After months (maybe even years, if you go back to the original Iron Man) of excitement and speculation, Avengers: Endgame finally had its world premiere Monday night in Los Angeles. The early (spoiler-free) reactions for the 22nd movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in and they’re almost unanimously positive, with those in attendance calling it an “astonishing, amazing film” and the “most emotional, most epic, MCU film.” Also, a lot of people cried.
Slash Film’s Peter Sciretta tweeted, “Imagine the best possible version of #AvengersEndgame and somehow the film still surpasses all expectations. I cried 5-6 times… A tribute to ten years of this universe and holy shit the great fan service in this movie. Soooo good,” while the New York Times culture reporter (and Simpsons fan) Dave Itzkoff added, “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.” Ramin Setoodeh, from Variety, noted that there “wasn’t a dry eye in the house as the credits rolled,” including from The Wrap senior film reporter Beatric Verhoeven, who “cried a lot, I flung my hands in the air and screamed out loud. It’s incredible.”
The most muted (and considering the three-hour runtime, probably most accurate) response came from Collider‘s Perri Nemiroff, who called Endgame “A LOT. Too much at times.” But that was followed by praising the film’s “huge” payoff. “Left me proud to have invested over a decade in a franchise that delivers an inspiring exploration of what it means to be family & a hero,” she added. “Endgame also now has one of my favorite shots in the entire MCU.”
Here are the rest of the reactions.
— KelleyLCarter (@KelleyLCarter) April 23, 2019
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 23, 2019
#AvengerEndgame is an immensely satisfying payoff, not just to Infinity War but to all the films that came before. This is why the MCU. (And I say this as someone who was not especially enamored of Infinity War, FWIW.)
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) 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 a masterful epic – a true culmination of 22 films that not only concludes the story, but expands upon it. You’ll learn more about the other movies while this one unfolds. If Infinity War is the brawn, Endgame is the brains. And wow, what an ending! pic.twitter.com/94ttBUQKJ0
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 23, 2019
#AvengersEndgame is A LOT. Too much at times. But wow the payoff is huge. Left me proud to have invested over a decade in a franchise that delivers an inspiring exploration of what it means to be family & a hero. (Endgame also now has one of my favorite shots in the entire MCU.)
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) April 23, 2019
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as the credits rolled for #AvengersEndgame.
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) 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
Just watched Avengers: Endgame. I don’t believe hyperbole is possible for this movie. It is the ultimate Marvel movie in every way possible and words cannot describe how epic it is. And yes, Hawkeye is a rockstar.
— Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) 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
This can't be understated: #AvengersEndgame is everything you want it to be and more. I am absolutely floored. A perfect reflection on the last 11 years that pays off everything in the best way possible. Without question my new favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Stunned. pic.twitter.com/5LvFw9UEBQ
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) April 23, 2019
You guys. This is it! Avengers: Endgame is entertainment from beginning to end. There were tears, laughter, cheering. A lot of cheering. I’m ready to watch it again. The payoff is so plan your bathroom breaks accordingly. #avengersendgame
— Wendy Lee Szany (@WendyLeeSzany) 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
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
— Joel Meares (@joelmeares) April 23, 2019
I quite liked #AvengersEndgame. Lively, well-written, funny and moves along very briskly considering just how much story there is. I may have even teared up.
— Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr) April 23, 2019
— Maude Garrett (@maudegarrett) April 23, 2019
Avengers: Endgame opens for the rest of us on Thursday night.