After a long wait this weekend Avengers: Endgame opens. It is the culmination of so so many movies that we have all enjoyed.
But before we get onto the new there is still some old business to be taken care of.
There there is a need for some to assess blame even when it comes to a movie like Avengers Infinity War. Let us be honest there is a lot of blame to go around but many want to lay all that blame squarely at the feet of Peter Quill(Star-Lord).
Let us put aside for a second the fact that most everyone who watched Avengers infinity war knew the movie was going to end with the snap. That was a narrative necessity, there was simply no way around it it’s just how we got to that point.
I could go in-depth how different actions by Tony Stark, Doctor Strange, Quill or even Thor could have changed the outcome. But to blame any one character for the ending that we were going to get to anyways is a little ludicrous.
Some argue that Star Lord’s behavior attacking Thanos was not what very heroic. That does not matter because what it was-was very human.
I do not understand why some want their big screen heroes to not act human. The ancient Greeks and Roman made a point of showing their gods to be very flawed and very human. That is part of the whole thing.
Yes Peter Quill did not did not do what we think we would want our heroes to do but that’s okay. It is understandable this is a man who as a child was kidnapped from his home, was raised by space pirates, who fought and scraped for what little he did have. This is a man who finally found some semblance of a family and and had it torn away.
This is how you act when these things happen. Star-Lord is still on a journey, on his heroes journey. He simply is not there yet.
There is still time for redemption for him and for all the other heroes.
But that is all for the old business. This weekend we get to see the new and I think it will be extraordinary.
What started as a two-part column has morphed into three. Sometimes good ideas cannot be contained. So here we have the final entry in my recreation of the Marvel Universe, hope you enjoy.
For the second part look here.
When we last left our intrepid heroes (I just always wanted to write that)…
As the RISE event continues it is clear the world needs its heroes. A great danger has risen in the Savage Land while the worlds premier superteams still stand down. The fifth week re-introduces some old favorites:
While other heroes deal otherworldly threats, someone must protect the common man. Daredevil is just that someone.
Kurt Wagner has lost his friends, he even lost his life. He never gave up hope.
Cannonball and Dani Moonstar bring together X-Force once more in search of their one-time mentor Cable.
Rocket (do not call him a Raccoon) is one of a kind, and he plans on staying that way. While not saving the other Guardians Rocket will take any job if the price is right..
The entire rebuilding of the Marvel line has been building to this point. One of the things I wanted to do with this reboot was pare down the seemingly thousands of X-books and Avenger related titles. I wanted to break things down to their barest essentials.
As the world of men faces a dire threat the worlds greatest heroes return from their self-imposed exile. Week six commences:
The Uncanny X-Men
Scott Summers returns from space to lead the team he was born to lead. Who will make up this new team of X-Men?
Ryder and Vaughn
Quasar was the Protector of the Universe, but he couldn’t save his best friend. Now he crosses galaxies to bring Nova back.
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes return with Hawkeye at the helm. Iron Man, Scarlet Witch and Thor stand at his side as they forge a new team of Avengers.
Finding their way past the guilt of past failings the heroes of the Marvel Universe return to where they belong. Between the people they have pledged to protect and that which threatens them.
When it comes to a choice of them or no one, these heroes will always make the right choice. They will RISE.
It was a fun ride, but difficult. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.