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Mar142019

Yes No Maybe So: "Avengers: Endgame"

by Ben Miller

Few things in the world are as steady as Marvel movies.  Once every few months, one comes in and it is an EVENT. Avengers: Endgame is probably the most anticipated film sequel since The Matrix Reloaded in 2003, and though that didn't go well, it's safe to say that legions are excited again.  Marvel still being Marvel, they don’t want to give too much away so the trailers have been teaser-like.  The new one dropped today, so let’s do our patented Yes, No, Maybe So after the jump...

Yes

  • How about a shoutout to Alan Silvestri?  The original Avengers theme has become iconic and that hook line provides shivers every time.  Very effective throughout.

  • Marvel is really keeping this one close to the chest.  No Thanos, no teasing of dead characters, not even an indication that Tony Stark will make it back alive.  We all know that won’t stick, but let's appreciate the effort

  • Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is not having the best post-snap time.  It looks like he is going to be taking over the role of Ronin for good measure.  Hawkeye barely got a passing mention in Infinity War, but it looks like his role will be significant here

  • You really forget how affecting the disintegrations were until Thor re-lives them all

  • Frankly, I’m impressed at the different levels of Scarlett Johansson’s hair at this point.  This is her seventh MCU film and no repeats yet. She even changes in the middle of this one!

  • There are some pairings that Marvel figured out worked very early on, and Hawkeye and Black Widow just work together.  Renner and Johansson have the perfect buddy/co-worker energy and it will be on full display here

  • Speaking of pairings, I am all about a duo I didn’t know I needed.  I have a great feeling about Rocket/War Machine

  • We get the Right Stuff walking scene, but it looks like everyone is in quantum suits.  This is a good indication that the quantum realm/time travel will play a role

  • Brie Larson finally shows up at the end, and gets some face time with Chris Hemsworth.  Another pair we need more of, though everyone does a great job when they're playing opposite Hemsworth.

No

  • Is there anyone who is watching Endgame without knowing the backstory of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America?  We get it, things have changed, time has passed. Move on to the new story!

  • Mark Ruffalo was really great in Infinity War and they do little to nothing with him in this one.  We hope he has an arc, but he barely gets a close-up!

  • This has little to do with the trailer, but the marketing in general.  Danai Gurira’s Okoye gets a few shoutouts in the trailer and prominent placement on the poster, but isn’t even listed in the credits? Does she have a significant role to play?

Maybe So

  • Karen Gillan has not exactly had a lot to work with, but I enjoy her primal screeching while on the attack

  • Who is left that we could be missing?  Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is really the only character anyone cared about who hasn’t shown any indication of showing up.  How will the living Wakandans play a role?

  • The film has a three-hour runtime.  Supposedly, these trailers only show images from the first hour of the film. It sure seems like a lot to unpack.   Infinity War felt too bloated, and this might have the same issues, proving as overpacked as the movie poster.

  • What exactly is the plot?  We know the Avengers want to bring everyone back, but they are not giving much indication of how that is going to happen

  • Apparently, Larson filmed this before doing Captain Marvel, and that always gives us pause.  Her Carol Danvers was a surprisingly welcome characterization in her solo film, but since she shot this first, here's hoping it stays consistent throughout.

There is so much hype around this film, and there will surely be many questions about the MCU after Endgame, but for the time being, we are a resounding YES.  And we won’t have long to wait. Avengers: Endgame opens in movie theaters everywhere on April 26th.

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Reader Comments (10)

I am a Maybe So. I can't be too excited because of how mediocre-to-bad the last 3 MCU movies were.


The MCU doesn't really care about Hawkeye. Part of that is the writing of the films and part of it is Renner's performance. So I'm really not looking forward to his having a lot of screen time.

March 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterChris

What I really want is a Thor - Captain America movie

March 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

I'm all in. These aren't movies, they're comic books, you buy them when they come out because you do.

March 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Lipp

I wasn't even going to watch this trailer but then my partner said 'Jeremy Renner and ScarJo have new hairstyles' and how could I resist that? Marvel will try any trick to keep me interested, LOL

March 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSteve G

All I can say.... OH HELL YEAH!

March 14, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

Yes, but I'm ready to say goodbye to some of those characters (Iron Man)

March 15, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterremy

Marvel eventually fixed the Danai Gurira marketing issue: https://news.avclub.com/marvel-fixes-obvious-glaring-fuck-up-adds-danai-gurir-1833304622#gg3n1qg7mky92umv9dqv2s4nk.1d7dui1x8icts

March 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Frankly, I'm loving these trailers because they give so little away. I mean especially for big ass blockbusters that everyone is going to see anyways... a little mystery is great! Though the 5-6 different hairstyles Black Widow has in this makes my head spin on the different time shifts in the movie.

I'm a YES, but I'm also a completist so I was going to see this even if the trailer was just Captain America staring at a wall of nothing. I do hope they keep not giving away any more plot details. That'd be so refreshing.

March 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

I. Cannot. Wait.

March 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDevin D

I know they wanted to “kill” some big-name heroes in Infinity War, but they reeeeeeally must regret that they can’t use Chadwick Boseman and Black Panther in any of this advertising given the gargantuan amounts of money and cultural impact BLACK PANTHER made.

And obviously he will be in the movie, but they seem to only show characters we saw survive. Good on them for keeping the mystery, I guess?

March 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

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