Let’s get this out of the way: I’m not a Marvel fanboy.
In fact, up until last year, I had been on a crusade against Marvel. I was sick of titles like Captain America: Winter Soldier and Civil War being all that anyone wanted to talk about and how Black Panther, a hero I had never even heard of, earn all the money in the world. I frequently said, “All these movies don’t matter. There’s no risk involved because they all just need to get to Infinity War. This is just set up.”
I hadn’t seen a Marvel movie since the first Guardians of the Galaxy and the only reason I watched that was because of how ‘un-Marvel’ it was. I couldn’t have been less excited about Infinity War in the build up towards it.
And then I saw its trailer.
— Ty Dingess (@TyDingess) November 29, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War did something amazing; It brought someone who couldn’t have given less of a shit about comic book movies fully back in.
Everything from the narration, to the music (the Avengers theme is iconic at this point), to the players involved, and most of all, Thanos. Everything was a hit for me. It was genuinely one of the best trailers I had seen in years (Although Vice is giving it a run for it’s money this year).
I went and saw Infinity War in theatres opening night, and it was seriously one of the best movies of the year, in my humble opinion. In fact, I went back and saw it THREE TIMES in the theatre. I spent over $20 to see the same movie three different times. It was an experience. After watching the film, I was beyond excited for how Marvel would follow it up. Without spoiling anything, if you’ve been living under a rock for a year now and don’t know how the movie ends, a lot of shit happened that ties back into my “there’s nothing at risk in a Marvel movie” argument. I wanted to know what was next for our heroes.
I had been anxiously waiting for the Endgame trailer, basically checking everyday since Thanksgiving if it had came out yet. And finally, it did.
And I was beyond underwhelmed.
Watch the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame right now. pic.twitter.com/Jko8PJXh0T
— IGN (@IGN) December 7, 2018
Now, I’m not going to sit here and say that I’m not going to see it, I’m no idiot. But, I’m not sure what i was expecting, but I know for sure this wasn’t it.
It’s dower and bleak, which I understand was the point (Again, spoilers: a lot of shit went down in the last movie), but there’s no semblance of a true Marvel movie. And if they can truly make me feel the consequences of the previous movie in this upcoming one, kudos to the filmmakers.
Maybe what I’m most annoyed at is that I’m just now realizing that the key figures, for most of the movie at least, will be Black Widow, who objectively sucks, sad Captain America, sad Iron Man, a non-Hulk Bruce Banner, a returning Hawkeye (who gives a shit), and fucking Ant–Man. But hey, at least Thor is alive and well. Yes, there’s some critical figures that I neglected to throw in, but like i said, I’m not a hardcore comic book movie guy, so they aren’t as near and dear to my heart.
There wasn’t the iconic theme, maybe showing that this movie is going to be different from all other Avengers films, which I get, but it’s absences was very noticeable.
Additionally, where the hell was Thanos????? Say what you will, but Thanos was undeniably the protagonist of Infinity War. It was his movie, he owned every scene he was in, and the dude was a straight up and down badass. All that we got was a quick look at whatever the hell this shrine, coat rack looking thing is. Hawkeye got more screen time than Thanos in his own sequel’s trailer. It was probably a creative choice, and, in all honesty, we all know what Thanos is doing while the Avengers try to put the pieces back together, But come on. At least just show a glimpse of the guy.
What I’m trying to say is that I’m not as geeked as I should be about Avengers: Endgame as i should be. Now, If another trailer comes out that looks badass, then the excitement meter will go up a couple ticks.
As for right now, I’m firmly planted in the hopefully optimistic camp.
Do more, Marvel. Impress me.
Photo by: Marvel Studios