will be releasing a more in-depth, full-spoilers review of Avengers: Endgame coming soon. “Nuff said.” – Stan Lee