AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Cert 12A 181mins Stars 5

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

With lots of call-back moments to previous adventures Marvel shamelessly plays to the galley which they have every right to do after delivering eleven years of quality thrills.

They cherry pick from the best of the series to splices the laugh-out-loud comedy of Thor: Ragnarok, the two-fisted action of Captain America: Civil War, and the hidden heart of Iron Man.

Casual viewers as well as dedicated fans will be gasp by its many twists, shocks and surprises and the spectacular smack-down 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 see it twice.

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