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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 […]

The Avengers – MCU Look Back

The Avengers – MCU Look Back

Today’s post will contain Endgame spoilers, you have been warned. However, before we get to those, let’s talk about what this article will be covering so that we don’t get spoilers in the blurb on the main page. This article is going to be looking […]

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

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

Yes, we now have a spoiler review up.

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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.

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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.

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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: Endgame

Revisit, Rewatch, Review – Avengers: Endgame

First off, this is going to be a spoiler free review, you are safe. Tomorrow will not be, so be warned. Avengers: Endgame, what to say about it. It’s the movie event that I’ve been working towards since Iron Man came out in 2008. It’s […]

Revisit Rewatch Review – Captain Marvel

Revisit Rewatch Review – Captain Marvel

This past week, Kristen and I went and saw Captain Marvel. As always I was pretty excited for a Marvel movie, though Captain Marvel I might have waited to watch at home if Avengers: Endgame wasn’t so close to coming out. For me, Captain Marvel […]

D&D Classing it Up: Barbarian

D&D Classing it Up: Barbarian

The Barbarian

When it comes to this class, think Conan the Barbarian. The loner or nomadic fighter who comes in and crushes everyone and everything when they fight. It’s also a bit like the Hulk. A Barbarian is the type of character who is going to end up acting before speaking and doing before thinking most of the time; often, people are going to shy away from them.

In Dungeons and Dragons, the stereotype for this class is the Half-Orc Barbarian who is taller and stronger than everyone else and really stands out. People give them a wide berth when they’re walking around town, and the adventuring party they’re part of would probably have a little bit of infamy because of having a half-orc in their party. We’ve had a Half-Orc Barbarian in one of our games before, in a session prior to Dungeons and Flagons. They were a chaotic evil character, which was interesting to work into the party. I think they bordered on not being completely evil — they would sometimes kill indiscriminately, but never went against their own party.

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From a mechanical standpoint, the thing that stands out about Barbarians is their rage feature. They are obviously going to be strength-based fighters, and oftentimes aren’t the face of the group, but they become even more powerful in combat when they go into a frenzy and rage. That allows them to do extra damage and makes them a major wrecking machine in combat. It does present an interesting role-playing aspect to lean into as well. For example, how blind is the rage that they are going into? Does it have negative effects on the party if they get too out of control?

So, Why would a Barbarian join an adventuring group?

If you’re going chaotic neutral, it’s very possible that they would do it for money. They are in it for themselves, and they want to get money and loot out of the deal, which is why they stick around. It is also possible that they have been kicked out of their own clan for some reason. Maybe they weren’t violent enough; maybe they were too violent; maybe they learned to read? It would give them a reason not to go back somewhere, and since the adventuring group took them in, they wanted to stay with them. That provides more connection in some ways than the greedy character who wants enough money to retire nicely or to get solid gold armor so they can show it off to people.

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What are some backstories that could be used?

Maybe your Barbarian was part of a raiding party that got captured when they tried to pillage a village. While the rest were killed in the party, she turned on her clan and started teaching the villages how to defend themselves from the rest of her clan. They in turn taught her to read, and she is a more mild-mannered Barbarian than most. However, one day something happens in the village and she gets blamed for it, whether it was her fault or not. Now she has to find somewhere to go, since she can’t stay in the village or go back to her tribe.

Or you could be a Barbarian who was a mercenary in a war, but now it’s peacetime. They didn’t know how to do much else, and started drifting from place to place, getting into bar fight after bar fight, and getting further and further into debt. Finally, an adventuring party came along with dreams of gold, but with a squishy Wizard and Rogue in the party, they needed someone to do their heavy lifting and someone who knew the Dwarven mines that they were going into, so to get out of town and get fighting again, the Barbarian signed on with the party.

Or maybe, growing up, your Barbarian lived in a peaceful society; however, he wasn’t as smart as the other people in his town. He was the one who was always getting into trouble. Not feeling at home in his own town, he decided to branch out on his own. It didn’t take long for him to come across a traveling troupe. Their strongman was getting older, and so he took the Barbarian under his wing and started teaching him how to be an entertainer. Eventually, the Barbarian took over as the strongman for the group and found out everything the group was actually up to.

Or possibly, you were party of a raiding party in a large-scale conflict between two kingdoms. You got separated from your party and spent a long time looking for them, but weren’t able to find them or learn what had happened to them. In fact, many things about where you are seem unfamiliar to you. Now you’ve latched onto a group that seems like they know what they are doing and might possibly be able to help you sort out where you are and where you came from.

One last scenario–perhaps your parents always knew you weren’t quite right in the head. As a kid you’d be the sweetest thing and then fly off the handle for no reason. As you grew up, you learned how to channel your anger more constructively, but one day, you flew into a rage and hurt one of your parents. They would have forgiven you, you know that, but you couldn’t let it happen again. Leaving home was the hardest thing you’ve ever done, but it was necessary. Now you try to control yourself, try not to lose yourself to rage in case you hurt someone else you care about. You were doing fairly well on your own, but now there are goblins coming together in the woods, and you had to tell someone, so you’ve signed on with a group that can hopefully help stop the oncoming war.

Would you play any of those Barbarian backstories? Have you played a Barbarian in a game before, and if so, how did you like it? What are some good things about being a Barbarian, and what are some bad things?

Comic Books – Marvel: Meeting the Line-Up (part 1)

Comic Books – Marvel: Meeting the Line-Up (part 1)

Getting back on the comic book train, there is a need to talk about the big producers of comic books. With that I’m going to write up one on Marvel and an article on DC. These two have been the heavyweights in the comic book […]