‘Avengers: Endgame’ (Film)


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Thanos Returns
By Tim Bradley and Timelord007 with Whiskeybrewer and Wolfie

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Tim Bradley:
Can ‘Avengers: Endgame’ become epic as ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogies?

(does movie trailer voice) Earth’s mightiest heroes face their greatest battle in the ultimate final showdown between good and evil! Lives will be lost and friendships broken forever in their last stand against Thanos!

Tim Bradley:
‘Avengers: Endgame’ is of course ‘Part 2’ of the two-part story involving ‘The Infinity Saga’ as it is called in the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ film series. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ ended on a cliff-hanger where half of the universe had been wiped out once the villainous Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet.

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The film was released in late April 2019. I heard news that ‘Avengers: Endgame’ had broken box office records at the cinemas worldwide once it came out and that it’s a 3 hour 1 minute long film. I did my best to avoid all the spoilers and reviews before I saw the movie on my birthday in May 2019.

Yes, 11 years of hype! 11 years of post-credit teases all lead up to this final ‘Avengers’ movie! But does ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ deliver a satisfying pay-off to the characters we’ve gone on an emotional journey with since ‘Iron Man’?

Tim Bradley:
After all the waiting to see this movie at the cinema and avoiding all the spoilers and reviews, what did we make of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ film series? (Pause) I thought it was good. I honestly had a good time watching the film on the big screen for my birthday.

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I can’t deny there are things about this film that were silly and nonsensical at times. Also, there are things featured in the movie that were left unexplained and left to the imagination. But at the same time, there were some very emotional moments to enjoy. That included some heartbreaking deaths.

I remember being hyped about seeing this to the point I couldn’t sleep the night before because of how excited I felt at seeing my favourite Marvel characters in the ultimate final battle against Thanos! Boy, was I going to be disappointed.

Tim Bradley:
I didn’t purchase ‘Avengers: Endgame’ when it came out on DVD/Blu-ray at around September time in 2019 after it was shown at cinemas in April/May that year. I had it given to me by my parents in the ‘Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe – Phase Three: Part Two’ Blu-ray box set for Christmas 2019.

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The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk/Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Bradley Cooper as Rocket and…Josh Brolin as Thanos!

‘Avengers: Endgame’ was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, who previously directed ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. It’s worth mentioning that these two brother film directors made ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Endgame’ back-to-back. ‘Endgame’ also ended up being the most expensive Marvel film ever made!

I loved the Russo brothers’ previous movies. For me, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is still my favourite Marvel movie. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ was an excellent follow-up, which expanded upon the Cap, Bucky and Tony friendship arcs culminating in a tense emotional pay off. ‘Infinity War’, while it had a few faults, in that the Cap and Bucky arcs weren’t given enough screen time, I’d let it slide because I thought they’d be tied up within ‘Endgame’.

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Tim Bradley:
As always in these reviews; we’ll do our best to examine what’s positive and negative about ‘Endgame’ as a movie overall. There’s no denying that this movie was a big hit when it came out at cinemas in 2019. But that’s not to say there could’ve been alternative ways to make this film better.

The film begins with half of our heroes left. Tony Stark is with Nebula in deep space aboard the Guardians of the Galaxy’s spaceship. Tony tries to record a message for Pepper Potts back home, not knowing what will happen to him and the oxygen supply is getting really low aboard the spaceship. 😐

I love the film’s opening. It captures an isolated feel and as Khan once said, “It is very cold in space”.

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Tim Bradley:
(groans) You had to include a ‘Star Trek II’ reference there, didn’t you?

Timelord007 smiles, all smug.

(continues) Robert Downey Jr. completely sells the scene, mixing the character’s quick fire and wit in playing games with Nebula, which ends with a beautifully-acted emotional final speech as Tony knows it’s very unlikely he will survive for much longer as the oxygen depletes. His final message to Pepper is heartbreaking without being melancholy because of the brilliance of Robert’s acting.

Tim Bradley:
Thankfully however, and this is 23 days after Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out half the universe, Tony and Nebula are rescued by Captain Marvel. She returns them to Earth where Tony reunites with Pepper, Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, Thor, Natasha and Rhodey. Rocket is there too. 🙂

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I didn’t like how Captain Marvel turned up, thinking she’s the saviour of mankind. Leave your SJW attitude at the door, love! (chuckles) I did laugh at Thor’s line to her – “I like this one.” – because Hemsworth and Larson were rumoured to not get along, which shows in the press interviews for this film. You could see Hemsworth winding Larson up, but because she’s such a serious actress, she isn’t in on the joke.

Tim Bradley:
Anyway, most of our heroes, including Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, Thor, Natasha Romanoff, ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes, Rocket, Carol Danvers and Nebula go off to find Thanos in outer space. Tony Stark stays behind on Earth. Our heroes locate Thanos on an uninhabited alien planet where they hope to find the Infinity Stones and reverse what Thanos did. Sadly, as soon as they find Thanos, they’re too late.

They discover that he used up all the power in the Infinity Stones as well as destroyed them with his Infinity Gauntlet. That’s a big downer! Even when Nebula says Thanos isn’t a liar, it does make the Avengers’ trip to locate Thanos all for nothing. I was hoping for an epic showdown with the Avengers and Thanos at this point. Eventually, Thor angrily beheads Thanos! (surprised) Wow! That was quick!

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Thanos’ part was quickly axed!

Tim groans and does a face palm. Timelord007 realises the bad joke he made and also groans, doing a face palm.

(continues) Yeah, like Tim, I thought this part of the film was going to be an intense stand-off as the Avengers confront Thanos. Yet somehow, it’s all a bit underdone as Thanos seems resigned to his fate. This is quickly concluded with an abrupt decapitation of Thanos’ head, thanks to Thor’s axe.

Tim Bradley:
Well, I guess, there’s more to tell. I mean, a lot can happen within one year after the events of ‘Infinity War’

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(realises) Oh…kay, it’s five years later. Yikes, I hope our heroes survived Covid-19.

Blimey, it kind of looks like Earth post-Covid-19. I’ve heard of life imitating art, but this is ridiculous!

Tim Bradley:
Yeah, this is where I think the movie fell apart slightly. It’s okay for us to believe that one year later happened after the events of ‘Infinity War’. Heck, it would’ve been better to have set ‘Endgame’ one year after ‘Infinity War’ in order to match the passage of time for audiences seeing this film in 2019.

Five years is a bit of a stretch! Not meaning to go off on a tangent, but ‘The Last Jedi’ would’ve worked better as a film if it was set one year after the events of ‘The Force Awakens’. Not one day! ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is the opposite of what ‘Last Jedi’ did. If the movie was set one year later instead of five, less confusion would be caused as that got presented in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’.

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Timelord007 switches on and points his lightsaber at Tim’s neck.

Tim Bradley:
(anxiously) Err…Timelord, what are you doing?

(fiercely) We never mention that film, Tim!

Tim Bradley:
(puzzled) What, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’?

Seriously, Tim! There is no ‘Last Jedi’! There is no Episode VII, VIII or IX. Okay?! Do you understand?!!!

Tim Bradley:
(put-off; baffled) Crikey, even when I need to make a reference to…the film that must not be named…to make a point, you don’t have to go boiling mad about it.

Timelord continues to give Tim a fierce look before he eventually releases him, dropping his lightsaber and switching it off.

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Tim Bradley:
Okay, maybe I’m over-thinking the issue. Perhaps having the film set five years after ‘Infinity War’ could’ve worked. But I think the only way it could’ve worked is if the film went in the direction of a dark, foreboding feel that would allow you to take things seriously. But that’s not what the film does.

You see, it starts off okay where it was interesting to see how characters like Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff coped with the changes in the space of five years after half of the universe was wiped out. But there are questionable choices made on how the lives of people like the Hulk and Thor ended up five years later. We’ll get into that more once we examine each character. 🙂

Well, Natasha has a new red and blonde hairstyle now! Blimey, this Avenger changes her hairstyles more than I change my underpants. Steve Rogers also runs a support group for citizens in New York who are trying to cope with their losses and… (realises) Oh, hey look, Tim! One of the Russo brothers is making a cameo in the group therapy scene!

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Tim Bradley:
Yeah, I thought it was one of the Russo brothers when re-watching the movie on Blu-ray. Joe Russo, I believe it was. Good spotting that, Timelord! 😀

Eventually however, Scott Lang/Ant Man turns up, following the end of ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’.

Scott got off lightly. His daughter is in her mid-teens, so he missed all those terrible teen years of “I hate you!” and “You don’t understand me!”

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Tim Bradley:
Actually, that might be my favourite scene in the movie. Scott reuniting with her daughter Cassie, who is older and played by Emma Fuhrmann, after he returns to find his home in a state of ruin! It’s a beautifully performed scene. Paul Rudd delivers the emotions of his character Scott Lang in spades.

