May 3, 2019 0 By Jay "Mouse" Vales

Robert “Codebreaker” has points, but are they justified?

Robert “Codebreaker” Cardenas is by far my best contributor on this website. He keeps pumping out articles like it’s no one’s business and I have to acknowledge him for that. I love that he puts up articles that may not be in line with what the general populace thinks and that’s why I like him.

But in this case, I have to put in my two cents 😛

I saw Avengers Endgame just outside of the opening weekend on the first Monday showing. I was fortunate enough to not see any spoilers on any of my social media sites and I only have to thank my friends for not giving it away.

But a little about myself and my history with the Infinity Gauntlet story before I move on.

I was a big comic book fan back in my early days. My titles of choice were the X-titles and I was fascinated with all the characters, the personalities, the drama that came along with being someone that was different. Around the early 1990s, Marvel had been increasing this trend of huge, epic storylines that crossed over into multiple titles just to get comic book fans to buy more of their product. It worked. Mutant Massacre, Fall of Mutants, Evolutionary War, X-Tinction Agenda, Age of Apocalypse…but it was the Infinity Gauntlet story that had me hooked into exploring the rest of what Marvel has to offer. The story was ridiculously simple: Thanos gathered the Infinity Stones and wiped out half the universe’s population in order to impress Lady Death. The X-Men, Avengers, Eternals, and even Silver Surfer did their best to conquer the Mad Titan’s quest for love. I won’t spoil it for you, but the ending of that story was FAR different than what was depicted in the movies…

This is my copy of Infinity Gauntlet #1. I got it when it came out at my local comic book store 🙂

I got Infinity Gauntlet #1 when it came out. I read most of the story as it appeared on the shelves (since it was a lot of money just to get all the crossover titles). It was an excellent read.

Fast forward to 2008. Iron Man released in theaters and hints started to appear about an Avengers team up. As the movies started popping up, more hints about the Infinity Gauntlet started appearing. Needless to say it got me all warm and fuzzy inside. If anyone in my circles of friends would be the worst critic of the MCU and the upcoming Infinity Gauntlet, it would be me.

But as much as there were a lot of…liberties taken with the original comic book storylines, the producers of the films did a bang-up job in expressing the spirit of the characters, with their movies filled with easter egg references to their source material to remind the old school peeps that they weren’t forgotten.

Fast forward again to 2019. 21 movies have been released building up into this story that ended with Avengers Endgame. Not only did I care about these characters before the movies came out, I really grew with them as the movies elaborated on them even more. Every Marvel movie that came out I had some comic memory of and their major storylines.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Avengers Infinity War and Avengers Endgame have very few, if any, ties with its source material. There are definite elements, like Thanos “snapping” half the population into dust, a couple of scenes (sort of) lifted from the comic book (i.e. Hulk’s “entrance” into Dr. Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum, Cap’s shield being shattered by Thanos, etc. but the story points differ greatly from comic to movie.

But did this do the story justice?

Yes. Yes it has. As someone that’s worked in production, I gotta hand it to the Russo Brothers for pulling off one of the best endings to the largest storyline in movie history. Not only were they able to tie in the storylines of over 30 characters, they were able to bookend the entire 21 movie story, and get the audience to cry uncontrollably while doing so.

I am Groot.

But the movie certainly has its flaws. As a stand-alone film, it’s completely uninteresting. It requires you to not only have invested in most, if not all of the MCU up to this point, it is meant to END multiple storylines and give promise to a next generation. It really shouldn’t be a movie in itself. It should really be Avengers Infinity War Part 2.

The Infinity War and Endgame movie should be viewed as one complete story and not two separate movies. Yes the time travel trope is an easy go-to, but in many ways it mocks the genre as well. It’s an entertainment piece. Period. If you look any deeper, you’ll easily see inconsistencies, unanswered questions, and time loop issues. The connections to the characters, the investment of these people in our hearts, and their final moments as told in this story are the glue that covers over the cracks.

…big challenges.

Ultimately we want to be told a story with strong characters, hard choices, big challenges, and a believable resolution. This movie has all of this and more. Like I said in the beginning, the Russo brothers have done it; this could have easily tanked. There were a lot of expectations and judging by the reception, they have succeeded with flying colors, regardless of the criticism.