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Retro Review — Avengers: Endgame

Retro Review — Avengers: Endgame

We only have one movie remaining in Phase Three of the MCU. And yes, it’s the one five years after evil has triumphed; This is our Retro Review of Avengers: Endgame.

So, let’s skip straight to the action. Here’s a retro review of Avengers: Endgame, the one where Thanos died. Twice.

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What If the Bad Guys Won?

Marvel spent more than a decade introducing fans to dozens of beloved characters. Then, with a literal snap of the fingers, half of them vanished.

Thanos harnessed the power of the Infinity Gauntlet to achieve his dream. He reduced the drain on life-essential resources by 50 percent.

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Alas, the tactic he employed proved…controversial. The Mad Titan turned half of civilization to dust.

Avengers: Infinity War ended with intergalactic heartbreak. Endgame starts the same way, as we witness the toll that Thanos’ actions have taken on society.

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Hawkeye suffers the worst, as every member of his family dies, which the mathematician in me realizes is only three percent likely to happen.

Here’s a hero I can say for certain wishes it’d been him instead, something the movie explores masterfully later.

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Meanwhile, loneliness and isolation overwhelm most of the other Avengers. They have spread themselves too thin as they try to solve all the world’s problems.

In outer space, Tony Stark and Nebula show hints of camaraderie before Captain Glow Marvel saves the day.

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I vividly recall smiling in the theater as I had accurately anticipated this moment. It still holds up, the veritable light in the eternal darkness of space.

On Earth, Black Widow holds down the fort as the de facto leader, which makes Marvel’s later decision all the more frustrating.

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Still, something I admire is that Tony Stark’s paternal instincts have already kicked in, foreshadowing something upcoming. He laments to Steve Rogers that he “lost the kid.”

Countless worlds have suffered grievously, yet Tony Stark feels the worst about his protégé, Peter Parker.

Time Jump

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Meanwhile, the scariest premise of all, at least to me, involves Thanos and his garden.

This psychopath’s living a simple life as a farmer, tilling the land he protected by killing half of all sentient life. It’s like he’s earned access to the Garden of Eden. Chilling.

The Avengers locate Thanos, who reveals he used the stones to destroy the stones.

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He then claims he’s inevitable and starts a half-apology to his daughter when Thor decapitates him. That’s phenomenal storytelling.

Thor has learned from his past mistake…and it didn’t help one bit. At this moment, the God of Thunder enters his downward spiral. It’s symbolic of all humanity, even though he’s not one of us.

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After a five-year time jump, Endgame delivers its first satisfying emotional moment. To me, that’s one of the hallmarks of the film. We get long-term payoffs aplenty.

Ant-Man somehow escapes the Quantum Realm and finds that time moves differently there. Only hours have passed for him. Seems significant.

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Anyway, the one defining characteristic of Scott Lang involves parenthood. He’s the world’s greatest dad.

Lang fears that his daughter has died, only to learn that he’s been declared deceased. Their tearful reunion brings out my inner Hallmark movie fan.

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Soon afterward, Lang reveals the quirks of Quantum travel to the Avengers. Now we’ve got a ballgame.

The superheroes recognize that one of the scientists among them should be able to unlock the secrets of time travel.

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Of course, we’ll need Tony Stark for that. Hey, remember when I ceded the title of best girl dad to Lang? Yeah, he’s got competition.

For all his many gaping personality flaws, the Iron Man displays a tender heart where his daughter is concerned. He loves her 3,000.

Avengers: Endgame gets emotion right. Well, mostly.

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Timey Wimey

When Endgame came out, people absolutely buried the time travel elements, picking apart the logic like it was an Olympic sport.

What those critics missed is that Marvel took a Doctor Who approach to quantum travel. So don’t overthink it, Poindexter. You want Spider-Man back, right?

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People really should have gotten this from the way the film introduces it. Ant-Man turns into multiple versions of himself and then pees himself.

Does that sound like a scene from a hard science film? Instead, the whole thing functions as a slapstick McGuffin. We don’t care about unlocking time travel.

This story involves Smart Hulk and Fat Thor and Hope-Having Hawkeye.

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Then, we get a videogame quest to collect some colorful power stones before the clock counts down to zero and kicks us back to the start screen.

I’m being snide, but this sequence plays out as a prolonged flex by Marvel head Kevin Feige.

We learn that he has meticulously plotted the location of the various Infinity Stones years before this film, carving the path for this wildly satisfying payoff.

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Thor meets his mother and ex-girlfriend again. Bruce Banner learns how far he has come with dual identity struggles. And Tony Stark briefly reunites with his father.

I’m in awe of all of it, as pretty much everything works…except that one thing.

Throughout the 15 years of the MCU, Marvel has struggled with female empowerment. Even in Endgame, it’s a trouble spot.

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Black Widow nobly sacrifices herself to save the universe…and gets nowhere near the funeral that Tony Stark does at the end.

