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MCU Phase 4 – Speculation

MCU Phase 4 – Speculation

Alright, we’re wrapping up Marvel Avengers: Endgame week where I’ve seen Avengers: Endgame, for the second time last night. Quick side not before we get into what we know, what we don’t know, and what I hope, Avengers: Endgame, just as good on a second […]

MCU Movie Rankings

MCU Movie Rankings

First off, this is not what movies are critically the best. I think even that is subjective on some level, but there are some movies that are clearly critically better or more groundbreaking for the genre. This is how much I like the movies. Also, […]

Revisit, Rewatch, Review – Avengers: Endgame (Spoiler Edition)

Revisit, Rewatch, Review – Avengers: Endgame (Spoiler Edition)

Yes, we now have a spoiler review up.

I’m now going to write some text so that we don’t get a spoiler in the blurb.


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Nailed it.

So Avengers: Endgame, let’s do a bit of a recap of what happens in this movie. After Infinity War, half of all living creatures in the universe are gone. In space with have Tony Stark and Nebula who aren’t going to make it back to Earth and are floating around in the Benatar. They are conveniently rescued by Captain Marvel who had been sent after them by the Avengers who were still on Earth. Well after Tony. They get back to Earth, find the planet that Thanos is on, and go find him, only to find that he’s destroyed the Infinity Stones with the Infinity Stones. Thor then destroys Thanos.

They go back to Earth and a lot of time passes, five years later. During that time Steve Rogers (Captain America), has started a support group for people and Black Widow is running things from the Avengers base trying to keep the world in some place of stability and find Hawkeye who has gone rogue, because his family died. Scott Lang (Ant-Man) get’s out of the quantum realm and comes up with a vague idea for time travel. Cap, Scott, and Black Widow go to Tony to get his help, but he turns them down, but they don’t realize he’s been working on time travel himself. Instead they get Professor Hulk to help them, and they get some time travel working, but Tony figures it out even more so, and he returns to the Avengers base, so they go back in time to get the time stones. A lot of problems happen in this time, the biggest two being Black Widow sacrifices herself for the Soul Stone, and Nebula is captured by Thanos and the old Nebula goes back with them.

Image Source: Marvel

They are able to get the Infinity Stones to work and bring back everyone, but at the same time Nebula brings through Thanos who ship from the past, and a large battle takes place. Thanos isn’t too worried, forgetting that if everyone is back, that means Doctor Strange can bring everyone from Wakanda and around the Universe in. A large battle ensues and Thanos gets the stones back and is about ready to wipe out the universe. But Stark steals the stones, and snap, and Thanos army is gone and Thanos is gone, just like he did to half the creatures, however, that is too much for Tony’s body and he dies as well.

Alright, that’s a very detailed recap, but it hits on a number of things, and some of them that I want to talk about.

First, I love the fact that they gave Nebula a big role to play. Karen Gillan is awesome from Doctor Who, Jumanji, and this, and to see her have a bigger role is great. I also like it because in the comics Nebula is the one who undoes everything that Thanos has done. In that case it’s that she kills her old self who is trying to get the stones for Thanos.

Let’s also get out of the way the one thing that I didn’t like about the film. That was Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel is unfortunately over powered for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She blows up Thanos ship without a scratch. She takes on Thanos while he has all Infinity Stones no problem. She literally has to be sent out to space to get her out of the movie because otherwise she’d be able to do everything too simply. I was hoping that they’d be able to improve upon her from the Captain Marvel movie, but instead they just sent her away instead of trying to undo the DC Movie influence that had been placed upon her character. It sucks because she could have been a cool character, and you can have her still be really powerful, but when she flies through and blows up a ship, have her come out of it looking rough. Have Thanos be able to do some damage to her, he was able to do damage to Hulk, but her able to hold her own. Those are simple ways to keep her power in balance than making her impervious to anything.

But let’s get back to plot stuff that I found interesting.

I’ll also say, I’m going to do an article tomorrow on the original Avengers and how I think they handled their characters from MCU phases one through three, and did we get a good ending for the ones who had their stories wrap up.

Then on Thursday I’m going to go through my Marvel movie rankings and explain why I like the ones I do as much as I do, and why I don’t like the some of them all that well.

Finally, on Friday, it’ll be speculation as to where we go from here.

Anyways, back to the plot. I thought that time travel while unsurprising was an interesting way to go. I also think that that they had the Ancient One explain it differently than Professor Hulk did. When her time stone was taken, that created a diverging timeline that she was going to go on. Hulk says that you can’t change the future, but aren’t a diverging timeline and changing the future basically the same thing? It’s time travel, I shouldn’t think about it so hard, that’s the issue with time travel. It is important to talk about though, because we have multiple diverging points from their actions in the past. Yes, they returned all the Infinity Stones, but Captain America stays in the past with Peggy. That should cause a branching timeline. Loki escapes after the battle in New York after the first Avengers, that is going to create a branching timeline. Really, this opens up the door for Captain America, even though he’s old at the end of the movie to make a cameo as needed and the same with Tony Stark. It also means that Loki can get his Disney+ streaming show.

