Avengers: Endgame (2019) (Review/Spoiler)

Song – Led Zeppelin’s ~ ‘Battle of Evermore’

Ferrum Homo, Vindex Quis Moritur ~||~ Iron Man, The Avenger Who Dies

Awh Man! I’ve got huge spoilers here. I believe I waited long enough to really say what I want, so if you didn’t see the film by now, turn away. Let me start by honoring the late great Stan Lee, who we still see a cameo appearance of in the film. His mind was so great in coming up with these Marvel characters. Okay so, personally, I preferred the first part of this 2-part movie; ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ was way better. For me, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ turned out to be what I hoped not to happen. When you set up a mythic problem because you outthought yourself, it becomes a monumental challenge to rethink something plausible. What do I mean, well……. they had setup a big conundrum where Thanos got all the Infinity Stones and now had the kind of power that would make him unstoppable. So we’re thinking about scenarios that might work to defeat him, and after I saw this film, I liked other peoples’ ideas better including my own. While people were busy thinking The Avengers were the only ones that could stop him, I was considering other notable heroes in The Marvel Universe. It would be an entirely different movie if you involved the X-Men, Fantastic Four, etc. since what Thanos did would affect them as well. Of course, there is a mystery being in The Universe people forgot about called The Beyonder, that would have seen the whole thing coming and could single-handedly stop it or just make an event of it using the noblest heroes, him already knowing how it would all end. Plus, I thought as much that the Writers, would need to scale down the might of Thanks’ character in a way so they can defeat him. None of it came off believable to me. The movie came off like how you would expect a corny good guy come-back. If you have all that power, I don’t think you would want to give it up. We are led to believe that Thanos had to destroy the stones to so that he saves himself from being destroyed by them, plus by destroying them, he and all he did prior is inevitable. Well, what’s wrong with this is that he absorbed the jolt of power originally being a Demi-god and was fine using it many times well into the film that our heroes have a way of clocking the last time he used the stones and can pinpoint where in the galaxy he is. So we see a humble looking Thanos living his hobbit-like life until The Avengers crash into him and Thor finally does what he failed to do the first time, aiming for his head. Big deal! Later we see the Mighty Thor being a potbelly, beer drinking couch potato bum. Thanos should not have ended like that. He’s supposed to be on his throne chillin’, but this is good guy must win nonsense when the first time around when it mattered they failed miserably. When the film opened with Iron Man and the camera focused too long on him, all up in his face with the emotional shots, I said to myself, ‘oh no, are you really going to make this about him’. Well, in the first film, Thanos tried to kill him successfully until Doctor Strange gave up his Infinity Stone to save his life. Now you can debate in your mind at what point with which stone or stones Thanos had at any given point of both movies, but for me, while watching the film, and thinking of the movie days after, I still have problems with it. THANOS, SHOULD NOT HAVE LOST! He had all the information to stop them at any point. He would have to voluntarily give up his power for the greater good, and we know that wouldn’t make sense for him. So as I watched this bullshit, I cringed. A quirk of fate, makes it possible for Antman, who was trapped in a storage unit, to escape and come up with the idea of going back in time the way he does, using quark nano-technology. So the Incredible Hulk uses his scientific brain to put together a time machine. Iron Man, who already has a new married family life he does not want to lose, eventually falls sway to the rest of the team to try to stop Thanos in the past. And we are to believe that they are able to do what the greatest scientific minds have been unable to do by precisely creating a time machine on such short notice to end up at precise moments in history and return to the present time safely. Well, even if they were such geniuses, Thanos, being able to see all future scenarios as well, would have seen that coming. The Writers only allowed a little mistake in there where no matter how smart the superheroes were, they neglected to think that a super android was dangerous to send back into the past because anything could go wrong. Nebula got captured and Thanos learned about the time stamp events from the future. Right there, the whole thing should have got shut down with just the couple stones he had, but here, he’s thinking like someone without the power playing games. This allowed Gamora and the future Nebula to teamup. We see a lot of female heroic action until Captain Marvel got punched in her face by Thanos. So to cut a long story short, the one move to save them all was Iron Man offering his life in that epic battle. He got the gauntlet off Thanos and did his own Infinity snap bringing back Black Panther (Ebombeh!), and other previously dead heroes. Then he used the power to get rid of Thanos and his dark legions. Listen man, Thanos did the decimation snap better. Like the Infinity Stones he so-called destroyed, the nano-particles are still in the universe, so you can’t completely eradicate evil. Then we see the funeral of Iron Man, his mortal body being destroyed by the power, and a briefcase filing away of the time machine technology. Ofcouse, Captain America was going to use it to have a romantic life with Agent Carter, why not, it was his only chance. And he gave away his super-action name to a Black guy to be the new Captain America. Hmmm, I would have preferred he had his own super identity. Iron Man didn’t have to die. This idea is coming from a concept of a sacrificed hero, well, it was possible to have done the whole thing where no one needed to die. The movie could have been done better. I remember the reaction the first time around at the end of Part 1 with movie-goers being sad and awe-struck at the end but in wonder and excitement to see Part 2. Now that we got the cookie-cut good-guy ending, the intrigue doesn’t feel the same. It was lacking something; that once and for all tone. If by any chance, I would like to see Thanos and Friends resurrect. Let’s have a proper battle. One with an outcome we can all agree with.

