So a little while ago, I actually received a request from my personal trainer's son, who's another Marvel fan, to do review on these two films. To me, I think the movie is truly about Thanos' ideology. This blog is going to be the condensed version of my thoughts on the 4-hour battle that is Infinity War and Endgame, since that is quite a long time to watch what is essentially a single story.
The point of The Infinity War was to introduce an opponent to the Avengers who could test them. We see Thanos come in who can challenge Tony Stark, the strength of the Hulk, the magic users, basically provide a counterpart to each of the Avengers. Thanos' mission is to use the power of the Infinity Stones to carryout his ideology of population control after seeing the tolls overpopulation took on his home planet.
I enjoyed how Thanos conducted the war he started by tracking the Infinity Stones to various locations and seizing them and killing anyone who resisted him. I think population control is definitely a relevant theme in the movie, as in our own world we see how it affects our resources. Although the way he went about it I don't think was the right way. Thanos' logic has some substance in my opinion, but I think he takes it too far and lets his status get to his head.
I will say, I like the level of planning Thanos had in his plots. For instance, I thought it was brilliant of him to send his special units, The Black Order, down to Earth where he knew the Infinity Stones were to test Earth's defenses.
I think the Avengers got too carried away in thinking they could do anything, they were untouchable until Thanos came along. My favorite fight within this movie was the fight in Wakanda. I like that we got to see the Avengers try to strategize and come together to fight Thanos, where they get about halfway to finishing Thanos. I thought it was a pretty close call until the they weren't able to make the finishing blow. All in all, a fun fight to watch and I think was a good way to end the movie. We see how much further the Avengers will have to go to defeat Thanos, since it builds up lots of anticipation for the second movie.
Endgame starts five years later where the Avengers are scattered all over the planet doing their own thing again when Natasha Romanoff detects a familiar energy signature. She assembles the Avengers again, and they realize that Thanos had retreated to a planet. They use this time to muster up the resources and go to that planet where they find that Thanos has taken up farming on an empty world. This movie focuses on how the Avengers regroup and plan an attack to wipe out Thanos.
Once the Avengers learned to harness time travel, I thought it was interesting the different time periods the Avengers had to go to to pick up the Infinity Stones. We saw glimpses of them going into other key locations of the story like Asgard or time periods like the 40s and 70s. There's a scene where we see Thor's mother giving a speech to him before she dies which really stuck with me. Something along the lines of always staying true to yourself, and always pick yourself back after you all. Those words really resonated with me.
One of my favorite parts after the Avengers gathered all the stones was when Tony Stark had to find someone who could wield the power of the glove, which happened to be the Hulk. It was a moment we saw him find some purpose in his life. Of course, Thanos finds out the Infinity Stones are being gathered and travels back in time to reclaim them. He goes into the situation thinking he's unstoppable, but his past self had no idea what was lying ahead of him which is the grand ending scene of Endgame.
Overall, I liked many things about these films. I enjoyed how the Avengers were brought to their knees by one of their opponents. It was necessary for the Avengers because I feel like in the previous movies, it began to feel like the Avengers were going to win every fight no matter how strong the opponent was. But the irony is that their near-fatal flaw was also going to be Thanos' actual fatal flaw.
I am glad that the Avengers were able to learn from their mistakes and grow from them. However, I did not like how they only give Tony Stark the credit for discovering time travel when it was Professor Hulk, Antman, and Tony Stark who discovered time travel altogether. I will say this again in many movies time travel is a convenient plot device that is overused as well as the concept is simplified. I think the part of endgame I liked the most was when Tony Stark died because he finally understood that to be a hero meant that you had to stand for something that was bigger than yourself and for him that was protecting humanity as well as his family. And as much as I hated his overreliance on technology and his know-it-all attitude, I must respect the character's level of character growth throughout the two films.
I thought Endgame was a fitting closing chapter 2, this phase of the MCU universe as a whole. I look forward to seeing what will happen in the future with all these characters to everybody who has seen both in infinity war and endgame. What are your thoughts on these films?