Avengers: Endgame is blockbuster cinema at its best

The Avengers form the central hub of the Marvel superhero universe. The current phase of storytellin

The Avengers form the central hub of the Marvel superhero universe. The current phase of storytelling has come to an end. What will happen next? Picture: PA/PARAMOUNT PICTURES - Credit: PA

Following last year’s Infinity War, Marvel Studios bring us Avengers: Endgame – the conclusion to a saga spanning 11 years and 22 films, which arrives as one of the most anticipated films of a generation.

With their numbers decimated after the Mad Titan Thanos successfully wiped out half the universe with a click of his fingers, the remaining Avengers must regroup in order to recover the six missing infinity stones.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo, together with writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, reunite after delivering last year's smash hit, with the daunting task of bringing this long-running story to a satisfying conclusion.

Once again, the Russo brothers prove themselves adept at managing the huge cast of characters and fitting them into an engrossing narrative.

Robert Downey Jnr and Chris Evans return as Iron man and Captain America alongside many others, whilst Brie Larson's Captain Marvel is a welcome new addition.

Unlike last year's action-heavy instalment, Endgame takes its time to establish the stakes and spends much more time on character development.

The sense of loss in the first act is palpable as the remaining Avengers struggle to come to terms with their crushing defeat.

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The fact this is the final part of a long running arc increases the threat level considerably, but despite the raised stakes, Marvel's trademark humour is still evident throughout, supplying some much needed levity.

As the story progresses, the writers introduce a clever time travelling aspect to the story which not only gives our heroes a shred of hope but gives audiences the chance to revisit some of their favourite Avengers moments from the past.

Its execution, albeit slightly messy, brings a sheer nostalgic joy to proceedings and contains a number of laugh out loud moments.

It's testament to the quality of the film, that despite its three-hour runtime, it never feels like it. The film's epic final battle lays everything out on the table, and is full emotional highs and lows.

With an outstanding script choc full of surprises, Avengers: Endgame delivers the perfect finale for fans to cherish. This is blockbuster event cinema at its very best.