It’s the Endgame For Us All

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Hello Everyone, and welcome back to C&M! Today, I want to talk a little about Avengers Endgame. I made a special drawing for this special movie and would like to share it with you all as well! I hope that I won’t be spoiling the movie for anyone that wanted to see it, but if you don’t want to take that risk, then I would say wait to read this post.

As I read things the pertain to Endgame, I notice that a lot of people went to go see it the first chance that they got. I hope all of you that got to see it, loved it, but I also hope that all that still want to see it keeps their mind open to new things. I know that films usually have some flaws in it. I know I have noticed some things that I didn’t particularly like, but I promise not to dwindle on them too long.

Now that it’s been about 2 weeks since Endgame came out, I think it’s time for some of my thoughts to be written down and shared with you all. The reason that everyone was asked to wait to talk about it would be of two reasons. So that everyone was able to see the film, and have it not ruined, and that the new “Spider-Man: Far From Home” trailer was just released on Monday and it spoils parts on Endgame pretty much right away. We will talk about that trailer fairly soon as well, because we both love Spider-Man, and we both love Tom Holland.

This was a 3-hour movie, so there will be no way that I could talk about everything, so I think I would like to just touch up on a few things, good and bad that stayed with me since the day I saw it. Mostly just focusing on the characters that I picked out for this piece. Please enjoy, and remember, it’s all in good fun!

From the beginning of this film, Marvel has you gripped in their hands. These are the people that stuck out to me the most.

Tony Stark/Iron Man

(Robert Downey Jr., like you all don’t already know who he is):

The trendsetter for being an Avenger. Though he wasn’t officially the 1st Avenger (Captain America) his movie was the first step into the MCU (May 2, 2008). Seeing him in the opening scene was something else. For the first time, in all of these films, he has no idea how to get out of the predicament that he and Nebula (Karen Gillan). They are floating in the vast emptiness of Space as he informs Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) that they only had a little while before the Oxygen levels dissipated. He recorded all of his days in Space so that, if she were able to get his helmet, then she would know that she was the last thing on his mind. Slowly, his eyes get more and more red as he becomes sleepier. Enters Captain Marvel to save the day. We knew Tony wasn’t done yet.

I honestly like how he has grown as a person. From the first time that we meet him, we see that he is very into himself. Thought about no one but his own wellbeing. You could smell the arrogance coming from him and he isn’t even in person for you to do so. Along the way, he finds out that his actions bring an affect to others that he cares about. His inventions and his decisions affect even the people that he doesn’t know, for the better and for worse. I believe that it was Pepper who showed him that he could be better than just a show off. Finally, they have a kid by the name of Morgan (Alexandra Rachael Rabe) who changes Tony’s heart forever. She is the apple of his eye and the love in his heart. The quote that got me was “I love you 3,000 and that will come up later in the movie. Had my ass in tears again. Getting back to Pepper and Toney, their relationship doesn’t seem forced. It seems completely natural and that only happens when actors have that chemistry that we all look for. You couldn’t tell off screen that they aren’t married.

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Sure, he’s still hot headed and it’s either his way or no way, but what can you do. He’s a genius who thinks about outcomes that others don’t want to think about. I can picture that he struggles with being a realist and an emotional man. He debates, internally, with himself for that reason alone. There’s more to him but, again, I simplify a lot.

The lost of Peter Parker (Kid) and relaying that information to Steve Rogers was too much for me. I started crying like a baby on it’s first day of life. It’s something about a grown man crying (be free to show your emotions, boys/men. There’s nothing to be ashamed of) that just makes me lose it. Tony Stark is the manliest type of guy that I have seen on screen and he was just devastated about him losing the Kid. The fact that he needed to share that with Rogers brings another depth to their relationship as friends

The meeting of Howard Stark (John Slattery) and…Howard Potts? It’s actually Tony but he couldn’t tell his father who he was. That would be crazy! The interaction between Tony and Howard was super interesting. Tony’s father passed away very early into his life and there was so much that he wanted his father to see.

Turns out that Howard hasn’t had Tony yet, and asked Tony how he felt when his baby was born. Honestly, this scene enveloped me into an emotional rollercoaster! What am I supposed to be feeling here, Everyone!? Do I have to tell you my eyes were brimming with tears? Because if I told you they weren’t that would be a lie.

By the end of the film, we see that Tony gives up his life for the chance of saving everyone. He is posted up on something to steady him. Of course, Peter finds him and tries to plead to Mr. Stark that everything will be okay and that he will be fine (I am the biggest emotional wreck on the face of the earth). Pepper finds herself in front of Tony telling him it’s okay and that he needs to rest. It’s okay. Slowly and quietly, he drifts of to his peace. We see Peter devastated from the lose of his mentor and father figure, yet again.

I have to say, that Tony was the life of this movie. I, mainly, wanted to watch his character because he brought so much emotion and personality into the role and so much heart that it broke mine. We, as an audience, have known him for 11-years. Some people grew up watching him he Iron Man. This film had a lot of downs, but when there was good in his life, all he wanted to do was protect it. The only way that he could have helped was to make sure that his life (family) were to not change.

