I've read a few reviews, thanks for the $.02, Aesquire... or, do you prefer your secret/given name?
I really do appreciate good sci-fi. As a kid, me and my best buddy would walk to an old-tyme general store to buy soda and junk food. While there, I would speed-read every comic on the rack, and then progress to the big magazines. I'd start with Heavy Metal.
Wow. As a kid, I'd never seen such imagery, nor such words, or worlds. Such great writing, worldbuilding/destroying, just awesomeness. And titties.
IMHO, the lack of the genius of Spielberg, and the chest that is computer graphics, barely keeps Endgame from being the Super hero Saving Private Ryan.
But I'll make the comparison anyway, it tries, and I want to be first to draw attention to the two films. College classes will next semester, I predict.
I look forward to the "told you so".
Saving Private Ryan did many camera effects, but not mass cgi. The magic of old school cinematography vs. Computer stuff is a real divide in my mind. I appreciate that only recently can we be good the story of Thor or Iron Man outside a cartoon or laughably bad practical effects.
In high school, a buddy directed a class project "movie" and I helped make a parody of the "Six Million Dollar Man". We had a scene where our hero lifted the back of a car so the bad guy could not escape. We deliberately shot it so you could see the jack being used, because... meta? Also there was no safe way to do it rapidly with our resources, so hey, just go with it. ( the crashed airplane was a huge paper airplane ( dart ) stuck in the side of a collapsing barn with a big hole. It wasn't even a Dad's credit card budget "film" )
Is Avengers #1, or #3? You get the idea. Taste is taste.
But I'll take a cowards approach & list top,middle,ok. No order in each group.
Top. Avengers Iron Man Thor, Ragnarok Spiderman, Homecoming (Micheal Keaton!) Guardians of the Galaxy Captain America, Winter Soldier Black Panther ( 2nd & 3rd best villains in the MCU ) Avengers, Infinity War/Endgame
Middle. Thor Avengers, Age of Ultron Ant Man Ant Man and The Wasp Captain America, Civil War Captain America, The First Avenger Iron Man 2 Dr. Strange
Ok. ( really most here didn't suck ) Guardians 2 Thor, The Dark World Captain Marvel Iron Man 3 The Incredible Hulk ( ok, the bottom of the list. Not bad, had promise, and set up a new villain, The Leader, but just not great. )
My favorite (Marvel) actress is Evangeline Lilly. Better looking, great actress, great personality.
She's quoted as saying, "I'm very proud of being a woman, and as a woman, I don't even like the word feminism because when I hear that word, I associate it with women trying to pretend to be men, and I'm not interested in trying to pretend to be a man."
Dark & gritty DC hits family friendly head on, and succeeds at both. May rank at #2 behind Wonder Woman in the DC universe.
Keeping spoiler free is hard, so let's just say the trailers happily don't ruin the movie, they are a bit misleading.
Perfect? No. But a villain you can almost empathize with, and fairly solid acting by a cast with several child actors.
You may want to watch before bringing kids, but I caught it in a tiny theater ( recliners, nice ) and the bulk of the audience was Moms and kids, and I don't recall any crying or trauma. ( aside from wishing I was younger, with a room full of hot Moms )
Upon reflection, Avengers Age of Ultron, Ant man, Ant man and the Wasp, and Avengers Civil War belong on the "gotta see before you see Avengers Infinity/Endgame. Maybe Thor Dark World...
Damnit! You just have to see all of them, except perhaps the Hulk movie. It's not really needed, as there isn't any continuity except for the great stinger with Tony Stark & General Ross.
Maybe if Betty Ross was with Bruce at the SPOILER FREE scene? But without Thunderbolt Ross, Betty, Abomination, Leader, etc, in the rest of the MCU, the Hulk flick isn't needed at all to understand, sympathize, and care about the characters.
At this point, it's probably a minority, at least in countries with electricity, that don't know the origin story of at least Batman, Spiderman, etc. Which is in a way, a massive Geek triumph.
"Our" literature is now as recognized on a planetary scale as Kafka or Hemingway. Not as common as Shakespeare... ( I think ) but I'd say more people know about Batman than The Great Gatsby.
The reviews are mixed but fans like it, I'm seeing it this week. After all, I sat through the other 2 trilogies. And liked them. Sophie did a decent job in "Apocalypse" and I grew to have sympathy for her character.
The Bad parts of Apocalypse were some plot holes ( villain has powers he uses early, then seems to forget he has them ) and the stiff make-up on the villain, giving a real handicap to a decent actor who couldn't emote very well. ANd... director/writer problems, that also didn't help Justice League.
Likewise the new Godzilla movie gets mixed reviews.
I'm ignoring any political idiocy from actors or pundits.
I will rant that the "first female lead" hype is both insulting and dishonest. We've had, and loved, and accepted with no angst or patriarchy bull at all, heroines like Sarah Connor and Ripley.
In fact, IMHO no Bond or Ethan Hawke? Film has so effectively or simply shown us how Bad Ass a character is, than Terminator 2.
Sking off a mountain, climbing the tallest building, leaping into helicopters... Expensive, elaborate stunts designed to impress you look overblown and silly compared to the scene in the mental hospital where we "meet" Sarah. 20 seconds of recap from her doctor. An upended cot, sweating, muscle definition shown in a slow, controlled, pull up. The taunt of the doctor. Damn.
Then the escape sequence, tightly choreographed, panther physicality... Nothing can stop her.
Quit hyping that you even have a female actor. Write great characters. We'll love them.