Lhisa Mrklon,
Emissary of Fate

Avengers: Infinity War (Movie Review)

Song – Megadeth ~ ‘Symphony of Destruction’

Oh my! When this movie was released back in April of this year, I couldn’t wait to see it. After that, like everybody else who knows better, I had to contain myself from spilling the secret of what happened so others can enjoy the movie without spoilers. So I concentrated on writing other meaningful blogs that mattered in the world for my followers, until this time to share my views on the film.

Like the movie ‘Black Panther’ it was an experience. Okay! Thanos won. YES, the villain won. Had the Creators of the film left it with the original title, ‘Avengers: Infinity Wars Part 1′ it would have been obvious. People were so mad/disappointed in the theater, even the after credit scenes where we see Thanos’ power eliminating anticipated enemies. There are so many spoof videos I keep tripping over on Youtube, with opinions about how the film should have ended, to making fun of it outright & I bet this will STILL go on till we see the next Avengers movie, because the content, like ‘Black Panther’ leaves one with a lot to think & talk about.

Oh where do I start. I’m going to be all over the place with this. Some people prefer to see the movie as a simple comic form come to life with an entertaining storyline. Many films though, tend to have other meaning behind it, so if you are into conspiracy, supernatural stuff, then one can see the movie in those terms. First off, you will have to decide whether our villain, Thanos had his head chakra open already with the possession of 1 infinity stone at the start of the film, or whether his head chakra opened after he possessed the other 5. He’s a giant alien being form the planet Titan seeking to be a god. Now……in biblical times there were giants on the Earth brought about through the copulation of Angels & Humans. Their offspring were called Nephilim. The bible said they were great in the land, ruling over humans. Archaeologists have found evidence of the biblical story being true in the form of skeletons, writings, & stone imagery but our society today don’t bring it up much in any of the  mainstream media. So with Thanos, I got the sense that he was lacking something, lost something, or cut off from something. In the Marvel comics world, he was not someone I followed since I had other favorites including these three: The Mandarin (who battles Iron Man & The Avengers at times) & Galactus (who “owns” the Silver Surfer as his Herald), & Apocalypse (who battles the X-Men) all of whom Thanos should remind you of. Now, I loved watching his progress as he intelligently & relentlessly went around the Universe getting those stones. He had a competent team dedicated to helping him. I particularly liked Ebony Maw, that ugly gray alien with all the powers who’s a member of the Black Order. He was soooo effective until he got frozen drifting in space. I hope he’s brought back in action in Part 2. The dude had a mission that was personal & did not allow Superheroes to stand in his way. While the good guys were making jokes about nonsense, standing there deliberating shit, Thanos was thinking about quickly acquiring POWER. And while the Superheroes were talking shit, joking around the galaxy, imminent galactic domination was happening all around them & they didn’t have the collective power to stop it.