Peter Parker/Kid/Spider-Man

(Tom Holland):

He always makes me emotional (as you all can tell). I don’t know what it is, but I want to protect him from all of the evils of the world. You make me cry, Tom. But in a good way. You are my favorite Spidey by far.

So, we don’t get to see him until the last part of the movie, since he was apart of the half that turned to ash, so there isn’t too much to go off of, but when he was on screen, I felt my heart lighten! As fast as he can go, he gets his hands on the Iron Man Gauntlet and plays keep away from all the bag guys. He does a great job until he gets knocked down, in comes Captain Marvel!

Part of Peter’s part in this post is connected to Mr. Starks, because of obvious reasons but I do have my thoughts on him and what he has become.

I haven’t seen the trailer for, “Spider-Man Far From Home” yet, but I know its going to be great. What I’m getting at is that Tom Holland makes me feel as if this particular character is alive and feels strongly about the people that he loves. His father figure (Tony) is now gone. Greif comes with lose so I’m guessing that we get to see how he overcomes his feelings and learns to be okay with the situation that had occurred. I’m sensing that he will be going through the stages of grief and will need the help of friends and family to overcome the loss. I hope to see Tom in many many more movies. I can tell that he enjoys being a Superhero, which is super important, because it would be plain to see if he didn’t enjoy his time there.

Steve Rogers/Captain America

(Chris Evans):

This isn’t one of the larger passages, but it’s still full of beauty. I enjoy Captain America, but he always seemed like he was battling a war that wasn’t for him. He was a badass for sure. Don’t get me wrong. It just seemed like he was missing that one something to make his life more meaningful. Sure, protecting America was his man objective, and sure that he seen it as a duty for the brave. But deep down, there was something missing, which I feel he found a way to get what he wanted.

Obviously, he has always been the leader/co-leader of the Avengers. He wasn’t on the ash-ed away people (again, that’s obvious) but the part that I really wanted to touch on was the very end of the movie, where he has to return all of the stones back to the exact time that they were taken. There was an offer to go along with him, but Steve said that it wouldn’t be necessary. Since it wasn’t a dangerous mission, there wasn’t too much of an objection. Only taking a five second outside of the time jump to bring back Steve, there wasn’t a need to wait all that long for them to get their Captain back. At the end of the 5 seconds, the platform neglected to show Rogers. Panic and yelling started with the present characters, but soon it fell to silence. Off by the lake, there sat a figure with a tan jacket and dark white hair.

Steve Rogers decided not to come back as the Superhero that we all love. No. He decided to take up the advice that Tony would tell him over the years. Get a life. So, he did. After the last stone was put back, exactly the way that they were supposed to, he thought about his life and what he could do to make it fulfilling. Peggy Carter was Steve’s love of his life and he decided that it was time for him to get that life that Tony told him to get.

Our last scene was of him dancing and listening to music in his house with his Peggy. He was finally happy.

Thor

(Chris Hemsworth):

Thor is overcome with the loss of his brother, most of his people, half of the universe and friends that he felt love for. He turned into a slobby drunk that had a beer belly the size of his own miniature planet. Not a lot of fans like the direction that the went with this character. I was waiting, throughout the movie, for him to use his powers to scalp out his body to be what it once was.

Grief and misery envelope him over the years of him believing that he was the one that failed everyone. He was the one that could have prevented the ending of so many innocent beings. “You should have gone for the head” rings in his mind as he can’t sleep. Screams and cries keep him up at night. Though the fans didn’t like the way that he was portrayed in the film, I think there was more depth to it now that I am thinking about it. Sure, you might have to fabricate the story a little bit, but just looking at the expression on Thor brings you to feel badly about being upset about his body.

Depression is a powerful feeling. It can affect even the God of Thunder.

We are brought to Asgard (time travelling part of the movie so that we can find the Stones), and we see a beautiful woman surrounded by other beautiful but younger women. Hiding away as she looks around, Rocket (Bradley Cooper) half way yells at Thor to get ahold of himself because everyone lost family and friends on the ‘Snap’. Thor agrees but as soon as Rocket turns around Thor pretty much runs away from the situation. Behind a pillar he hides away from the gaze of his mother, but as she walks past his position she stops and tells all of the other women to leave her. She sneaks up behind him and waits for him to turn around. Trying to regain his poise he tells her he isn’t who she thinks he is, but she knows that’s a lie. A mother knows her child, and she knew that she was hers, just not from this time period.

It’s a very heart tugging moment because no one in the universe could ever understand how Thor was feeling. When you are in-trouble, you want your mother to make it all better. Now, he is in the position to talk to her and get any advice whether he wanted it or not. Listening carefully to all of her wisdom, as he wanted was to be told it wasn’t his fault. It was out of his control. Everything was going to be fine.

I feel for Thor. I’ve done some wrong things in my life. I have lost loved ones and friends that I wish I could change. Sometimes I feel like it was my fault that some of the people in my past are not apart of my life now. I, most of the time, would like my mother to tell me everything will be okay. Thor is in raw emotion, which he has never had to deal with before the beginning and ending of the Infinity War.

