As you would have likely heard already, the massively successful Avengers: Endgame got a re-release this past weekend in an attempt to catch the record holder for all time highest grossing movie – Avatar. Though at the time of writing (Monday morning after the release), there is still a rather large $27 Million gap between the two films so it’s looking like a tough ask for the world’s mightiest heroes. But let’s put all the money talk aside for a minute and discuss whether or not Endgame with its extra 8 minutes of footage is actually worth your time.
The simple answer is.. No, not really. Before we jump into spoilers (if you can call them that), I just want to say to those who haven’t seen it, don’t go back to the cinema just for the extra footage as it’s really not worth it! Just reading what happens and seeing the footage when it’s out on Blu-ray will be good enough for most. I do want to say though that when I went on Friday night I didn’t feel like I had wasted my evening.. why? Because Avengers: Endgame is the greatest superhero movie ever made in my opinion and I absolutely love it with every part of my being so yeah.. I could never see it as time not well spent! Basically what I’m trying to say is that if you are a super-fan and was planning on one more viewing of this epic before the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home then you might as well watch this version as you will still have a great time but with a little added extra. Just don’t go purely for the extra 8 minutes of is what essentially DVD extras, it’s not worth it. Anyway let’s discuss those extras shall we?
SPOILERS AHEAD (kinda).
This is by far the best bit of extra footage that they give us. Basically it’s a collection of behind the scenes clips from the late great Stan Lee’s legendary cameo appearances through the history of the MCU. It has comments from the man himself speaking about how much he enjoyed doing the cameos as well as his disbelief for just how massive these characters have all become. We also see and hear from some big name directors including Jon Favreau, James Gunn and Taika Waititi as well as really funny chat between Stan Lee and Chris Hemsworth. The touching footage closes with the screen fading out and a message appearing on the screen that reads “Stan, we love you 3000”. Great stuff.
Do you ever watch a deleted scene on a Blu-ray and think to yourself.. “Yeah I can see why that was taken out”? Well yeah this is that! I struggled to figure out exactly where this scene would have fit in, maybe before we meet the new look Hulk in the café but I’m not sure. Basically there’s a burning building with a bunch of innocent people trapped inside and the firefighters aren’t having much luck. In comes Hulk to rip off a nearby satellite dish and gather all the people from the building inside it and then jumps down to safety. He then has a few words with one of the firefighters before getting a phone call from Steve Rogers which is what leads me to believe it’s the set up for the café scene. It’s all fine just not needed and given the fact it’s got the typical unfinished look of a DVD extra with Hulk looking like he’d been spat out of a PS2 game, just felt like a waste of time.
I’m not going to lie, I was really hoping to be surprised and maybe get a teaser for the next big bad in the MCU but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. What we did get though was a teaser for the next MCU movie – Spider-Man: Far From Home which comes out Tuesday. We see Nick Fury and Maria Hill answering some kind of distress call not too different to Agent Colston’s Thor teaser way back when! As they arrive in the small Mexican village they are greeted by Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio and he tells them “You don’t want any part of this” as a giant sand monster appears behind them and we cut to black. So yeah nothing too special but I nice sneak peak none the less. I would have maybe expected to see this in the original cut of Endgame if Sony hadn’t already rushed out the Far From Home trailer showing off Mysterio before Endgame’s release but who knows.
We also get co-director Anthony Russo popping up in-between each one of these clips just to let us know what’s happening but he doesn’t actually give out any important information. So there we have it, do you think it’s worth going back to the cinema for these clips? Let us know in the comments below and if you want to hear our others writers thoughts on the re-release then make sure to check out last Friday’s Let’s Talk.Become a Patron!