Editor's note: There are spoilers in this story.
There comes a point in Avengers: Endgame when Thanos finds out the fault of his plan, who was supposed to fit his fingers and kill half of all living beings to make the universe a better place. Why to torment the destruction of only half the universe, when he can destroy the whole universe and renew it as he imagines without these annoying Avengers? After all, the life it gives and the lives it takes away is less than the end result.
What is surprising is that this is the exact concept Marvel has built the three Avengers movies, where nothing matters and no consequences-even in life or in death.
Back in the late days, Marvel's brand was in trouble. "It seemed like something that was old, the comics were very targeted, nobody saw the value of it," said the original chapter of Marvel Studios, Avi Arad Vanity Fair oral history of Iron Man. It did not help that in those days, the characters Marvel had rights for was what one title calls "heroes from the B-list". While current Marvel Studios student Kevin Feig recalled Comic-Con in 2006, "When someone asked:" Is it Avengers is it always possible? "We did not have real plans at that moment. It was a pipe dream."
No one expected that more than a decade later this tube dream would become the world's most popular and profitable franchise, one of 22 interconnection films. It is a spectacular accomplishment that fundamentally transformed the foundations of the entertainment industry. Everyone loves a movie universe: Star Wars, DC, Jurassic world, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Joker (?), Universal Monsters, etc.
The dream is to create endless entertainment that never dies. So, when it comes to massive, climactic Avengers: Endgame– Who, along with the forthcoming "Spiderman" film, ends this stage of Marvel's films, whatever that means – it's hard to feel like the real end of something. Because, to be perfectly clear, Marvel's Kinematics Universe will never end. Our great grandchildren will enjoy the mandatory projections of Iron Man remastered for the remarkable VR at Disney State University. Goop Gwyneth Paltrow Goop will ultimately use the human fetus to create endless clones of Chris Homsworth to ensure that he can play like Thor for all eternity (frankly not a terrible idea).
So, again, what is it Avengers: Endgame in the end, right?
I'm going to jump right to the end here, so consider this to be a spoiler warning for anyone who did not expect it to happen.
Seriously, big spoilers come, so stop reading now if you do not want to know.
Here they come …
Iron Man dies. Tony Stark uses the infinite glove to destroy Thanos and his army, saving mankind. Captain America gets … old. He travels back in time to live until the end of his life with Margaret Carter. A black widow dies, sacrificing herself, so Hawkeye can get Soul Stone.
These appear to be very clear endings for characters we know for a decade. This, it seems, is the end to which we are given Avengers: Endgame. But it's not at all, right?
Avengers: Infinity War ended with Thanos' Snap, which killed half the universe – including a bunch of Avengers that we know already have the coming films. The fans literally trembled in the theater. They felt real emotions. They mourned for these characters. But, halfway Avengers: Endgame this proposal is reversed, as many fans (and those who knew that Disney has more Black Panther and Guardians movies on the road) superiors.
To stop Thanos, the other Avengers use the Quantum Empire to travel back to moments when they know they can find an endless stone and grab him before Tanos can. In the end, Captain America travels back in time to put the stones back (apparently, determining the time frame in a way that I do not really buy), but decides to stay and live his life. I would like a simultaneous drama about Captain America's normal life, seeing that the universe is destroyed several times and does nothing for it. There is another new film idea, Disney.
Like the danger of introducing time travel into a movie that is not explicit in time travel, it creates a paradox that makes it difficult for viewers to connect with the movie. They endured the emotional trauma of Thanos' hand, but supposedly the resolution in Avengers: Endgame is an easy conclusion that essentially does the events of Avengers: Infinity War meaningless. Even Gamora, who seemed completely dead after being sacrificed by Thanos for the Spirit Stone, was restored in some way thanks to time travel.
Is it not theoretically possible for Avengers, at any given point, to travel back in time and to save Natasha or Tony or to get the other Captain America or any other infinite possibilities? Do we really believe that someone is really dead at any time?
The idea of traveling through time completely destroys the whole narrative of Marvel Cinematic Universe, ensuring that it can never have the real consequences for any action. Avengers failed Avengers: Infinity War; then they do not. Why Infinity War question? Why is something important? (I realize that there is a precedent for time travel and multimedia in the source material for comics, but it was mainly used as a way to explain away from the very foggy universe of Marvel Comics. It makes sense as a comprehensive fix to thousands of comics, but for a relatively intricate collection of films, is bundled by Marvel's obsessively Narrow Narrative structure.)
These are the questions I could not help but I wonder entirely Avengers: Endgame. Three hours I had a kind of superherial existential crisis. Do I think too deeply in this? Absolutely not because the MCU requires you to think too deeply in it. Fans have spent a year to write detailed academic papers that analyze the tactics Avengers can use to beat Thanos.
If there's something we certainly know about Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's that there are no risks and no one really dies. If it's so simple to bring back someone who is dead, should we really grieve? If, in 10 years, people get bored with new heroes, could not Disney simply resurrect Tony Stark by Robert Downey Jr. at any time? It's hard to feel anything at all when the light disappears from the Lak Reactor in the chest. Should we grieve for Natasha Romanoff by Scarlett Johansson when he comes with his own film? Yes, this is supposed to be overwhelmed, but if so, would not Disney be inclined to return it?
It does not help that the film is essentially divided into two uneven halves. The first part is the grief of the Avengers, who face their failure and are trying to draw up a plan. This section also devotes a shocking amount of Hawkeye time for no other purpose than laying the foundations for the upcoming Hawkeye series starring Jeremy Renner. Does anyone care about Hawkeye? I certainly do not, and from the layout of his performance is not even Renner.
In the second half, with a very sudden blow, they all come back, and everyone is fighting against Thanos with a little warning. After the painstaking length, the first half of the film is needed to explain the time line and the Quantum Empire, none of these details really make any sense. I wish all parents there with luck to try to explain Quantum mechanics and the effect of the butterfly on the journey with the time of their six-year-old man. Because this movie as hell does not do it.
I am in absolute awe for what Marvel has done in the last decade – from near vagueness to the greatest thing in the world. They did it in a spectacular form and grasped the perfect formula to make each of these films perfectly fine. Avengers: Endgame doing what all the great Marvel films do – it's a fun and entertaining action movie made by people who are experts in that just that. But it is impossible not to be disappointed by how Marvel stumbled upon the landing – failed to build real stakes in this universe, and instead introduce concepts that break the foundations of the story they are trying to say. It's an insult to all the fans that I repeat – cried the end of Infinity War. This is a film that makes it Infinity War essentially meaningless. This is a film that ends in the same battle that we have already seen. This is a film that concludes with the defeat of the worst villain that these heroes face. But then they will fight another, which is also big and bad, but maybe bigger and more secure than Thanos?
So, what's next? Well, more Marvel films. More X-Men movies. More Black Panther and Guardians and Captain Marvel films. More bad guys that are less important to Thanos or perhaps more villains who just become stronger and stronger. There will be more heroes, more villains, more CGI fights, more deaths (maybe?), More deaths give up (probably), more sequels and spinoffs and television series and toys and money and more money and dear God, I am so tired.