Once Ant-Man rejoins the Avengers team, the story moves into time-travel territory where our heroes decide to go back in time and acquire the six Infinity Stones before Thanos gets them to change history. Yes, this is where the film’s going now. We’re doing ‘Back to the Future’ storytelling!

It was interesting how the time-travel concept got executed in the film. The Avengers including Captain America, Iron Man, Bruce Banner, Thor, Natasha, Hawkeye (who rejoins the team), War Machine, Ant-Man, Nebula and Rocket go off to different times and places to acquire the Infinity Stones. That means having to go to previous films in the ‘MCU’ series where these stones were seen.

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The Avengers divide into teams. Steve, Tony, Bruce and Scott go to New York in 2012 during ‘Avengers Assemble’. Thor and Rocket go to Asgard during ‘Thor: The Dark World’. Nebula and War Machine go to Morag during ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. And Natasha and War Machine go to Vormir.

Dividing the Avengers into teams makes sense as there is a lot of ground to cover with collecting each Infinity Stone. Although Bruce Banner/Hulk may have fared better in teaming up with Nebula and War Machine by going to Morag for extra protection.

Tim Bradley:
I imagine some people who went to see this film at cinemas would’ve been baffled by what was going on. There’s a lot to take in and you would’ve had to have watched previous films like ‘Avengers Assemble’, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to understand what was happening.

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There are a lot of complexities to the film and again, even for a 3 hour film, I don’t think everything gets resolved justly in what is considered to be a final ‘Avengers’ film or the final chapter in ‘The Infinity Saga’ of the ‘MCU’. I think most things gets resolved in the film and it’s nice to have three hours to accommodate that, but I guess there’s a lot of strain to get everything resolved in this flick.

My opinion is that the film’s first two hours are inconsistently paced. It started well but then it slows down with certain character arcs played for laughs, when they should adopt a more serious tone. This is the last ‘Avengers’ movie with these particular actors and all the stops should’ve been made. Each character should give their all in the final battle where the entire universe is at stake. Instead we have Professor Hulk taking selfies and Thor being a complete and utter moron.

Tim Bradley:
Anyway, time to talk about the characters. Robert Downey Jr. is back as Tony Stark/Iron Man. And, in my opinion, Robert Downey Jr. gives his best performance as the character in this film. In many ways, the ‘MCU’ series has revolved around him and it’s emotionally compelling how it ends for him.

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It was nice to see how Tony coped with the five years since ‘Infinity War’ as he marries Pepper and they both have a daughter named Morgan. Tony as a father and seeing his scenes with his daughter are quite sweet. It also reflects in the decision he makes when undergoing the time-travel mission. 😐

The one thing that this movie does get right is Tony Stark. We see great progression in his character arc. He’s now miles away from the egotistical playboy seen in the first ‘Iron Man’ movie. Tony is now a kind, caring, happily-married man and a father. The scenes with his daughter are warm, emotional and believable, adding great emotional weight to the story because he doesn’t want change his timeline and risk losing his daughter, which any parent can relate to.

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man is a truly outstanding actor, who has never once phoned in a performance. This is a character that the ‘MCU’ is going to miss hugely in Phase Four, because Robert is another league entirely with his acting performances. He has the ability to make acting look and sound completely natural and he sells any scene, no matter how absurd.

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Tim Bradley:
Chris Evans is back as Steve Rogers/Captain America – thank goodness he comes second in the cast’s listing for this film. They should’ve done that for him in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and ‘Infinity War’. Once again, like in ‘Infinity War’, Chris Evans provides that great sense of gravitas to the role of Captain America!

He shaves off his beard this time for ‘Endgame’ (thank goodness) and he gets to have his Captain America shield back from Tony Stark, which is nice. It was also fascinating to see how he leads the Avengers in their time-travel mission and he gets to have an epic fight with Thanos at the film’s end.

You know Captain America is my favourite Avenger and Chris Evans as Steve Rogers is on par with RDJ. Both actors have given exceptional performances and it’s nice to see Cap with shorter hair and being clean shaven. Chris Evans gives a wonderful performance here. The scene where he grabs Thor’s hammer in the showdown against Thanos gave me goosebumps!

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However, there are two things I have major issues with, which we’ll get to later as it’s not Chris Evans’ performance at fault but the script.

Tim Bradley:
And now we come to two big missteps in the film – Hulk and Thor. Now with Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, he starts off well in human form following the end of ‘Infinity War’, where he goes with the Avengers in the Hulkbuster armour to find Thanos on the alien planet. After the five year period on Earth, you’d think that Bruce became the Hulk again at some point in the film. But, what do we get?

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Smart Hulk: “These are confusing times.”

Tim and Timelord yelp in startled shock at the sight of Smart Hulk.

Tim Bradley:

This is flaming stupid! Professor Hulk?!!! I give up! Half the world’s population vanishes and Professor Hulk takes selfies with kids?!!!

Timelord clasps his hands over his head in disbelief.

And why is he so happy? Bruce Banner was always trying to find a cure because he was scared of the Hulk hurting people. The 1970s/1980s ‘Incredible Hulk’ TV series with the late great Bill Bixby delivered excellent character-driven stories about this! And it was true to its core! But here, the Russo brothers have turned the Hulk into a blinking joke! (growls) RUINED HULK!!! RUINED HIM!!!

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Tim Bradley:
This wasn’t what I was expecting! Bruce merging his intelligence with the Hulk’s strength and looking like…the Jolly Green Giant! I was hoping for the Hulk to make a big comeback and make up for the disappointment of the little Hulk featured in ‘Infinity War’. It’s a massive let-down and misdirection!

Mark Ruffalo was great as Bruce Banner/the Hulk in the first two ‘Avengers’ movies. Then ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ happened and he was written as a joke. The Hulk appears for a few minutes in ‘Infinity War’ before he acts like a baby because Thanos beat him up. And now we have Professor Hulk! Ruffalo is only acting with what he’s given, but this is the final ‘Avengers’ film and the Hulk deserved a much better outing.

Tim Bradley:
Well…at least we get to have some HULK SMASH action scenes. Like when we see past angry Hulk from the first ‘Avengers’ movie in New York 2012. He gets grumpy and angry when having to walk downstairs because he can’t use the lift! Come on, that’s count for something!

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Yeah! It pokes fun at the character!

Tim Bradley:
No, no, no. I mean…surely Professor Smart Hulk can do some HULK SMASH. Like err…like in this bit…

Tim Bradley:
(annoyed) Seriously, Bruce! You could’ve put more effort into smashing the bonnets of those cars! That’s pretty lame!

Yeah! Professor Hulk imitates angry Hulk and the whole sequence becomes comedic. This is painful to watch! And why does the Hulk need to take the stairs when he can just jump out of a building?

Tim Bradley:
And of course, it’s time to talk about Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Like Hulk, the direction of his character in this movie is a huge misstep. At first, it seems okay, especially when Thor is rather depressed about his failure in ‘Infinity War’. It’s also good he’s determined to redeem himself in the Avengers’ mission to find Thanos on the alien planet and he eventually beheads him in such a rage. 🙂

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After that though, in the five years that pass, it’s the start of… (sighs) …Fat Thor.

Tim slowly looks at Timelord007 and sees him shaking his head with his face palmed. Tim closes his eyes and sways his head, annoyed.

Tim Bradley:
Fat Thor is awful!!!

Don’t get me started on Fat Thor, because this is shocking! Thor in the previous ‘Infinity War’ film brought drama and emotion. Loki, Heimdall and half of Asgard’s survivors were killed by Thanos. At the start of ‘Endgame’, I liked the darker interpretation of Thor, especially after Thanos’ decapitation. I thought this journey would continue and we’d see a more conflicted Thor. But yet again, the Russos have made the character a flaming joke and were unable to take Thor seriously.

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If you must have Fat Thor, have him for one scene. But when he joins the Avengers, have him as the ‘god of thunder’ we know and love, because this beer-drinking, overweight manic depressive is not true to the character and is another blot on the Russos’ copybook.

Tim Bradley:
Yeah, Fat Thor is pretty ridiculous. What with drinking beer; behaving like a slob; burping half the time; whimpering like a baby and feeling sorry for himself! It’s not at all dignified for this character we’ve grown to watch over the years in the ‘MCU’ films and it’s a bad way to represent Thor. It makes him less the ‘god of thunder’ and more of an idiot in what is arguably the final ‘Avengers’ film.

It’s sad to see him turn out this way. I’m sure for many fans; this is not what they hoped to see in ‘Endgame’ with Thor. When you compare how Thor ended up to what we were promised – you know like how he was presented in the posters and the trailers for this movie…it is a huge let-down.

