#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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#177: The Spoiler

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Today, I’ll be discussing spoilers, specifically the ways in which we try to avoid spoilers for the sake of added entertainment and experiences. Not the car kind of spoiler.

By this point, Game of Thrones will have aired, and I’ll be freely able to talk about what I had spoiled for me on Sunday night and Monday morning. On Sunday, I saw Avengers: Endgame, partially because Alex and I wanted to avoid spoilers as much as possible. We both weren’t sure how long we could wait without being spoiled on the biggest movie of the year. I work with kids, so the likelihood for me was even higher, as they would certainly be talking about the movie during class or in the hallway over the next couple days.

Ironically, though, I was spoiled on the thing I cared more about, that being Game of Thrones. Alex and I decided last night to watch the episode later on Monday instead, because we were both tired and needed rest. Alex was working 8-4 this week, which means she had to get up at 4:30 am. On Twitter, I muted a bunch of keywords related to Game of Thrones, such as Arya, Hound, Samwell, Jon Snow, hashtags, etc. Unfortunately, before bed I decided to look at Twitter anyway and saw someone tweet out: “Vengeance child saves the day!” Now how am I supposed to know to mute the phrase “vengeance child” so it doesn’t appear on my timeline?

In the morning of the next day, I read the full spoiler on Facebook from a friend’s post: “Arya killing the Night King set to Titanic music.” So there you go, I was spoiled on perhaps the biggest moment of the entire episode, on the day I was supposed to see it. Such a shame, but it won’t diminish my enthusiasm to see this episode come to life.