Giving up his position of being the King of New Asgard to Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) because he wasn’t the person that he was needed to be. He wanted to be the person that he wanted to be. Isn’t that how we all want to be and do?

Clinton Barton/Hawkeye

(Jeremy Renner):

Losing your entire family to the event of the ‘Snap’ would be a crazy and confusing way of starting your BBQ day out. There’s no way that I would be able to handle that shock. Out of nowhere, it seems, that he just picks up the want to kill every single bad person on Earth. He was traced down to Mexico, but he was too fast to be caught, but then the team finally found him in Japan killing Yakuza with a big ass sword. He might have had two. My memory is of fog though it really isn’t that big of a detail.

As a plan is hatching for them to go back in time, he volunteers to be the test dummy. Clint went back to his farm, as to see if it was something that could actually work. Turns out the time machine worked. 2 seconds away from seeing his family again and he was pulled back super-fast. Thankfully he was safely returned with no repercussions (except emotional strain).

As the remaining Avengers hatch out a plan to get the Stones before Thanos does, he is teamed up with Natasha to retrieve the Soul Stone. If you saw Infinity War, then you could correctly guess what will happen next. Continue with this part of these character on Black Widow’s part of my review.

Black Widow and Hawkeye have interlocking storylines. I see them as one character most of the time.

Natasha Romanova/Black Widow

(Scarlet Johansson):

Natasha is a mess throughout the first 3/4th’s of the way through this movie. She feels a strong guilt and a lack of wanting to move on from what everyone had lost. She wants to get everyone back. Why did she survive? Why couldn’t she have gone to save someone else? She thinks of herself as a bad person. An undeserving person of the gift of life. This Natasha has never been portrayed this way on screen. Sure, she pretended to be emotional, but her training from her past allowed her to take charge of her emotions, not the other way around. You can see that in the first Avenger movie when she was talking to Loki.

He mindset is to find and help out the one person that she looks up to and fully trusts, Clint. Where is her? Why didn’t he take her with him or why didn’t he come to her when he was hurting so badly? Questions swim in her head as she assigns Rhodey (Don Cheadle) to locate Clint. Lucky for her, but unlucky for others, her friend was leaving a large amount of bodies in his path of destruction.

Moving forward, we are at the location where the Soul Stone resigns. Red Skull (Ross Marquand). We all know how the stone is revealed. You have to lose something that you love. Something that you hold close to your heart. They look at each other and gave each other understanding looks. Turns out that they were thinking of sacrificing themselves-not sacrificing one another! Natasha knew that it had to be her. She had no biological family. She only cared about the well beings of her friends (the only family she ever knew of). Clint believe that it was he who should be sacrificed, but I don’t see why he would have thought that? I know that he didn’t want his friend to die, so that makes sense, but it was obvious on who was going to be taking themselves over the cliff.

A race develops between the two. It’s almost funny on how it was played out but then you remember what they were racing for! You demented person, you!

Suddenly, we see our two characters dangling from the cliff. Clint is hanging onto Natasha as tightly as he can, but he only holds onto her wrist. They look at each other and she tells him that he needs to keep living and to let her go. “It’s okay, Clint. Just let me go” (not exact quote but close). Not because he lets her, but she slips from his grip, falling further away from life.

Natasha is then seen as a lifeless body at the bottom of the cliff. Hard stone ground catching her fall. The scene of Gamora (Zoe Saldana) comes to your mind as you remember that she suffered the same fate as Natasha.

Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel

(Brie Larson):

I feel like she was just thrown into the movie. The fans didn’t get to connect with her as much as other characters, so I feel like she wasn’t as ‘major’ as the MCU would have wanted to her to be. She came at the absolute first part of the film, to make sure that the other characters knew of her, but then she leaves because there are other world that are in need of her help. I also feel like her movie should have been introduced earlier into the MCU line-up. Maybe around the Iron Man 2 area, so that we could have gotten an emotional connection and understand all about her powers and personality. They tried to get her whole story told in one movie, which isn’t that bad. I won’t say that it was, I feel as if they rushed her and threw her on the audience’s lap expecting them to just except it. Still, Brie did a wonderful job with what she was given. A lot of little girls and little boys look up to her for this reason.

Though I have made a review about Captain Marvel, and it did surprise me that it was as good as it was, Christian says that she just seems too overpowered. I can see what he means. She seems like she has no weaknesses, which isn’t relatable.

Look. I understand that there are other planets and more than just the human race. I get that. But she had loved ones here on Earth. Shouldn’t she have wanted to avenger her own loved one, including Nick Fury?

Her hair and the jokes. I knew as soon as I seen her hair cut when she was projecting herself to inform Black Widow of any update on her end. I knew that someone on screen was going to comment on it and joke about it. It was a little bit of an easy joke to throw out there. In the comics, she does have that hair style. It’s cool that they made that apart of this world as well. Also, I knew, as soon as people were able to talk about the movie, was that they were going to make jokes about her hair as well. It bored me a bit and lacked some imagination (the Can-I-See-You- Manager Haircut). She had it in the comics. I didn’t see the big deal, but that was what we were given for her character in this movie.

