It's a chill Wesak holiday weekend here in Malaysia and you know what? I feel like watching one of my Marvel DVDs this evening, because having seen Avengers: Endgame twice and loving it, I'm still high on the whole MCU Infinity Saga thing to be honest.
For me, personally, the coolest highlights of the movie revolved around my favourite characters and I'd like to talk about them for a minute.
Tony Stark/Iron Man
In Endgame, Tony Stark's emotional sacrifice at the end of the movie made me cry both times that I went to see it. I know some people will find that surprising since I didn't like him back in 2008 when it all started. I liked Iron Man, the movie, but not Tony Stark, the character, and most people knew that. I loathed his younger chauvinistic persona back then. But that changed when he changed, and then I began to warm up to him in Iron Man 3, to the point that I rooted for him in Captain America: Civil War. It's true, I sided with him against Steve Rogers, whose ideals I had always admired and respected. I had grown to love Tony Stark that much... this flawed, tormented character who had evolved so much and slowly but surely grown on me. And so it broke my heart to have to say goodbye. I'm really going to miss him and his sarcastic wit, but you know what? I'm glad Endgame gave him redemption at last and the closure he so desperately needed with his late father. It's been cool seeing him mature over the years from "genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist" to husband, father, friend, superhero and, ultimately, saviour of the universe.
Farewell and thank you, Tony Stark. We love you 3000.
Steve Rogers/Captain America
You know what? I still can't get over old Steve Rogers (or fat and drunk Thor for that matter. 😄) I mean, gosh, the amount of surprises in Endgame in spite of spoilers. I get his decision to remain in the past with Peggy Carter, but to be honest, I didn't expect his story arc to go in that direction. I mean, this is Captain America we're talking about. Selfless, patriotic and a central figure of the MCU. Don't get me wrong, I adore Cap and I'm all for him pursuing love and happiness, but at the same time, I kind of expected more from him, you know? And I can't help but wonder if this whole alternate timeline thing could be opening up a can of worms.
Anyway, moving on to something really groovy he did in Endgame that got me so psyched I actually stood up and cheered out loud like some crazed idiot in the cinema... and that was seeing him wielding Mjolnir. That was hot! Him whooping Thanos with it and all. Talk about a rush! Age of Ultron was such a tease, so to finally see it happening here... HELL, YES!
Loki, Loki, Loki. 😀
So anyway, now that the dust has settled (couldn't help the pun, sorry!), my assessment of Endgame is that it was a fitting conclusion to a truly epic journey. Not only was it vivid, but it sure connected the dots. And it reminded me why I fell in love with this colossal franchise in the first place. What a finale.
I don't know if Phase 4 is going to be as dazzling from start to finish, and frankly, I don't really care. I'm just happy I got to experience 11 years of magic with these characters that I've grown to love so much.
And now, it's time for my DVD. And as a tribute to Tony Stark, I think I'll watch Iron Man 3.