Saw Avengers last night. Still decompressing.
I personally am glad they went with the Dragonball Z time travel rather than the usual kind. I’m not sure if this helps anyone, but the Sorcerer Supreme makes it clear to Banner that if he doesn’t return the stones that he will be ruining her timeline to save his, not ruining his timeline. Simply by time travelling at all, one creates a new timeline that runs parallel to your own, and thus is ruinable. Changing that timeline (which they do egregiously, heck there’s a timeline where thanos and crew disappear before collecting any infinity stones and then are killed in the main continuity) doesn’t ruin it, only removing infinity stones from a timeline ruins it.
Most everyone stepped up their acting game like crazy. Especially ScarJo, Renner and Downey Jr. times 3,000. The soul-stone fight actually made me tear up, and I’m so disappointed that Black Widow is dead. I really love her character, but it always feels like she gets the short end of the stick. Like, everyone is getting powers and having feuds and adventures, and she’s just trying to keep her new family together. And then she has to die. I know it would be a copout to bring her back, but I don’t want to see a black widow movie unless it has a happy ending, and that was no happy ending.
The flippant tone of most marvel movies was absent here, and though it was almost too morose in the time spent sense, having the characters actually experience grief and depression over things that would totally make you experience grief and depression was refreshing. Thor talking to his mom was a highlight for me. As much as fat thor seemed like a throwaway gag that overstayed its welcome, the idea that he’s actually depressed because he has had so many bad things happen to him makes sense. Also I think they intentionally tried to make him not shine as much in this movie, because Thor was so hugely revitalized by Ragnarok. He’ll be in tip top shape in Asgardians of the Galaxy, which is what they should actually call the movie. Please let Taika have another movie.
Brie Larson was about as nuanced as Cheese Whiz. They wasted her character in this movie, and the very poorly acted arrogance made it 10 times worse. Having a superman character in a marvel movie is already a bad idea. It honestly made me laugh when they had the A-Force women avengers moment (aside from ‘how are they all here at this one moment in this huge battle’) - Carol Danvers (and scarlet witch, actually) doesn’t need your help. She can 1v1 the hulk (provided he’s not worldbreaker, but we’ll never see that, it looks like).
Similar to Superman, if your power is ‘I’m all powerful’ then you should be the main character. If there’s no room for her to be the main character because it would gut everyone else’s character arcs, then maybe you should have waited until after Endgame to introduce her, instead of having her do a couple cool things and then have her slapped off screen with the power stone.
Pleased that Nebula got a lot of screen time. I really like Nebula, like her story and like her portrayal by Gillan. The sister stuff between her and Gamora was hollow in comparison with Guardians 1-2, though, because you can’t focus on it again and really give it time. The fact that original timeline Gamora is permadead BUMS ME OUT TO NO END. Everyone who was mad at Quill for freaking out on Thanos, take it back. Quill gets ‘a’ Gamora’ back to life, but one that hasn’t gone through any of the stuff with him and has no reason to care for him at all. That sucks majorly. It’s not even something they can solve by finding her.
Ant man was great. Being the positive guy when everyone else was miserable is a thankless job. ‘That’s America’s Ass’ was one of the best lines in the entire franchise.
The elevator non-fight scene with ‘hail hydra’ was a superb call back and comic reference.
Prof. Hulk was fine. I was hoping for a rematch with Thanos, and to see some Worldbreaker level power, but they’ve gotta nerf him (or shunt him off to the side a la Captain Marvel) to make the plot have tension.
This has been very stream of consciousness, I’ve got so much running around in my head about this movie I really don’t know where to start.
TL;DR: I’m glad they finished up the old crew’s storylines so completely. This was really about the original Avengers, even if all these other people were in it. They deserved a solid and final ending, and they got it in Endgame. I’m excited to move on with the newer characters like the Asgardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther etc.