Avengers: Infinity War was awesome, but they screwed up the ending
Boy oh boy, that’s a bold headline, isn’t it? Especially coming from someone like me, and I think before I continue, there are a few things we need to get out in the open. First of all, in case you haven’t figured it out already, this article contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, so if you have not already contributed to the billion dollars the movie has already made, stop reading right now. Seriously. Stop.
Second, and this is the most important point I will make in this article – I am not a comic book guy. I never really have been. Up until the movies came out, I had no idea who Dr. Strange was. Loved the movie, but I didn’t know who he was. To be honest, I wasn’t even all that interested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it first came out. It was on the edges of my consciousness, but it never really clicked with me what Marvel was trying to do.
Bringing it all together
A couple of years ago, on a podcast, we examined the MCU and it finally occurred to me, just exactly was going on here. This is a massive undertaking spanning a decade, and beyond and the Avengers: Infinity War was the culmination of all of that. At that point, I got very interested and started watching as many of the movies as I could. I quickly caught up and yes, I even watched Thor: Dark World. I thoroughly enjoy the action and comedy and wit present in every movie. It’s fun. And the fact that this is the culmination of this decade-long plan makes what I’m about to talk about that much more egregious.
So, after two and a half hours of action and 60+ huge actors all jumping all over the universe in the most awesome and epic way possible, Thanos goes all Michael Jackson on us and completes his pretty glove. With a snap of his fingers, the master plan comes to fruition (much like the MCU as a matter of fact) and Thanos wipes out half of all life in the universe. We start to see beloved characters turn to ash and blow away – Scarlet Witch, Bucky, Groot (No! Not GROOT!), Spiderman, the Black Panther, and more.
It’s a touching and heart-wrenching moment. “Mr. Stark, I don’t want to go,” says Peter Parker before crumbling to dust in RDJ’s hands. It’s sad. Really sad, but not in a presidential way. There were tears in the audience. But personally, I shrugged it all off. Did I just watch Dr. Strange pull a Kansas and go all dust in the wind on me? Sure, but it’s all good guys – he’ll be back for the sequel. So will Peter Parker, so will Star-Lord, and Groot, and Drax, and Black Panther. Those sequels have already been announced. Do you really think Rocket is going to go on a solo mission in Guardian of the Galaxy 3? No.
Now, putting aside the frequently cited “No one is ever really dead in the comics” excuse, as a non-comic guy, I should have been terribly distressed about what happened there. But I wasn’t because we already know that Spiderman 2 is coming, the day after the 4th of July next year. Doesn’t that mean that Spiderman has to be alive to do it?
Wrong people, wrong time
So here’s the thing – by ashing out Strange, and Spiderman, and those others, the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War becomes an exercise in how the remaining characters will reverse everything, not if. And that’s an important distinction. If, for example, at the end of Infinity War, Marvel has killed off Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, and others, we as an audience would have been left with, “oh shit, this is a changing of the guard moment”. Then we’re left with the question of, maybe the next movie is just about getting revenge on Thanos, not completely reversing everything. Then, a year from now, when they actually do manage to reverse everything, we as an audience are like “Wow! They brought everyone back! That’s incredible!”
Now, the writers of Infinity War have said that the deaths are permanent. Whatever. If that’s true, and they pull some BS Earth-2 crap like the DC universe, there will be rioting in the streets. I don’t think that’s what they’re going to do. But the fact remains that however they’re going to bring these characters back, Tom Holland’s Spiderman will be on the silver screen once again. It’s a question of how, not if. And that’s disappointing.
Now, before you take to the comments, or Twitter or any other medium to decry me for the stupid n00b that I am, I do need to leave you with one more important detail that might just make you feel better. There is a website you can visit that will helpfully tell you whether or not you survived Thanos’s snap of destiny, and you’ll be happy to know, I did not. So, this article is just a bunch of words that never existed in the first place.