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Richard's Take on "Avengers: Endgame"

“All good things must come to an end” (Chaucer, 1374)

The hotly anticipated Avengers: Endgame opens in the U.S. on April 26th. Early social media reactions from critics who attended the premiere indicate that it will be nothing short of epic. Top 5 for Fighting's frequent guest and resident Marvel expert, Richard Alexander, shares his excitement, hopes, and a few of his predictions for Endgame.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) Phase 3 is about to come to an end with the release of Avengers: Endgame on April 26, 2019. Indeed, the end of the modern era of superhero story-telling, mostly because of two reasons. ONE: the brilliant decision of Disney (who owns Marvel), to grant Kevin Feige (president of Marvel Studios since 2007) carte blanche in his visionary, decision-making process. TWO: the vision of Kevin Feige.

It all began in 2008, when “a genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist” was placed at the super-hero helm of the MCU, and with the decision to cast Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, a/k/a Iron Man specifically. It is common knowledge that with the end of the Infinity storyline, many of our heroes’ contractual obligations are coming to an end, so it is anyone’s guess what is in store for them in Endgame.

One of the big questions going into Endgame is “Who will live and who will die?” The Internet is replete with speculation and theories, and the people that know (Directors Joe and Anthony Russo) are staying quiet. There is one certainty, we will see our heroes confront Thanos at least one more time. What do I want to see in Endgame and what are my expectations going forward? I’m so glad you asked.

Thor’s Redemption

Thor Odinson has had an incredible ride in the MCU. No other character has gone through half as much pain, carnage, and change as The God of Thunder. While not as popular as some of our other heroes, Thor’s story arc has been fascinating to watch. He lost his kingdom and half of his people we slaughtered. His father passed away. He was betrayed by his adoptive brother (Loki) on multiple occasions. His adoptive mother, Frigga, was killed by a dark elf. Three of his best friends were murdered (Bye Fandral, Hogun, and Falstaff…we hardly knew ye). His sister (unknown to Thor) turned out to be the goddess of death and destroyed his most trusted weapon. He watched Loki murdered in front of him (at least we think).

Lastly, depending on one’s perspective, Thor may be responsible for allowing the “SNAP” to occur, since he “should’ve gone for the head.” Odin and Frigga raised a good man full of wisdom, character, and strength. Let’s hope it’s enough to help stop Thanos the second time around. Thor’s story arc is full of pain and suffering, so redemption is in full order.

After all, “what more could I lose” Thor (Infinity War, 2018).

If I had to make a prediction, I would bet on us seeing Thor’s Belt of Strength (Megingjord), which doubles his already formidable strength. This item was introduced in Spider-Man: Homecoming and transported to the new Avenger’s Headquarters.

Closure for Infinity War’s Unfinished StoryLines

I want and need a satisfying end to Phase 3 of the MCU. What does that entail? Well, it would depend on one’s definition of “satisfaction.” For instance:

  • Will Thor be redeemed?

  • Will an Avenger be sacrificed? If so, who?

  • Why did Dr. Strange willingly turning over the Time Stone when he explicitly stated that he would never do it?

  • Of the 14,000,605 possibilities that Dr. Strange foresaw, can we assume we are in the present or are we in one of the other possible options?

  • How will SHEILD be structured going forward?

  • Was the Infinity Gauntlet destroyed in the “SNAP”? If so, is there another one?

  • Which of our heroes will come back from the “dead?”

  • How critical are the Quantum Realm and time travel in undoing the damage caused by Thanos?

  • Will one of our heroes stay behind in time (Captain America)?

Infinity War and Endgame have been ten years in the making, so if Endgame doesn’t pay off – who am I kidding? It’s going to be overwhelmingly insane.

Captain Marvel: Opening the Door for Phase 4

Captain Marvel’s contribution to the fight will not be crucial, but she will have a role. Her future is more rooted in the MCU’s Phase 4, which include the Skrulls and the Krees. Kevin Feige has already stated that she will lead the MCU going forward. I hope that through Captain Marvel we get a glimpse of Adam Warlock – who was teased in a post-credit scene in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – in Endgame. Since she is a cosmic being, she brings a whole new skill set to our heroes; however, this is ultimately a fight for The Avengers. Captain Marvel will introduce Phase 4 and the cosmic side of the MCU, which should bring Galactus, Nova, The Silver Surfer, and The Eternals.

Avengers Assemble!

Please have somebody worthy say the magic words, “Avengers Assemble” I’m looking at you, Cap! Can’t wait!

Thank you, Stan Lee.


Follow Top 5 for Fighting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more of our thoughts and reactions. Richard will join Mike and Greg for Episode 10, which will drop May 6, 2019, for a review of Endgame.

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