News

Avengers: Endgame First Reviews: Best Marvel Movie Ever, Say Some

The first reviews of Marvel's superhero extravaganza say it fulfills a decade's worth of promises with wit, heart, and action like we've never seen before.

by | April 23, 2019 | Comments

The initial reactions to Avengers: Endgame following the first screenings were extremely positive. But now critics have had time to process what they saw, and well, they’re still mostly raving about the 22nd entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — it’s currently Certified Fresh at 97%. Of course, there are some quibbles here and there, mainly about the length. Also, the long-form responses to the Avengers: Infinity War follow-up have some extra thoughts to share regarding Endgame’s best moments, as well as the movie’s MVP. Basically, just icing on the cake to get you even more hyped for this thing.

Here’s what the critics are saying about Avengers: Endgame:


How does it compare to Avengers: Infinity War?

Endgame is a different type of film than Infinity War… there are actually moments of calm, where the audience can catch its breath.
Charles Barfield, The Playlist

Infinity War floundered, it seems, so Endgame could soar.
Angie Han, Mashable

Where Infinity War had trouble finding time for characters, Endgame is about nothing but character work.
– Susana Polo, Polygon

The Russo Brothers were able to best themselves yet again.
Dorian Parks, Geeks of Color

There’s something considerably less elegant to the storytelling this time around.
Peter Debruge, Variety


Is it the best Marvel movie yet?

Avengers: Endgame is everything you’ve ever dreamed a Marvel movie could be…You will not be let down.
– Germain Lussier, io9

One of the most ambitious, entertaining, emotional, and stunning blockbusters we’ve ever seen, and the best film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon thus far.
– Eric Eisenberg, Cinema Blend

Avengers: Endgame is not the best Marvel movie ever made…But it is the most Marvel movie ever made, and there’s something incredible about that.
Angie Han, Mashable

Avengers: Endgame is the most “Marvel” movie in Marvel Cinematic Universe history.
Charles Barfield, The Playlist

Avengers: Endgame is, without a doubt, the most confusing and convoluted of any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, yet it’s also unbelievably satisfying.
Mike Ryan, Uproxx

Avengers: Endgame is now my favorite MCU movie and is probably my favorite comic book movie to date.
Dorian Parks, Geeks of Color

It’s not the best of anything in terms of the Marvel franchise…Avengers: Endgame is a merely okay MCU movie.
Scott Mendelson, Forbes


Marvel Studios

(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel)

Should we be surprised at this?

Whatever you think Endgame will be, it will still confound and amaze and thrill you in ways that is hard to imagine.
– Mark Daniell, Toronto Sun

One of the nicest surprises of Endgame is how fun it is… So much so that the three-hour run time seems to fly by.
Angie Han, Mashable

There are things in Endgame you never could have guessed would come back to light, but they do, and it’s glorious.
Germain Lussier, io9

Endgame is truly a masterful piece of storytelling, which both goes exactly where you expect it to, and not at all.
Anne Cohen, Refinery29


Marvel Studios

(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel)

How busy is the movie?

The Russos juggle the tones with balletic finesse.
– Eric Kohn, IndieWire

The film is sometimes juggling five or six stories simultaneously, but the Russos and their editors never let the audience get too far from one or the other.
Germain Lussier, io9

It’s strangely sentimental for a movie that features the biggest all-out superhero fight I can ever remember seeing.
– Mike Ryan, Uproxx


How is the action?

The fight scenes that do take place are epic… seeing the epic battle in the third act makes the last decade worth it.
– Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

The action sequences were choreographed and shot so beautifully. Without spoiling anything, you will need to be prepared for the third act.
Dorian Parks, Geeks of Color


Are we going to cry?

As emotionally affecting as any Marvel movie has ever been… a genuinely moving drama.
– Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

Endgame focuses on the original Avengers…it’s immensely gratifying and emotional to see them struggle on a plethora of levels.
Germain Lussier, io9


Marvel Studios

(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel)

How satisfying is it as a finale?

Endgame does pull off the feat of feeling remarkably like a finale, and even the most casual fan may feel the emotional tug of those moments.
– Don Kaye, Den of Geek

As a Part 2, Endgame is a hugely successful ending to a story that began a year ago but truly dates back a decade.
Charles Barfield, The Playlist

[It’s] a moment to stop and look back in amazement (or terror) at what the MCU has pulled off…Endgame is Marvel’s crowning achievement.
Angie Han, Mashable


How lost will we be if we haven’t seen all 21 previous movies?

