#178: The Endgame

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On Sunday, Alex and I saw Avengers: Endgame, and today I’ll be talking about the nature of watching movies in a theater surrounded by noisy people on opening weekend.

To the right of us were three presumably teenagers who talked through the first 15 minutes of the movie, before two of them got on the phone, left, and never came back. The third teenager stayed behind and watched the movie regardless. He was excited to see the movie, I guess, unlike his friends. It would’ve been miserable if they had stayed, so I’m glad our luck worked out for us.

The movie itself was phenomenal, a cinematic capstone to a franchise spanning over 10 years and over 20 individual films. To think something like this was possible, a franchise with so many movies and plot points dependent on each other, and centered around comic books, superheroes, and genre studies, is incredible. I had to take a second after the movie was over to absorb everything I had just witnessed, but also to take in the sheer magnitude of this achievement in film. It’s a shame that movies of this genre will likely never be recognized in the academy awards or anything like that, beyond Black Panther getting nominated for Best Picture last year. I still haven’t seen Black Panther either!

Afterwards, Alex and I discussed our general thoughts about the movie. Our overall opinion was positive, though with a few misgivings related to the handling of Captain Marvel. Having the characters time travel, and having them eventually meet up with their families and loved ones, felt poetic and like a fitting end to their character arcs. The scene where Captain America picked up Mjolnir was epic, as well as the completely anime-esque fight scene that came afterwards. Thor gave us a lot of laughs, and the scene where Doc Strange opened up all the portals for everyone to jump through was fantastic, too. Overall, great film.

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