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Chris Hemsworth is partly to blame, because he preferred the humorous Thor as seen in ‘Ragnorok’. He even told the Russos that he wanted to continue playing the character that way. In ‘Infinity War’, the Russos said “No” because of the character’s loss and it wouldn’t work in seeing a humorous Thor there. But it looks like the Russos gave in to Hemsworth’s demands for ‘Endgame’ and the end result is completely out of character and it’s ruined for mere comedic effect.

Both Thor and Hulk’s characters were ruined in this movie! Two kick-butt Avengers are now reduced to silliness when it should’ve been their best appearances with it being the last ‘Avengers’ movie.

Tim Bradley:
I can’t deny Hulk and Thor’s characterisations are way-off in comparing to how they started in their initial movies and how they ended up in ‘Endgame’. It’s like Marvel Studios wanted all of the silliness from ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to be transferred into this film to keep up with the continuity of everything. 😐

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That’s not always a good thing. I don’t know what goes into the making of these movies, but clearly they have been too many. There’s an attempt to balance drama and humour, but it doesn’t always work well and that makes it uneven. I can’t understand why they decided to make Bruce/Hulk as he is five years later and why they decided to have Thor ‘letting himself go’ since he should be a god. I would’ve gone for a different route to how Hulk and Thor ended up if I wrote the film’s screenplay. 🙂

It’s cringe-worthy, Tim. It actually undoes all the good work that RDJ and Chris Evans did in the film. In fact, it ruined the film for me and it took me completely out the story. Two excellent characters that have kicked butt in ‘Avengers Assemble’ are now reduced to being silly and comedic. Whoever thought it was a good idea to do that should be fired, because they haven’t got a clue how to write character drama.

Tim Bradley:
Scarlett Johansson returns as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. Now aside from her hairstyle change from white to red (honestly, I prefer Black Widow when she’s a red-head 😀 ), her character is far more interesting compared to ‘Infinity War’. It’s so interesting how she takes a stand to not give up.

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In the five year period, Natasha commands several teams from around the galaxy in the Avengers headquarters. She continues to have a respectful relationship with Captain America and continues the professional relationship/friendship with Clint Barton/Hawkeye. I wish though we knew more about her (perhaps that’s in her own movie), especially before her demise, which we’ll get to shortly.

I feel Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow is criminally underused in ‘Endgame’. She doesn’t even make it to the final battle against Thanos, but more on that in a little while.

Tim Bradley:
Jeremy Renner returns as Clint Barton/Hawkeye. Hawkeye wasn’t in ‘Infinity War’ due to being under house arrest like Scott Lang was in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’. At the film’s beginning, Clint finds his family have gone once Thanos had snapped his fingers with the Infinity Gauntlet in ‘Infinity War’.

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After five years have passed, Clint/Hawkeye becomes a vigilante, killing wrong-doers in Toyko before he meets up with Natasha who persuades him to return to the Avengers and help them in their time-travel mission. Clint struggles in the decision he and Natasha make in acquiring the Soul Stone.

Clint Barton/Hawkeye is a good character and it’s a good performance from Jeremy Renner. But you feel his backstory, post-losing his family, was glossed over too easily. It was probably filmed but it got cut due to timing. We need to see Hawkeye broken since he went down a dark path before he found the hero within himself and he helped the Avengers to change the timeline.

Tim Bradley:
So, yeah! Like when Thanos sacrificed Gamora to get the Soul Stone on Vormir in ‘Infinity War’, Natasha and Clint have to make a difficult choice in sacrificing one or the other to get the Soul Stone for their mission. They painfully fight it out with each other in order to sacrifice one or the other, but eventually, Natasha sacrifices herself instead and Clint gets the Soul Stone. So, yeah! Natasha’s dead.

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Um…that’s rather depressing! I didn’t see that coming at all! I had hoped that Natasha might’ve survived or been brought back to life. But as it is, it doesn’t look like she’s coming back at all. So sad!

When that scene happened in ‘Infinity War’, I felt the pain and the emotional loss in Thanos. You could see he was heartbroken, sacrificing his daughter Gamora. However, I didn’t feel one jolt of emotion in the scene between Black Widow and Hawkeye. It felt like a copy n’ paste lazy repeat and it didn’t have any dramatic build up. They turn up; Black Widow goes to make a sacrifice; Hawkeye intervenes; Black Widow stops him; and then she jumps.

After all the appearances of Black Widow, this is a very poor way to write out the character as she had little to do in the film. As it is, her death felt so hollow and rather pointless, because you didn’t feel her sacrifice. They might as well have tossed a coin to decide on who was going to jump to get the Soul Stone.

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Tim Bradley:
Not that I would wish to discredit Natasha’s sacrifice scene, but I can’t help but feel that this should’ve worked out better than it did in the film. You see, there’s an alternative scene following the film’s release (why it’s not included on the film’s Blu-ray, I don’t know) where Thanos’ troops were attacking Natasha and Clint on Vormir before Natasha self-sacrificed herself in the end.

Now personally, I feel that alternative scene should’ve been the one shown in the theatrical cut rather than the one we were given. Because it gave Natasha a fighting chance to oppose Thanos and his minions rather than be in a tug-of-war conflict with Clint, which doesn’t make it all that dignified.

I suppose the reasons why they didn’t include it in the film were because they couldn’t finish it in time or because they felt it was too long. And I appreciate a film needs to be presented under a certain length of time, but this is the final ‘Avengers’ film. They should’ve put their all into the flick. 😦

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Yeah, they should’ve made the effort! It’s the last ‘Avengers’ movie! Cut out the silly Hulk/Thor stuff and give us the character of Black Widow with some emotional character weight to it. Not this hollow, redundant, underused character we’ve seen here.

Tim Bradley:
Don Cheadle returns as ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes/War Machine. I like how Rhodey seems to accept everything that’s bizarre as normal in the film. This is especially when Rocket’s around and when he joins Nebula on their mission to Morag to collect that Power Stone during ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.

His interaction with Nebula was fascinating to see and his reaction to Peter Quill being an ‘idiot’ during the first scene of the first ‘Guardians’ movie was funny to see. His friendship with Tony Stark has deepened by this point, especially in all they’ve experienced and how they respect each other. 🙂

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Don Cheadle as ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes does fine here. It’s a decent performance for a side character, although I do think he should’ve shown a bit more emotional at a certain character’s death.

Tim Bradley:
Paul Rudd returns as Scott Lang/Ant Man in the film. As well as the scene where he reunites with his daughter Cassie, Scott Lang becomes an active member of the Avengers team, especially when he’s helping them and he gives them the idea to build a time machine after he was in the quantum realm.

In fact, you could argue this is the biggest contribution he’s given to the Avengers team compared to when he teamed up with Captain America in ‘Civil War’. It was fun to see his interaction with other Avenger members like Steve and Tony. The first time-travel test with Scott where he ended up being a baby, a boy and an old man was funny to see. I’m surprised Paul Rudd didn’t co-write the script. 😀

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I don’t mind Paul Rudd as Scott Lang being used for comedic affect. It works for that character. The time-travel test where Scott gets changed into a baby, a boy and an old man is funny, because there is humour to that particular character. Ant Man is used efficiently in this movie and is one of the better characters in the film.

Tim Bradley:
Brie Larson returns as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, who recently made her debut in ‘Captain Marvel’ back in March 2019. And…she’s wasted here! In fact, the things that stood out for me about her were a new haircut that she gets five years later and her fighting in the climactic battle against Thanos in the film. In fact, she comes into the battle at an opportune and quite a fortunate moment.

You know, for all the build-up that she had in her own film, I was hoping that she might’ve provided a good reason to be in ‘Endgame’ and perhaps provide an answer on how to defeat Thanos. I can only think of another good thing about her and that’s having a nice scene with ‘spoiler’ in the final battle. Yes, I said ‘spoiler’, even though you know who it is that Captain Marvel meets in the battle. 🙂

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Brie Larson as Carol Danvers is the SJW woke Avenger who thinks she’s superior to the other characters. I’m sorry, but I’m not a fan of the character or of Larson’s performance, which comes across as harsh and defensive.

Tim Bradley:
Karen Gillan returns as Nebula. It was nice to see how Nebula turned from being an antagonist from previous ‘MCU’ films to becoming a hero in this film. Nebula provides the information that the Avengers need to steal the Infinity Stones and defeat Thanos. She even comes along for this mission.

But…it gets baffling when a past version of Nebula, who’s more ruthless, appears in the film. She’s with Thanos and a younger Gamora before the events of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Past Nebula attempts to sabotage the Avengers’ plans with the Infinity Stones and soon, past Nebula gets shot by present Nebula in a Steven Moffat timey-wimey way with no explanation on how present Nebula can still be alive with the past Nebula dead. Um…did I miss something when I was watching the film?

