You might have been woken last night by a persistent popping sound somewhere in the distance, carried on the wind across the Atlantic.
That was the noise of Avengers fans' and journalists heads exploding while watching Avengers: Endgame at its world premiere in LA last night, painting the Los Angeles Convention Centre ceiling a shade of violent crimson with a combination of brains, craniums and miscellaneous viscera having been overwhelmed by the conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe saga.
That's not an overstatement, aside from in the sense of it not being literally true. 'Gushing' scarcely does justice to the tone of the first reactions to Endgame, which hit Twitter last night. According to people who were there, it's a film so vast, so thrilling and so satisfying that it's some combination of The Godfather, Hamlet and the more exciting bits of the New Testament. Don't worry, there are no spoilers ahead.
So I just saw #AvengersEndgame, and you guys aren’t ready for shiiiiit. All the theorizing didn’t prepare you for this. I cried a lot, I flung my hands in the air and screamed out loud. It’s incredible. #EndgamePremiereLA #Avengers #Endgame— Beatrice Verhoeven (@bverhoev) April 23, 2019
#AvengersEndgame is a masterful epic - a true culmination of 22 films that not only concludes the story, but expands upon it. You’ll learn more about the other movies while this one unfolds. If Infinity War is the brawn, Endgame is the brains. And wow, what an ending! pic.twitter.com/94ttBUQKJ0— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 23, 2019
#AvengersEndgame is an astonishing, amazing film. I’ve never seen anything like it. This movie is everything I wanted to be and SO much more. Amazing.— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) April 23, 2019
Wow. #AvengersEndgame is staggering. It’s surprising in ways I never saw coming and satisfying in ways I didn’t realize I needed. It’s kind of the ultimate gift to fans of the MCU. It’s very long and has a few hiccups, but is everything you’re hoping for and more. pic.twitter.com/RO97kw9fs5— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 23, 2019
Chris Evans’ review of #AvengersEndgame: “I cried like six times.”— Aaron Couch (@AaronCouch) April 23, 2019
Man #AvengersEndgame kicked my ass. It was an epic conclusion to 11 years of films. It had laughs, incredible action and absolute emotional rollercoaster. It was the series finale for these cast of characters that I had been hoping for. Congrats to all for pulling off the feat.— Kristian Harloff (@KristianHarloff) April 23, 2019
#AvengersEndgame is every bit the masterpiece it deserves to be. It’s extraordinary. It is a conclusion worthy of the greatest cinematic saga of all time! Congratulations to everyone who had anything to do with this film, or the 21 films before it. I am emotionally spent. pic.twitter.com/2Yiu3ZIimC— Sean Gerber (@MrSeanGerber) April 23, 2019
Just watched Avengers: Endgame. I don’t believe hyperbole is possible for this movie. It is the ultimate Marvel movie in every way possible and words cannot describe how epic it is. And yes, Hawkeye is a rockstar.— Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) April 23, 2019
As we've noted previously, his new bouffant undercut suggests that rock star is a weird mix of Glass Spider-era David Bowie and Live Aid-era Bono.
But we'll leave the most gushing review until last. This is from Slashfilm's Peter Sciretta, who appears to have had some kind of religious experience.
Imagine the best possible version of #AvengersEndgame and somehow the film still surpasses all expectations. I cried 5-6 times. It’s the most emotional, most epic, MCU film. A tribute to ten years of this universe and holy shit the great fan service in this movie. Soooo good.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 23, 2019
The artistic value of fan service is still up for debate, but given that some cinemas have already block-booked Endgame in for non-stop showings for 96 hours over the first weekend, that's probably a moot point. Chris Hewitt from Empire was a lot more measured than most, but still sounded very much impressed.
I’m still processing. And there’s a lot to process. But after taking time to put all the pieces in place, #AvengersEndgame sticks the landing and then some. No spoilers from me — the official Empire verdict is due tomorrow — but the stones on this thing are seriously impressive.— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) April 23, 2019
It's definitely going to be the biggest film ever, isn't it? There probably haven't been enough numbers invented yet to rack up the box office on this one. Perhaps we'll have to absorb it into culture as a new benchmark of wealth.
"How much did he pay for that massive new house?"
"Dropped half an Endgame on it."
"Blimey. And here I am, scrabbling around for two Suicide Squads to rub together."
From: Esquire UK