August 2, 2020

From Gerald R. Lucas

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So I watched Avengers: Endgame this afternoon, and it was pretty epic. It ended a few major character arcs, but more came back than were killed or retired. I’m sure I could say why, since this film has been out over a year, so spoilers are likely irrelevant, but I’ll leave it ambiguous to encourage the one person who might stumble upon this journal entry who hasn’t seen it to watch the movie. Do it.

A couple of points:

  • The opening scene was heart-breaking.
  • Captain Marvel showed up, and I had no idea who she was, but I went with it. (I watched that film after, and it was pretty good, especially Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In fact, I’m tempted to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now. Seeing this film, too, made the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War make sense.)
  • The time-travel stuff was fun and provided a solid resolution to the Steve Rogers character. It also showed that Ant-Man might not suck.
  • Fat, disheveled Thor. Stark calls him “Lebowsky” at one point. 😂
  • Thanos was still a bad-ass, but this warrior Thanos was even more aggressive and dangerous. Josh Brolin did a great job here bringing this mostly digital character to life.
  • 3000.

I like ensemble movies like this, and Marvel does this right: these are huge with little opportunity for real character development. That’s why we have movies for individual characters. Man, the budget Marvel Studios must have.

There is a lot to unpack here, and I’m totally out of my element. I may just go back and watch all the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Three movies again. In order. Maybe Henry would be interested.