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Karen Gillan as Nebula is brilliant! Why? Because her character has evolved throughout the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and the ‘Avengers’ movies, as seen here when she meets her past self! It looks well when a supporting character is given a better story arc than the Hulk and Thor. But Nebula’s character arc is one of the best things about this film and Karen’s performance completely sells the transition.

Tim Bradley:
(disappointed) Oh. Right.

(puzzled) Something wrong?

Tim Bradley:
No, no, it’s just…I was expecting you to go into a rant about how the present version of Nebula can still be alive when she shot the past version of Nebula in the film.

Yeah, that scene probably was written by Steven Moffat. He’s good at writing stories which make no sense. It definitely sticks out and no explanation is given. Or there was and it was cut for pacing. We’ll just say it’s a timey wimey anomaly and leave it at that.

Tim Bradley:
(shrugs) Okay, fair enough. (continues) The film also features Danai Gurira as Okoye, Black Panther’s right-hand woman. And like Captain Marvel, she’s wasted in this movie too. Now I appreciate her being a popular character with Black Panther. In fact, I believe she’s in this movie to represent the Wakanda side of the world after Black Panther got turned into dust in ‘Infinity War’. 😦

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But with seeing her name top billed in the cast list and being put on the poster, it’s not worth making a big deal out of her if she isn’t going to do much in the film. I mean, apart from appearing as a hologram with Captain Marvel, Rocket and War Machine and being in the final battle, that’s about it.

Okoye is a great character and well-acted by Danai Gurira, but she’s criminally underused in ‘Endgame’. Here’s hoping she’s given more to do in ‘Black Panther 2’.

Tim Bradley:
Bradley Cooper returns as Rocket in the film. Rocket is without his friends from the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies since they’re all dead. It’s interesting how Rocket coped without what he considered to be his ‘family’ and how he interacted with the Avengers team to reverse what Thanos had done. 🙂

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I liked the banter he shared with characters like Tony Stark and Scott Lang. The jerky nature that Rocket has rubs off on them. 😀 I would feel the same in Rocket’s position where he had to put up with an imbecile like Fat Thor who got emotional and drunk to be in on the mission when at Asgard, 2013. 😀

Bradley Cooper as Rocket is hilarious, yet somehow heart-warming in some of his speeches. It looks well when a CGI character has more depth and emotion to him than say Hulk and Thor. Yes, I keep banging on about those two characters, but their story arcs are shocking. Rocket out-acts Thor during their scenes on Asgard and he’s CGI!

Tim Bradley:
And of course, there’s our main villain – Josh Brolin as Thanos! Except it isn’t the Thanos from ‘Infinity War’ which our heroes fight against in the final battle of this movie! It’s a Thanos who travelled back in time before ‘Infinity War’ happened. It’s a pre-Thanos from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.

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Yeah, like Nebula, it all gets confusing when Thanos travelled back in time to stop what the Avengers were doing before it even happened for him. Some of that character thread doesn’t get resolved satisfactorily. But at least Thanos get to show how mad, crazy and bent he is to get what he wants. 🙂

Josh Brolin as Thanos is superb. He grounds the character’s motives with valid reasoning, which allows his determination in collecting the Infinity Stones all the more believable. No campy, power-mad, over the top acting here. Brolin plays the character completely real and the final showdown against the Avengers doesn’t disappoint.

Tim Bradley:
Benedict Wong returns as…Wong. Actually, now I think about it, I’m not sure what happened to Wong once Thanos snapped his fingers in ‘Infinity War’. I know a wiki page said he was one of those who got erased from existence, but it’s misleading as the poster says he has a part to play in the film.

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I’m glad that Jon Favreau makes a small appearance as Happy Hogan towards the end of the movie. And it’s obvious he’s going to help look after Tony’s daughter.

Tim Bradley:
I like that bit where Morgan wanted cheeseburgers and Happy was obliging to her. (laughs for a bit) Anyway, Gwyneth Paltrow returns as Pepper Potts in this. And she comes in an Iron Man suit made for her by Tony during the final battle of the film. Yeah, I think Pepper wearing an Iron Man suit is too much. I get that she married Tony, but does that mean she had to wear an Iron Man suit in this?

To make it short, the Avengers are successful in their time-travel mission to collect the Infinity Stones, only to get attacked by Thanos’ forces. There’s soon an epic fight between Thanos and the three Avengers – Captain America, Iron Man and Thor. The fight scene is pretty gripping to watch. 🙂

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It’s a good action-packed third act, but if I’m honest, I don’t feel it’s epic enough. Take a look at the ‘LOTR’ films like ‘The Two Towers’ and ‘The Return of the King’. Those end battles in those movies are quite frankly still the best battle scenes I’ve ever seen in any film. Compare them to the fights in this film. The fight with Captain America, Thor and Iron Man against Thanos is brilliant, especially when Cap catches Thor’s hammer, but most of the action scenes in ‘Endgame’ are too fast in that it makes it difficult to see what’s going on. They should’ve cut out the silly scenes with Hulk and Thor in order to give more time for the returning Avengers to kick butt.

(sarcastically) Oh and it was great that Hulk didn’t feature in the climactic battle! Good job, Russos! This was the perfect opportunity to let Hulk rip and beat up Thanos. But nah, he’s absent because the power of the makeshift ‘Infinity glove’ that he used weakened him.

Tim Bradley:
Yeah, Bruce Banner/Hulk manages to get everyone back once he uses the Infinity Stones in a technological gauntlet created by Bruce himself, Tony Stark and Rocket. And…yeah! Most of the Avengers that got killed in ‘Infinity War’ are resurrected. Though I guess many people expected that. Sadly, characters like Gamora and Vision as well as Black Widow don’t get resurrected. Though Zoe Saldana does play the pre-Gamora from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and she helps the present-Nebula.

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The film features the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange; Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther; Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne/the Wasp; Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch; Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon; Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes; Letitia Wright as Shuri; Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star Lord; Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer; Vin Diesel as Groot; Pom Klementieff as Mantis and of course Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

DUN DUN DUUUUN….we already knew Peter/Spidey would come back. The trailers for ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ gave the surprise away. Seriously, Marvel Studios! Why did you think it was a good idea to give the game away like that? You should have set that film for a cinema release in late 2019!

Well, we knew Spider-Man would return since Tom Holland was contracted for at least two more ‘Spider-Man’ movies.

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Just then, a portal opens and Wolfie and Whiskeybrewer appear as they’ve returned. The portal closes behind them.

Wolfie: (to Whiskeybrewer) “And naturally I said, “It’s not every day that one gets treated like a two-bit eye-patch merchant.”

Whiskeybrewer: (to Wolfie) “Yeah, that’s why I hate customer service.”

Tim Bradley:
(realises) Oh hey, look, Timelord! Wolfie and Whiskeybrewer are back!

And it seems not a moment too soon!

Tim Bradley:
I suppose Deadpool did keep his word, didn’t he?

Yes he did! See I told you, Tim! Have a little faith in old Wade. He came out good!

Wolfie: (realises) “Oh! Hi Tim; Timelord!”

Whiskeybrewer: “Aren’t you two surprised to see us?”

(feels awkward) “Um, not really.”

Wolfie: “What?! What do you mean, ‘not really’?!”

Well, you see, we knew you two were coming back anyway.

Tim Bradley:
(awkward) Yeah, I kind of gave it away when I said this review was by me and Timelord007 with you Whiskeybrewer and you Wolfie.

Yes! You made a huge error there, Tim.

Wolfie: “Ah, thwarted by the opening credits yet again.”

Whiskeybrewer: (grumbles) “It’s those damn trailers again! Spoiling the whole thing!” (Pause; cheerfully) “Anyway, can we join you for the rest of the review?”

Tim Bradley:
(awkward) Well, you see…Timelord and I have done most of the review and we’re almost on our way to finishing it.

I just have to have one last rant about a couple of things.

Whiskeybrewer: (chuckles; to Timelord007) “It’s never one last rant with you, Chinlord! You’re like a lush!”

Wolfie rummages through his pockets and pulls out a teapot and some teabags.

Wolfie: “I’ll put the kettle on, shall I?”

Tim Bradley:
Oh…do please stick around, you two. We might need you at the end of the review. (Pause) Or rather, I might need you at the end of the review to balance out Timelord’s ranting and raving.

Hey, I only rant because I’m passionate about these films! And when I see rubbish writing and poorly-written character arcs, I am going to rant about it! These writers are paid a small fortune to write good material. And to see some of the nonsensical bafflegab that they churn out, it really annoys me! Especially when I rewrite the movie a lot better in my head!

Tim Bradley:
(to Wolfie; Whiskeybrewer) You see what I mean?

Wolfie: “I’ll do my best. But I’ve never claimed to be a stabilising influence, Tim.”

Wolfie opens up the teapot.

Wolfie: “Oh, hello! I’ve made a new, old friend.” (to Whiskeybrewer) “Say hello to Oscar the flying spider, Whiskey!”

Upon seeing the flying spider, Whiskeybrewer lets out a shrill scream – one of which the likes of Bruce Campbell would be proud of.

Whiskeybrewer: “Kill it! Kill it with fire!”

Wolfie: “And there he goes! Exeunt, dear Oscar!”

Tim and Timelord007 give Whiskeybrewer and Wolfie strange looks, whilst Whiskeybrewer and Wolfie are nonplussed.

Wolfie: (slightly confused) “Okay, well, I guess we’ll stand in the corner until you need us again?”

Tim Bradley:
Yeah, that’ll be great! See you two in a bit.

You two can make me and Tim a cup of tea, if you like. Tim and I have had a very trying experience. (to Tim) Wouldn’t you say we’ve had a very trying experience, Tim?

Tim groans as he and Timelord007 wave to Wolfie and Whiskeybrewer as they go off to stand in the corner.

Wolfie: “You know, I think this might be the only corner left on the entire planetoid.”

Whiskeybrewer: “Nobody puts Whiskey in the corner!”

(calls; to Whiskeybrewer; Wolfie) Hey, you two! When you stand in the corner, make sure you’re two metres apart.

Tim Bradley:
(to audience) Remember! Please keep safe

(to audience) …Keep your distance…

Tim Bradley:
(to audience) …Protect the NHS…

(to audience) …and save lives.

Tim Bradley:
(cheerlessly) Yay! This review is dated! 😀

Whiskeybrewer: (from a distance) “I work in a pub, you jerks!”

Wolfie: (simultaneously; from a distance) “He works in a pub, you jerks!”

Tim and Timelord007 ignore Whiskeybrewer and Wolfie’s protests as they continue.

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Tim Bradley:
The film also features Tom Hiddleston as Loki during the ‘Avengers Assemble’ sequences, although his escape and how it gets resolved never gets seen in this! 😡 There’s also William Hurt back as Thunderbolt Ross as well as Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. There’s also Winston Duke as M’Baku from the ‘Black Panther’ film; Jacob Batalon as Ned, Peter Parker’s best friend; Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Dyne from the ‘Ant-Man’ movies; Ross Marquand as Red Skull/Stonekeeper and Kerry Condon as the voice of F.R.I.D.A.Y., Iron Man’s A.I. 😀

There’s also Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie from ‘Thor: Ragnarok’; Rene Russo as Frigga, Thor’s mother; John Slattery as Howard Stark, Tony’s father; Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One from ‘Doctor Strange’; Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter; Marisa Tomei as Aunt May from the ‘MCU Spider-Man’ films; Taika Waititi (the director ‘Thor: Ragnarok’) as Korg; Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Black Panther’s mother, Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton, Clint Barton’s wife and Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce (who was in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’). There’s also Natalie Portman as Jane Foster (or rather footage of her from a deleted scene in ‘Thor: The Dark World’ – I was hoping for a new scene with Natalie Portman), Howard the Duck appears in a non-speaking cameo, and there’s also… (surprised) Wait a second! Is that James D’Arcy?

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Yeah, he plays Edwin Jarvis, Howard Stark’s butler and ally to Agent Carter in the ‘MCU’ TV series ‘Agent Carter’. He eventually becomes Tony Stark’s tutor and he’ll inspire Tony to create his J.A.R.V.I.S. artificial intelligence program. D’Arcy appears in both seasons of the ‘Agent Carter’ series.

Tim Bradley:
But…he’s only like in the film for about a minute or so. Did they really call James D’Arcy up one day so that he can make a minuet of a cameo for this film? Especially when some audiences don’t know who he is and what significance he has to the ‘MCU’ without having seen the ‘Agent Carter’ show? 😐

Darth Vader: “It’s almost like me making a small appearance in the ‘Star Wars Holiday Special’.”

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Tim Bradley:
Speaking of small appearances, Stan Lee makes a posthumous cameo in the film, playing a car driver in 1970. Stan was digitally de-aged for that cameo. Not meaning to disrespect the man, but I found the Marvel Studios title card for Stan Lee in ‘Captain Marvel’ far better than his cameo in ‘Endgame’.

Yeah, it wasn’t his best cameo, but thankfully the title card tribute in ‘Captain Marvel’ gave Stan a fitting send-off. On a personal note, thank you Stan Lee for your wonderful contributions to the comic book world and for creating so many great characters. You’ll never be forgotten, because we fans will always honour you. Excelsior!

Tim Bradley:
Ditto! (Pause) Just to talk about the final battle for a bit – where the Avengers fight against Thanos’ hordes…yeah, I have to agree with Timelord! The battles don’t last long enough for us to appreciate each character that gets to say one line in the film. It’s an impressive battle scene, but unlike ‘The Return of the King’; it doesn’t have that same gravitas and emotional weight to make it feel so epic.

Eventually, in the end, Thanos acquires the Infinity Stones on the makeshift gauntlet that was created by the Avengers. He attempts to wipe out those who oppose him and says “I am inevitable!” But during a struggle, Tony Stark manages to steal the Infinity Stones from under Thanos’ nose. With the Infinity Stones on him, Tony clicks his fingers and he says those pretty memorable words of his…

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Tony Stark: “And I…am…Iron Man!”

Tim Bradley:
Hmm! I think it would’ve been a lot cooler if he said it in the Black Sabbath way! 😀

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(speaks in Black Sabbath voice) “I…AM…IRON MAN!!!!!”

That scene where Tony uses the Infinity Stones to disintegrate Thanos proves what a selfless hero Tony is as he makes the ultimate sacrifice. Thanos also disintegrating was a good way to kill off his character whilst Tony’s death is understated yet emotional. I’ll admit it; those scenes with his wife Pepper and with Peter Parker brought a lump to my throat. Tony’s funeral was handled respectfully as every character from the ‘MCU’ turned up to pay their respects. And the scene where Tony appears in a digital video was also the perfect final touch.

Tim Bradley:
Yeah. It was a nice way to send Tony off. Let’s hope Robert Downey Jr. will move on to pastures new…

(realises) Gosh, that recent ‘Dolittle’ film didn’t do so well at the box office and with critics, did it?

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We now come to what is arguably the most debatable ending of the movie (and yes, I know that’s saying a lot). After Thor joins the Guardians of the Galaxy in space, leaving Valkyrie as the new ruler of New Asgard on Earth (Oh yeah, sorry, I forgot to mention it. There’s a New Asgard on Earth), Steve Rogers/Captain America returns the Infinity Stones and Thor’s hammer to their original timelines. 😐

The film skips the scenes on how Captain America returns the Infinity Stones to their original timelines, although I’m sure it would’ve been better to have seen them. Even the web-series HISHE – How It Should Have Ended did it right with their video ‘How Captain America Should Have Returned The Stones’. Seriously, check that video out! It’s good; believable and very funny at the same time. 🙂

But when Professor Hulk, Falcon and Bucky Barnes find that Steve Rogers hasn’t returned, they soon find an elderly Steve who sits alone on a bench by a river in silence. It turns out Steve Rogers decided to stay and live in the past. The elderly Steve soon passes on his Captain America shield and mantle to…Sam Wilson…the Falcon. Not Bucky Barnes who was Steve’s best friend at one time. Sam Wilson!

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Oh, do I have a lot to say about these scenes. Get ready for another Timelord rant!

Tim Bradley:
Yeah, Bucky Barnes didn’t do very much in the ‘Avengers’ films that he appeared in compared to ‘The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Civil War’. The handover of Cap’s shield to Falcon at the end of ‘Endgame’ doesn’t seem to have been thought-through, especially since Bucky wasn’t offered the chance to have Captain America’s shield instead. That does seem to be rather unfair of the Captain here.

Again, this is the problem with ‘Endgame’ as a movie. There is a lot to take in and there are many too many characters to identify with and to have standout moments with. At the same time, you do need to have moving points for the characters to go in certain directions. What’s going to happen to Bucky after this? Maybe Marvel Studios have something in mind for him, but currently, it’s not clear.

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I love the ‘Captain America’ movies. I love what the Russos did with Cap and Bucky in those movies. Cap saying that he’d rather die than kill his best friend in the closing moments of ‘Winter Soldier’! Cap going against Tony Stark in ‘Civil War’, beating him within an inch of his life to protect Bucky! ‘Infinity War’ glossed over Bucky’s rehabilitation on Wakanda and in that movie; Cap and Bucky only share one scene. But like I said, I’d let it slide because I thought it would get resolved in ‘Endgame’.

