Fellow earthlings, I just saw Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame.
After the fantastic previous film (Avengers: Infinity War) much was riding on this film. A whole lot of build up and anticipation. There were actually huge queues at the theatre yesterday, five days after opening night.
… it was disappointing.
The film takes place five years after The Snappening, when Thanos murdered trillions. The film completely fails to explore the consequences of the snap, using it only as window dressing to drape “dramatic and heartwarming reunion” around it, completely wasting character development and dramatic tension.
Marvel should have known better. The Russia should have known better.
After the fantastic run of films from 2017-2019, a ton was riding on this film. So much potential. And all of it wasted.
Spectacle, not story, was at the heart of the shambling mess.
And I enjoyed that spectacle. But it was creatively, societally, and narratively a trainwreck.
If only Marvel had put their foot down and waited until the Fox Deal was completed. If only Sony hadn’t rushed for a September Spiderman sequel.
I have a lot of thoughts which I’ll be exploring in a later essay.