Movie Review: Endgame

SPOILERS FOR ENDGAME SO PLEASE DONT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT AND DON’T COME FOR ME IF THIS SPOILS THE MOVIE FOR YOU.

My name is Jasmine Masters and I have something to say.

Just kidding, but if you didn’t get the reference, we need to talk.

Moving on. I FINALLY saw Avengers: Endgame this past weekend and well. I need to talk about it.

First of all: the first openly gay character in an MCU movie? Really? Russos, you insult us. That was horrible. Here I was, thinking I was going to see Carol Danvers go full on gay on a giant screen, but no. What I got was an unimportant, unnamed character TALKING about a date with a person who happened to have the same pronouns as he did. WE DIDN’T EVEN SEE THE DATE!!!!!! I really hope that they do better in the next movies. It’s 2019. Give us the representation we deserve. Preferably with Captain Marvel and Valkyrie, but at this point I’ll take anything that is more than the off-screen date of an unimportant character.

Moving on. There’s so much to dissect here, because it’s the end of an era, and it lasted three hours. I would need to see it at least 2 more times to fully grasp everything that was thrown at us, so let me just focus on things that I liked and things that hurt me on a molecular level.

Most importantly: the score. The music was so epic, I had chills the whole time. Excellently done. 13/10. Never change. Wow.

On to my dude, Tony Stark. He had everything he could possibly wish for with Pepper and Morgan and could’ve just left it at that. And still, he returned to help. And help he did. Iron has never been my favourite Avenger, and he never will be, but I have nothing but respect for this character. Character development-wise, I think it was definitely well done. Arguably the best out of all of them. So kudos to that.

So who is my favourite Avenger? THOR ODINSON. A LITERAL demigod. I didn’t think I could possibly love him more after Ragnarok, but then Infinity War happened and I was proven wrong. To see him broken down to basically just comedic relief hurt my soul. This man blamed himself so hard he stopped functioning. And in stead of respecting that, he got slapped in the face and ridiculed. His reunion with his mother and finding out he was still worthy of Mjölnir was SO SATISFYING, that I will forgive the Russos for tearing down Taika’s masterpiece.

Nat, my dear, you deserved so much more. They didn’t even say her name, only referring to “her”. Where was her funeral? Without her sacrifice, there would be no gauntlet for Hulk to wear. However, seeing how her death affected all the others was very powerful. Natasha Romanoff was loved. AND ANOTHER THING. She was relentless. She would’ve never given up, even if Scott hadn’t shown up when he did. What. A. Woman.

Obviously, the whole movie was emotional. But what really got me was when all the portals were opening and EVERYBODY showed up. So powerful. Cried actual tears. I don’t think I’ve ever felt THAT hopeful during a movie and it was SO GOOD. I think it also truly captured the essence of the MCU, in the sense that the only way they were going to come out on top was if they were in it together.

Finally: ALL the women rallying around Captain Marvel. That was empowering AF. I’ve read multiple comments saying it was ‘forced feminism because Captain Marvel was strong enough on her own’ and that is just… SMH. That was exactly what every girl who loves this franchise deserved to see. No matter how strong you are, you are ALWAYS stronger supporting one another. And if you think it was ‘forced feminism’, we can’t be friends.

Overall, Endgame was a solid ending of a decade of films. Was it perfect? Absolutely not. In terms of character development it could’ve done better. In terms of plot… Don’t get me started. I don’t think people have ever been so careless with the laws of time travel. But that is another topic.

For now, I say thank you to Cap, Tony, Clint, Bruce, Thor, and Nat. To all the rest: till next time. Especially you, Carol Danvers 😉

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