Are we ready to talk about Avengers: Endgame, yet?
Spoilers abound, people, spoilers abound.
Right, let’s start with this: It’s been about two weeks since I watched it. When I left the cinema with Thing One and Thing Two, I only had one word to describe what I had just seen.
And right at that moment it was perfect. A perfect ending to ten years of MCU films, a perfect ending to Tony Stark’s character arc, and to Steve Rogers’ too.
I left the cinema with that bittersweet feeling of happiness and sadness, satisfied and content with the story I had seen unfold.
Now it’s two weeks later, I’ve had time to let it settle in, I’ve had time to ruminate on it and noodle around the edges of the plot (especially the time-travel elements) in my head.
Do I still think it is perfect?
Well, yes actually, I do.
And I know not everyone agrees with me.
(Quite often I think nobody agrees with me!)
Let’s discuss some of the negative points first, the ones that others have brought up.
1. Captain Marvel was let down big time by the Russo brothers in Avengers: Endgame.
Here we were all thinking that she was going to be a pivotal part of the story, that she would be the one to bring everyone back and defeat Thanos. Instead, she had a great moment at the beginning rescuing Tony Stark, she made a brief appearance sometime in the middle of the film and then she was part of the humongous, multi-character battle at the climax.
Couldn’t she have done more?
Wasn’t it lazy writing to have her attending other matters on other planets for most of the screen time?
No, I don’t think so.
I love Captain Marvel and I think we’re going to see a lot more of her, and a lot more of what she is capable of, in the next phase of Marvel movies. But, stop and think about it for a minute. From the finish of Captain Marvel, set in 1993, to the beginning of Avengers: Endgame, set presumably in 2019/2024, we haven’t seen her ONCE! I’m guessing she’s been pretty busy out there in distant galaxies sorting out other problems. So, with Thanos losing his head not long after the snap and the infinity stones destroyed, what was she going to do? Mope around in Captain America’s support group? There just wasn’t a whole lot for her to do.
Also, and more importantly, Captain Marvel is a newcomer to the MCU. And Endgame wasn’t about newcomers, it was about the old guard. The old guard passing on and making way for the new superheroes. That’s why she couldn’t hog the screen for this Avengers outing, because we weren’t as invested in her character as we were in Tony Stark’s and Steve Rogers’ and Thor’s characters.
2. Did Avengers: Endgame fat-shame Thor?
There are elements of the online community who think so. And yes, I laughed (along with the rest of the packed cinema audience) at Thor’s first appearance in New Asgard, overweight, a bumbling mess and drunk.
But the mood quickly turned, didn’t it, when Smart Hulk mentioned Thanos? Didn’t you see the tears in Thor’s eyes? Didn’t you hear the desperation in his voice as he pleaded with Smart Hulk to never mention Thanos’ name again? The mood shifted like that — snaps fingers (See what I did there?)
And as for the insult thrown at Thor by Rocket Raccoon, well, Rocket’s mean to everyone.
Read this for an in-depth article on this subject here – https://www.slashfilm.com/avengers-endgame-fat-shaming-thor-is-not-a-thing/
3. The time travel plot makes no sense.
Seriously, this response to Avengers: Endgame truly baffles me. Like, name me a time travel movie that ever made sense! I mean, come on! If you’re going to criticise a film properly you’ve got to do better than tell me the time travel elements don’t hang together.
4. Hawkeye is a bit crap.
Let me tell you, I LOVE Hawkeye. I always have, back in the comics and now in the movies. And I think Jeremy Renner plays him great. Yes, in terms of superpowers he’s one of the weaker Avengers, and he always seems to be on the margins, doesn’t he? But that is how he is in the comics, that’s all part of his character and his story.
I love his speech to Wanda in Avengers: Age of Ultron, part motivational speech, part nod to the audience at the ridiculousness of his character.
This city is flying and we’re fighting an army of robots. And I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes sense.
But what about the good things in Endgame?
You need me to list them?
I can’t there, are too many.
A few of my favourite moments:
- Captain Marvel rescuing Tony Stark. Just wonderfully, beautifully done.
- Hawkeye losing his family. A quiet, utterly heartbreaking moment.
- The whole time travel episode back in 2012’s Avengers Assemble, which also managed to reference Captain America: Winter Soldier, gave us a battle between two Captain Americas, let us see Robert Redford one last time, and the ‘Hail Hydra’ moment.
- That moment between Peter Parker and Tony Stark.
- Steve Rogers’ happy ending.
- Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy. Please, please, please let this be true for Volume Three!
I could go on.
I’m going to stop.
What about you?
What are your favourite moments from Avengers: Endgame?
Or do you disagree with what I’ve said?
Sock it to me in the comments, superhero nerds!
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