7 Spoiler-Free Surprises To Get You Psyched For Avengers: Endgame
The universe is split into two groups. Those who are frothing to see 'Avengers: Endgame', and those who will see it because everyone else has. There will be no escaping this film.
Regardless of whether you love the super-hero genre, or if you think it's finally jumped the shark, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is ready for its biggest flex. Avengers: Endgame is the monolith that the prior 11 years and 21 films have been erecting.
Fearless prediction before it even premieres: Endgame is going to smash the highest-grossing opening weekend record. Why? The mark is currently held by its predecessor Infinity War at $640 million USD -- so, of course, it's happening.
So, you're predestined to go to the cinema, here's what you need to know.
1. It's long, but it flies
The 3 hour 1-minute run-time will test your bladder, but not your patience.
Inevitably, the film opens with the surviving Avengers mourning half of the universe's inhabitants, after disintegration from one click of Thanos' bejazzled fingers.
But our heroes don't mope for long, and Endgame escalates into a familiar rhythm to its predecessor Infinity War. The mission is clear: punish Thanos, restore the universe. Let's go.
2. Half the characters, more time for all
Defying the 50/50 odds of being turned to dust, all of the original six heroes from 2012's Avengers start the film intact -- for the math-heads, the probability of this is 1-in-64 or 1.7%.
The upside of this is more screen-time for all our favourites; and Hawkeye.
Iron-Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) are the biggest beneficiaries, recapturing their frenemy vibe from Captain America: Civil War. Given the much-publicised fact that both actors' current MCU contracts expire with Endgame, it's fun to savour what might be their characters' last hurrah together.
3. Are there any post-credit scenes in Avengers: Endgame?
No. We stayed until all the credits rolled so you didn't have to. After 181 minutes, you are free to bolt to the bathroom or beat the traffic.
Unless you're a film student who wants to respect all the crew's work. Or the Second Unit Director's dad-- hi Mr Hargrave!
4. Finally, a trailer that doesn't spoil the film
Trailers in 2019 tend to reveal many plot points and big scenes, with internet theorists deducing the rest. You will not be prepared for the number of twists and cameos in Avengers: Endgame.
One of the hashtags for this film is #DontSpoilTheEndgame. At a pivotal, and meta moment in the film, one character refuses to tell another character a secret -- "If I tell you, it won't happen".
5. This is the funniest Avengers movie
Given the grave situation of half the universe's population needing to be cleaned up by a vacuum cleaner, comedy is not wholly expected. But the cinema was howling with laughter throughout.
It's easily the funniest of the four Avengers films, although not on the Guardians Of The Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok and Ant-Man level. However those films don't really have the existential stakes of Endgame, so the balance of light and shade in this film is well executed.
6. You will need to lie down after the final set-piece
Survive the first 120 marathon minutes, and you will be catatonic after the last 61 from visual and emotional over-stimulation. The lauded airport battle in Captain America: Civil War now seems tame by comparison.
7. Strong hair game
We'd already been treated to the mid-life crisis mohawk that Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is rocking. And the red and blonde balayage on Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).
Those two styles don't even crack the top three in the film.
Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame is in Australian cinemas on April 24, 2019.