Endgame ~ Movie Review

Thursday, April 26, 2019, I went to see Avengers: Endgame with a group of friends.

Holy moly, y’all! 

Where do I even start? So much in this movie happened, I’m going to break it down by my favorite parts, least favorite parts, and character arcs.

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Leaving off right after Infinity War, the film starts with a heartwarming scene of Clint Barton at his farm, with his family. He’s teaching his daughter, Lila, how to shoot a bow and arrows, while his wife and two sons are preparing a picnic.

He turns to say something, and panic sets in, because his daughter who was there only seconds ago, is no longer there. She’s gone. He yells for her, and whirls around to ask Laura…she is not there. Neither are his two sons.

And so the movie begins, with the loss of the dusted felt deeply.

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Meanwhile, the Avengers are separated. Tony and Nebula are stuck in space, quickly running out of food and water. On Earth, you have Steve, Natasha, Rhodney, Rocket, Bruce, and Thor regrouping in an effort to figure out what in the world to do now that Thanos has destroyed half of all life on earth.

Suddenly, they have a surprise visitor…Captain Marvel!

If you watched the end of Infinity War for the extra credit scene, then you’ll remember that Nick Fury sent a signal to Captain Marvel, otherwise known as Carol Danvers, for help.

She shows up, the Avengers explain the situation to her, and soon after, they realize that Thanos has used the stones again. Pinpointing the titan’s location, the team is determined to find Thanos, force him to return all of the dusted, and then…take him out.

The first minutes of the movie are of the team going to Thanos, finding out that he destroyed the stones, and Thor chopping off Thanos’ head.

Um, what? There’s still over two hours of a movie left!

It’s crazy, because all of the trailers pretty much only showed scenes from the first little bit of the film!

There’s a time jump, once all of the Avengers are reunited, where it says five years later. So, what are they doing now?

Natasha and Steve are holding down the fort at the headquarters (#ROMANOGERS), with Steve heading a support group for those who have lost loved ones. Okoye’s leading Wakanda, while Thor, is in New Asgard, and has fallen into a depressed spirit. Carol, Nebula, and Rocket are keeping their eyes open in space and reporting back to Natasha periodically. Rhodney is trying to keep track of Clint, who has gone off the chain on a killing spree after his family died.She is so cute! I wanna see a scene where someone is completely caught off guard by the smartass things that come out of her mouth only to be reminded just whose daughter they’re dealing with

And Tony, well, he and Pepper started a family.

By a stroke of pure luck, a rat activates the van where Scott Lang has been stuck in the Quantum Realm for the past several years. He gets shot out, and is the catalyst that our heroes need to motivate them on.

Whew! Now that the scene is set, let’s jump into some of the most heartwarming parts of the movie!

Morgan Stark.

So adorable! Although, with her dad being Tony, did we really expect anything different? Their relationship is so cute, and I LOVED all of their scenes together, especially the sweet “I love you 3000!” line.

And oh my gosh, that line about cheeseburgers at the end, paying homage to Tony asking Happy for one back in Ironman 1???

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Cassie Lang.

After Scott gets out of the van, naturally he’s confused, while trying to piece together what happened, and once he gets some semblance of it, goes straight to where he knows Cassie will be.

But five years have gone by. Cassie is no longer a little girl – she’s a fifteen-year-old high school student. Because he was stuck in the Quantum Realm, he missed years of her life…Needless to say, their reunion was precious.

Tony and Nebula.

At the beginning of the movie, Tony and Nebula are stuck in a ship in space, with only each other for company. In an effort to pass the time, they play a game of paper football.

Now, if you don’t know Nebula’s background, you may not realize the significance of this. As a “daughter” of Thanos, Gamora and her were forced to fight each other and whoever lost was punished. Nebula always lost, and as a result, is part machine….

So when Nebula scores, and Tony says, “And you’ve won. Congratulations. Fair game.” He reaches out to shake her hand, and she is dumbfounded. Was it really that easy?

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“Did you have fun?”

“It was fun.”

Frigga and Thor.

Oh my word, this was such a sweet, sweet scene. Thor, who has lost literally everything (brother, parents, friends, planet, etc) is given the chance to see his mother again.

“The future has not been kind to you, has it?”

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And the throwback scenes! There were so many of them!

Tony handing Steve the shield, mimicking his father giving it to Steve back in the First Avenger.

Sam saying “on your left” as he flies in with the rest of the previously dusted characters, echoing Steve’s line in The Winter Soldier, when he ran past Sam.

When they travel into the past, and Steve enters the elevator with all of the sleeper Hydra agents and says, “Hail Hydra,” to get the Tesseract, also from The Winter Soldier. And too, when future Cap has to fight past Cap, and past Cap says, “I can do this all day,” to which the future Cap replies humorously, “I know!”