 

She shows back up at the end of the film to help defeat Thanos, which of course, she blows through all of the ships, which knocks them out of the sky. Christian doesn’t like overpowered characters because he believes that she could just fight all of these beings by herself. She could have taken the Gauntlets, created by Iron Man, and just leave the solar system. She could have hidden it or destroyed it. She could have taken Ant Man, Wasp and the van with her to a different country or something so that they couldn’t have been interrupted. There’s so much that she could have done by herself that it almost makes this a waste of time. I don’t mean to smash this movie at all, but I wish that we could have gotten to know Carol Danvers more than just right before Endgame came out. Sorry for going on a rant. Brie (if you ever see this), this was in no way a reflection on you as an actress or a person. I wish they would have done better by you and had you in the franchise a lot sooner so that we could have gotten to know you more, but I have a gut feeling that you will be the main person in the new set up for the MCU (if that is what they will keep calling it).

Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk

(Mark Ruffalo)

What do you get when you have a genius IQ and the muscles of an invincible being? Maestro? A really big bad guy says the comic book guy in the back of the room looking at Hulk Figurines. A bad time for others, says the girl by the Hulk comic books. You guys all guessed wrong! I know right? But you all are wrong. You get a big green man that is calm and collected, who is also capable of ripping a car in half. I love Bruce Banner. I love the Hulk. I think Mark R. is a really funny guy, but them together in-sink was a weird thing for me. I thought that it was going to be something completely different.

When they were doing the actual time traveling testing, I thought that the Hulk’s fingers would mess up the controls. I feel as if the Hulk might not like the fact that, thought his body is out and about, his brain isn’t being used, and I think that is going to cause some issues for the future of Bruce Banner. Maybe it’s a set up for Maestro in the later years of the MCU? Maybe it will be dropped completely, because the original Avengers seem have all left the front seat of the team. They all passed it along to someone else. I honestly hope that Maestro comes out, because that would be such a nice little twist.

Mark Ruffalo is probably one of my favorite actors in these projects. I can understand that it’s hard to keep both casual fans and life long comic fans happy, but it seems like, if they don’t do something with this form of Hulk, then it will cause people to have a lot of questions and issues that it was just dropped. The movies belong to the producers and the directors, but the fans are a huge part of what is and isn’t an acceptable play on character’s or storylines. Just look at Suicide Squad. That isn’t even cannon anymore. The audience is just being told not to pay attention to that film (off topic).

Please do something with this character, MCU. It would be such a great set up for something fantastic.

The Funeral

We are brought into the living room of the Stark’s family house to watch the last words of the late Tony Stark. Both Pepper and Morgan are on the couch closest to the projector along with Happy (I believe). He made this recording just incase the time jump stuff didn’t pan out the way that they wanted it to. At the end of his speech, he blows away everything that he was saying that there was no way that their plan wasn’t going to work. As if he knew where she would be sitting, he turns to Morgan and looks her in the eye to say his last words (I’m tearing up just writing this), “I love you 3,000”. With a smile and a way of certainty, he gets up and shuts off the recording.

People that you remember and people that you don’t show up to Tony Starks funeral to say goodbye, as most funerals go. The very first ‘Heart’ made by Tony with the words, “Proof that Tony Stark has a Heart” is set off to float into the lake that lays behind their house. It was very tasteful and very relatable. It’s the end to an era.

Obviously, there were hundreds of Characters that deserve their own spotlight, but these are the ones that I found that were highlighted. I want to say this; everyone did an amazing job. The acting was phenomenal. Storyline was emotional. There were spots in the movie that I was thinking, “If I were in that position, what would I do”. There were tears, and there was laughter. People clapped when certain things happened on the screen, like when every character came back to “life” (even though they were alive in a different sense, like if they were on Earth but in a different frequency of that Earth…if that makes sense). It was a bitter sweet ending that I didn’t fully expect. I believe that ever since person that was casted and everyone in the backstage of it all are all extremely talented. I doubt I could ever be as brilliant as you all.

Any time of criticism that I might have shared with you was not out of annoyance but because I have invested countless hours watching and reading about characters. In my mind there were things I wanted and didn’t want, just like everyone else, but at the end all I can say to everyone, and anyone that was involved in this 11-year-long production that you all were amazing. You’ve all become someone’s hero. You will always be the reason that some child out in the world wants to stand up for what is right. You should all be proud of what you do and I cannot tell you how happy I will be when I get to share all of these movies with my future children. I hope that my daughter(s) want to be as strong as Captain Marvel, Shuri, Black Widow or so many of the other heroes. I cannot wait to see my son(s) walk around in his super-suit, trying to blast a hole in the orange juice container, or become an angry green beast to smash his Lego towers. Thank you for being that Hero to someone.

Stan Lee’s last cameo was a driver. Very small part, but still some of the best things to see. We hope that the family of Stan Lee knows they are loved and remember that their father made millions of people happy as a Clam. Excelsior!

Thank you, to my Everyone’s that came back to read my writing again. I always want to keep you all entertained and to have something good to read! It’s always so great to have you all here with me! Have a beautiful rest of your day/night, and I hope to have you come back soon when I cry over yet another Tom Holland movie.

