Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ wrap things up with their ‘Endgame’

Scarlett Johansson in “Avengers: Endgame”

What can you say about “Avengers: Endgame”? Really … what can you say, since so much of it is spoiler-y in nature if you dare to give any details?

Here’s what can be said: The movie leaves no stone unturned – and that includes the Infinity Stones from the previous “Avengers” chapter – as it wraps up the franchise that has united so many Marvel superheroes. The finale even includes the most recent addition to that screen canon: Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson.

As “Endgame” begins, those who survived “Avengers: Infinity War” are scattered, and without direction in some cases. That changes when Ant-Man, again played by Paul Rudd, hatches an idea that might let the group recover some of their presumably lost super-colleagues.

The writers and directors here are veterans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and they know to give each character his or her curtain call. There’s certainly enough time to do that, since “Avengers: Endgame” runs just over three hours.

Also with that luxury, the filmmakers can delve into aspects of familiar characters that are surprising and often amusing. There’s certainly a good dose of that at the tale’s outset as Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk are shown among those who have taken different paths in the wake of the preceding “Avengers” film’s events.

In line with those, the actors get to have some fun with their now-familiar alter egos, which probably was one of the biggest lures to them in returning for this last stanza. The size of the paychecks they received probably didn’t hurt, either … but Marvel and its movie parent company Disney had to know they could afford whatever the price was.

The opening figures for “Avengers: Endgame” surely confirmed that. The picture broke box-office records at every turn, and that even applied well before it opened: It also broke some of the Web sites on which eager fans started buying tickets the nanosecond they became available.

Was all the hype and advance excitement worth it in the end? As usual, the technical aspects of “Avengers: Endgame” are first-rate, and some great surprise cameos add to the overall entertainment value. To be sure, the movie is quite entertaining – and if the series has to end, any fan is likely to feel that it does so on a very high note.

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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