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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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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

This is just some thoughts about Avengers End Game

I have heard from different people theories, on how the movie endgame will play out. Most what I hear is based on the trailers that had been released or rumors. In the trailers we can clearly see characters still alive and who they are.

The rumors and one I hear a lot is that they are going to kill someone off or more than one. Now I am not totally against a kill off of a major character but I’m not all for it either.
The great thing is in science fiction there is always away to bring a character back from the dead.
I like to say I like the marvel movies, and I love all the characters, even the evil Characters, so I don’t want to lose any of the Characters for good and why should marvel kill off any of them they make them money.

People love seeing their favorite superhero. I hope no one dies for good. If they have to do something like that, I hope it’s far away.
I had heard that maybe some of the actor’s want to leave their roles. I get it If I was an actor, I may want to leave a franchise and move on to other things.
However why would you, it not like Marvel has the actors working hard core in every movie. So, I think it would be a loss at this point to kill any major characters off.
After all you already did that when you killed off Yondo. which brings me to an exciting theory of mine. Yondo is coming back for sure.

It was so smart to kill off someone major and I thing he was a beloved character hence he was a major Character. what we know already there is going to be another Spiderman movie and others that you all know about.

So some of them have to come back somehow, I think however the remaining superheroes find away to bring everyone back, thing will not go as planned and that’s how Yondo will be back as well as some of the bad guys that have been killed off like the characters that worked for Thanos in the last Avengers movie.

Potentially a lot of characters could be brought back like Obadiah Stane, Crossbones, Aldrich Killian, if Loki is dead which, I don’t think he is, he could be brought back as well and of couse Hela could come back too, but if she did, her power may not be as great do to the fact she got her powers from Asgard. There are a lot of Characters that could comeback like Whiplash, and even Tony Stark’s parents or just one of them and that would play into if Captain America being the one who brings everyone back, and he was killed doing it. The thing that he could do for Tony is bring his mom back.

I would like to see Odin come back but I think because he died naturally it could be best, they don’t have him come back.
I just do not want them to kill off any of the Avengers if they do it, please kill one off much, much later. If someone wants to leave the role then recast.

(PS I think it was safe to say that somehow, they were going to bring that Avengers back, no big mystery there.)

we will see Ronan the Accuser face Captain Marvel in a different movie but that is a weak point, I do think Ronan the Accuser will be back but it could be that it’s not him who is fighting Captain Marvel, it could be the Kree race that goes after her.

I also thought that somehow Doctor Strange is not gone at all, he used his powers to hide him self and if he did this there is some reason for this as a surprise. if he did hide himself and had Ironman believe he died, I have to think he would have faked someone else’s death as well. I will say this I think that is highly unlikely but if you can think it, it could be in the movie.
My first thought was that it was Captain Marvel that somehow brings everyone to life and maybe she can’t control her power totally yet and that’s why she even brings back people she did not want to, or she got distracted while bring everyone back ,which lead it not to go as planned .

Before I wrote all this I also heard someone think the Hulk could use the glove that Thanos used to kill everyone off , and that could easily explain why it does not go right , after all, if the Hulk is left to bring everyone back from the dead I’m sure something big will go wrong but that not the only thing that could go wrong .
How about if some of the people that where stopped before like for example if the vulture was killed off by the Thanos snap then if he is brought back to life , who say he comes back were he was taken from ,he was in jail ,when Thanos snapped is fingers if he is killed by that and then the Avengers bring everyone back he could be appear somewhere else ,and not be in jail when he is brought back to life.

I don’t want to see the same bad guys over and over again that would be boring but they don’t have to bring them all back to fight the same Superhero and of course we would see new bad guys but hell I like to see some of the bad guys return like Ebony Maw , Proxima Midnight, and Corvus Glaive. It would be great . O if you did bring back some old bad guys back they don’t have to be fighting the same superheroes, they could face someone different, and it could even be on a different planet.
the point is this bad guys could fight different superheroes in upcoming movies way in the future.
We know that the white suits the Avengers are in in the trailers are Quantum realm suits, so they need to do something there as well.

O I hope there is not time travel I think that a cheap way out of anything in science fiction except for “Doctor Who” but it all about time and space. It would be a cop out after all those epic battles. ..

As we know Tony Stark and nebula looks stranded in space, I think Captain Marvel will rescue them on the way to Earth, now it could be after she get to earth, and go out to find them after. The movie trailers could suggest that she get to earth first but, I believe that sometimes extra footage made only for the trailers and the most logical thing is Captain Marvel finds rescue Tony Stark and nebula before getting to earth or they find some other way back on their own.

This is just some thoughts about Avengers End Game
Thx Perry Musialek

April 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPerry Musialek

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