Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame

2019, PG-13, 182 min. Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. Voice by Bradley Cooper. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Danai Gurira, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Karen Gillan, Brie Larson, Don Cheadle.

REVIEWED By Richard Whittaker, Fri., April 26, 2019

Thanos won.

That was the denouement of Avengers: Infinity War, last year's epic opening to the resolution of this arc of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Mad Titan (played through motion capture as the living, breathing embodiment of measured conviction by Brolin) had snapped his fingers while wearing the reality-shaping Infinity Gauntlet, and half of all life in the universe disappeared.

Endgame, the Russo brothers' massive payoff to that emotional hammering, that final failure of the heroes, brings that moment back to what it means. A family, unaware of what is happening in Wakanda, unaware of the cosmic battle playing out, suddenly split asunder. How do you come back from that?

That's where Endgame's heart is quickly found. The surviving Avengers – Black Widow (Johannson), Thor (Hemsworth), Iron Man (Downey Jr.), Hulk (Ruffalo), War Machine (Cheadle), and good old Captain America himself (Evans), plus honorary inductees Okoye (Gurira), Rocket (Cooper), Nebula (Gillan), and Captain Marvel (Larson) – set off on a mission to stop Thanos again. But what if that is not enough? What if they have to live with the ashes of their defeat? And even if a potential solution does come along, are they prepared to roll the dice and lose the other half, which is now all they have?

At a weighty but textured three-hour running time, Endgame has to pull off an astonishing feat: not only to give a potential farewell to characters in whom we have been emotionally invested for 11 years and 21 films, but also to pull together all those plot strands, and ensure that (in at least some cases) dead means dead. Otherwise, there are no stakes here. The lack of an immediate solution means that they can't just run to the one out of 14,000,605 potential futures that Doctor Strange saw that can rewrite what Thanos did, or at least undo some of the damage. The script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (who have been running the core show since Captain America: The First Avenger) sets the limits of what the Infinity Stones can do, and the writers yet again hit that sweet spot between magic, mysticism, science, and action to do so. They even smartly manage to fill in a few continuity errors, turning them instead into plot points, and in doing so potentially set up future stories within Disney's new slate of announced Marvel TV shows.

The trigger is the already-heralded return of Ant-Man (Rudd, still giddily out of his depth), who returns from the Quantum Realm to find a very different world. Once the Avengers realize exactly what happened to him, there's a chance for one last reunion, one trajectory that weaves through key past events and binds them all together.

What's best about Markus and McFeely's script is that they understand the characters. If Rocket suddenly started not hiding his compassion under a layer of sardonic humor, we'd know. If the god of thunder wasn't, at a certain level, that same vain, greedy, cruel boy from the first Thor, we'd know. If Tony Stark wasn't still pulling together that technocrat ego fractured in Iron Man, we would definitely know. It's how they handle what has happened to them that makes them heroes – and what Evans does with Cap in this new age of defeat is such a perfect throwback to what made audiences love him. It was never the shield; it was always the man.

Then again, the shield may not maketh the man but it definitely helps in the epic fight sequences. The battle of Wakanda at the end of Infinity War was a warm-up for the inevitable next clash. And while that fight was a fantastical re-creation of old-fashioned, large unit conflict (with a few undoubted nods to The Phantom Menace), this is a meat grinder, where every hero gets their moment and their comeback. It's clear that there's at least a chance that this will be the final time the franchise's big three – Cap, Iron Man, and Thor – will stand shoulder-to-shoulder, and this grand last stand is payoff enough. But Endgame has a few tricks up its sleeves that keep going right back to the heart.

Ultimately, this is the end of the three-phase Infinity Saga. Some heroes rise (yes, of course you knew that). Some fall. Some rewrite their destinies. Some complete the path they have always been on. From here, there's a whole new universe to explore, but Avengers: Endgame gives us one last look back at where we came from.