I loved both of those! Before he said hail hydra, I actually wondered if he was going to knock them all out again!

Now, to the two best moments of the entire film.

Steve wielding Mjolnir, and Tony wielding the gauntlet.

Watching the scene, I thought that Thor had called the hammer at first, and when theIt is very amazing that captain America is able to use Mjolnir in endgame #captainAmerica #marvel #endgame #avengers camera swung back to show Cap catching it, OH MY WORD THAT WAS LITERALLY ONE OF THE BEST MOMENTS EVER.

 

My entire theater erupted into cheers!

Also, like, YES. We all knew he was worthy! Cause in Age of Ultron, when he lifted the hammer it budged (and you either ARE or you’re NOT worthy, no in between so yeah). AWESOME.

And Thor’s, “I knew it!” SAME.

Tony wielding the gauntlet…one of the best and worst moments. His entire composure and determined resolution to do what needed to be done, even knowing what the consequences would likely be.

And his line…”I AM IRONMAN.”

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Such a great way to connect his beginning journey with his last one.

The aftermath scene though! With Tony lying there, arm basically destroyed, and Pepper and Peter surrounding him?!

Ouch! Peter’s tearful, “We won Mr. Stark, we won,” and Pepper’s, “it’s ok Tony, you can rest now. We’ll be ok.”

And that scene was IMPROVISED by the cast!

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Now that we’ve basically covered the movie, there were a few minor things that frustrated me.

One, Steve leaving his teammates and pseudo-family behind to live in the past with Peggy. Being one of my favorite characters, OBVIOUSLY I’ve always wanted for Marvel to give him a happy ending – however, I don’t really think it’s in Steve’s character to leave behind everyone.

Secondly, I was kinda annoyed by the fact that Steve gave the shield/Captain America gig to Sam. Here’s why this bothers me: in my mind, nobody is Captain America EXCEPT for Steve Rogers – he literally embodies the characteristics and it’s a part of him, more than just a name. It would be like if we started calling Shuri the new Ironwoman – that would be weird, because Tony IS Ironman.

The only way I would be ok with someone taking over Captain America/Ironman/any-other-superhero-identity would be if it was their children (which, c’mon, canon-wise if Steve really did stay with Peggy, there’s literally no way they did not have kids).
So Morgan for instance, if she grew up and took over Tony’s mantle, I would be fine with that.

But yeah, the only other thing that I had a bit of an issue with was I thought they overdid Thor’s character.

I don’t have a problem with him being depressed, heck, ANYONE would after losing your entire family, half your citizens, and your planet, so him giving up/not taking care of himself wasn’t as much of an issue for me as how far they took it.

Like at the end, when Thor basically makes it sound like he’s giving up his throne to Valkyrie? That doesn’t go with his character arc throughout all of his films at all.

Now, if what they mean by this, is that Thor is just taking a break from everything and trying to figure stuff out and heal, BUT is going to come back and take his rightful place as the leader of Asgard, then that’s fine. However, if we’re supposed to take it literally, then I don’t agree with that.

Alright, we’ve covered most of the major events, except for Natasha’s.

And she deserves everything

Y’all.

Going in to the theater, I expected Steve and/or Tony to die – I think most of us did, so while I didn’t want it to happen, I had time to mentally prepare myself. Yet, nowhere in my brain did I possibly think they were going to kill Natasha! Her being one of the few, main female superheroes (we’re getting a more even ratio now though, so yay!), I really did not think they were going to do it.

I was in complete denial all the way throughout Clint and Nat’s fight. Honestly, part of me thought that neither was going to die, and the fact that they both wanted to die for each other, which is what ACTUAL LOVE IS (whether platonic/familial/romantic) AHEM THANOS, would be enough for them to get the soul stone.

So yeah, when Natasha died, I was SHOCKED.

Whew! That was a lot to cover!

Overall, I really loved the movie. So many great scenes are going into my lists of favorites, with one of those being Steve Rogers standing against the entire army of Thanos with nothing but himself and a broken shield. Not giving up, even if he was the only one still standing in the way of thousands. Such a great scene, really showing who Cap is as a person.

There were a few minor things that bothered me, but on the whole, for the stakes there were and how much the Russo brothers had to think about, I think they did an amazing job.

What did y’all think? Did you love it, hate it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

And if you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame, go watch it!!!

~ Southern Dreamer

 

Infinity War ~ Movie Review

I saw Avengers: Infinity War the weekend it came out, but was debating on whether or not to post a review of it. Mainly, because there was so much going on in the film, and I honestly don’t think I can give a complete rating until Avengers 4 comes out.

But.

Avengers 4 isn’t coming out anytime soon, so I thought, what the heck! I’ll give Infinity War review a go. I have a lot of thoughts on it, so let’s begin!

