Just a few days before the worldwide release of Avengers: Endgame, early reactions for the film are starting to roll in across social media. According to critics and others who saw early screenings of the three-hour film, Endgame is a masterful, emotional epic that provides a fitting end to the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While expectations for the film are incredibly high across the board, multiple reviewers noted that the film surpassed their own lofty expectations. Instead of merely serving as a sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, many said that the film was the satisfying culmination of all 21 Marvel movies that came before.
Where Avengers: Infinity War ended on a distinctly depressing note, many reviewers noted how funny Endgame was. However, one of the most common notes was that the movie drove audience members to tears multiple times. After the world premiere, Captain America actor Chris Evans reportedly said that he even cried roughly "six times."
While no one actor was routinely singled out for their performance, the original six members of the Avengers cast--Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner-- were all collectively praised by several reviewers.
While negative comments about the film were few and far between, several people who saw it encouraged Marvel fans to avoid spoilers before seeing the movie.
Do not go in expecting Infinity War part two. The two films are so different, yet compliment each other in all the best ways. In terms of which MCU movie to watch beforehand... honestly, all of them. What an experience - what an accomplishment#AvengersEndgame— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) 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
I was not prepared for the range of emotions that #Endgame put me through, from utter despair to pure elation. I laughed, I cried, I wished Tony Stark was my dad.— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 23, 2019
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
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
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
The scope of Avengers: Endgame is impossible to put into words. What Fiege & MCU achieved over last 10-years has lead to this gloriously masterful moment in cinema & it’s truly mind-blowing how beautifully paced this storytelling is. Perfectly balanced. As all things should be.— Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) April 23, 2019
#AvengersEndgame is the film of the year. If you thought you’d seen comics brought fully to the big screen already, prepare to reset your expectations AGAIN.#MCU #Avengers #Endgame #EndgamePremiereLA #EndgamePremiere— Mark Hughes (@markhughesfilms) April 23, 2019
Wow, what a ride. #AvengersEndgame truly feels like the end of an era. And it was done perfectly. I cried so hard, several times, and I cannot wait to see it again. #Endgame #AvengersEndgamepremiere #avengers— Mama's Geeky - Tessa Smith (@MamasGeeky) April 23, 2019
I just can’t remember a cinematic experience like the one I just had with #AvengersEndgame. Simply blown away. I feel like that movie was made for every Marvel fan, everywhere.— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) April 23, 2019
#AvengersEndgame is filled with so much comic book awesomeness that you may not be ready! Great blend of action, emotion and humor while keeping the stakes high throughout. Truly an achievement in blockbuster filmmaking.— Dennis Tzeng (@ThinkHero) April 23, 2019
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film opens Friday worldwide.