Showtimes

Mon., May 20

1:40, 3:15, 7:25, 8:50, 10:35

Tue., May 21

2:25, 5:45, 6:30, 8:55, 10:25
AFA 1:40

Wed., May 22

1:40, 2:25, 5:45, 6:30, 8:55, 10:25

Mon., May 20

11:30am, 2:15, 2:50, 6:00, 9:20

Tue., May 21

2:25, 3:35, 6:00, 9:20
AFA 12:35

Wed., May 22

11:15am, 2:45, 3:15, 6:00, 9:45

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Mon., May 20

10:55am, 12:00, 2:15, 4:10, 6:00, 8:25, 9:25

Tue., May 21

2:15, 4:10, 6:00, 8:25, 9:25
AFA 10:55am, 12:00

Wed., May 22

1:30, 2:00, 5:45, 9:10, 9:55

Mon., May 20

11:40am, 12:30, 3:45, 4:25, 7:45, 8:25

Tue., May 21

3:35, 5:15, 6:00, 9:20
AFA 11:30am, 1:10

Wed., May 22

11:50am, 12:00, 2:45, 4:05, 8:15, 9:45

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson #701, 512/861-7030, www.drafthouse.com/austin/theater/village

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Mon., May 20

11:00am, 2:20, 2:55, 6:00, 9:30

Tue., May 21

2:20, 2:55, 6:00, 9:20
AFA 11:00am

Wed., May 22

11:30am, 1:55, 3:00, 6:10, 9:00

Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills

9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Mon., May 20

CC/DVS 12:00, 4:00, 8:00

Tue., May 21

CC/DVS 12:00, 4:00, 8:00

Wed., May 22

CC/DVS 12:00, 4:00, 8:00

Thu., May 23

CC/DVS 12:00, 4:00, 8:00

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Mon., May 20

3-D, CC/DVS 12:10, 4:10, 8:10
CC/DVS 11:10am, 3:10, 6:00, 7:10

Tue., May 21

3-D, CC/DVS 1:10, 5:10, 9:00
CC/DVS 11:10am, 3:10, 6:00, 7:10, 10:00, 11:00

Wed., May 22

3-D, CC/DVS 12:10, 4:10, 8:10
CC/DVS 11:10am, 3:10, 6:00, 7:10

Bullock Texas State History Museum

1800 Congress, 512/936-4629, www.thestoryoftexas.com

Showtimes are subject to change, please confirm times by phone or website.

Mon., May 20

3-D, IMAX 1:30, 5:00
IMAX 8:30

Tue., May 21

3-D, IMAX 1:30, 5:00
IMAX 8:30

Wed., May 22

3-D, IMAX 1:30, 5:00
IMAX 8:30

Thu., May 23

3-D, IMAX 1:30

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Mon., May 20

1:35, 5:30, 9:30
3-D 12:30, 8:30
digital 11:45am, 1:35, 2:30, 3:40, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:35, 9:30, 10:20

Tue., May 21

1:35, 5:30, 9:30
3-D 12:30, 8:30
digital 11:45am, 1:35, 2:30, 3:40, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:35, 9:30, 10:20

Wed., May 22

1:35, 5:30, 9:30
3-D 12:30, 8:30
digital 11:45am, 1:35, 2:30, 3:40, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:35, 9:30, 10:20

