COMIC RE­LIEF

Don’t be nervous. Af­ter 21 films over more than a decade, Avengers: Endgame pro­vides a cli­max wor­thy of the Marvel he­roes we’ve come to love

Bangor Mail - - The Film Review - BY CHRISTO­PHER HUNNEYSETT

THE world of Marvel’s su­per­heroes is changed for­ever with this epic and emo­tional fi­nale which ful­fils the prom­ise of the pre­ced­ing 21 films by serv­ing up a hugely sat­is­fy­ing and su­per-sized blast of pop­corn en­ter­tain­ment. Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth are al­lowed full rein to be at their crowd-pleas­ing best as Iron Man, Cap­tain America and Thor, who risk their lives in a last-gasp at­tempt at sav­ing the uni­verse.

Fol­low­ing directly on from the events of last year’s Avengers: In­fin­ity War, it begins with our he­roes be­ing con­sumed by grief and anger af­ter Josh Brolin’s in­ter­ga­lac­tic war­lord Thanos suc­ceeded in killing half the world’s pop­u­la­tion, in­clud­ing many of our favourite he­roes such as Spider-Man.

Not to be out­done by the boys, Brie Lar­son’s Cap­tain Marvel is in­volved from the off and it’s great to see Scar­lett Jo­hans­son’s Black Widow and Karen Gil­lan’s Ne­bula af­forded plenty of screen time and their own key moments.

Never feel­ing any­where near its

three-hour length, this huge movie is sur­pris­ingly light on its feet as it skips about the galaxy, through time and into the quan­tum realm, from where Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man is re­leased and then has to re­turn back to.

With lots of re­vis­it­ing moments of pre­vi­ous ad­ven­tures, Marvel shame­lessly plays to the gallery, which it has ev­ery right to in­dulge in af­ter de­liv­er­ing 11 years of qual­ity thrills.

It cherry-picks from the best of the series to splice to­gether the laugh-out-loud com­edy of Thor: Rag­narok, the two-fisted ac­tion of Cap­tain America: Civil War and the heart of Iron Man.

Ca­sual view­ers as well as ded­i­cated fans will gasp at its many twists, shocks and sur­prises, and the spec­tac­u­lar smack­down is al­most too much to take in.

This is an event as much as a movie which de­mands to be seen on the big­gest avail­able screen, and is so tightly packed you may need to watch it twice.

Clockwise from left: Thor, Iron Man and Cap­tain America must over­come their grief to take on Thanos one last time

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