A year ago, I finished my summary of film in 2018 by saying that I had a feeling that the cinematic landscape will change because it has been the same for a while and nothing lasts forever. One year on from that pronouncement, I don’t think a huge change in our cinema diet is imminent, but I do think the conditions for change are present.
To explain this, I will start by talking about how 2019 was just like every other year I have summarised with this year-end essay. This year was another great year for Marvel. They pulled off the finale to stage three of their cinematic universe immensely well. Avengers: Endgame lived up to the promise of the previous year’s Avengers: Infinity War and the other 21 films that proceeded it. It wound an impressive number of characters and plot threads together to deliver a hugely enjoyable ending to this epic saga, with a few tearful farewells to some beloved characters.