*Spoilers from here on in.*
I saw Avengers: Endgame yesterday, and it was… okay.
Don’t get me wrong, it was good on the whole. The Back-to-the-Future-2ing into the franchise was really fun. It took the plot into places I didn’t expect. I loved the relatable, fat Thor and his anxiety. Iron Man and his dad was great as well!
Was it worth waiting for? meh. That 3rd act was really close to ruining it for me. I didn’t hate Endgame, but I’m going to concentrate on what I didn’t like about it.
- Shoehorning in Captain Marvel diminished Tony Stark’s sacrifice.
- The similarities between the two scenes on Vormir sucked all emotion out of Black Widow’s sacrifice.
- Where the hell were all of Thanos’ soldier dudes until the big battle? They just magically appeared when they needed to die.
- Having them square off against Past Thanos (and therefor weaker Thanos) was anticlimactic.
That last point was the biggest problem I had with the movie. In story writing, there are three different character arcs: positive, negative, and flat. This was a fourth one. It was a backward arc. Where do you go from facing off with a genocidal villain? You don’t have them fight a weaker version of the said villain, that’s for sure.
I think the answer was in all that time traveling madness. They had the perfect bad guy to pick up the ball, and my favorite character in all the MCU. Loki for f*ck’s sake. It would have been a step back in his character development, granted, but he would have been a formidable antagonist. Just when it looks like the good guys have got him defeated in New York, the heroes from the future stumble in, and suddenly he’s at his most dangerous again. He could have got his hands on the Tesseract, the staff, and somehow a time travel suit. Then they could have brought back Thanos as Loki’s right-hand man.
Yeah, there are problems with this option as well, but I think it would have been a better third act than what we got.
Do you agree? Leave a comment. Would have don’t it differently? Let me know how.