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Let’s also talk about Thanos. Thanos is such a good villain. We got to see them double down on it in this movie by having him try to take a more extreme approach since the first time it didn’t stick. However, with that you see his patience in planning. Thanos just works so well, because you believe that he knows what he is doing is wrong, but he believes it’s the only way. It’s interesting to have a bad guy who is knows they are the bad guy, but thinks what they are doing is right in the long run. My favorite moment for him was after his bombed the Avengers headquarters, him just sitting there and waiting for Nebula to get him the Infinity Stones. He could have rushed in there and smashed everything and taken down people at their weakest while they were disoriented, but that isn’t who Thanos is. He’s calculating, he believes in what he is doing, and he is patient, because as he puts it, “I’m inevitable.”

I also want to give myself a little bit of a pat on the back. In Infinity War, Doctor Strange makes a deal for Tony Stark’s life. That is because Thanos would have killed everyone on Titan who was fighting him, out of spite, had Doctor Strange not done that. Without Tony being around, they wouldn’t have been able to nail down time travel like they did. Them talking about whether or not it was the one early on in the large battle was great as well. Doctor Strange saying that he couldn’t tell Tony because if he knew it would change what he did is great, also tips off that it is the one, but not completely. I feel like Strange would have said that either way, so that Tony still would have had hope. But the moment where Strange raises one finger to Tony and Tony goes for it later in the battle, just letting Tony Stark know at the right time is great. Got chills thinking about it.

I was so surprised that it was Tony who died. Robert Downey Jr. seemed to be having fun with the character, so that I thought that there was a solid chance they’d keep him around for cameos later on. But with how they had Tony Stark die, and Pepper Pott’s line that he could finally rest, that was just beautiful. We got to have the Peter Parker moment with Tony, but then Pott’s really giving Tony the sendoff that he deserved. He’s been trying so hard to save everyone, and he finally did it. I had thought it would be Captain America, another character who had been given somewhat of an arc, but didn’t seem to have much more for him to do. Also, Cap is just such a candidate for a heroic death from how they created his personality. I think his actual end, spending away his days with Peggy was fitting. Oh, and if you are wondering, when we see old Cap, he’s probably 110 or so, and looking like he’s 80, so yes, he ages slower which makes sense for his super soldierness.

Image Source: Comic Book Resources

Let’s now talk a little bit about fat Thor. This was somewhat controversial to have Thor fat on several online sources claiming it was fatphobia/fat shaming. I don’t have an issue with it for several reasons that I’ll lay out here. First, and most importantly, Thor isn’t weaker because he’s fat. Thor is able to fight just as well as when he was strong when he is fat. Endgame is telling you, even if you are larger, you are still a strong person who can do important things. Next, Thor has gone through so much. Yes, Chris Hemsworth can pull off that comedy of being The Big Lebowski, but consider everything Thor has gone through. He lost so many Asgardians in Thor Ragnorak. It wasn’t just the snap, there were thousands who died in Ragnorak. There were many more who died in Thanos attack on the ship to get the Infinity Stone, then there is the snap that takes out even more, and more people who he knows. Thor has lost more than anyone else, and he’s the God of Thunder and believes he should have been able to stop Thanos. My only issue with it is that I had a very obnoxious movie goer behind me whom every time Thor was going to show up on the screen, wondered out loud if Thor was still going to be fat and then laughed when he was, thinking that the fatness was a joke. So it isn’t how Marvel handled it that was an issue, it was an issue, however, for that fan themselves. Marvel handled it tastefully, and how a person handles it, we can’t control that.

There are a lot more things to talk about, but I am going to leave them some for the future articles. This movie was such a home run for me, and clearly I have even more to say on it. Feel free to post spoilers in comments, questions, issues, what you loved, this is the spoiler post.

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Revisit Rewatch Review: Avengers Infinity War Spoiler Edition

Revisit Rewatch Review: Avengers Infinity War Spoiler Edition

Alright, I’m back with a review that is going to be full of spoilers, so you have been warned by the title, you have been warned by this paragraph, and you will be warned by the gif below. Doctor Who Spoilers GIF from Doctorwho GIFs […]

Revisit Rewatch Review: Avengers: Infinity War

Revisit Rewatch Review: Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War But, but, but, but this is new, it isn’t an old movie, this is a brand new movie. Well, we can still review them, and with something as nerdy as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we clearly need to do a review on […]

Comic Books – Marvel: Meeting the Line-Up (part 3)

Comic Books – Marvel: Meeting the Line-Up (part 3)

Let’s roll with some more heroes.