There’s no shaking the fact that Endgame is very much a Part 2 (or Part 22, honestly)… not for MCU newbies… casual fans need not apply… If you’re not someone that knows every character by name, you’re in for a confusing three-hour film.
Charles Barfield, The Playlist

My daughter hasn’t seen very many of these and only had a few in-movie questions… it works on its own terms and unquestionably sticks the landing.
Scott Mendelson, Forbes

This is a film designed for fans… Newcomers will likely find themselves totally lost in this tangle of characters and relationships and mythologies.
Angie Han, Mashable

It does feel like a wonderful gift to all those who have spent the last decade-plus emotionally engaging with the lives and adventures of these characters.
Eric Eisenberg, Cinema Blend


Marvel Studios

Ryan Fujitani

Can you give me some comparative context?

Newcomers to the series may as well be watching a Transformers movie.
Eric Kohn, IndieWire

While there is a big third-act action sequence, it’s (despite some grand fan service) closer in structure and visuals to Ready Player One than The Two Towers.
Scott Mendelson, Forbes

Avengers: Endgame feels like the last scene of Titanic with everyone back on the ship, applauding. And, you know what? I’m okay with that.
Mike Ryan, Uproxx


Who is the movie’s MVP?

From a performance standpoint, Chris Hemsworth, for the second film in a row, delivers the best outing of the large ensemble.
Clayton Davis, AwardsCircuit.com

Hemsworth especially has quickly become, due to Thor: Ragnarok and the last two of these Avengers flicks, a subtle MVP of the franchise.
Scott Mendelson, Forbes

Hemsworth has inexplicably become the MVP of this franchise, able to balance big, broad comedy with soul-searching pathos.
Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm


Are there any big criticisms?

Its biggest fault, however nitpicky, is that it doesn’t really confront or advance any of the big philosophical questions that have been running through the saga from the beginning.
Scott Mendelson, Forbes

I feel that Marvel’s secret weapon [Captain Marvel] is underused.
Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

Has a sitcom episode like feel to it that is reminiscent of a ‘clip show’ – where the viewers get excerpts and highlights from previous episodes of the series.
Clayton Davis, AwardsCircuit.com


Will there ever be anything like this movie again?

One can only hope that the next 10 years of Marvel storytelling — which will feature new heroes and villains — comes close to this.
Mark Daniell, Toronto Sun


Avengers: Endgame opens everywhere on April 26.

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 123598%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.
Synopsis: The remaining Avengers -- Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner -- must figure out a way to bring... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