Well, it wasn’t and the story’s final scenes are hollow, lacking depth and most importantly, they don’t hit any emotional impact. Bucky deserved the Captain America shield because – one, he is a super soldier; and two, it’s a passing of the torch as if to say “Bucky, you’ve redeemed your past misdeeds as the Winter Soldier and you’ve earned the right to become the next Captain America.” Cap & Bucky grew up together like brothers. They fought in World War II together and have been on this amazing journey during ‘Civil War’.

So to hand the shield over to Falcon instead of Bucky is a complete insult on Cap and Bucky’s friendship. It’s like, “I’m alright, Bucky. Now, get lost! My new best friend Falcon is going to be the next Cap, despite not having the strength to throw the damn shield.” That really irritated me and it’s one of the worst missteps in comic book movies. However, it does add insult to injury with what happens next!

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Tim Bradley:
(wryly) Yeah, it gets better! It turns out Steve also got to live with Peggy Carter, the love of his life! Just as he always wanted! Not that I wouldn’t wish a happy ending for Steve, but I do wonder how Captain America and Peggy being together in the past doesn’t alter future events in other movies. 😐

It seems lazily handled and, dare I say it, it’s a rather ‘forced’ happy ending. I know from re-watching the movie again on Blu-ray that it was foreshadowed that Steve wanted to be reunited with Peggy. That was when he looked at a photo of Peggy aboard the spaceship to find Thanos at the beginning. But I wouldn’t have picked it up, unless they were going to show some scenes with Steve and Peggy.

I know Chris Evans wanted to go out and leave the role of Captain America behind after he did ‘Endgame’, which is a shame as I don’t want to see Chris Evans leave Captain America behind. But I probably wouldn’t have ended his character journey like that. Or at least if I did end it like that, I would’ve constructed it better. Perhaps build Steve and Peggy’s ending with scenes to depict that. 🙂

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Not only has Cap given a two-fingered salute to his best friend Bucky, he’s quite happy to change history and be with Peggy. So now, Peggy can’t marry and won’t have those two children as established in the ‘MCU’, like in the ‘Agent Carter’ TV series, because Cap became a selfish git.

Tim Bradley:
Wait! I did read somewhere that the screenwriters had the intention to make Steve Rogers be the father of Peggy’s children. Or that could be in an alternative timeline.

Then why didn’t the movie say that?!!! It’s not clearly established! From watching ‘Endgame’, it seems that Steve Rogers thought he had earned his happy ending to be with Peggy. But being a hero is about sacrifice and not about changing history to suit your own selfish needs!

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Tim Bradley:
You’re just jealous because you want to be with Hayley Atwell instead of Captain America. 😀

(hesitates) Well, yes, that’s true, Tim. (continues) But I’ll go even further! Captain America should’ve been the one that died! Not Tony! Cap was the leader of the Avengers and he should’ve made the ultimate sacrifice, because he’s always been a man out of time. You know him dying instead of Tony would’ve meant Pepper would still have a husband and his daughter Morgan would still have a dad.

My version would’ve been that Cap made the ultimate sacrifice and, as he lay dying, saw a bright white light. Then a silhouette came and it turned out to be Peggy. She came for him and said, “I think it’s time we had that dance, Steve.”

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Tim Bradley:
(about to protest; but then thinks about it) Actually, that would’ve been beautiful!

You see! Even you Tim appreciate what I’m saying! Not only would that have been emotional, it wouldn’t have changed the timeline and it would’ve allowed Cap to be at peace with Peggy in the afterlife. Then at the funeral, Tony gives the shield to Bucky with a note from Cap, saying, “You earned this, old friend. Continue the good fight and lead the future of the Avengers.”

Tim Bradley:
(astounded) Wow! Your version of the movie sounds better than what we were given. In fact, it almost sounds like one of the ‘Doctor Who’ stories I’ve written for my blog.

This is what I mean! Your stories are faithful to each incarnation of the Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’. My version of ‘Endgame’ keeps the story true to the characters that appear in it whilst the version of ‘Endgame’ we saw at cinemas, with its ending, doesn’t!

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Tim Bradley:
The film closes with the end credits, featuring the song ‘It’s Been A Long, Long Time’ performed by Harry James (My Dad picked that up and liked it when he saw the film. Typical Dad! 😀 ). And then we get onto the listing of the many cast members that appeared in the film before the listing of the main Avengers comes up. The actors’ signatures are shown, echoing the ‘Star Trek VI’ end credits. 😀

I honestly don’t care about the sign-off credits. ‘Star Trek VI’ was a cracking send-off for the original ‘Star Trek’ crew and it warranted those sign-off credits. But this film is an incoherent jumbled mess and frankly doesn’t warrant those credits.

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Tim Bradley:
The Blu-ray special features of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ are as follows. On Disc 1, there’s the director’s intro by Anthony and Joe Russo and an audio commentary with directors Anthony and Joe Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

On Disc 2, there are making-of features including ‘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’ and ‘Bro Thor’. There are also deleted scenes and a gag reel.

Incidentally, on the digital copy for the movie, there’s this exclusive featurette called ‘Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance’ where it explores Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond from previous films that leads up to their happy ending in ‘Endgame’. A pity we never got to see that in the movie!

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Disappointing! A very disappointing movie! (Pause) The creative decisions made in this movie beggar belief. 11 years of hype and build-up; and this is what we finally end up with. Nonsensical twaddle, badly-written character arcs, heroic characters becoming morons, selfish imbeciles and poor pacing during a very slow second act, despite an impressive start.

The final battle is decent, but it should’ve packed more punch and we should’ve seen far longer battles. This should’ve been ‘LOTR’ of comic book battles instead of being slightly above average. The only things that stood out for me were Robert Downey Jr., who was in a very completely different league acting-wise, and the progression of Nebula’s character arc, which was very well-written, barring that timey wimey misstep in killing her younger evil self, but her older self didn’t die.

Tim Bradley:
Yeah, whilst I agree with you on those points, Timelord, the thing… I found ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be quite a satisfying conclusion to the two-part story that started in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.

(shocked) What?!

Tim Bradley:
But it’s not without its flaws! There are silly and stupid moments to be found in the film, but there are also some meaningful and well-balanced emotional moments. I felt pretty sad by how some of the characters turned out, especially with Tony Stark’s death as well as Black Widow being killed and how Steve Rogers became old and that he won’t be Captain America again. It’s quite heartbreaking.

The film does feel like the end of an era for a certain group of characters in the ‘MCU’ and we’re of course coming to the end of Phase Three. It’s a shame as I’ve liked these characters in these films over the years. If this is the last ‘Avengers’ film, then it’s a shame. But I did enjoy the movie when I saw it at the cinema for my birthday in May 2019. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is what I expected as an action-packed Marvel superhero film. It was worth the entertainment and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Well, we’ll have to agree to disagree on this movie, Tim. I found it a huge disappointment. Hulk, Thor and the end scenes with Captain America were three huge missteps in the movie that I won’t overlook or forgive. They completely undid all the good work that was done in ‘Infinity War’.

A moment of silence ensues as Tim chooses his words carefully.

Tim Bradley:
(gradually) Well…yeah, you’re right. From a certain point of view!

Timelord007 looks at Tim.

(puzzled) Why are you Obi-Wan Kenobi-ing, Tim?

Tim Bradley:
(continues) Look, I can’t deny this film has its flaws. The stuff with the Hulk; Thor and the end scenes with Captain America in ‘Endgame’ do seem to be lazily written. In fact, I think you would need to be an avid viewer of the ‘MCU’ to know how flawed ‘Endgame’ is and know that not everything adds up in it. 😦

But for some people, that’s not going to matter. In fact, I think it’s the reason why ‘Endgame’ became so big when it came out at cinemas in 2019 and why it broke box office records. People are going to rate this film more highly than you and me, despite the flaws that are clearly evident there.

Timelord007 stares at Tim long and hard for a moment.

Are you saying that my opinion doesn’t count?

Tim Bradley:
(exasperated) No!!! I’m just saying there are going to be different opinions on this movie compared to yours and mine. Some people are going to be in agreement with you and me on how they see the film. Others aren’t going to be in agreement and they’re going to say that ‘Endgame’ is a masterpiece.

Somehow I rather doubt that.

Tim Bradley:
Well I…. (struggles to say anything at first; calls) Wolfie; Whiskeybrewer?

Wolfie and Whiskeybrewer come running back in.

Wolfie: “Yes?”

Whiskeybrewer: “Yep?”

Tim Bradley:
You’ve seen ‘Avengers: Endgame’, haven’t you? What did you make of it when you first saw it?

Whiskeybrewer: “Well, when I first saw it, it was pretty much the same situation as when I saw ‘Infinity War’. A full screening of IMAX 3D gloriousness! Packed to the rafters of fellow ‘MCU’ fans, waiting in glorious anticipation for how the Infinity Saga was going to end and how this part of the story would wrap up. Also, as a mini side-note, the midnight screening I went to was a double bill. So I got to see ‘Infinity War’ one more time before ‘Endgame’. Now that was truly the way to do it. I felt like Frank-N-Furter, just without the stockings.

