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We Review #Avengers: #Endgame “They saved the best for last! 5 Stars” – MR

Avengers: Endgame

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Avengers: Endgame
Avengers Endgame poster.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by
  • Anthony Russo
  • Joe Russo
Produced by Kevin Feige
Screenplay by
  • Christopher Markus
  • Stephen McFeely
Based on
Starring
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Trent Opaloch
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
Running time
181 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $350–400 million[2]
Box office $305 million[3]

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 EvansMark RuffaloChris HemsworthScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerDon CheadlePaul RuddBrie LarsonKaren GillanDanai GuriraBradley 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.

Plot

**SPOILERS** ALERT ** SPOILERS **

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 AvengersNatasha RomanoffBruce BannerSteve RogersRocketThor, 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.

 

Cast

Our Thoughts

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

 

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We Review: #CaptainMarvel “Nothing new here. Not bad, but not awesome. 3 Stars.” – MR

Captain Marvel

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Captain Marvel
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anna Boden
Ryan Fleck
Produced by Kevin Feige
Screenplay by
Story by
Based on
Starring
Music by Pinar Toprak
Cinematography Ben Davis
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • February 27, 2019(London)
  • March 8, 2019 (United States)
Running time
124 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $152–175 million[2][3]
Box office $994.3 million[4]

Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, with Geneva Robertson-Dworet also contributing to the screenplay. Brie Larson stars as Danvers, alongside Samuel L. JacksonBen MendelsohnDjimon HounsouLee PaceLashana LynchGemma ChanAnnette BeningClark Gregg, and Jude Law. Set in 1995, the story follows Danvers as she becomes Captain Marvel after Earth is caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien civilizations.

Development of the film began as early as May 2013, and was officially announced in October 2014, making it Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero film. Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve were hired as a writing team the following April after submitting separate takes on the character. The story borrows elements from Roy Thomas‘s 1971 “Kree–Skrull War” comic book storyline. Larson was announced as Danvers at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, with Boden and Fleck brought on board to direct in April 2017. Robertson-Dworet soon took over scripting duties, with the remainder of the cast added by the start of filming. Location shooting began in January 2018, with principal photography beginning that March in California before concluding in July 2018 in Louisiana. Jackson and Gregg—who, among others, reprise their roles from previous MCU films—were digitally de-aged in post-production to reflect the film’s 1990s setting.

Captain Marvel premiered in London on February 27, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on March 8, 2019, in IMAX and 3D. The film has grossed over $994 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2019 and the 11th highest-grossing superhero film of all time. Critics described it as “entertaining”, “enjoyable”, and “savvy”, and praised the performances of Larson, Jackson, and Mendelsohn.

Plot (–SPOILERS–)

In 1995, on the Kree Empire’s capital planet of Hala, Starforce member Vers suffers from amnesia and recurring nightmares involving an older woman. Yon-Rogg, her mentor and commander, trains her to control her abilities while the Supreme Intelligence, the artificial intelligence that rules the Kree, urges her to keep her emotions in check.

During a mission to rescue an undercover operative infiltrating a group of Skrulls, alien shapeshifters with whom the Kree are at war, Skrull commander Talos captures Vers, subjects her to a memory probe, and heads to Earth. Vers escapes and crashlands in Los Angeles. Her presence attracts S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, whose investigation is interrupted by a Skrull attack. In the ensuing chase, Vers recovers a crystal containing her extracted memories while Fury kills a Skrull impersonating Coulson. Talos, disguised as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Keller, orders Fury to work with Vers and keep tabs on her.

Using her extracted memories, Vers and Fury go to the Project Pegasus installation at a U.S. Air Force base, where they discover Vers was a pilot presumed to have died in 1989 while testing an experimental jet engine designed by Dr. Wendy Lawson, whom Vers recognizes as the woman from her nightmares. A S.H.I.E.L.D. team led by Talos disguised as Keller tries to capture them, but they escape in a cargo jet with Lawson’s stowaway cat Goose. They fly to Louisiana to meet former pilot Maria Rambeau, the last person to see Vers and Lawson alive.

Rambeau and her daughter Monica tell Vers, who was once close to them, that her real name is Carol Danvers. Talos arrives and reveals the Skrulls are refugees searching for a new home and Lawson was Mar-Vell, a renegade Kree scientist helping them. Talos plays a recovered recording from Lawson’s jet, prompting Danvers to remember the crash: Lawson attempted to destroy the engine’s energy-core to keep it from the Kree, but was killed by Yon-Rogg before she could. Destroying the engine herself, Danvers absorbed the energy from the ensuing explosion, giving her powers but losing her memory.

Danvers, Talos, Fury, and Rambeau locate Lawson’s cloaked laboratory orbiting Earth, where Lawson hid several Skrulls, including Talos’s family, and the Tesseract, the power source of the energy-core. There, Danvers is captured by Starforce and interfaces with the Supreme Intelligence. During their conversation, Danvers removes the Kree implant that was suppressing her powers, allowing her to reach her full potential. In the subsequent battle, Fury retrieves Goose, who is revealed to be an alien Flerken. Goose swallows the Tesseract before blinding Fury’s left eye. Danvers destroys a Kree bomber, forcing Kree officer Ronan the Accuser and his squadron to retreat, before overpowering Yon-Rogg on Earth and sending him back to Hala with a warning to the Supreme Intelligence.

Danvers departs to help the Skrulls find a new homeworld, leaving Fury a modified pager to contact her in an emergency. Meanwhile, Fury drafts an initiative to locate heroes like Danvers, naming it after her Air Force call sign, “Avenger.”

Our Thoughts

Captain Marvel’s glowing hands power is getting old. The bad guys in Iron Man II had it, and the kid in Deadpool 2. Probably at least 3 X-men, as well.  I liked the Fury backstory, and how all of this ties to Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers, but COME ON MAN! Disney’s quest to make everyone feel the same, and push politics, is ruining movies.

I’ll still give it 3 stars, and I understand they are trying to give little girls a new heroine. Well, if that is the case, make them one. In the comic world Captain Marvel was just a fill story to help tie the world together. I suppose with Endgame coming up, they had to fill the gaps. It isn’t awesome, but it isn’t bad. See it before you see Avengers: Endgame (review to come Friday 4/26 in the evening) I was disappointed, more in Disney, than in the movie. 3 stars. – MR

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