Yes, her dudes act sad and motivated, but you know what that’s called, class? Fridging.

First Snap’s Free

We get some other stuff about America’s Ass and Nebula’s suffering. However, all of it serves the purpose of leading to the proverbial endgame.

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With the stones collected, the Avengers earn a chance to rewrite history. And that’s why we all showed up on the opening night. We wanted Thanos to get his…and he does. He really, really does.

First, Hulk snaps his fingers and brings Laura Barton and her kids back. The dude almost melts his arm off in the process, a nice touch.

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We also get the tiniest bit of foreshadowing, as Tony provides the coolant to save the arm. But, of course, he won’t have anyone capable of doing that for him in a bit.

Soon afterward, old Thanos arrives, not to be confused with current and dead Thanos. He quickly deduces that he hates the Avengers, even those he’s never met in his timeline.

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Then, they fight. We’re in the endgame now. And it’s amazing.

The core Avengers from the comics, the one with the suit, the shield, and the hammer, square off against the Man Who Killed Half of All Life.

As far as boss fights go, that’s a good one.

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I’m someone who rewatches movies regularly. I’ve probably seen Endgame 30 times by now. However, I’ve watched these 40 minutes more than 100 times.

I’m utterly incapable of turning it off when I notice it on television…or on an airplane. I cannot remember the last flight I had where I didn’t watch it.

Getting help, Thor’s still heroic despite his trauma. Photo: Marvel Studios

Endgame

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Look, I’m old enough to remember Return of the Jedi when it came out. And I saw Die Hard on its first Saturday in theaters.

I’ve watched movies in front of some passionate crowds. Before 2019, the hottest crowds I ever saw were at There’s Something About Mary and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

That Endgame crowd was next level, though. Even now, I sometimes watch YouTube highlights of people losing their damn minds during the high spots.

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I’m talking about Captain America wielding Mjolnir, the women rising up to lead a surge, Captain Marvel eviscerating a spaceship, and the three moments that will always stand out the most.

As a diehard fan of Captain America: Winter Soldier, I’ve always marked out at “On your left.” So its return here gave me pure joy.

Similarly, Feige and co. saved the first usage of the Avengers’ comic book battle cry for this moment.

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How can anyone not get chills when Captain America says, “Avengers assemble!”?

Thor’s nearly simultaneous cry of fury is an underrated aspect of this as well.

When that Avengers battle music plays, I still lose my mind three years later. I think everyone does.

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Overall, this scene suffers no missteps of note, even though I think the “Is that everyone?” bit is two lines too many.

Still, we build to that phenomenal moment when the Scarlet Witch reveals herself as the biggest badass in the MCU.

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She wrecks Thanos in the fight, forcing him to kill his own troops to provide a distraction. I know this one has been meme’d a lot, but it’s still incredible.

We may underrate Elizabeth Olsen as an actress. In Endgame, she’s the apocalypse walking. But, then, in WandaVision, she’s better at Donna Reed than Donna Reed was.

Final Thoughts

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Ultimately, Tony Stark snaps his fingers and delivers the most fitting fate to Team Thanos. His heroic sacrifice leads to a funeral of loved ones, the kind Black Widow deserved.

Still, the payoffs overwhelm the minor quibbles. Hawkeye reunites with his family, Ant-Man gains a glimpse of the family he’ll have, and World War II heroes finally share a dance. What’s not to love?

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You may have noticed that I’ve mostly skipped the review this time. This one’s more of a love letter, even as I acknowledge the film’s flaws.

In 2008, Marvel released the best film of the year, Iron Man, but people were too busy talking about The Dark Knight to realize it.

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Feige and his gang took a victory lap more than a decade later, one overflowing with standing ovations.

Avengers: Endgame represents the kind of storytelling masterpiece that may never be matched again in our lifetime…and I say that without hyperbole.

Think about how badly Game of Thrones spit the bit in a similar situation. Of course, I could say the same thing about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as well.

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After only four years, we can already say with confidence that Endgame will stand the test of time. It’s become an iconic cultural footprint in the zeitgeist.

I’m not just giving this film an A+ on rewatch. I’m saying that the entire MCU from Phase One through Phase Three deserves an A+ for the complete journey.

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Take a bow, Feige. You earned it.

 

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All information you need to know about Deadpool

If you’ve been on the Internet lately, you’ve definitely noticed some peculiar advertising for a superhero film starring Ryan Reynolds. Funny, but Ryan Reynol’d’ attractive face 90% of the movie time was hidden.

Why Deadpool always wear a mask? Why is the hip-hop music so strange and off-key? Why so much profanity? Because, ladies and gentlemen, this is Deadpool, a superhero who takes great pleasure in the bizarre.

We’re here to fill you in on the latest Marvel Comics superhero movie, which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Hold on to your chimichangas because this is going to be a wild journey.

Deadpool: Who is he?

Deadpool

Deadpool, actual name Wade Wilson, is an aggressive mercenary with a strong background in martial arts and swordplay. He was given fast healing abilities through the Weapon X program, effectively rendering him immortal.