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Mon., May 20

digital 11:00am, 12:55, 2:50, 4:45, 8:35, 10:30

Tue., May 21

digital 11:00am, 12:55, 2:50, 4:45, 8:35, 10:30

Wed., May 22

digital 11:00am, 12:55, 2:50, 4:45, 6:40, 8:35, 10:30

Mon., May 20

digital 9:50am, 11:10am, 12:45, 1:45, 3:00, 4:35, 5:40, 6:50, 8:25, 9:30, 10:00

Tue., May 21

digital 9:50am, 11:10am, 12:45, 1:45, 3:00, 4:35, 5:40, 6:50, 8:25, 9:30, 10:00

Wed., May 22

digital 9:50am, 11:10am, 12:45, 1:45, 3:00, 4:35, 5:40, 6:50, 8:25, 9:30, 10:00

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Mon., May 20

digital 11:45am, 1:10, 2:30, 3:50, 5:10, 6:30, 9:10

Tue., May 21

digital 11:45am, 1:10, 2:30, 3:50, 5:10, 6:30, 9:10

Wed., May 22

digital 11:45am, 1:10, 2:30, 3:50, 5:10, 6:30, 9:10

Thu., May 23

digital 11:15am, 1:10, 2:30, 3:20, 5:10, 6:30, 9:10

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., May 20

3-D 10:00
digital 9:45am, 11:00am, 12:40, 1:45, 2:55, 4:30, 7:00, 8:30

Tue., May 21

3-D 10:00
digital 9:45am, 11:00am, 12:40, 1:45, 2:55, 4:30, 8:30

Wed., May 22

3-D 10:00
digital 9:45am, 11:00am, 12:40, 1:45, 2:55, 4:30, 8:30

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Mon., May 20

digital 12:10, 2:00, 3:00, 4:25, 5:45, 7:15, 8:30, 9:45

Tue., May 21

digital 12:10, 2:00, 3:00, 4:25, 5:45, 7:15, 8:30, 9:45

Wed., May 22

digital 12:10, 2:00, 3:00, 4:25, 5:45, 7:15, 8:30, 9:45

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Mon., May 20

1:35, 2:05, 6:05, 6:35, 10:05, 10:35

Tue., May 21

1:35, 2:05, 6:05, 6:35, 10:05, 10:35

Wed., May 22

1:35, 2:05, 6:05, 6:35, 10:05, 10:35

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Mon., May 20

11:05am, 12:10, 2:55, 4:20, 8:15, 10:00

Tue., May 21

11:05am, 12:10, 2:55, 4:20, 8:15, 10:00

Wed., May 22

11:05am, 12:10, 2:55, 4:20, 6:45, 10:35

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Mon., May 20

CC 12:45, 2:30, 4:15, 6:45, 9:30

Tue., May 21

CC 12:45, 1:45, 4:15, 6:00, 9:30

Wed., May 22

CC 11:45am, 12:30, 2:30, 4:15, 6:45, 9:30

Thu., May 23

CC 11:00am, 2:30, 4:30, 6:45, 9:10

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Mon., May 20

CC 10:00am, 10:35am, 2:00, 2:50, 6:10, 8:00, 9:30, 10:15

Tue., May 21

CC 10:00am, 10:35am, 2:00, 2:50, 6:10, 8:00, 9:30, 10:15

Wed., May 22

CC 10:00am, 10:35am, 2:00, 2:50, 6:10, 8:00, 9:30, 10:15

Thu., May 23

CC 10:00am, 10:35am, 2:00, 2:50, 6:10, 8:00, 9:30, 10:15

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., May 20

CC/DVS 11:30am, 1:00, 3:30, 4:20, 6:05, 7:25, 8:15, 9:45

Tue., May 21

CC/DVS 11:30am, 1:00, 3:30, 4:20, 6:05, 7:25, 8:15, 9:45

Wed., May 22

CC/DVS 11:30am, 1:00, 3:30, 4:20, 6:05, 7:25, 8:15, 9:45

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Mon., May 20

11:15am, 12:30, 3:00, 4:30, 7:15

Tue., May 21

11:15am, 12:30, 3:00, 4:30, 7:15

Wed., May 22

11:15am, 12:30, 3:00, 4:30, 7:15

Thu., May 23

11:15am, 12:30, 3:00, 7:15, 9:25

Fri., May 24

11:30am, 12:30, 3:15, 5:00, 7:30, 9:15

Sat., May 25

11:30am, 12:30, 3:15, 5:00, 7:30, 9:15

Sun., May 26

11:30am, 12:30, 3:15, 5:00, 7:30, 9:15

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Mon., May 20

1:45, 6:00, 10:15

Tue., May 21

1:45, 6:00, 10:15

Wed., May 22

1:45, 6:00, 10:05

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Mon., May 20

3-D, CC/DVS 2:00, 8:00
CC/DVS 4:00, 6:00

Tue., May 21

3-D, CC/DVS 2:00, 8:00
CC/DVS 4:00, 6:00

Wed., May 22

3-D, CC/DVS 2:00, 8:00
CC/DVS 4:00, 6:00

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., May 20

CC/DVS 11:10am, 12:15, 3:10, 4:15, 7:00, 8:30, 9:50

Tue., May 21

CC/DVS 11:10am, 12:15, 3:10, 4:15, 7:00, 8:30, 10:00

Wed., May 22

CC/DVS 11:10am, 12:15, 3:10, 4:15, 7:00, 8:30, 9:45

Thu., May 23

CC/DVS 11:10am, 12:15, 3:10, 4:15, 8:30, 9:40

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Mon., May 20

10:00am, 10:30am, 1:10, 1:45, 2:15, 2:45, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 9:00, 10:00, 10:45

