Hey everyone! A lot has happened in the past couple of weeks. For one, the biggest movie of the decade has just finished its second weekend and has already passed Titanic to become the second highest grossing film of all-time(as I predicted in my WTE article) and is very likely to give Avatar a scare for the number one spot. In other news, I graduated from Purdue University, so that’s pretty exciting. Anyway, the reason you’re all here is to read my thoughts on Avengers: Endgame, right? This movie was so enormous that I had to see it a second time to make sure I picked up on all the little details. I even did something I’ve never done in a movie theater before, take notes. This review will be different than most of my articles as I will be mostly just giving my opinions on a variety of topics and parts of the movie. The questions I will be answering are many of the same questions that people have been asking me all week. That being said, this review is most definitely not spoiler-free. I assume everyone reading this has seen the movie by now but if you haven’t, put your phone down and go pay the price of admission. I’ll be here once it’s over.
SPOILERS AHEAD!!! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED
How do you feel about the opening sequences of the film?
After the Marvel Comic intro, the movie opens with an incredibly tragic scene on Clint Barton’s ranch at the time of the snap. It sets the mood of the film early and offers a really cool type of cinematography. The scene almost feels like a home video (in a good way) as the camera bounces up and down while the cameraman walks to keep up with a panicking Barton after his family all disappears into thin air.
Another thing of note in the opening scenes was how the lack of dialogue allowed the weight of emotion to come to the forefront for all the characters. I was not focusing on catching the things that the characters were saying, because they weren’t saying a lot. It allowed me to dwell on the magnitude of what they had all just experienced. The Carol Danvers ex-machina was the first of many things that were maybe a little too convenient, but Iron Man had to get back somehow. Also, am I really supposed to buy that the only reason Ant-Man comes back from the Quantum Realm and tells Rodgers and Stark about the time travel idea that makes everything possible is because a little mouse steps on a button in Lang’s van? I don’t know about that one chief. Seems kind of lazy to me.
What’s your take on Thor Lebowski?
At first, I found fat Thor to be pretty funny but I think the gimmick got kind of old by the end. You can’t just take one of my favorite characters and make him into a laughing stock and expect me to adjust. I am optimistic that this was just one movie thing and everything will go back to normal during his next movie, regardless of whether it is the third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy or a fourth Thor movie. No matter…..#bringbackhunkyThor
How about Big Green Bruce Banner?
It was different, but I think a lot easier to get used to. A reason I wasn’t nearly as annoyed with it as I was with fat Thor was that this could easily be one of Hulk’s last movie appearances. Whereas I think we are still going to be seeing quite a bit more of Thor in the MCU.
What did you think of the whole “Time Heist” aspect of the film?
It is always going to be super difficult to make time travel into something that a simple business major like myself can understand. That being said, they honestly did a really good job with it. When trying to explain the physics behind it, they trolled every other time travel movie of all-time before they ended up trolling themselves about it. The Russo Brothers are well aware that it is dang near impossible to make time travel sound completely realistic, so they don’t really even try. They embrace it and make a really enjoyable movie that happens includes time travel.
I absolutely loved all of the different story arcs from back in time. As a longtime Marvel fan that has been glued to the theater screen since 2008, I felt like I was rewarded. I was given a behind the scenes look at a bunch of the old classics, each with little easter eggs that the casual Marvel viewer probably didn’t pick up on. It was all beautifully executed. When Cap got in the elevator and made me think they were re-enacting the elevator scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I was all in. They even set up Loki series?? Not sure about that one but it seems probable.
What did you not particularly like about Avengers: Endgame?
There wasn’t a lot that I didn’t like, but it definitely wasn’t a perfect movie. The biggest issue I found with the movie is the power disparity between the last two movies. First of all, Thanos was almost defeated with four infinity stones in hand on Titan, so why is he so strong that he shredded Thor, Iron Man, and a hammer-wielding Captain America without any infinity stones. He later fights Scarlet Witch and clearly got wrecked before calling in an airstrike from his ship. Following that, Captain Marvel comes in and literally flies straight through his ship like Vice Admiral Holdo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. If she can do that then why does she even toy with Thanos in hand-to-hand combat? I get it, Thanos is good at fighting with a helicopter blade. But how strong can he possibly be without any infinity stones?