At this point, I was a huge fan of the ‘MCU‘. Well, I had been for many years. The whole concept and the wave of it was just growing exponentially. And to be there at that moment…at this ending, was like when I read the final three books in Stephen King’s ‘Dark Tower’ series. I got to a place where many fans had been unable to get to but had wanted to be there. The weight of expectation was amazing, as I knew I wasn’t going to just enjoy it for me. I was going to enjoy it for those who would never get to see it.”

Wolfie: “Truth be told, I wasn’t what you’d consider a massive Marvel fan. I was just content to see what piqued my interest. But I noticed how much of a cultural phenomenon Marvel had become around me. The aforementioned art gallery exhibit in our ‘Infinity War’ review for one. There was a lot in the zeitgeist riding on this and going into ‘Endgame’ and coming out felt like that moment where the Star Destroyer, like a knife through velvet, rumbles into frame for that very first time in the first ‘Star Wars’ movie or seeing the span of the desert in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. Something had changed in film. Something quite big!”

Tim Bradley:
What about the characters? Were there any that you liked or didn’t like in the film? Last time, you two were going to say something about Black Widow, I think.

Wolfie: “Black Widow only gets 10 to 20 minutes, perhaps, in ‘Endgame’, but it’s her role here that I remember the most strongly from the two films. They made every moment with her count where they could. Natasha Romanoff has always been this enigma. Her personal background handed out in fistfuls. But despite that distance, we know her quite well. She and Steve Rogers form the dissident arm of the Avengers. They keep each other honest and have what feels like a genuine close friendship. Something… rare, oddly enough, in Hollywood films. You always got this sense she was watching his back and she’d make the sacrifice without hesitation. Like on Vormir! Her confrontation with the self-destructive Hawkeye felt like an iconic moment from the film, personally. Strongly-written, acted and choreographed to demonstrate the nobility of these characters we’ve come to love. It’s also the perfect inverse of Thanos’ decision in ‘Infinity War’. The same beats, the same conclusions, but a different action. To the characters, it’s not about themselves, but one another. We won’t see the last of Black Widow, with her film coming up, but if this is her canonical end in the ‘MCU’ series, I think they did right by her.”

Whiskeybrewer: “They worked wonders with the surviving characters. Sure not every single one of them got a lot of screen-time, but they were used brilliantly. As Wolfie said, Black Widow, one of the original Avengers, only gets 10 to 20 minutes of screen-time, but her arc is amazing. She’s taken charge after the events of the opening and she feels the weight of responsibility. She’s working hard to balance her books as it were and when her choice comes on Vormir, she knows that’s how she’ll balance everything in her life. Ironically, original Thanos would be proud.

RDJ’s Tony Stark is again a brilliant performance, especially when he first returns to Earth in such a malnourished state. A shot that I didn’t actually realise was CGI. I thought he’d gone all Christian Bale for that scene. His was another brilliant arc throughout the film. He spent those five years running from the world, but when a challenge worthy of him appears, he steps back up to right whatever wrongs he has left. By the end, we all loved him…3000.

Now War Machine didn’t get as much screen-time or usage as I would’ve liked, but he was used perfectly when he did appear. Like during the time travel discussion when he’s essentially talking about doing a ‘Deadpool 2’ on Baby Thanos and his quite funny buddy scenes with Nebula. That’s a pairing you wouldn’t think would work, but it has such a spark I’d love to see again in a future movie.”

Tim Bradley:
Would you say that the movie was perfect?

Whiskeybrewer: “No movie is ever going to be truly perfect for everybody. Even the cast and crew knew that going in. But when ‘Endgame’ hit the mark, it was perfect. When it didn’t, it was just shy. It was that close. It was shooting for the moon and landing among the stars. It wasn’t until after I’d first seen ‘Endgame’ that I found out some bits were changed later on, but I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. Just think of it. The changes were fantastic. Four levels of noticeable. Everyone would’ve gone mad.”

Wolfie: (shrugs) “Every story strives to be perfect. I’ve heard that the time travel element was revised and re-shot at one point and it’s not difficult to tell why. They did a very good job at keeping most of it consistent and coherent, but there are a few moments where the causal chain just doesn’t work. Still, that fortunately seems to be few and far between.”

Tim Bradley:
But were you satisfied that you went to see this film on the big screen?

Wolfie: “Oh yeah! Yeah, I’d say it was fulfilling.”

Whiskeybrewer: “Oh God, yeah. Seeing this one on the big screen was a once in a lifetime event. Especially at midnight. It just all clicks into place.”

Wolfie: “There’s so much going on in ‘Endgame’ that it’s kind of amazing how conclusive so many of the characters’ journeys are. To come full circle across the two reviews we’ve done, the final moments of ‘Endgame’ felt like those final moments of ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’. The ‘MCU’ had its “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning” moment where we can say, undeniably, that things will never be the same after this. It’s the conclusion of Marvelmania. Perhaps it’s newest phase. Perhaps as a mainstream fascination like James Bond before it. But either way, I’m glad we had it. Storytelling in Hollywood films has become much the better for trying a dangerous experiment and pulling it off because they were invested in where it went.”

Whiskeybrewer: “Even though the story isn’t over in a sense, this story; this saga and many of its players ends on such a conclusive note that you can’t help but be fufilled by it. Now if only the ‘Star Wars’ sequels trilogy could’ve done that.”

Tim Bradley:
(to Timelord007) You see, Timelord! People aren’t always going to have the same opinion as you and me. They’ll have very different interpretations on how they see ‘Endgame’. And if they like it, I’m fine with that. If they don’t, I’m also fine with that. And I wouldn’t want to change anyone’s opinion.

Hey, if fans enjoyed it, then the movie did its job and entertained them for a few hours. For me personally, this was a very disappointing movie which could’ve been ‘The Return of the King’ of comic book movies. But for the many reasons I’ve given, the tone and pacing is off.

Tim Bradley:
Well, that is your prerogative. You’re entitled to your opinion and I respect that. I wouldn’t want to change how you feel about a certain movie as it either gives you pleasure or not. It applies to anything that’s TV-related or film-related. But there’s something you need to bear in mind, Timelord.

Really? What’s that?

Tim Bradley:
Marvel has been through a lot worse. I mean, when you think about how many years Marvel has been through to get to this stage of 11 years of ‘cinematic universe’ films, it’s astounding how many sins they went through to get to that point as well as many wins. Sometimes…the sins were greater!

Imagine what it’d be if we lived in an alternative reality and every Marvel movie ended up being like ‘Howard the Duck’ or the 1990s ‘Captain America’ film or the 2015 ‘Fantastic Four’ film…or even ‘Batman & Robin’, even though that’s DC, not Marvel. Things would be depressing if that happened.

The quality of Marvel superhero films has changed significantly over the years. People have got better. Yes, there have been ups and downs and I’m not going to go back on the criticisms I’ve made about ‘Endgame’. But I do know there is value in every ‘MCU’ film I see, even in the ones I don’t like.

I always come away feeling happy in that I’ve seen an ‘MCU’ film. Because I can make my own judgements on whether a film’s good or bad! And even when I do feel a film’s bad, I think of the superhero films that were better than the bad ones. And I’d like to think my taste in films is good. 😀

But again, it’s astounding that the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ has lasted for over eleven years. No other film series has bettered that yet so far. Even when the ‘DC Extended Universe’ tried to match it, they weren’t as good. The ‘MCU’ has prevailed and it is an amazing achievement to last that long.

Wolfie: “The only other Hollywood film series to genuinely rival the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ in the recent popular consciousness are the aforementioned James Bond and ‘Star Trek’ franchises. Neither of which really invested in intertextual continuity in the same way as the ‘MCU’! Not where we established a pantheon of characters all belonging to the same franchise. Across space, time and genres! The opportunities were there (the various ‘Trek’ TV shows, for instance), but the ethos behind them wasn’t. It was being attempted tenuously with crossovers such as between ‘Murder She Wrote’ and ‘Magnum P.I’, but it simply wasn’t perceived to be done on film. Not to the extent – in terms of sheer quantity and density – we see here. One of the reasons being that stigma towards comic books as a medium! Something like ‘Time After Time’ could be attempted because most, if not all, the audience knew about H.G. Wells’ ‘Time Traveller’ and the historical Jack the Ripper. Both had become literary figures in their own right. Tony Stark circa ‘Iron Man’, though…? Well…

In hindsight, the success of the first ‘Avengers’ film, both as a film and as a franchise, relied on a chicken-and-egg problem. The crossover would only be successful if the individual films were successful and the individual films would only be successful if the crossover was successful. Otherwise, it would be a significant degree of build-up and investment…for a dud ending. The decade of ‘MCU’ storytelling has brought an entirely new mentality to the way continuity and intertextuality is approached in film. There’s a very particular means of drawing those threads together that has been refined in the tales of these superheroes. Bringing something that mediums like comics; and genres like science fiction; have been dabbling in for years. I mean, us four are ‘Doctor Who’ fans. We know all about continuity. 😀 But this has also had a massive effect on storytelling outside of film as well. Television was always seen to try and emulate what was up on the big screen, but now, it’s the reverse. Both mediums have blended together in a way that 20th century film and television didn’t. We’re much the better for it. It’s been a… well, a ‘marvellous’ journey. One worth having!”

