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• I still dig Avengers: Endgame, don’t get me wrong, but man oh man does this movie NOT hold up on a rewatch when compared to comic-book films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Infinity War, The Dark Knight, or etc., etc., etc.
• The first thirty minutes and maybe the last thirty minutes of Avengers: Endgame are the two grandest accomplishments Marvel Studios has ever produced—if you subtract all the time-travel portions. The simple, hardy moments between the Avengers are quite frankly my favorite moments. Seeing superheroes act as humans always cease to disappoint.
• RDJ is clearly the best asset of the entire MCU. Needed to mention that again.
• The second act manages to simultaneously be a respectful love-letter to long-time fans but also a cheaply-constructed nostalgia cop-out. During this act, the plot is shiftlessly convenient-heavy—more convenient-heavy than possibly any other Marvel movie out there. Some segments are sweet and peachy though, I’ll admit that.
• The way this movie attempts to introduce/explain/execute all the time-travel, mumbo-jumbo stuff can go to hell, sorry. Everything completely contradicts itself when you get down to it and it’s genuinely obnoxious how the film seeks to treat it like it’s more measured than other time-travel movies.
• Noobmaster69 will be revealed as Thanos’s backup plan in Avengers 5, mark my words.
• Tony Stark miraculously figuring out time-travel in a matter of minutes is one of the most insensible plot conveniences in cinematic history.
• You can certainly feel the time in Endgame especially when compared to Infinity War. Like…significantly.
• Hawkeye is one of the best Avengers. Prove me wrong.
• It’s devastatingly awkward watching Endgame without an audience. There are so many moments where there are these mini-pauses, which I believe the filmmakers intentionally lodged so that fans could clap for a while. Haha.
• “And I…am…Iron Man,” will go down as one of the most famous movie quotes of the 21st Century. Most likely.
• Wasn’t Tony’s funeral just wonderful? Glad to see that Natasha got one just as marvelous as he did…
• I couldn’t have asked for a finer closing shot.
• Shazam > Endgame. Sorry, fellas!
• I almost love this movie 3000. Almost.
• Watching this right after binging The Boys season 1 was quite the mistake. That show takes the cake for best superhero property of the year by a landslide. I know this is off-topic, but if you haven’t seen The Boys and you are a fan of comic-book films or TV shows, you are doing yourself the biggest disfavor by missing out on it. Amazon Prime, baby!
Verdict Change: B —> B-
“Avengers: Endgame” is now available to stream on Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime.