The newly crowned biggest movie of all time comes home on DVD and blu-ray from Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures; Avengers: Endgame, the twenty-second installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) blazes across home theaters with all the action, emotion, and iconic moments that wowed movie and comic book lovers in April of this year.
The MCU deals with the fallout of ‘The Snap.’ caused by Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) use of the infinity stones, and those who remain behind are determined to find a way to set things right. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) aka Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and the remaining heroes of Earth unite with a risky plan and a hope that they can set things right.
The perfect culmination of a twenty-two film arc, the film pays off moments, arcs, sets up new heroes and lets us say goodbye to those who are bowing out.
It was a stunning watch in the cinema, everything escapist entertainment should be, and it loses none of that impact at home. The Russo Brothers who have been one of the largest guiding forces of the MCU since Winter Soldier handle this film, just like they did their previous efforts with aplomb, dedication and a love of their material.
The blu-ray comes with an extra disc filled with bonus features that take us behind the scenes of the film and the MCU. I still insist that there is a need for a full length documentary about the entire MCU (I’m thinking along the lines of Never Sleep Again, and Crystal Lake Memories) but in lieu of that I’ll take the solid collection of extras that fill this release out.
There’s a fun gag reel, a collection of deleted scenes that are interesting to take a look at, but also obvious as to why they didn’t make the cut, and a hefty collection of featurettes. Amongst these behind the scene features is a look at Robert Downey Jr., and how he truly is the patriarch of the MCU, and why his casting was so essential, and so perfect.
From there there are looks at the arcs of Cap, Black Widow, Thor, the Russo Brothers, The Women of the MCU (and that great moment) and a wonderful touching look at the legacy of (cameos for) creator Stan Lee – I won’t lie, this one made me weepy.
It’s hard to believe that the MCU is eleven years old, it’s hard to imagine a time without it, and it’s absolutely jaw-dropping with what it has accomplished in the course of a decade, and the adventures it has given us.
There have been arguments that comic book and superhero movies are ruining cinema, that with so many big-budget adventures out there, smaller films, riskier films, are being overlooked, or not being made at all. But I think there is an audience for all of them, and that artists will find a way.
And honestly, there is an audience for these films and there will continue to be. As real as superhero fatigue may be, these films have an audience because they are the modern mythos, the popular culture answer to the pantheon of ancient gods, and the stories made up about them.
Superheroes let us see the best possible versions of ourselves, that which we would strive to be. They embody the best of us, even with their faults and flaws, and they do whats right. We want that to be us, their powers, their abilities. That’s part of the beauty of the original panels that these characters leapt from, readers could imagine being these heroes, these Avengers, as they leafed through issue after issue, and now, on-screen that audience has expanded – it has introduced them to the massive world of comic books, and made a number of them realize that superheroes aren’t just for kids.
Avengers: Endgame is the culmination, the ultimate expression of the comic book movie, the leap from page to screen, and it is now the biggest movie of all time! Bring it home with you on DVD and blu-ray today!