-Kay

I Won’t Spoil Endgame For You. I Promise.

I Definitely Will Not Spoil Anything

Avengers

Endgame

What’s going on Everyone? Welcome back to C&M! It’s the 26th of April (well now it’s the 27th, so you all know what that means! Avengers Endgame just came out. We didn’t go to the 11 o’ clock showing on the 25th but I am still happy that we found seats so early in the release.

This will not be a Spoiler Alert anywhere near this post. I want to give the people who read this blog a chance to see the movie, because there are so many other people that are trying to ruin it for everyone. I did not want to do that to you all, so for that, I will wait about a week before I even think about posting about it. So, until that time I will post of something else, but you’ll have to log back in to see what!

I did want to ask a question to everyone that has not seen it yet…What do you think is going to happen at the end of Endgame? I know that that is such a common question to be asked, since the whole movie was in secret through the makings of it. I can’t say what my prediction was, because I would be scared to slip up any clues onto what could be in the movie, and what it wasn’t. No way. No how. But I will say, I was more or less right.

Three hours was a perfect amount of time for what this film. In no way could they have done it for less without the storyline being choppy and unfollowable. When you go see this film, go to the restroom before you even get to your seats, because you won’t want to get up from your spot.

Also, since it isn’t a secret, there are no end credit scenes, but there is a sound at the way way end of the credits. If you are interested in hearing it, it will be worth it. It turns out to be a great mystery.

Thank you everyone for stopping in for this short post. I hope that you all, who want to see it, get to see it quick and fast so I can talk about it! Thank you all again and hope that by the time I post my thoughts and experiences seeing this, I won’t be ruining anyone’s day!

-Kay

Avengers 4: Endgame Trailer

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Thank you for logging in today! Might I say you’re looking dapper! So, I know that many people, if not most people have already seen the trailer for Avengers 4: Endgame, which is the ‘sequel’ to Infinity War. If you hadn’t seen Infinity war, I can do a quick 10 step run through for you:

  • Thanos in space.
  • Thanos sends his children to retrieve space stone.
  • Thanos gets all stones.
  • Thor shows up with Axe (Stormbreaker) and slice through Thanos’ shoulder.
  • “You should have gone for the head.”
  • Thanos raises hand.
  • The loudest snap you have ever heard.
  • ½ population goes to dust.
  • You cry because Spidey says, “I don’t feel so good, Mr. Stark.”
  • Fury calls for Captain Marvel with space influenced pager.

We covered my thoughts and feelings about Infinity War in an earlier post on this site. Here is a quick link to get to it if you don’t wanna look for it!

But this post isn’t about Infinity War, its about the Endgame, and how the trailer put people on the edge of their seats. Hearts racing. Palms sweating with anticipation. I have watched this trailer a few times and I am still amazed about it all. The acting is astonishing, as always even though it’s just the trailer. A feeling of dread and lose goes throughout the 2:27 run time of the trailer. I’m going to post the trailer at the end of this post just in case you haven’t seen it yet!

In celebration of the new movie coming out, I drew the Avenger logo with a little personalized touch! Hope you all like it!

For about 2/3rd of the trailer, it shows our heroes and what it seems like their last thoughts. Tony is out in space, and it seems like he builds something to get back home to Earth. Capt. has a flashback to carrying a casket. Black Widow seems like she is vowing, for the whole team, that they will do whatever it takes to just try and change the world back to normal. They all seem like they don’t even know where to start with this issue, and if that isn’t the most relatable thing, I have seen in a Marvel movie, then I don’t know what is.

I did hear rumor that some of the trailer isn’t even going to be in the movie. They have done this before in the trailer for Infinity War with Hulk joining in on the fight. He was pretty much there for the opening scene and then he was gone for the rest of the movie. Bruce Banner was in the film, but the Hulk was scared to come out. It also seems as if Marvel was getting sick of people guessing what the plot and ending of their movies. Granted, they have one of the top comic book companies in the world. They also have life long, die-hard fans that have read this storyline repeatedly for years on end. It’s hard to keep too much a secret, because some fans have the storyline memorized. I can’t blame Marvel for tying to keep it spicy though. I think they do a good job about it.

This movie will be the last live cameo from the late and great Stan “The Man” Lee. I don’t know where it will be in the movie, but I know that it’s going to be a bitter-sweet moment. It’s always so random when we do see him, but I know that it will make all of us well-up with emotions. I cannot say this enough. Thank you, Stan Lee for everything that you have done for all of us. You are the real-life Superhero of our lives.

The last part of the trailer stuck out to me the most. I’m thinking because I had just seen Captain Marvel and just wrote about her movie as well. I really liked seeing Thor interact with Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel). I like his dialogue with all the characters though. He’s calling for Stormbreaker, and as he is, he is looking at her as she unflinchingly watches him. Stormbreaker slams into Thor’s outstretched hand. She gives him a little smirk. He breaks the small silence with, “I like this one.” I’m sure that she will have to tell the other Avengers about the relationship between her and Fiery. They aren’t going to just let her in without giving her the ol’ side eye.