Tue., May 21

10:00am, 10:30am, 11:45am, 1:10, 1:45, 2:15, 2:45, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 9:00, 10:00, 10:45

Wed., May 22

10:00am, 10:30am, 11:45am, 1:10, 1:45, 2:15, 2:45, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 9:00, 10:00, 10:45

Thu., May 23

10:00am, 10:30am, 11:45am, 1:10, 1:45, 2:15, 2:45, 5:30, 6:00, 8:15, 9:00, 10:00

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Mon., May 20

10:15am, 11:10am, 12:40, 1:40, 2:30, 5:30, 6:30, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00

Tue., May 21

10:15am, 11:10am, 12:40, 1:40, 2:30, 5:30, 6:30, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00

Wed., May 22

10:15am, 11:10am, 12:40, 1:40, 2:30, 5:30, 6:30, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00

Thu., May 23

10:15am, 11:10am, 12:40, 1:40, 2:30, 5:30, 6:30, 10:00

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Mon., May 20

9:55am, 10:20am, 1:55, 3:15, 6:05, 7:45, 10:10

Tue., May 21

9:55am, 10:20am, 1:55, 3:15, 6:05, 7:45, 10:10

Wed., May 22

9:55am, 10:20am, 1:55, 3:15, 6:05, 7:45, 10:10

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Mon., May 20

2:30, 6:10, 6:50
3-D 2:00

Tue., May 21

2:30, 6:10, 6:50
3-D 2:00

Wed., May 22

2:30, 6:10, 6:50
3-D 2:00

Thu., May 23

2:30
3-D 2:00

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Mon., May 20

11:50am, 12:15, 1:15, 3:40, 5:00, 7:30, 8:45, 9:15

Tue., May 21

11:50am, 12:15, 1:15, 3:40, 5:00, 7:30, 8:45, 9:15

Wed., May 22

11:50am, 12:15, 1:15, 3:40, 5:00, 7:30, 8:45, 9:15

Mon., May 20

11:00am, 11:50am, 2:55, 4:00, 6:30, 7:15, 9:15, 10:15

Tue., May 21

11:00am, 11:50am, 2:55, 4:00, 6:30, 7:15, 9:40, 10:00

Wed., May 22

11:00am, 12:00, 2:55, 4:10, 7:15, 9:15, 9:30

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Mon., May 20

11:45am, 2:00, 6:00, 9:30

Tue., May 21

11:45am, 2:00, 6:00, 9:30

Wed., May 22

11:45am, 2:00, 6:00, 9:30

Thu., May 23

11:45am, 2:00, 6:00, 9:30

Violet Crown Cinema

434 W. Second, 512/495-9600, www.violetcrowncinema.com

Four-hour parking validation in attached garage with ticket purchase. Reserved seating; bar and cafe on-site.

Mon., May 20

11:15am, 1:25, 2:50, 6:25, 8:25, 9:35

Tue., May 21

11:00am, 1:25, 2:35, 6:15, 9:10

Wed., May 22

11:00am, 1:25, 2:35, 6:15, 9:25

Thu., May 23

11:15am, 1:25, 2:50, 8:25, 9:35

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., May 20

CC/DVS 11:15am, 12:00, 2:15, 3:00, 6:00, 6:45, 9:05, 9:45

Tue., May 21

CC/DVS 11:15am, 12:00, 2:15, 3:00, 6:00, 6:45, 9:05, 9:45

Wed., May 22

CC/DVS 11:15am, 12:00, 2:15, 3:00, 6:00, 6:45, 9:15, 9:45

Thu., May 23

CC/DVS 12:00, 1:00, 2:15, 4:05, 6:15, 9:00, 9:30

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