Whiskeybrewer: “Very few movie universes could and did successfully pull off what the ‘MCU’ did in its 11 years and counting. Hell, it did better with what it had than Marvel comics themselves have been able to do in recent years. The ‘MCU’ created a template that many studios have rushed to try to recreate. Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’ for example. They rushed into the crossovers and the Easters Eggs without the needed slow build. They pulled off an ‘Iron Man 2’ really by using one film to set up the crossover event too early with ‘The Mummy’. And that created a wobble that Universal couldn’t recover from. The ‘MCU’ were able to, with minor wobbles along the way, and ‘Endgame’ is where we ended up. Course correction on tiny details allowed them to get to this beautiful event. Something sweeping changes could not have done for sure.”

Tim Bradley:
So yeah, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ might not be for everybody. It won’t please everyone. I respect that. But that doesn’t stop me from regretting seeing the movie at the cinema. Because I know the ‘MCU’ are going to provide enjoyable entertainment regardless of the flaws that a certain movie may have.

Do you know why? Because I find Marvel superheroes freaking awesome! And to have the pleasure of seeing a Marvel superhero film whether it’s good or bad fulfils the Marvel fan in me. Even after I’ve seen a good or a bad Marvel superhero movie, I’m always going to look forward to the next one. 🙂

Hey, I have enjoyed most of the Marvel movies, Tim. The ‘Captain America’ movies, the first ‘Iron Man’ film, ‘Black Panther’, the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ films, the first ‘Thor’ film! They’ve all been great entertaining comic book blockbusters.

Tim Bradley:
And so long as you keep holding onto that, you can’t go wrong. When a certain Marvel superhero film disappoints you, you can always look back to the happy memories of a very good Marvel superhero film. Like I do! I found ‘Endgame’ fine. It wasn’t great, but I enjoyed it. ‘Endgame’ disappointed you. That’s fair. I can live with that. But if you’re fine with how I feel about ‘Endgame’ as well as Wolfie and Whiskeybrewer, just as much as we’re fine with how you feel about ‘Endgame’, then I’d like to think how good we are on providing well-constructed arguments about movies and film in general, since that’s the main thing.

Timelord007 nods respectfully.

Thanks for understanding, Tim.

At that moment, Wolfie’s teapot appears out of nowhere in his hands. He opens it to check inside before he smiles.

Wolfie: “Tea’s brewed! Just don’t stare directly at its centre when you stir.”

Whiskeybrewer: “There’s not another damn spider in there, is there? Please don’t let it be another spider. I’d rather Amber Heard than a spider at this point.”

Wolfie sits down on a chair that appears from out of nowhere before he stirs the tea inside the teapot. He begins to pour the tea into four tea cups.

Tim Bradley:
(to audience) So, everyone! Whether you’re a fan of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ or not, I hope this doesn’t stop you from watching more ‘MCU’ movies. I’m sure I won’t stop watching them. I always like watching a ‘MCU’ film at a cinema and I hope I’ll be able to continue doing that when the time comes.

Wolfie: (to audience) “I’m phenomenally excited for the second ‘Black Panther’ film and there are some very interesting projects on the horizon for Phase 4, which I’ll be keeping an eye on.”

Whiskeybrewer: (to audience) “Phase 4 is truly going to be something. While it may not scale the heights of the Infinity Saga, I’m looking forward to ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ and…” (starts laughing) “…‘Black Widow’, when it finally gets released.

(to audience) Did I enjoy ‘Endgame’? No! Will my disappointment stop me watching future Marvel movies? No! Because I’m a fan of these movies! This is why I react so strongly. Not because I’m a toxic fan, but because I know that ‘Endgame’ could’ve been handled a whole lot better and it did upset me when I felt the story didn’t honour those characters. Yet we’ve been on a amazing journey for the last 11 years.

Tim Bradley:
(to audience) From whatever background you come from, whether you enjoy a Marvel superhero film or not, I hope you’ll continue to enjoy what you’re most fond of. Because at the end of the day, we’re all entitled to our opinions and we should never stop enjoying…what we all enjoy watching! 🙂

A moment of silence ensues.

I will say this! I enjoyed ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ more than I enjoyed ‘Avengers: Endgame’.

Whiskeybrewer: “Oh ‘Far From Home’ is a wonderful coda to ‘Endgame’. It plucks at those final few threads remaining from Iron Man and his legacy. And in Peter Parker, is every fan mourning Tony Stark’s loss, but going on for him. It also sets up some interesting things for Phase 4.”

Wolfie: “Hmm! Tom Holland puts in a jolly nice performance.”

Tim Bradley:

Wolfie backflips from his chair, dropping the teapot as it smashes to the ground. Whiskeybrewer looks at what came out from the teapot.

Whiskeybrewer: “Well, at least it wasn’t a spider.”

Whiskeybrewer waves his hand in front of Wolfie’s eyes.

Whiskeybrewer: (to Wolfie) “Yo, how you feeling?”

Wolfie: (distantly) “I am… okay!”

Wolfie gets back up onto his feet.

(to Tim) Hey! What happened to the “We’re entitled to each of our own opinions and not everyone is going to agree with you” speech? Do I sense anger building up within you, Tim? (impersonates Emperor Palpatine) Yes! I can feel your anger growing, Tim! It makes you strong!

Tim Bradley:
(calms down; to audience) Don’t worry. I’ll explain when we get to that movie next time. (clears throat; to Timelord007; Whiskeybrewer; Wolfie) Anyway, thank you, you three for joining me on these ‘Avengers’ movie reviews.

(to Tim) I enjoyed it! And I actually feel a lot calmer now that I’ve vented my thoughts on ‘Avengers: Endgame’.

Whiskeybrewer: (to Tim) “Thanks for the invite. I hope to come back soon. Minus the dusting, of course.”

Wolfie: (to Tim) “This was lovely. A genuinely fun experience! Thanks for having us aboard, Tim!”

Tim Bradley:
(to audience) That’s all from us! Bye!

Tim, Timelord007, Whiskeybrewer and Wolfie wave to the audience before they leave.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ rating by Tim Bradley – 7/10
‘Avengers: Endgame’ rating by Timelord007 – 4/10
‘Avengers: Endgame’ rating by Whiskeybrewer – 9/10
‘Avengers: Endgame’ rating by Wolfie – 8/10

The previous story

For Iron Man was

For Captain America was

For the Hulk was

For Thor was

For Black Widow was

For Hawkeye was

For War Machine was

For Ant-Man was

For the Wasp was

For Captain Marvel was

For Doctor Strange was

For Black Panther was

For Spider-Man (MCU) was

For Scarlet Witch was

For Falcon was

For Bucky Barnes was

For the Guardians of the Galaxy was

For Loki was

The next story

For the Hulk is

  • ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ (Film)

For Hawkeye was

  • ‘Never Meet Your Heroes’ (H) (TV)

For Captain Marvel is

  • ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ (Film)

For Doctor Strange was

  • ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (Film)

For Spider-Man (MCU) is

For Scarlet Witch is

  • ‘Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience’ (WV) (TV)

For Falcon is

  • ‘New World Order’ (TFATWS) (TV)

For Bucky Barnes is

  • ‘New World Order’ (TFATWS) (TV)

For Loki is

  • ‘Glorious Purpose’ (L) (TV)
Return to Marvel Cinematic Universe
Return to Spider-Man

2 thoughts on “‘Avengers: Endgame’ (Film)

  1. Timelord 007

    Blimey i really go to town ranting on this movie, however i can only express how the film affected me & i was underwhelmed & disappointed that this didn’t deliver a satisfying conclusion for me personally but i know a lot of fans enjoyed it so that’s great they got something out of it.

    I enjoyed the collaboration with you & our guests Whiskeybrewer & Wolfie it was good getting 4 different perspectives about this movie.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Wait till we get to my review on ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’. Boy, do I have a lot to say about that movie. 😀

      Thanks Simon. I’m glad you, Whiskeybrewer and Wolfie were able to join me for these ‘Avengers’ reviews. I enjoyed doing them with you three.

      Tim. 🙂



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