This has apparently been sitting my drafts for…too long, so here we go. One of the other disappointments this year, for me.
Was this an amazing movie, an incredible conclusion to a massive saga? Absolutely. Did I love it? Nope. This was not my favorite Marvel movie.
But, I will start with the stuff that I did like.
1. “That is America’s ass” - in many cases, the humor in this movie was on point. Steve in general was just a hilarious character for much of the movie.
2. The all-female team up during the final battle. Fuck yeah. More of that.
3. The final battle in general, where it starts out with Iron Man, Thor and Captain America and then we bring in all the new Avengers. And “Avengers - Assemble!” Perfect.
4. Thor and Cap trading Mjolnir and Stormbreaker. Love that it paid off.
5. Nebula’s growth. Just…wow. perfect.
7. Morgan Stark - and Tony getting to finally have closure with his father.
8. Stan Lee - RIP
Things I didn’t like:
1. The deaths.
Most of them felt too casual. Or the lack of resurrection. It would have been equally as possible for them to have brought back Gamora, Vision, Heimdall, Loki, and so many other characters as those who were snapped.
Also, while I understand that Tony’s saceifice was noble and beautiful and a hundred other things, it also felt like a betrayal. I want to leave a movie feeling satisfied. And I didn’t feel that when I walked out. I felt drained.
Natasha’s death was…idk. Dumb. Kill off one of the most popular characters just in time for her to get the movie we’ve desperately wanted for years, so now the movie takes place in the past and there’s no hope of seeing her in any future installments…fun?
2. A lot of 180s/disappearing plot points/things that made no sense.
What happened to Bruce and Natasha? What happened to Steve and Sharon? What happened to Thor and Jane?
Old Steve…okay… I guess I get what they tried to do, but the whole thing just doesn’t work on so many levels. Most of them logical, but eh…
3. Turning beloved characters into nothing more than jokes.
Fat Thor…really? Professor Hulk…why?
The Avengers movies before this always left me feeling satisfied when I walked out of the theater. The heroes saved the day and defeated the bad guy and everything worked out in the end. While I understand that sometimes sacrifices are made and sometimes people die, the way some of those choices were made in this movie weren’t in keeping with the spirit of previous Marvel movies…and it really left a bitter taste in my mouth.