“Whatever it takes”. This is the phrase that they eco throughout the trailer that I thought was interesting. It sounds like they are willing to trade their lives for the fallen teammate that they miss so dearly. I kind of get the impression that the remaining Avengers are just thinking of the friends that they lost and not the rest of the public, which, I mean, I do not blame them at all. It makes them seem more (approachable isn’t the correct word) human. They are all superheroes, but they are also human. I appreciate that feeling.

Click this link for the shorter trailer that i based this impression on

Click this for the extended version of the trailer

I took the test online to tell you if you were or were not affected by the snap of Thanos. I came out to be not affected. Neither was my cat Luke. Sadly, my (back then fiancé) husband Christian was affected. I would move heaven and the seas to get back what was once mine. I would trade my life for his. I do not think that only worrying about what you lost is a bad thing. They are all human. They can feel the way that they feel and that’s why I feel a connection to this small trailer.

The release date is set for April 26th of this year! Six days after my birthday!

What are your thoughts on this small taste of the film? Did you see or feel something that I didn’t? Do you not really care about what’s going to happen? Do you have a guess for what is going to happen? Tell me about it! candm.bodenmiller@gmail.com is where you can reach either Chris or me.      

Thank you for coming to visit us here at C&M! We both hope that you are having fun reading about our thoughts and what we see! I can’t wait to hear from you all again! Have a lovely rest of the day/night!

-Kay

Captain Marvel and National Women’s History Month

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CAPTAIN MARVEL

Not everyone has watched this movie yet. I’ve held off for a little bit to makes sure everyone that wanted to see it has. There are going to be some scenes that I want to touch on, so if you are wanting to see this film, maybe not read more than a few paragraphs of this post. You’ll know when to stop. If you don’t care then by all means, please enjoy what I have to say! This is all just my thoughts and in no way supposed to be political! I don’t believe that I say anything over the top, so it should be fine!

March is Women’s History Month, as many of you have known. This month is to celebrate outstanding women in USA history that helped to change the way the nation viewed women in the work place, household, voting, and politics. But, the women in history didn’t just try to change things for just women. They helped change the future for all that live here in the USA. Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Sacagawea, the hundreds of musicians, producers, and other very amazing women in our nation’s past. They show that there can be cracks in the glass ceiling.

National Women’s History Month was founded by Molly Murphy MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett, and Bette Morgan. For some, this month is to celebrate their heroes. A lot of the women Superheroes in our comic books are shaped around the idea of our past warriors, and why shouldn’t they be? Children of any gender can use our past female heroes as stencils to help shape their own lives.

There was no coincidence that the Marvel character by the name of Captain Marvel (directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck: produced by Kevin Feige) had a movie released on the 8rd day of March 2019. It was obvious that this was intentional move that the company wanted to do. I think they even said that was the reason that they made that the release date. But why did they want March 8th of all days. Though March is for observing Women’s History in the U.S. It is celebrated in a lot of other countries as well. If you have an interest in looking up facts about what makes this month so special, go to, http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/history.shtml

My Thoughts On Critics

What can I say about Captain Marvel? Well, first off, I would like to say, I was bamboozled by critics (“professionals”) again. Before Chris and I went to the movies to go see it, I just wanted to go home. I wasn’t interest in watching it all that much. I’ve heard nothing but negative things about the film and how they have a huge agenda throughout the whole film. As I have mentioned in other posts, I think that if a movie pushes a subject too strongly and for too long, I lose interest in the experience. Chris bought the tickets, saying that we were going to go, but I was reluctant, because I didn’t want to sit through a film that does nothing but preach at me the whole time. I was fooled once again. How dare they do that. And while I was fooled, there are tons of people (little girls, little boys, adults) that wanted to be excited about this film, but others that have seen the movie first bash it so hard that it kind of takes the wind out of your sails.

The critics were saying that the acting was subpar and that the, “women can do anything that a man can do” attitude was too out there. Saying that it took them away from the story and that it was a poorly written script that only had that one purpose. To bash men for keeping women down. I’m upset that I let them control what I thought about a movie that I hadn’t even seen yet. Now that I have seen this film, this piece of art, I am glad to say that it was a fun and enjoyable experience.

I have one thing to say to those people, women and men alike. Have you ever experienced the things that she was experiencing? Were you a young girl that wanted to do “boy” activities but was told that you couldn’t because you were a girl? Did your father tell you that you couldn’t do something reckless because you are female, but your older brother could do it? Where you trying out to be a pilot in the late 1980s to early 1990s? Women’s options are far easier to obtain now than it was a few decades ago. And this is just by this movie’s time period. Did the critics even watch the movie with and open mind or were they only watching it with their own agenda, because I didn’t see it. I watched the same film that they did, as far as I know, and I don’t see what they seen. When you are trying to pick out specific things, you can’t help but see them. I shake my head at these critics. I’m not saying this film was the best thing that I have ever watched. I don’t know if I could ever say that I’ve seen the perfect movie, but I feel like they were just harder on it because it talked about a social issue that has been pretty popular in recent and distant times.