Also, did anyone else see Scott Lang take a rocket to the face and shake it off like nothing? Scott Lang of all people. He is a 100% normal dude in a fancy suit and he takes an airstrike to the chops. When the dust clears he is the first to get on the comms and be like, “Hey guys, I can help.” How?
So apparently Captain America does wield Thor’s hammer at a couple of different points in the old comics, so I am willing to overlook that for the crowd-pleaser that it is. However, he shouldn’t be able to summon lighting and all that so fast. It is the same issue that drove fans nuts when Rey bested Kylo in her first ever lightsaber fight in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Dang two Star Wars references in one review, it’s almost like I’m getting excited for another movie coming out soon). Thor is the God of Thunder and he shows in Thor: Ragnarok that he has control of lightning with or without a weapon. Cap shouldn’t be able to use lightning, ’nuff said.
One last thing…..Captain America’s line to the 2012 Cap “Bucky is alive” is equivalent to “Martha” from Batman vs. Superman. Take from that what you will.
Ok, so what did you like then?
Aside from some of the things I’ve mentioned previously, I loved the way the film was primarily centered around Steve Rodgers and Tony Stark. I picked up on this more the second time around, but Endgame does a great job at giving these characters a few moments throughout that they really need to count on each other. First of all, Stark is put in the position where he has the most to lose of anyone if he attempts this “time heist”. He makes a totally selfless decision when he helps them. They then share a couple of really nice moments. A solemn handshake before they start working on the machine, eye contact right after Cap’s pep talk, and an exchange of trust before jumping back to 1970. All of which were really good moment’s that united the franchise’s marquee duo for the last time.
Vormir was probably the emotional climax of the movie, though it happens during the rising action of the plot’s development. Two friends that were unwilling to let the other be the one to make the sacrifice because they loved the other so much. It about made me cry, and for that, I tip my hat to the Russo brothers.
Talk about your thoughts on the final battle.
Well, if you insist. When Doctor Strange brings in all of the characters that had just been snapped back to life, such as Black Panther and Spider-Man, it reminds everyone just how many characters Marvel has at their disposal. It really is quite the entrance. The fight scene that comes next is kind of tough to follow because of just how much you have to follow, but it is done fairly well considering the challenges at hand.
If you’ve read this whole thing and still haven’t seen the movie, here is one final spoiler warning. I wasn’t surprised that Tony died, but I was surprised at how satisfied I was with it. In his final moments, Tony delivered that same type of flare that we’ve come to expect from him, only this time it was in actions of true selflessness by sacrificing himself to stop Thanos. Watching it the second time I wrote this down in my notes: “The salutation to Iron Man is so sweet and somber, tough to swallow, and yet perfectly honors his legacy.” I’d say that accurately sums it up.
Captain America’s salutation wasn’t quite as heroic, but it was probably even sweeter. I loved that he chose to go back and live his life. He deserves it. Since we all knew that he was going to be done holding the shield after this fight, it was great that they allowed him to have a happy ending. Also, the way the movie toys with us by letting us see Cap give the shield to Falcon, who then turns and looks at Bucky, but then decides to accept the shield. I found that interesting because both Bucky and Falcon carry the shield at different points in the comics so I was eager to see who would take it up for the MCU.
Last question: How would you describe the acting in Avengers: Endgame?
Pretty much the entire cast brought their “A” game for this one. There were a few performances that particularly stood out to me though. First of all, Jeremy Renner brought the heat with his performance. I thought he should’ve won Best Actor for Wind River and he continued to impress me in this one. Robert Downey Jr. might just earn himself an Oscar nom when it’s all said and done and Scarlett Johansson went out on a bang with some of her best scenes of the franchise.
It’s not a perfect movie, it’s really not. In fact, I’m willing to say that Avengers: Infinity War is a better movie, structurally speaking. However, this movie is naturally much more of a satisfying watch because of the ending and for that reason, I think I am more likely to re-watch it frequently. Regardless, Avengers: Endgame pretty much lands all intended punches and gives its fans a beautiful conclusion this era of the MCU. It is a certified insta-classic. Stay tuned to see where I end up putting it in my complete Marvel Rankings.
Do you have any other question for me about the movie? Did you like this style of review more or less than my typical format? Feel free to leave thoughts or questions in the comments section below!