WARNING! I’M DISCUSSING AVENGERS: ENDGAME AND THERE WILL BE SPOILERS BELOW. IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED, GO AWAY UNTIL YOU’VE HAD A CHANCE TO WATCH THE MOVIE!!!
Somehow, I managed to navigate through the days leading up to Avengers: Endgame and remain absolutely free of spoilers. And with idiots purposely posting spoilers in an effort to ruin the experience for as many people as possible, it was NOT easy! I even wondered if that Avengers hashtag begging people not to spoil the movie ended up having the opposite effect.
In any case, I did see the movie. I’ll probably have to see it multiple times to take EVERYTHING in. But for now, these are the 6 thoughts I had in the immediate aftermath of watching Endgame!
#1 – Poor, Poor Peter Parker.
I did not think things could get sadder than, “I don’t feel so good.” But then they did. And it gets EVEN sadder when you realize that thanks to the way Spider-Man was incorporated into the MCU, the death of Tony Stark gets to be the SECOND time that Peter Parker has to witness the untimely death of a major father figure while also not being able to save him.
Sure they didn’t show Uncle Ben’s death, but we know it happened and we know the serious impact it had on Peter’s character and why he decided to become a superhero in the first place. With Tom Holland playing the third movie version of Spider-Man, we’ve had plenty of time to fundamentally understand the tragic elements of his origin story.
So having PETER PARKER be the first one to rush to Tony and see him in his near death state….yeah, that was painful.
#2 – OMG, CAP USED THE HAMMER!
It was hinted at back in Avengers: Age of Ultron that Captain America just might be worthy enough to wield Mjolnir. Thor’s original hammer made a brief return to action, if only to answer once and for all if someone other than Thor was worthy enough to use it.
I have to say that Captain America kicking ass with his shield and Mjolnir might go down as one of the greatest moments in movie history, and definitely in comic book movie history!
#3 – RIP, Black Widow…
So in order to get the Soul Stone, the rule is that you have to sacrifice the thing/person love most. But at this point, it feels like the rule is really something like, “You must hurl the baddest bitch you know off of a cliff.”
I’m so sad that BW’s gone and now I’m trying to figure out what the planned stand-alone movie for her character is going to be about. For now, I strongly suspect we’re going to find out what REALLY went down in Budapest.
Anyway, I trust Natasha got her own funeral, and we just didn’t see it. Because as sad as Iron Man’s death was, had Natasha not made the ultimate sacrifice first, he wouldn’t have been able to do so later.
#4 – All Female Avengers, Please?!
I know Disney wants to milk the MCU for all its worth on their new streaming platform, but they showed us a glimpse of something so awesome, I’m already mad that it won’t happen: an all-female Avengers team!
There is a scene where all the (living) female Avengers assemble and it’s just so badass and I want this movie YESTERDAY!
And speaking of “assemble”…
#5 – HE FINALLY SAID IT!
It took FOUR movies, but at long last, we FINALLY got to hear Captain America say the famous words, “Avengers, assemble!”
And they ASSEMBLED! AND IT WAS MAGNIFICENT! In that last act, it was like the Marvel comic book pages of my childhood came to life and punched me in the face in the best possible way. 🙂
The Endgame finale was the ultimate build up to an emotional, heart-pounding battle between good and evil. It made me think of all of those soulless CGI battles we’ve seen so many times (including past Avengers movies) where you have a big battle and they rely so heavily on a wave of faceless monsters and soldiers that the action is a bit depersonalized and unimpressive.
THIS was everything every other battle (minus Game of Throne’s “Battle of the Bastards”) has tried to be but completely failed. It was the greatest and most awesome fight in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the payoff for everything was outstanding.
#6 – It’s Truly The End Of An Era…
Between what I can only assume is the final cameo for Stan Lee and the memorial for Tony Stark, aka the very first Avenger who started the entire universe rolling, it really feels like Endgame was the end of the story that’s been told up until now.
I had a similar feeling when the original Lord of the Rings trilogy and Harry Potter series ended. It’s not that they can’t make more movies and introduce even more characters. But there’s something very final about the loss of Iron Man and seeing Captain America growing old and virtually retire. There are characters who are gone in one way or another and won’t be back. They won’t go on any more adventures and we won’t be along for the ride.
In that way, it’s very sad. But at the same time, I’m really happy that I was able to enjoy the entire saga from beginning to end. Was it perfect? No. But there was never anything like the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it launched and what they brought the curtain down on was an era of unrivaled movie magic.
I honestly hope that Marvel allows itself to start experimenting again with new characters and stories, not being afraid to tinker until they get it right a second time, so that a new generation of fans can have their own epic story arc to enjoy on the big screen.
There’s a lot to take in and, of course, there will be many more thoughts about this movie and how it relates to past MCU movies. But for now, these are my major thoughts about Avengers: Endgame.
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