By Ray Pride

No Spoilers: Thinking About AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: ENDGAME..Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

The directors and production executives of “Avengers: Endgame” want description held to a minimum on opening weekend. But it’s big. I can tell you that. Lots of stuff rushes past, onward, ever onward, grandiose stuff, whispered stuff, great lashings of grief, some grandiloquent stuff, and veteran viewers in the enraptured opening Thursday audience had much to hoover up and enjoy: proud postures alternate with callbacks and climaxes and sniffly tear-tugs and lots of that wacky, weightless Marvel verbal humor. Plot synopsis would be spoiler-after-spoiler, depriving small, telegraphic jolts of joy for those who can in an eye-blink decipher what’s going on, based on the data input from the ingestion of the prior 2,299 minutes of the “Universe” entire. It’s too complicated to synopsize in a rational amount of time and space: time is relative, even at the climactic episode’s one-minute and three-hour running time.

Twenty-two episodes of pagan pageantry across eleven years with reasonably consistent internal logic, with an opulence of balderdash and culture of earnest tears: that’s a saga, that’s a cycle, that’s a vast accomplishment in its own right. Even with adjustment for inflation, does this make Kevin Feige the most successful feature producer of all time? [Read more.]

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