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|Produced by||Kevin Feige|
|Music by||Alan Silvestri|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios
|Box office||$305 million|
Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, and the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin. In the film, the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies work to reverse the damage caused by Thanos in Infinity War.
The film was announced in October 2014 as Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. The Russo brothers came on board to direct in April 2015, and by May, Markus and McFeely signed on to script the film. In July 2016, Marvel removed the title, referring to it simply as Untitled Avengers film. Filming began in August 2017 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, shooting back-to-back with Infinity War, and ended in January 2018. Additional filming took place in the Metro and Downtown Atlanta areas and New York. The official title was revealed in December 2018.
Avengers: Endgame was widely anticipated, and Disney backed the film with extensive marketing campaigns. It premiered in Los Angeles on April 22, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on April 26, 2019, in IMAX and 3D. The film received praise for its direction, acting, entertainment value and emotional weight, with critics lauding its culmination of the 22-film story. It also broke numerous box office records, and has grossed $305 million worldwide.
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Three weeks after Thanos uses the Infinity Stones to eliminate half of all life across the Universe,[N 1] Carol Danvers rescues Nebula and Tony Stark from deep space and returns them to Earth. They rejoin the remaining Avengers: Natasha Romanoff, Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, Rocket, Thor, and James Rhodes. The team track Thanos to an uninhabited planet he has fled to. Thanos reveals he destroyed the Infinity Stones to prevent the culling from being reversed and is decapitated by Thor.
Five years later, Scott Lang escapes the quantum realm[N 2] and finds Romanoff and Rogers at the Avengers’ compound. He suggests traveling back in time via the quantum realm to thwart Thanos in the past. The trio turns to Stark to develop a time machine for them; Stark, now raising a young daughter, only agrees after reflecting on the loss of Peter Parker. Stark assists Banner, who has learned to become the Hulk without losing his intelligence, in completing the project. Romanoff recruits Clint Barton, who has become a vigilante after his family was disintegrated. Banner and Rocket find Thor in Norway where he has become a drunken recluse.
The Avengers split into groups to retrieve the Infinity Stones from the past. Banner, Lang, Rogers, and Stark travel to New York City in 2012.[N 3] Banner visits the Sanctum Sanctorum and convinces the Ancient One to give him the Time Stone, promising to return it afterwards to prevent the Universe from breaking down. Meanwhile, Rogers manages to steal the Mind Stone, but Lang and Stark’s attempt to steal the Space Stone fails and Loki escapes with it. Rogers and Stark use the last of their size-altering Pym Particles to travel to S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s secret base under Camp Lehigh in 1970. They steal the Space Stone and some vials of Pym Particles to return to the present.
Rocket and Thor travel to Asgard in 2013 to retrieve the Reality Stone from Jane Foster,[N 4] where Thor obtains his former hammer, Mjolnir. Barton and Romanoff travel to Vormir in 2014 and learn from the Soul Stone’s keeper, the Red Skull, that it can only be acquired by sacrificing someone they love. After a fight between the pair, Romanoff sacrifices herself. On Morag, in the same year, Nebula and Rhodes steal the Power Stone before Peter Quill can.[N 5] Rhodes returns to the present with the Stone, but Nebula is left behind when her cybernetic implants overload when her mind connects to her past self. Thanos uses this connection to access future-Nebula’s memories and thereby learns of his future fate and the Avengers’ plans. He captures future-Nebula and sends past-Nebula forward to the present as a spy.
- Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man:
The leader and benefactor of the Avengers who is a self-described genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist with electromechanical suits of armor of his own making. According to directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Downey was the only actor to have read the entire screenplay for the film.
- Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America:
A fugitive superhero and leader of a fugitive faction of Avengers. A World War II veteran, he was enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum and frozen in suspended animation before waking up in the modern world. Although the film was beyond Evans’ initial six-film contract with Marvel which would have ended with Avengers: Infinity War, Evans agreed to appear in the film “because it made sense. It’s going to wrap everything up.”
- Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk:
An Avenger and a genius scientist who, because of exposure to gamma radiation, transforms into a monster when enraged or agitated. In this film, Banner has managed to balance his two sides with gamma experimentation, enabling him to use his intelligence while stuck in Hulk’s body. The character concludes a story arc that was established in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War.
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor:
An Avenger and the king of Asgard, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name. In the film, Thor has become the drunken ruler of Asgard’s refugees in Tønsberg, Norway. Thor now wields a mystical axe known as Stormbreaker, after the destruction of his hammer Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok.
- Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow: A highly trained spy, a member of Rogers’ faction of Avengers, and a former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye:
A master archer who is a former Avenger and agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Barton has a new outfit in the film, visually similar to that of Ronin from the comics.
- Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine: A former officer in the U.S. Air Force and Avenger who operates the War Machine armor.
- Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man: A former petty criminal who acquired a suit that allows him to shrink or grow in scale and increase in strength. Lang is portrayed by twins Bazlo and Loen LeClair as a baby, by Jackson Dunn at age 12, and by Lee Moore at age 93.
- Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel:
An ex-U.S. Air Force pilot whose DNA was altered during an accident, which imbues her with the powers of superhuman strength, energy projection and flight. Co-screenwriter Christopher Markus stated that Danvers’ powers are on a scale that has not previously existed in the MCU and likened her personality to Rogers’, “which is sort of a person who’s right and knows they’re right and doesn’t really want to hear it when you tell them they’re wrong”.Larson filmed her scenes for Endgame before beginning work on her solo film Captain Marvel, which was released first to introduce the character to audiences. Captain Marvel directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck were present for the filming of her scenes in Endgame, and gave Danvers’ characterization in the film their blessing.
- Karen Gillan as Nebula: An adopted daughter of Thanos who was raised with Gamora as siblings.
- Danai Gurira as Okoye: A Wakandan traditionalist from the Border Tribe, who is the head of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s all-female special forces and T’Challa‘s bodyguards.
- Benedict Wong as Wong: One of the Masters of the Mystic Arts, tasked with protecting some of Kamar-Taj‘s most valuable relics and books.
- Jon Favreau as Harold “Happy” Hogan: The former head of security for Stark Industries and Tony Stark’s driver and bodyguard.
- Bradley Cooper as Rocket:
A member of the Guardians of the Galaxy who is a genetically-engineered raccoon-based bounty hunter and mercenary, and is a master of weapons and battle tactics. Sean Gunn was again the stand-in for Rocket during filming, with his acting and expressions serving as motion reference for the character.
- Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia “Pepper” Potts: Stark’s wife and the CEO of Stark Industries, who wears a powered exosuit of armor in the film. This is Paltrow’s final major appearance as Potts in the MCU.
- Josh Brolin as Thanos:
An intergalactic despot from Titan who collected the six Infinity Stones to inflict his will on all of reality. Joe Russo said that after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, “[Thanos has] succeeded in the thing he has set out to do. He’s done. He did it. He’s retired.” In addition to providing the voice for the character, Brolin performed motion capture on set.
I loved it. This was a great ending to an epic collection of films. While a tad too political for my taste, the finale delivers a little something for everyone, including romance, more action than you can imagine, and tears. There were lots of tears around me in the theater, but I won’t say why. Marvel definitely saved the best for last. 5 stars and highly recommended. – MR