The U.S. is a far from perfect place. And sadly, there are still social issues that need attention. The U.S. is our home, and I am proud to be a citizen. I would like to think that we as a country, want to make progress for the future. This isn’t a blog about politics. We have enough of those around that have biases of their own, but that fact that some people knock a film down, that wasn’t even all that over the top, is crazy. Maybe I’m wrong of all of this, but I was not in any rush to see this movie. I honestly didn’t have that big of an interest in it but I’m here saying that I was wrong about it. Congratulations to Brie Larson and for becoming a role model for people of all ages. I thought that you did amazing and I hope you know that you are helping to create type of person for these young kids to look up to. We appreciate your talent here at C&M.

For what I am assuming on what the critics disliked about the movie, (too feminist and too in your face) were the flashbacks that Carol (Brie Larson) Danvers/ Vers had during parts of the film. As I mentioned a few paragraphs ago. I don’t see what they were seeing. I’m sorry to be a broken record but I am so flabbergasted every time that I think about it. Each time that Chris and I finish watching a movie from the theaters, we always talk about what we did like, and what we didn’t like about it on our ride home. He said, “I know there were pokes at feminism, but I just thought that her memories are just common things for girls growing up.”

I don’t mean to go off on a rant. That isn’t what I want on this site. It is to be a nice place that you all can come to, to enjoy my thoughts on comic related things…or maybe you think that we are charming people and want to support us! We both appreciate it supremely and hope that this post doesn’t anger you all. I just wanted to express my annoyance to the people that have a ‘status’ that others look up to for direction on how they want to view certain content. If they don’t like a movie, they of course should be able to share their opinions. As they are sharing, they should be thinking of the younger crowd that reads or watches their things. If they themselves have an agenda and want to ride the train to being viral, then (shrugging) I don’t know. That’s kind of suck-ish of them.

ONTO THE MOVIE!

Click this cool buzzing book icon to read more about Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel!

To my surprise, I found myself enjoying Captain Marvel. And since I wasn’t that excited about seeing it (as you now know), I was paying attention to the dialogue and imagery more than I usually do for the first time around. In the opening of all Marvel films, they always go through all the comics that relate to the main character and end it in the shape of the world ‘Marvel’. This time it was different. It had all (about 21 including the one in Captain Marvel) our late Stan Lee’s (1922-2018) cameos in all the past MCU movies. My heart grew soft and warm as I saw his smiling face on the screen once again (he will have his last live action cameo in Avengers 4 Endgame). Right after ‘Marvel’ dissipates, black screen envelopes the large screen and clear white letters come to view to thank Stan Lee for all that he’s brought into this world. He made a lot of people very happy and created amazing childhood memories with fun heroes.

We travel to space, far…far away from Earth and brought into a nightmare of a young Vers. It seems as a memory, but all she remembers is life on the planet that she resides on now. Quickly, she rushes to her superior’s sleeping quarters to wake him up. As we watch further, we learn that this has been a habit of hers long before she could remember. Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) opens the door to his room to find Vers alert in the hallway, he knows that she has had one of her nightmares. To get herself back to her usual self, she asks him if he’d like to fight. A somewhat relieved yet tired, Yon-Rogg obliges her request. The next thing we see is a training session for the Kree Imperial Militia, Star-Force was what they were apart of, featuring the two characters, but she isn’t using her powers. It seems that he wants her to learn how to fight without them, because they could be “taken away” from her at any point so better learn how to train without them. Which I can see the point that he was making there.

Why, though, would he not want her to use her powers in a fight? Is it to protect her? But, if her powers are there to protect her, then why does he seem to fear them so much? I’m sure I was squinting at the screen because there was something fishy going on, but he seemed to genuinely care about her, so I didn’t understand. Maybe because he seems like her guardian?

The training continues as he strikes her hard to make her fall to the ground. This would be the first time that we, as an audience, see her power fists. Kind of reminded me of Iron Fist with his glowing hand, but hers was much more ‘mystical’ looking, while his would glow gold. It seems she knows how to control her powers enough to direct them into certain parts of her body. It was a part of her so I think it would be sort of second nature to her.

He peers down onto her and watches her fist become aglow, quickly demanding her to get control of her emotions. Their species practice a harsh, ‘controlled emotions’ (like Vulcans from Star Trek) that she just can’t get the hang of…but if she is of their species and from that world, then why can’t she do that? Many questions are forming because she’s old enough to where she should have learned how to do this by now, but she had memory lose so that’s why she had to relearn all these things, I guess. Her emotions get the better of her and BAM! Her fist smashes on his torso faster than a speeding bullet, sending his rag-dolled body across the room and splats against the wall that was sitting behind him throughout the fight. Down he falls! Looking up, he sees her face turns into an ‘Ooopie daisy’ and apologetic look.

Their back and forth from one another was very fluid and familiar. As if they have been superior and subordinate for many years. Turns out that was about six years that they would be acquainted. Later in the film, we learn why it was only for six years that they knew of one another.

Going about 3/4th the movie, we learn what happened all those years ago. Just a quick summery of what happened through the movie so that I can get to the part of the film that I want to talk more about.

