Saw this last night and it was excellent, though I do think it has some issues.
Biggest surprise: Red Skull is back. I only believed the “he didn’t really die in Cap 1” theories like 20%, and how they managed to keep his presence in IW a secret is quite the *ahem* marvel. I wasn’t even sure it was him at first.
Best interactions: Iron Man and Doctor Strange/Wong I think. “Wong, you’re coming to my wedding!”
Most shocking death (not counting the ending): Loki, for realsies this time (probably.) It was a shame to see Heimdall bite it too, but he got some cool moments in Ragnarok.
Surprisingly not in the movie: Hawk-Eye, despite all the poster speculation. I was also sad Ant-Man didn’t appear, but it makes sense with his movie and all. Speaking of, will be interesting to see if that takes place chronologically after IW. I doubt it, but who knows! (Also loved Banner’s “Wait, there’s a Spider-Man and and Ant-Man?”) Also, where was Valkyrie? She was on the ship at the end of Ragnarok…
Best entrance: Motherfucking Thor in Wakanda. Haven’t been that pumped at a movie moment in quite a while.
Weakest aspect: Thanos’ motivations. I’m glad they gave him something to work with, but honestly him trying to win Death’s heart is far more compelling than the braindead “Me gotta wipe out half da universe cause my planet died when I didn’t do it there.” Like, how does this even work going forward? When the universe eventually fills up with people again, what’s the limit? It’s honestly a worse version of the Anti-Sprial’s whole schtick from Gurren Lagann.
Weakest interactions: Thor and Star-Lord. Their moments were pretty humorous but went on for way too long. Also, based on what Star-Lord does I’m not sure I care for his character anymore.
Most surprising funny moment: Star-Lord flipping off Thanos while diving into a Strange portal.
An “ohhh… ah-ha!” moment courtesy of my friend: Doctor Strange’s whole plan. I couldn’t understand why he’d give Thanos the stone after all that bluster about choosing it over Spidey and Tony, but my friend pointed out that Strange knew every possible way shit could go down and that he told Tony at the end “It’s the only way.” This suggests that Strange has seen how the heroes will win in the next movie, and that it has to involve Tony being alive.
Best fake-out: Okoye looking like she’ll get dusted, only for it to actually be Black Panther.
Most emotional moment: Spider-Man’s death. I was actually tearing up quite a bit. Tony must be fucking devastated.
Stupidest shit ever: No mention, let alone appearance, of any Defender or Agent of SHIELD.
Called it: The post-credits scene invoking Captain Marvel. Can’t wait to see 90s SHIELD in action and the first cosmic human in action, even if she is ripping off Green Lantern a lot.
Hype moments I’m looking forward to in the next movie:
- Cap and Tony finally making up.
- Cap getting his shield back.
- Thanos getting his ass kicked.
- Captain Marvel’s entrance.
- Everyone getting resurrected and having a somewhat happy ending (I mean c’mon, Spidey got dusted and he has a post-Avengers 4 movie coming out.)
Will post more thoughts as I think of them.