There's going to be some spoilers from here on in so if you have not seen Endgame then you should likely stop reading now. Go and see it then come on back.
So I'm guessing if you are still here you like the rest of us have experienced the climax of the last 11 years of the Marvel cinematic universe. From the reactions I've seen from other folk and the conversations, I've had I guess I'm in the minority in feeling more than a little disappointed.
Now before I go any further and get hate from anyone reading this let me say I love the MCU and except for Captain Marvel I have and will continue to enjoy every one. And remember is just my opinion.
Yup, you read that right disappointed. Ok, so I'm not saying I didn't enjoy the film at all. I did. It's just not the ending I wanted or expected. Sure we all knew that a some of the Avengers were going to die, they needed to they have had a good run. The more I think about it, the more I'm not sure what it was that left me feeling so underwhelmed.
"With great power, comes great responsibility" - Stan Lee.
Time travel. That's what we ended up with. I was hoping it wouldn't go this way, but it did. To be fair to though how they explained it was so much better than other movies where the major McGuffin is time travel, though it did seem (unless I missed something some if it didn't work, No not the Cap to the future issue they did explain that! pay attention).
So if I didn't hate it what was it that made me so disappointed and underwhelmed? A few things let me break it down a little more.
- I didn't feel the first 2/3's of the film added anything at all to the story. Sure that might be a little harsh, but for me, it could have been maybe 30 mins of fast-paced jump cuts that got us to the same point. Unusually for me, I was pretty bored, which I seldom have in an MCU movie. It felt like the set up for something way more promising and a revelation that threw the MCU forwards in some new and exciting way. It didn't (for me anyway).
- Unless I missed something in how the time/dimension travelling mechanics worked I don't understand how Nebula got past Thanos and his entire fleet back to the present. Where did those Pym particles come from? It's possible that I missed something and this is explainable so do let me know!
- Once the Avengers had the infinity stones, there wasn't a threat from Thanos and other than a cracking visual. At this point, the only thing left to wonder about was if anyone else was going to die.
- How did the Avengers turn the Aether back into the reality stone once it was extracted from Jane Foster? Which makes me wonder how did Cap return it into Jane Foster as the Aether?
- The Soul stone... how was that put back too?
- Professor Hulk. Wow, that was painful. Considering the previous MCU movies Mark Ruffalo's Banner/Hulk has been incredible seeing him reduced to this was painful and made his whole arc feel disposable somehow. We might see him rage out after finding out Black Widow was dead. Turning Hulk ragey and unconsolable could even lead to a World War Hulk storyline in Phase5? Was that quake Thor mentioned to Valkyrie a foreshadowing of Namor and then maybe the Illuminati? After all, we know that there is a Fantastic 4 Movie coming and that would have been an excellent way to see World Breaker Hulk on the big screen.
I could go on listing and micro analysing my Avengers: Endgame. Ultimately though it is what it is. It might be what the majority of people wanted, but it wasn't what I wanted. As I have already said, I'm in the minority. I really didn't hate it, and likely over time much like with the StarWars prequels I will come to love it, but right now I feel let down.
I wish I could say what I would love to see changed, what I'd do if it were me getting to end the MCU, but you know what, I don't know what I would do or what I wanted from it.
After spending so much time with those characters over the last decade, I could be unwilling to let them go at a subconscious level. I think maybe I expected everything to be tied up with a little bow on it all the loose ends neatly tucked in and explained thoroughly. Maybe I expected too much after all this is the first time such an expansive interwound universe as ever appeared on film. Is there any wonder there are little plot holes or continuity errors here and there?
Ultimately does it matter? While penning this, I decided for me I don't think it does. Even if I didn't enjoy every moment of the movie or any of them for that matter the fact is I have had so much fun talking about it with people that its achieved its goal. It's had my money, and more importantly, it lets everyone from a 10-year-old kid to this middle-aged man believe the world is a better place when it's going superheroes in it. That is worth the price of admission and any niggles I or anyone else may have. Thank you, Marvel, and that you Uncle Stan.