Oscars YouTube Red ABC Family Superheroes Universal feel good National Geographic PaleyFest boxoffice Showtime Broadway casting Pride Month batman screen actors guild sag awards E! Photos critic resources Peacock CNN VH1 suspense VOD Tubi Chilling Adventures of Sabrina olympics blockbuster Legendary adaptation discovery Fall TV disaster The CW Fox Searchlight richard e. Grant dexter harry potter Netflix Christmas movies A&E canceled TV shows theme song Television Critics Association Awards Tour worst movies Music Pet Sematary Mary Poppins Returns Disney+ Disney Plus TCM BBC cancelled TV shows Comic Book marvel cinematic universe comic HBO Max marvel comics Adult Swim halloween DirecTV ratings spinoff doctor who Mindy Kaling satire indie royal family Infographic GIFs Acorn TV History king arthur TNT Trophy Talk TCA Winter 2020 crossover AMC Amazon Prime X-Men high school romantic comedy ESPN 72 Emmy Awards Action adventure politics superhero razzies know your critic thriller composers comic books Premiere Dates period drama news Rocky breaking bad best video on demand slasher 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Emmy Nominations true crime DC Universe Writers Guild of America Vudu Election DC streaming service Disney streaming service cartoon Pirates Box Office monster movies Schedule nbcuniversal 24 frames cops witnail toronto Trivia travel vampires adenture Pop dceu FXX critics twilight romance stand-up comedy all-time CW Seed singing competition RT21 war rotten movies we love Star Wars game show space The Academy Heroines Endgame Mystery American Society of Cinematographers Holidays Apple TV Plus prank Captain marvel Hallmark Disney Channel NBC Interview free movies Brie Larson Extras award winner technology unscripted a nightmare on elm street PBS Bravo boxing Character Guide tv talk Family dc New York Comic Con talk show Watching Series The Witch Nat Geo transformers The Purge Opinion obituary IFC italian reviews docuseries game of thrones Set visit Spike OWN SundanceTV Super Bowl Martial Arts Avengers Freeform cancelled Cosplay cooking stop motion 71st Emmy Awards psycho Holiday Exclusive Video hispanic heritage month TCA Awards archives pirates of the caribbean sequels legend Amazon TIFF kong Baby Yoda festivals Marathons godzilla Paramount Plus Women's History Month new york GoT Tomatazos 4/20 golden globes werewolf Nominations Trailer rt archives Fox News 2021 The Walking Dead based on movie Shudder hispanic Pacific Islander halloween tv Mary poppins Grammys slashers A24 WarnerMedia gangster Tokyo Olympics Esquire revenge Amazon Prime Video Lucasfilm See It Skip It Song of Ice and Fire Sundance Now Academy Awards anthology toy story BBC America video crime thriller PlayStation french finale Summer Comedy Central comiccon documentary Film E3 dragons new zealand 2020 black canceled scene in color zero dark thirty laika Netflix Winners 1990s YA sequel die hard concert saw Starz Awards japanese zombie WGN Biopics Pop TV supernatural OneApp Ovation binge Star Trek green book Disney dark FOX ITV spider-man screenings Kids & Family directors chucky HBO Go hidden camera crime USA Network Mudbound indiana jones Shondaland Winter TV SXSW documentaries series Teen miniseries joker ABC Signature Masterpiece USA 21st Century Fox Nickelodeon DGA police drama MCU Black History Month criterion Classic Film what to watch worst nature serial killer FX on Hulu universal monsters Pixar CBS All Access fresh psychological thriller spain rotten BBC One foreign Comics on TV HBO kaiju 007 movie australia Christmas Food Network Sneak Peek aliens Ghostbusters LGBT basketball Cannes justice league Turner Amazon Studios live action elevated horror cancelled TV series 2015 Epix ViacomCBS Discovery Channel Red Carpet spanish language GLAAD Cartoon Network blockbusters festival DC Comics ghosts stoner TCA 2017 Hallmark Christmas movies Quiz dramedy sitcom classics Rom-Com 20th Century Fox Comic-Con@Home 2021 dogs Best and Worst Animation king kong fast and furious Tumblr reboot Video Games Calendar television Funimation trailers ID franchise MTV Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt YouTube mockumentary NYCC TCA teaser political drama 99% San Diego Comic-Con Polls and Games spy thriller Television Academy cancelled television international hollywood james bond biopic Tarantino Lionsgate cars Crackle book TV movies scorecard venice target 2017 anime mutant comic book movie name the review japan science fiction Stephen King Western Podcast 73rd Emmy Awards asian-american scary movies Britbox Chernobyl APB south america Binge Guide Toys Walt Disney Pictures posters 2019 Mary Tyler Moore 2018 Lifetime Christmas movies Marvel Studios remakes facebook Ellie Kemper mission: impossible kids Arrowverse action-comedy TruTV spanish christmas movies medical drama telelvision Black Mirror zombies TV Land Travel Channel Reality Competition animated diversity BAFTA IFC Films Dark Horse Comics Spring TV First Look blaxploitation Valentine's Day TBS deadpool sports Turner Classic Movies crime drama Hear Us Out Hulu quibi cults parents cats LGBTQ mcc Rock Crunchyroll SDCC historical drama aapi new star wars movies debate CBS independent El Rey Marvel MSNBC emmy awards nfl streaming Film Festival hist Drama Country VICE Horror Reality children's TV natural history comics Paramount Network FX Columbia Pictures Marvel Television Elton John comedies YouTube Premium book adaptation BET Awards heist movie TLC RT History Emmys Sci-Fi Sony Pictures 45 cinemax Alien Apple TV+ Year in Review President 93rd Oscars popular rt labs comic book movies Musicals Fantasy Comedy First Reviews Image Comics versus Thanksgiving BET Paramount Disney Plus streaming movies NBA biography Certified Fresh child's play strong female leads Creative Arts Emmys docudrama Musical TV One movies 90s Sundance women latino Superheroe social media renewed TV shows Anna Paquin Spectrum Originals Sundance TV jamie lee curtis 2016 Rocketman wonder woman golden globe awards Wes Anderson rom-coms superman Apple rt labs critics edition Logo football lord of the rings Warner Bros. TV CMT jurassic park young adult The Walt Disney Company TV renewals robots Syfy Countdown The Arrangement films Lifetime ABC