**Warning – This will be a spoiler-heavy discussion about Avengers: Endgame (2019). If you haven’t seen it yet for some reason, step away from the website.**
This is it. The big finale. The end of the line for many characters that have been dear to our hearts for the past 22 films. Okay, not for all of the 22 films, but can we agree that this is a big deal? It’s the end of a saga? Good. Otherwise, we’re gonna need to hash this out.
This was a long film at 3+ hours. I liked that it subverted our expectations at the onset. In the first 20 minutes, the remaining heroes had found Thanos…. and killed him, but achieved nothing. The Stones were gone. To have our heroes return home defeated, and have five years pass. That was bold. What was even bolder? For a film that I knew would feature time travel didn’t employ a reset button. We didn’t get our heroes back. We didn’t get our five years back. Life moved on, for better or worse.
I didn’t expect the newer characters like Captain Marvel to save the day. This was always going to be about the original core characters from the first Avengers film. But I wasn’t expecting to see Natalie perish. To see Gamora not come back somehow. To see Vision not come back either. To see Thor move on and join the Guardians of the Galaxy.
I’ll say that the whole time travel thing was a little too wonky for me. How did Captain America return all of the stones? Did he meet Red Skull? Time travel theory according to Back to the Future is bupkis? Too many questions for me.
Where does the MCU go from here? Besides Spider-Man: Far From Home in another few months, I have no clue.