Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is the most anticipated movie of the year in this house and my kids are dying to see it! This Avengers: Endgame Parent Movie Review will help you decide if this latest from the MCU is safe for kids. Avengers: Endgame comes to theaters on April 26, 2019.
Whatever It Takes! Avengers: Endgame Review
First of all, I’m going to write this without any spoilers.
Y’all know I love them personally, but I’d never do that to someone who needs to go in without any expectations! So please know that nothing in this post is going to spoil the film for you.
The funny thing is, even if I wanted to spoil something for you, I could never tell you enough to truly spoil it. Because this movie is HUGE.
Alright: what did I think about Avengers: Endgame?
It’s a big, complicated movie that had me crying (I co-sign with Chris Evans on this- at least 6 times), cheering (like, on my feet fist-pumping and whooping out-loud), laughing like a maniac, and ultimately left me feeling satisfied.
That’s probably the best way to sum up the movie for me: I was satisfied in the end. It took a lot of tears and calling the Russo brothers some not-so-nice names, but in the end, the movie wrapped up the story in ways that I needed.
And you could see the seeds of the next phases for the MCU planted in this movie. Marvel fans: we’ve got so much more coming our way in the Marvel movie lineup!
This movie is a love letter to the cast and fandom of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And as love letters sometimes go, the heart doesn’t always make sense. I know, I know, I wanted to say this was the best movie of the MCU to date, but… I just can’t say that.
If you’ve seen the Marvel Movies in Order up to this point and consider yourself a big fan, you are going to be grinning from ear to ear at all the easter eggs you’ll find.
But at the same time- and yes- there’s a but- I felt that in an effort to pack it all into one movie… they really packed in maybe a little too much. I appreciated so many of the small moments but as a whole, it felt a little disjointed to me.
I might just need to watch the movie a second or third time, but that was my initial impression.
Characters went through significant personality and even physical changes (um, I can’t wait to talk about those changes!) throughout this movie that really changed the story arc for some of our old favorites.
Avengers: Endgame Rating
I’m going conservative here and will give it a 7/10 but I could see that number changing after another viewing or two.
Someone asked me for my tissue rating: do you need a small travel pack or a jumbo size box?
Bring the tissues. Your mileage may vary on how many you need, but I wouldn’t leave home without them! At least 3 if you are semi-sentimental, a full pack if you feel super attached to any of the original 6 Avengers.
When Can You Pee During Avengers: Endgame?
Parents: you need to peep this post if you are going to the movies with kids.
You gotta know when you can pee during Avengers: Endgame to minimize the chances of missing the most important parts. And this is also spoiler-free!
About Avengers: Endgame
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”
Kevin Feige produces “Avengers: Endgame,” and Anthony and Joe Russo are the directors. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau, and Stan Lee are the executive producers, and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.
Avengers: Endgame Parent Movie Review
My children are 16, 14, 12 and 7. Here are my recommendations for each age based on my children’s maturity levels.
So you want to know if Avengers: Endgame is safe for kids? If you had ANY concerns with previous Marvel movies, I would reconsider taking the kids to this one- or make sure you prescreen it. If you felt they were all fun/fine/no concerns, then just keep in mind this movie is on the heavy end of things. Yes, there are a lot of laughs but there’s a lot of death and sadness here as well.
Should your child suffer from anxiety or depression, I’m not exaggerating to say this might be an intense movie for them. We speak from experience over here.
8 to 10-years old Depends greatly on the maturity level. If they have seen and understood the previous Marvel movies, these superhero lovers probably going to be fine. Just remember the up close and personal nature of some of the fights as you decide what to do here and the language expectations.
If your child of this age is highly sensitive, you may want to avoid the movie or screen it ahead of time. I can’t call Endgame kid-friendly, especially for the kids 10 and younger.
7 and Under I say, “proceed greatly with caution” in this age range. I’d mostly say don’t do it, but there are exceptions of course. Most likely it’s not appropriate for your kid, I mean, it’s got a PG-13 rating for a reason.
It is rated PG-13 due to violence and adult themes so a child who only watches Thomas the Tank Engine is probably not ready for this one.
As Cap says: LANGUAGE! There’s a lot of it- and some might not be appropriate for your wee-one’s ears! Head over to Tania’s post, Is Avengers: Endgame Kid Friendly to find all the bad word counts. Spoiler: there’s a lot!
Here’s where that parenting thing comes in: know your child and know what they can and can’t handle. My youngest happens to grasp the line between fiction and reality well. She doesn’t repeat lines from movies that she shouldn’t (at least, I haven’t been called into school just yet over it!).
But does she *need* to see Avengers: Endgame? I don’t know. I let her see Infinity War with me at home- and warned her in advance that some hard deaths were coming- and she still had a very tough time getting through this one! So- I think we’re going to say no at this time- and that will break her Marvel-loving heart a little.
Ahhh… parenting. It’s not always easy for a good Marvel fan to be a good parent, is it? But this one is just too much for her little world.
Is Avengers: Endgame a Good Movie for Tweens?
My oldest are 16, 14, and 12. They’ve seen all the previous Marvel movies and, well, they are popular movies in my house! Is Avengers: Endgame a good movie for tweens?
Yup. My kids will love it- mostly. I have one that struggles with anxiety, however, so I’m going to proceed with extreme caution over watching with the teens.
Like the other Marvel movies, this one has enough edge, enough action, and just enough language to get tweens on board. They will probably love the language, to be honest. Kids- what are you gonna do?
All three kiddos in this age range have grown up over the past 10 years of Marvel movies and for the most part, they give the MCU thumbs up as good movies for tweens.
Just be aware that some language and of course action/fighting will happen in this movie. I counted about 25 instances of language that parents might not love their tweens repeating – and I am SURE I missed many! Like I said, check and see what Tania has to say when it comes to language.
But overall, the Marvel movies are good movies for tweens in my house and while I can’t call Avengers: Endgame kid-friendly, I can say my older kids can handle it and it’s mostly safe for kids.
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Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.