Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Avengers: Endgame praised by critics as first reviews arrive

Avengers: Endgame has been hailed as the ‘perfect goodbye’ as the first reviews arrive for Marvel’s superhero epic (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Avengers: Endgame has been hailed as the ‘perfect goodbye’ as the first reviews arrive for Marvel’s superhero epic (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Avengers: Endgame has been hailed the “perfect goodbye” as the first reviews arrive for Marvel’s superhero epic.

After 11 years and 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans will finally get to find out how the fight against villain Thanos – played by Josh Brolin – ends.

The fates of the Avengers – including Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Chris Evans’ Captain America and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk – will also be revealed.

Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame has won praise from critics (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Endgame is certain to be a box office success, with some analysts refusing to rule out a colossus opening weekend of 1 billion US dollars – about £772 million – in global ticket sales.

And it got off to a good start ahead of its release later this week, with reviews being largely positive.

In The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw awarded Endgame a perfect five-star score, writing: “As an artificial creation, the Avengers have been triumphant, and as entertainment, they have been unconquerable.”

Avengers: Endgame
Scarlett Johansson is one of the stars of Avengers: Endgame (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

The Atlantic magazine described the film as the “perfect goodbye”, and praised it for not overstaying its welcome over its 182-minute run-time.

“The film earns its length not by overstuffing the frame with opulent action, but by slowing things down and basking in the charisma of its ensemble”, the review states.

The Hollywood Reporter praised the performances of Endgame’s A-list cast members, writing: “What comes across most strongly here, oddly enough for an effects-driven comic-book-derived film, is the character acting, especially from Downey, Ruffalo, Evans, Hemsworth, Brolin and Paul Rudd as Ant-Man.”

USA Today gave Endgame three-and-a-half-stars out of four.

Reviewer Brian Truitt wrote: “Endgame is tragic and uplifting, rousing and grounding, while leaving minds racing and making everybody cry (even the toughest guys).”

Avengers: Endgame
Chris Evans plays Captain America in Avengers: Endgame (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Writing in the New York Times, A O Scott described the film as a fitting end, though was far from effusive in his praise.

He said: “Endgame is a monument to adequacy, a fitting capstone to an enterprise that figured out how to be good enough for enough people enough of the time.”

While many reviews were overwhelmingly positive, Variety aired some criticism, concluding: “There’s something considerably less elegant to the storytelling this time around.”

Avengers: Endgame will be released in UK cinemas on April 25.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]