A sad, disappointment to the end of an era
Avengers: Endgame, one of the most anticipated films of this year. The end of an era for many characters. And sadly, the end of my real love for the Marvel films.
Now I don’t like to be negative about anything, and I have loved the Marvel films for about 10 years now. After watching Infinity War last year, I was amazed and yet heart-broken, this was definitely one of the best Marvel films at the time and I couldn’t wait to see how Endgame would top it. But sadly, that didn’t happen.
I wouldn’t say I was completely disappointed. Overall, it was a decent film and there were some really positive things about this film. It was great to see the original cast all together, as that was something that I felt was missing from Infinity War. The final fight scene was probably one of the best, especially as all of the remaining cast came together and it’s fair to say, that was pretty epic. Steve FINALLY wielding Mjolnir was also great. Of course, the end of Phase 3 meant the end of the road for some characters and I felt that the way they handled those deaths was really heart breaking but still made sense to the overall plot.
As per the humour was greatly timed, although sometimes a little unnecessary– especially when it came to the fat-shaming of Thor. Now that was a part of the film that I really wasn’t a fan of. It was great to see that the superheroes are just as human as anyone else. They go through trauma, they struggle, and they change. I actually liked the fact that Thor was able to still be the same person, even if his weight had changed. But the constant jokes and making light of not only Thor’s weight but also his mental state wasn’t a great message to send to the young viewers.
The Time Heist section in the film was actually a lot of fun! It had a really nostalgic feel, which I loved! It was great to see Tom Hiddleston back as Loki as well, opening up stories for the upcoming Disney+ mini-series.
But something that I just can’t get over is the ending to Steve’s arc. I wholeheartedly believed they were going to kill him off and I’d prepared myself for that. But when it came to the final scenes and Steve bidding farewell to Bucky, I had a feeling I wasn’t going to enjoy the ending. And I didn’t.
I’ve always interpreted Steve’s storyline about him moving on, carrying on with his life no matter what. It seemed that he’d come to terms with his new life and had people around him that he really cared about. But that was completely brushed aside in this film and I felt like his ending was really out of character for him. He decided to go against everything he has stood for over the past 8 years of films and just undo all of the character development. I was disappointed. The only good thing about the ending was the choice of Sam becoming the next Captain America which was wonderful to see.
Something that didn’t help my opinion was definitely the inconsistency with the directors and writers, having completely different opinions about how the time travel worked and undoing a lot of development that had happened in previous films. When it comes to time travel, things can get a little bit messy. It was explained that by changing the past, you don’t change the future. So, you’d guess that you’d create another dimension – right? But if that had happened, how did Old Steve end up on that bench a few seconds after he’d gone through the portal? A little confusing.
This ending didn’t ruin the whole film for me. I can still admit that it was a good film. But I do have some issues with it and I’m sad to say I’m not the only one.