Avengers: Endgame premiered in Los Angeles just a few hours ago, and while we’ll have to wait until 11pm tonight for the official reviews, early reactions on Twitter have landed.
And it sounds like Marvel fans can finally breathe, with many critics hailing the movie as a satisfying conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it.
Over 21 movies so far, starting with Jon Favreau’s introduction of Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man in 2008, the multi-billion dollar franchise has been building to this moment, with directorial siblings the Russo brothers tasked with delivering the home run.
It appears that they’ve done it justice.
#AvengersEndgame is an astonishing, amazing film. I’ve never seen anything like it. This movie is everything I wanted to be and SO much more. Amazing.
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) April 23, 2019
Imagine the best possible version of #AvengersEndgame and somehow the film still surpasses all expectations. I cried 5-6 times. It’s the most emotional, most epic, MCU film. A tribute to ten years of this universe and holy shit the great fan service in this movie. Soooo good.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 23, 2019
#AvengersEndgame is a masterful epic – a true culmination of 22 films that not only concludes the story, but expands upon it. You’ll learn more about the other movies while this one unfolds. If Infinity War is the brawn, Endgame is the brains. And wow, what an ending! pic.twitter.com/94ttBUQKJ0
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 23, 2019
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 23, 2019
#AvengerEndgame is an immensely satisfying payoff, not just to Infinity War but to all the films that came before. This is why the MCU. (And I say this as someone who was not especially enamored of Infinity War, FWIW.) ♥️💙💜
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) April 23, 2019
So, #AvengersEndgame hits the required beats, with plenty of fan service (most of it earned) and plenty of wit. It doesn't make a ton of sense (and the action is a comedown) but it's unquestionably fun.
— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) April 23, 2019
#AvengersEndgame is A LOT. Too much at times. But wow the payoff is huge. Left me proud to have invested over a decade in a franchise that delivers an inspiring exploration of what it means to be family & a hero. (Endgame also now has one of my favorite shots in the entire MCU.)
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) April 23, 2019
But it’s been something of a rocky road in the realm of Marvel fandom with some major plot leaks emerging online last week.
It ushered in a warning from the Russos delivered on Twitter, imploring fans to avoid spoiling the action for others.
Fans were also warned about trolls posting spoilers all over the web, from social media to comment threads.
The movie finds the Avengers decimated after the climax of Avengers: Infinity War, in which Josh Brolin’s Thanos retrieved all of the feted Infinity Stones, and with a snap of his fingers, destroyed half of all life across the universe.
It now falls to those remaining, including Captain America, Black Widow, Thor and the Hulk, now joined by Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, to seek their vengeance.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin, it’s out across the UK on 25 April.