Deadpool’s entire body appears to be extensively scarred since his cancerous cells regenerate just as quickly as his regular cells due to the fact that he was diagnosed with cancer at the time of the Weapon X experiment (and possibly wreaking havoc on his brain chemistry). The whole face mask is the result. And the power to sarcastically leave while being beheaded.

Fun Fact: Deadpool enjoys chimichangas a lot.

What connection does Deadpool have to the X-Men?

Deadpool


Deadpool originally joined the New Mutants, a group of young X-Men, as a supervillain, but over time, he evolved into an antihero who fought alongside Wolverine, the X-Men, and even a few Avengers.

Before acquiring his regenerative abilities, Wade Wilson, a chatty mercenary, appeared as Deadpool on the big screen. Reynolds portrayed him in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and even though the film wasn’t that great and fans bemoaned the muting of the infamously nicknamed “Merc with a Mouth,Reynolds made enough of an impression in both of those and in the leaked Deadpool test footage that the studio wanted him for a second go-round.

What’s up with Deadpool?

With an eerie similarity to the DC Comics villain Deathstroke in terms of both outfit and abilities, Deadpool made his debut in The New Mutants comics in 1991. He was co-created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, and his name, Wade Wilson, is a play on Deathstroke’s true name, Slade Wilson.

Since his debut in the 1990s, Deadpool has quickly developed a devoted fan base among comic book readers and convention goers. Seriously, during conventions, everyone is dressed as Deadpool. Why? Because he breaks the fourth wall and is a humorous parody of well-known superheroes.

Deadpool frequently brings up the fact that he is in a comic book, much to the amusement of his readers and the consternation of his fellow comic book characters. The whole thing is turned into a meta-commentary joke as he even leans into his similarities to every other comic book character, including Deadshot, Deathstroke, and a loose version of Spider-Man.

Should You Read Any Deadpool Comics?

Deadpool

Short answer is Yes, Yes, Yes! You should try these one:

  • Deadpool, Volume The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (2013) features a humorous character team-up with Captain America and Wolverine as well as a Deadpool origin story.
  • X-Force Uncanny Vol. 1 (2011–2012): The mercenary’s first significant team-up and a more somber side (along with a costume change).
  • No partnership is better than that of the rambunctious and talkative Deadpool and the mute and stern part-cyborg Cable from the 2004 film Cable & Deadpool.
  • Joe Kelly’s Deadpool (1997–1999) is widely regarded as the archetypal version of the antihero and served as the start of the comic book character’s comedy career.
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Blade lost it’s director

Almost everyone is aware of what is going on with Warner Brother’s Flash movie. The movie had other issues before Ezra Miller’s weird string of detentions and accusations, though. The Flash was changing directors as quickly as Jay Garrick vibrating through solid objects before their current PR disaster with the movie’s leading man. In hindsight, The Flash’s director departure was the first sign that the movie was in trouble.

Blade

We are a little concerned because of the current news regarding the Blade movie. The entrance of Blade in the Marvel universe has been eagerly anticipated by fans of the franchise, along with the appearances of Deadpool, Wolverine, and Daredevil. Blade from 1998 was the first film to provide Marvel as a corporation the boost it needed before Iron Man became the MCU’s success trigger. In any case, the director in charge of bringing a vision of Blade to the MCU has made the decision to leave the project two months before filming is set to begin.

Variety has reported that Bassam Tariq is no longer the “Blade” director for Marvel Studios.

Tariq’s resignation is unexpected because filming on Marvel’s next film about the renowned comic book vampire slayer was supposed to start in November. Along with Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre in supporting roles, Mahershala Ali will play the lead in the movie. According to those with direct knowledge of the matter, Tariq will continue to be involved in “Blade” as an executive producer even if he will no longer be the director.

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Marvel studios wanted Tiger Shorff to play SpiderMan

Tiger Shroff, an actor, claimed that when he applied for the Spider-Man part, he pitched Marvel with the idea that they could save a lot of money on the visual effects because he could perform many of the stunts themselves in front of the camera. He also stated that he aspires to be a global superstar like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee because there hasn’t been one in a long time, especially in the action field.

The actor discussed his desire to work in Hollywood during an interview with Connect FM Canada, adding that he had had some promising chats about it. He claimed to have had the privilege of meeting several illustrious locals, and they all seemed to be pretty interested in what he does. There hasn’t been a crossover action hero since Jackie Chan.

Tiger Shorff had previously mentioned going to Hollywood auditions for projects, but during this conversation he revealed for the first time that one of those projects was Spider-Man. He claimed that after sending them his audition tapes for Spider-Man, they were incredibly impressed. The actor from Student of the Year 2 pitched them on how he could have performed many of the stunts personally, just like Spider-Man, saving them a lot of money on the visual effects. I came very, very close to taking part in that.

The actor’s subsequent film appearance will be in Ganapath.

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