Three hours? You need a super bladder to reach the end … BRIAN VINER ratings Avengers: Endgame

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A cinematic moloch called into London last night. Avengers: Endgame is one of the most expensive films ever made and not only celebrates super powers on the screen, but also in the audience.

In any case, only those with super bladders stay in their seats. I didn't do that. Give or take a minute or two (give, actually), Avengers: Endgame lasts no less than three hours.

It is the thunderous finale of the series of 22 blockbuster films that form the grandiose Marvel Cinematic Universe between them.

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In any case, only those with super bladders stay in their seats. I didn't do it. Give or take a minute or two (give, actually), Avengers: Endgame lasts no less than three hours

In any case, only those with super bladders stay in their seats. I didn't do it. Give or take a minute or two (give, actually), Avengers: Endgame lasts no less than three hours

In any case, only those with super bladders stay in their seats. I didn't do that. Give or take a minute or two (give, actually), Avengers: Endgame lasts no less than three hours

The MCU will continue with Endgame – after all, it has already generated more than $ 18 billion in box office, making it the most lucrative franchise of all time, and no film producer worthy of his Bentley convertible has turned away from that kind of loot .

But this is unambiguous, categorical, unambiguous (unless of course the men with fat cigars change their minds) the end of the road for the Avengers as a turbo-laden group of civil guards with a mission to save the universe from super villains.

Endgame more or less sweeps us from the point where Avengers: Infinity War abruptly put us down last year.

A cinematic moloch called into London last night. Avengers: Endgame is one of the most expensive films ever made and not only celebrates super powers on the screen, but also in the audience

A cinematic moloch called into London last night. Avengers: Endgame is one of the most expensive films ever made and not only celebrates super powers on the screen, but also in the audience

A cinematic moloch called into London last night. Avengers: Endgame is one of the most expensive films ever made and not only celebrates super powers on the screen, but also in the audience

Brie Larson at the Avengers: Endgame premiere. The MCU will continue with Endgame ¿since it has already generated more than 18 billion box-office dollars, making it the most lucrative franchise of all time, and no film producer worthy of his Bentley convertible turns its back on that kind of loot

Brie Larson at the Avengers: Endgame premiere. The MCU will continue with Endgame ¿since it has already generated more than 18 billion box-office dollars, making it the most lucrative franchise of all time, and no film producer worthy of his Bentley convertible turns its back on that kind of loot

Brie Larson at the Avengers: Endgame premiere. The MCU will continue with Endgame – after all, it has already generated more than $ 18 billion in box-office, making it the most lucrative franchise of all time, and no film producer worthy of his Bentley convertible will return from that kind booty

That film, if I could express it in the Champions League football terms, was only the first leg of two, and we resume here with our superheroes very much on the losing side.

They are muscled by Thanos (Josh Brolin), a huge genocidal maniac with a corrugated jaw that has already destroyed half of the cosmos in the misguided belief that he is giving the survivors a favor by giving them more living space. Another genocidal maniac, Adolf Hitler, called it & # 39; Lebensraum & # 39 ;.

Just like Infinity War, Endgame is directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

Karen Gillan at the premiere. Endgame more or less sweeps us from the point where last year's Avengers: Infinity War abruptly put us down

Karen Gillan at the premiere. Endgame more or less sweeps us from the point where last year's Avengers: Infinity War abruptly put us down

Karen Gillan at the premiere. Endgame more or less sweeps us from the point where Avengers: Infinity War abruptly put us down last year

It is therefore not surprising that it has the same powerful mix of spectacular action and lively humor. A scene in which the demi-god Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is found in a fishing village in Scandinavian style, where he ran too fat and self-pity is very funny.

But there is a story to pursue here. A caption winds us five years ahead. The Avengers are scattered, beaten, demoralized, no more than Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr), who has nothing left for his Iron Man alter ego.

Thanos has won, with the help of the six radioactive infinity stones he had to cause intergalactic havoc. So even with the enthusiastic newcomer, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) who wants to go so badly, how can the Avengers turn back the clock?

With a spot of time travel, that's how. Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) is already familiar with the Quantum Realm, a kind of parallel universe, so if Stark, the technological genius of the gang, can figure out how you can whiz back in time at the right distance, perhaps the infinity stones are saved for Thanos & gigantic hold? Of course this is not as simple and certainly not as concise as it sounds. Especially considering the need in this farewell outing to bring all Avengers together, accompanied by their stories.

On the photo, Scarlett Johansson at the world premiere. There is a story to pursue here. A caption winds us five years ahead. The Avengers are scattered, beaten, demoralized, no more than Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr), who has nothing left for his Iron Man alter ego

On the photo, Scarlett Johansson at the world premiere. There is a story to pursue here. A caption winds us five years ahead. The Avengers are scattered, beaten, demoralized, no more than Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr), who has nothing left for his Iron Man alter ego

On the photo, Scarlett Johansson at the world premiere. There is a story to pursue here. A caption winds us five years ahead. The Avengers are scattered, beaten, demoralized, no more than Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr), who has nothing left for his Iron Man alter ego

SOMMIGEN, such as Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland), make a much later entry than others. And some make the ultimate exit, perishing in the fight against evil. For months there has been a fight over revenge that Avengers will be killed. I offer no directions.

What I can report is that the special effects are blinding, sometimes literal, but that the film never runs the risk of taking itself too solemnly.

It is often downright playful, especially when Ant-Man, Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) compete.

All in all it is a wonderfully exciting conclusion to the legend. The audience last night shouted its approval. But heavens, it's long.

Avengers: Endgame opens in the UK today.