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No one has any idea that Thanos is coming for them. Ok. Well. Except for maybe Gamora.

Anyway.

***Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD

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If you saw Thor: Ragnorak, then you will recognize the ship that appears in the first scene of Infinity War. Cause, ya know. Why give Thor and his people a moment of rest?

Ha. Haha. That would be dumb.

In the span of the first, like ten minutes, a LOT happens. For one, we realize that at least half of the Asgardian refugees have been murdered by Thanos and his puppets – who apparently consider that a blessing. The Hulk attacks Thanos, and the one beast that we think might be able to take on Thanos (also can we mention how awesome it is that Loki is the one who states, “we have a Hulk???”), looks like a child against the Titan.

Then Heimdell, poor man has had to deal with the mess of Asgard’s royal family for far too long, uses a crazy power we have not seen him use before. He basically rainbow bridges/teleports the Hulk back to Earth.

And then is killed…as Thor watches helplessly.

Thanos decides then, to use the one Infinity Stone he has – the power stone aka the purple one – to basically squish Thor’s head? Idk, something like that. Meanwhile, Loki is standing by and Thanos says that Thor will die if the Tesseract is not given to him.

I was crying because I knew what was gonna happen and this was his way of telling Thor that he loved him and was ready to die for himLoki gives him the Tesseract…Thor lives.

In the span of only a few minutes, Loki says that Thanos and his crew are going to need a tour guide to Earth, and that he could be that tour guide. As he approaches Thanos, a dagger materializes in the hand behind his back. Any attempts at tricking the Titan, however, are futile, and Loki is brutally choked to death in front of Thor.

So…this has basically been the worst week of Thor’s entire life. In only a matter of days, Thor has lost…

  • his dad (seriously Odin, AVOIDING CONFLICT MUCH?)
  • learned he had a sister, that she was a psychopath, then forced to kill her (not to mention that he learned his dad had in essence been lying to him his entire life)
  • forced to watch his home planet explode
  • lost an eye
  • and a hammer
  • the rest of the Asgardians that he JUST RESCUED are brutally murdered
  • his brother is killed in front of him
  • oh yeah, also his best friend

Ouch.

And somehow he still manages to keep it together??? Not to mention, on meeting Gamora, who through no fault of her own, IS the daughter of Thanos, who just KILLED HUNDREDS OF ASGARDIANS, Thor totally does not respond like a normal person would – bless him. Instead, he’s just like, “family’s are hard.”

The only silver-lining I can offer y’all, is the Russo brothers did say at some conference that Valkyrie and some Asgardian refugees escaped. So. There’s that.

The ship is obliterated, and hundreds of Asgardian bodies are floating through space. Cut scene to the Guardians. They heard the distress signal from the Asgardian ship and are on their way to see if they can help.

 Thump. Thor lands on their ship. He’s still breathing, so they bring him in. Some much needed humor insures, before they make a plan on what to do about Thanos. They split ways, with Rocket, Groot, and Thor going to Nidavellir in order to create a weapon that can kill Thanos, and the rest of the Guardians, head to Knowhere to try and stop the purple grape from getting the Reality Stone.

Back on Earth, the Hulk has crash-landed in Dr. Strange’s home, while Tony and Pepper are having a nice, lowkey jog in Central Park.

Welp, that doesn’t last long.

Dr. Strange creates a portal and once Tony sees Bruce, he realizes that something is up. Saying goodbye to Pepper, he joins the magicians and his fellow science nerd in Dr. Strange’s house. Barely any time has past, when chaos envelops New York City. Aliens. Alien technology. Not good.

Riding on a school bus, Peter Parker’s spider senses tell him that something BIG is about to happen – and not the good kind. His best friend, Ned, provides a distraction and off goes Spider-Man to figure out what the heck is going on.

Soon, Ironman, Dr. Strange, Wong, and Spider-Man are having to battle these aliens who call themselves the children of Thanos. Bruce tries to help, but after the last ordeal with the grapefruit Titan…the Hulk refuses to come out.

It ends with Dr. Strange, Tony, and Peter on an alien ship. In another part of the world, Scarlet Witch and Vision are having a romantic getaway.

all i can think of whenever i see steve's face in the third frame is that one guy on catfish saying "you got me there"Ok. Y’all. I just have to take a moment to give my thoughts on this relationship. Look, I love romance – most of my favorite scenes in movies, have to do with it. However, I have some serious problems with Wanda and Vision being together.

For one, Wanda is human – a mutant, yes, but still human – and Vision is a robot. Like, his brain is wires. This is my main issue…Vision is not human. He’s not even technically “alive,” the only thing that gives him the ability to halfway act like a human, is the stone.

Personally, I just find the ethical and moral issue of a human and robot having a romantic and sexual (also, it literally would be impossible for them to procreate since Vision is, like I said, not human) relationship disturbing.

