Random Endgame Thoughts
Upon seeing Avengers: Endgame one final time (only the fourth) in theaters, I had some final random thoughts about the film.
Don Cheadle has done a great job playing War Machine since Iron Man 2, but he’s never really had a chance to stand on his own. Endgame finally gave him a chance to shine. I felt like it took until this film for him to break out of Iron Man’s shadow and move on from being merely a sidekick to one of the true Avengers. I’m glad Marvel gave him his moment.
Despite the fact that Mark Ruffalo has another movie left on his contract, and it seems unfathomable that they would waste the opportunity to bring Hulk in one more time, I can’t help but think that the character really is done. This is purely my gut and I hope it’s just bad tacos talking, but I just have that bad feeling.
Wasp is a major player in the Avengers comics, but Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne has been caught without a true role in the Ant-Man movies. Scott Lang is the comedy and Hank Pym brings the science, leaving Hope without a true part to play. She needs her own movie to establish herself as more than just part of the pack.
Despite what the writers say, I’m convinced that Okoye’s reference to underwater earthquakes is related to Namor the Sub-Mariner. Atlantis was first teased in Iron Man 2, when Nick Fury’s map of the globe has a marker on Atlantis. What else was marked? Wakanda. For those locations to be first teased side by side, and for Okoye to now reference underwater earthquakes, I’m not buying that it wasn’t intentional. I’ve seen the scene several times now; it’s an odd reference to include if it’s not inferring something.
Both Drax and Nebula’s entire existence revolves around getting revenge on Thanos. To see neither take him on directly in the finale was a little surprising. Nebula was a strong candidate to die in my mind because with her abusive father gone and her becoming a hero, her arc is now complete. The same could be said for Drax; his family’s deaths have finally been avenged.
- Brian Flinchbaugh