Now let’s look at the 6 infinity stones……..Time, Power, Mind, Reality, Space, & Soul. The object was to gather them one by one for his gauntlet. Thanos was already in possession of one of them. He certainly had the power as this imposing giant tore apart worlds to get what he wanted, acquiring another stone & then another increasing his near-god power. His successful team, some of them coming from young persons he would save from the planets he went around destroying whom he’d father. One of those children turned out to be Gamora. Who made valiant attempts to stop him, but with that kind of universal power, it became an impossibility. She ended up losing her life because if you think about it, she’s an enemy now to HIM, so sacrificing her for the soul stone made sense.

We see a pivotal moment of the film where the last great battle ends up being in Wakanda, where the Black Panther & all his united tribal warriors are out there with him shouting something that sounds like ‘Evonpeh’ or ‘Ebombeh’ as some war cry & them repeating it. You would think at this point in the film, the good guys would win with all those powerful Superheroes working towards defeating Thanos. Instead we see, the giant catch Black Panther as he leaped up on him & his giant fist punched the side of Black Panthers head & he fell.  Oh well…….on a side note, had a previous enemy of the ‘Black Panther’ in that movie, Eric Killmonger, succeeded, he would have been the leader, probably an ally to Thanos & Wakanda would have been spared being casualties of the war. Nobody else on the battlefield was able to stop Thanos as he eventually battled the Marvel Comics hero, Vision for the last stone. Well, I didn’t expect him to win, he was already failing & the Scarlet Witch could only do so much. I blame 2 Marvel heroes for this: Doctor Strange & The Might Thor. It didn’t need to go that far. Before, Doctor Strange & Iron Man were battling him. It could have been stopped there had Doctor Strange set aside his stupid moral ethic of never using the Time stone for fear of the theory of absolute power corrupts abosolutely or some other do-gooder philosophy BECAUSE in a situation like that, he wold have been wiser to compromise his code for the GREATER GOOD. Now……There is a scene in the film where Doctor Strange did use the time stone to see the ONE opportunity to defeat Thanos. I still say, why all the deaths & time wasting. Why even let it get there. Just use the stone & stop the WHOLE  damn thing. Even if he waited through virtue of his own conscience, to bring people BACK, you’re still using the same power. At the end of the film, I blame Thor because he made a MIGHTY leap up in the air with his godly hammer & struck Thanos in the chest (heart) & thought that would work. Well…Thanos smirked & remarked ‘you should have struck the head’. That should have made more sense to Thor as Thanos was coming into his last god-like power. When someone can control time & reality and you successfully defeated him once, you won’t get a second time to do so. They were not thinking. That was Gamora’s problem the first time. So now, Thanos, anticipates future problems & decides to get rid of ANYBODY now that will pose a threat including Spiderman, Black Panther, Groot, etc. We are left with whoever he doesn’t feel threatened by like, Rocket The Racoon, Iron Man, The Hulk, Shuri & the other Black Panther women along with M’baku & his tribe & others. So what now, with other people in the Marvel Universe removed from the scene like Nick Fury, who was trying to send off a signal to someone at the end credits of the film, maybe The Fantastic 4 or X-Men, so in the next film we get to see what happens, like does The Incredible Hulk ever get his act together to fight Thanos. He was having annoying comic relief problems throughout the movie.  For now, we see an accomplished giant still ruling the planet Titan, using his powers to maintain a universal balance who sits on his armed throne, delighting in seeing the sunrise. I don’t know what the next film will bring, but I do expect a heroic victory.

SOME LINKS
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanos
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebony_Maw

https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/951691/Avengers-Infinity-War-ending-EXPLAINED-Doctor-Strange-how-to-beat-Thanos-Avengers-4

~ Lhisa Mrklon