I do realize they were together in the comics, but honestly y’all, there would have been so many better options for a romance. They could have paired Wanda with Steve or Bucky. Or, they could have not paired her with anyone. I want a romantic aspect, of course, but not like this.

Honestly, I’ve never just loved Vision’s character. He has some really cool powers, don’t get me wrong, but I never felt like he had an actual purpose in any of the films. In my opinion, it kind of felt like they put him there for the sole reason that they wanted him to have a romance with Wanda later. Although, I did appreciate the picture/line above where Vision reminds Cap that this is no different than when he sacrificed his life to save everyone else’s. ACCURATE.

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Speaking of Wanda, I really loved how her powers have grown. The fact that she could actually hold Thanos off, AND destroy the stone at the same time was awesome. Along with, how her levitating/flying and force field skills have improved.

And…no one can convince me that Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff have not formally adopted Wanda Maximoff as their child. I mean, the way they interacted with her? Pfft.

On that note, how freaking awesome was the scene where Captain America slowly comes out of the shadows and CATCHES the spear??? Quote from Tumblr…

“Proxima Midnight wields a special spear, that was forged by Thanos himself. This allows the spear to transform into light and change size. It hardly ever misses its target. That’s why it’s such a big deal to see Captain America dodge and grab this spear in the trailer. This isn’t supposed to be something you can catch.”

Not to mention that Cap briefly holds back Thanos WHILE he has the Infinity Gauntlet on! You can literally see the look of shock on the grapefruit’s face, that this human is able to do this.

I’m just saying. Steve Rogers could 100% pick up Mjolnir.

Note: The quotes on those pictures are from the comics FYI ❤

I do wish though, that he had gotten more screen time. Hopefully, in Avengers 4, they’ll give Cap more. In terms of screen time, Thor, Gamora, and Tony definitely received the most in this film.  I’ve already discussed Thor, pretty in depth, so I’ll jump into Gamora and Tony’s parts.

DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN INFINITY WAR That's fine I didn't need my heart anywaysI thought Gamora had a really great character arc. Getting a glimpse of her childhood, gave more weight to what she was going through in the present.

Seeing how much her relationship with Peter Quill has grown, was awesome. I loved how comfortable they had gotten with each other, and honestly, I was not expecting Gamora to die the way she did. I was ok with her dying, but I wanted her to die killing Thanos – or something like that. And even though she was not my favorite character, the romance between Peter and her was one of my favorites.

On Tony, like wow, character growth – am I right? He’s come so far, from being the selfish playboy, and hearing him talking to Pepper about wanting kids: ADORABLE.

His interactions with Doctor Strange were hilarious – as to be expected with two confident, albeit cocky geniuses. Also, I can’t go this far, of course, without mentioning Tony’s relationship with Peter Parker. I thought they did a great job with that, and really enjoyed the almost father/uncle relationship he has with him.

 But gosh. THAT SCENE. Y’all know which one I’m talking about. A++ acting Tom Holland. All of the other deaths happened so fast, and weren’t like traumatic (as in it wasn’t painful/gruesome), that I didn’t get that emotional about them. But this one, ouch. Seeing Peter, knowing what is happening, terrified of what the unknown will be, and just acting like how any teenager would – is clinging to Tony, begging him to make it stop.

Luckily, Tom Holland still has 2 more Spider-Man movies he’s signed on for, so Peter isn’t gone for good. But still. Eek.

I could go on and on, but seeing as how this blog post is getting a little bit long xD I’ll try and summarize the rest of my thoughts.

This action-packed movie had so much going on. There was never a dull moment, and when the film ended I was honestly surprised! It didn’t feel like it had been over two hours long. The ending was interesting, in the way that everything happened. Only the original Avengers were left….Captain America, Black Widow, Ironman, Thor, Bruce/Hulk, and we’re going to assume that Hawkeye is still alive. Along with, Okoye, Rhodney, Rocket, and Nebula.

When I watched this scene I was wondering why Bucky wasn't running right there with them, but now this explains it.Some of my favorite moments are as follows:

  • Steve Rogers stepping out of the shadows and catching the spear
  • Thor landing in Wakanda
  • Okoye and Natasha kicking butt with Wanda
  • T’Challa saying, “get this man a shield.”
  • All the funny moments with Spider-Man
  • Mantis saying, “Kick names, take ass.”

I’ve only seen the movie once, so I may be missing some other scenes I loved. I’m eager to see Avengers 4 – although kinda anxious, since there’s a rumor going around that at least four of the original six are going to be killed…

But yeah! If you’ve seen the movie, what did you think? Favorite lines, scenes? Did you love it, hate it, or don’t know yet? Let me know in the comments below!

~ Southern Dreamer

P.S. ROMANOGERS IS STILL ALIVE =D