Image Source: Tri-State Original Art
Image Source: Tri-State Original Art

Doctor Strange: A brilliant and proud doctor gets in a car crash and becomes Sorcerer Supreme. But it’s not quite that simple, first he has to become a broken man, no longer able to do surgery because of shaking in his hands, he eventually gets pulled into becoming the new Sorcerer Supreme. Doctor Strange is one of those secondary characters that hangs out in the comics with the Illuminati along with Professor X and Tony Stark also other members and also hanging out with the Avengers. He does have his one big bad guy whom he fights. Dormammu is an extra-dimensional being whom Doctor Strange comes up against and who generally wants to take over whatever dimension he is currently in.

Ant-Man: This is one of those characters that is slightly confusing since there are a couple different versions. There is Hank Pym the brilliant scientist who helps the Avengers with problems that require scientific work and has helped contain the Hulk and many bad guys. And then there is Scott Lang, a criminal who often uses the ant-man suit for many more undercover things. Ant-Man currently is Scott Lang (or was as of six months ago) and the stories often with Lang focus around his redemption. He generally is pushing himself to become better, faster, stronger, and to help people after he has previously hurt people and spent time in jail. Again, people will probably recognize them as part of the ensemble in the Avengers.

Hawkeye: Hawkeye most people will recognize the character from the Avengers movies. Hawkeye in the comics is still just a human and still just shoots arrows. He also has a great comic book series where it was about Clint Barton as a normal human and not trying to jump into the crazy world of massive world ending events. In the comics he doesn’t actually have a family like we saw in Age of Ultron, but instead of interested in the Mockingbird, but that relationship becomes strained and changes over time.

Image Source: Go Comics
Image Source: Go Comics

Black Widow: Another one of those Avengers movies characters that people will know. But Black Widow has a very interesting history. She was a creation of the USSR, and there are a lot of issues because of that and her world is about killing and being part of the normal world it odd for her. She has love stories that touch on Daredevil and Hawkeye, but she is too transient to really stay in one place for too long. Again she mainly plays as a secondary character in Avengers, but has had some of her own stories as well but does much of the black-ops for the Marvel universe because there isn’t anyone else who can really do what she does.

Daredevil: As a boy he is blinded when a vehicle crashes as he is saving a person from the vehicle. However, radioactive material splashes on him, and he loses his sight but it gives him powers as well, basically a radar sense. Growing up in Hell’s Kitchen, after he is blinded, his father is killed when he refuses to throw a fight, by the mob. Daredevil, Matt Murdock, then takes it upon himself to clean up the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York, but he regularly has to take care of corruption and mob influence that takes over. Daredevil has a couple of villains in particular who he deals with, the biggest is The Kingpin. The Kingpin is a giant strong man who runs the mob in the area and other mobsters are scared of him, and Bullseye, who is kind of crazy.

Image Source: Complex
Image Source: Complex

Black Panther: From Wakanda, he was the prince in the land, and was forced to take over as a king when his father is killed. Wakanda is known for being secretive and for having amazingly strong and hard metal that they try to keep it from the rest of the world, what people don’t know about this African nation is that it is very advanced technologically. Black Panther is their countries legendary fighter who protects their people. But as the world is advancing, Wakanda can’t keep themselves nearly as separate from the rest of the world, and as more people try to get their resources, the Black Panther has to come out and work the the Avengers. He generally works on the fringes and he has very specific standards that he holds himself to.

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Comics: The Heroes that We Love

Comics: The Heroes that We Love

Comics are an iconic nerdy activity. Reading the stories of Superman and Spider-Man and waiting for the next issue to come out is quite the image that we can place in our mind. But now that superheroes are becoming more mainstream, we have movies coming […]

Doctor Strange Teaser Trailer

Doctor Strange Teaser Trailer

Woo hoo, we have our first teaser for Doctor Strange. Being kind of a comic book nerd, I’ve read some of his older comics (there isn’t a current Doctor Strange title), and watched some of his animated movies. I really like his character, and in […]

Doctor Strange Image

Doctor Strange Image

Image Source: Comic Book Movie
Image Source: Comic Book Movie

We have an okay look at Benedict Cumberbatch in full Doctor Strange costume.

I’ve personally enjoyed the Doctor Strange animated movie that I’ve seen as well as the comic books that I’ve read, so I’m really excited for this movie. And Cumberbatch in that picture, really looks like Doctor Strange.

Doctor Strange Casting News

Doctor Strange Casting News

We now have an actor for the sidekick to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. Benedict Wong is going to be playing Wong. Wong has been in The Martian, Moon, Kick-Ass 2, and The IT Crowd. “The Martian” thesp Benedict Wong is set to join the cast of Marvel’s […]