Also, I don’t really remember when Goose (Reggie) the cat came into the film. Pretty sure it was when they went to the old plane field…but he’s the best-est and good-est boy in all the world! He’s a Flerken which is a very dangerous being from space. He is in the comics as well but if you would like to read about him, you can click on this link to know more about him. The real cat, not his character he plays Goose and Fiery are pretty inseparable though out the film. When Goose finally showed part of who he was, with his three tentacle type tongues swallowing up three enemies in one gulp. Fiery freaks out a bit not sure what to do. But Goose has always been good to him so he tells Goose that he will pick him up again if he promised not to do that to him.

Later, we find out that Goose is the reason the Fiery wears and eye patch. Goose scratches his face casing the lose of sight. Of course, no one seen that, and no one will ever know real reason why she lost his eyesight.

This is the meat and potatoes of the storyline.

Buckle Up!

It’s going to be a fun ride.

~Throughout the movie, she was remembering ‘dreaming’ her past life here on Earth (which they call Earth-616), but that couldn’t be because she was a Kree, not a human. Right? She collects a young companion, ‘Detective’ Fiery. I think that he was one of the top people in the agency that he worked for, but he wasn’t in charge of the whole operation yet. He did have a boss, but I don’t know what his job title was. He did have a partner that we all smiled at, since he was killed in the Avengers. In the future, he would be called Agent Coulson.

~The ride around and they end up at a government building, which was a part of SH.I.E.L.D. He explains that everyone calls him ‘Fiery’. His mom, friends, coworkers, boss. Everyone.

~Fiery puts a hat on Vers that has the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo on it so she’d fit in. They get into the huge file room. Fiery calls for back up. The shapeshifter (Skrulls) ends up knocking out Fiery’s boss and taking his place. They take a ride together on the elevator and his boss calls him either Nick or Nicholas. Fiery side-eyes him and figures out that that wasn’t his boss. Oops. Fighting happens and Fiery apologizes for betraying her. He’s forgiven. They run away up the stairs and Coulson finds them, points a gun and decides to let them go.

~Retracing steps and chasing a lead.

~Finds long lost best friend from her past, Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) and her young niece, Monica Rambeau (the adorable and loveable Akira Akbar). They had a big box of her past things to try and help her remember her life.

~Talos (Ben Mendelsohn, the leader of the Skrulls) find Vers (now being called Carol) successfully convinces Carol that the people that she called friends (Kree) were the real criminals and that the Skrulls were just a race of beings that didn’t want to bow down to them, so they were being wiped out. They were on the run and trying to find the rest of their people to go and find a home that the Kree couldn’t find.

~Talos has some of the audio of the crash. They listen to it.

~This was the part of the movie that I wanted to talk about the most. When she remembers her past life, she remembers her leader as she was a pilot. Dr. Wendy Larson, (Annette Bening) turns out that she was actually a Kree scientist that was on Earth secretly for research. There are nods to the comic book. As most movies, there are Easter-eggs all over this film. You just got to look for them. It’s like a game that you play with the directors.

~Captain Carol Danvers and Dr. Larson begin to test the new plane that Larson was tweaking with. It had a faster feel to it that Danvers could feel. Suddenly, they are being chased and shot at by a not so Earthly plane. Carol dives and swerves in the clouds to get away, but they crash after a lot try of getting away.

~Larson is injured and bleeding blue blood (if it hasn’t been clear to you yet, she isn’t from Earth) but is still moving around to try and get ahead of the mysterious enemy. This scene was a huge part in Vers nightmares. Larson is shot, and the mysterious enemy turns out to be one of the Skrulls. Now that she has cleared up questions that she had in the past, she can clearly remember the actions that had taken place that day. It wasn’t a Skrull…it was a Kree! (Dun Dun Duuuuun!) Not just any old Kree…it was Yon-Rogg! (Dun Dun DUUUUUUN!) Carol was born a human on Earth. She was a normal person before this all happened. So how did she get her power, you might be asking? Well…well…well! I’m here to tell you that right now.

~Yon-Rogg emerges from the smoke and shoots Larson. Carol takes the gun in her hands and holds it up the, then unknown man, to keep him from closer, but he still steps closer but slower. He spills the beans about who Dr. Larson (Mar-vell) was and what she was doing here on this planet. The back part of the plane she and Larson were flying continued to glow, catching the eye of the two. Carol doesn’t know much but she knows that Larson was her peer and was always very nice to her, and this man just shot her. Danvers points her gun to the glowing part of the plane, causing the man to panic. She shoots her shot. It hits.

~An EXPLOSION of ENERGY bursts from the source and finds a host to absorb it in entirety. The energy pushes everyone away but since Danvers was the closest to the surge, it absorbed into her body which now was glowing dangerously. An unconscious, future superhero, laid on the ground while the strange man approached her. Another foot soldier approached and attempted to shoot her. Yon-Rogg stops it in time, remarking that this stranger has the power of the thing they were looking for. They are to take her with them.~She remembers everything now, though she wants to fight it, because all that she knows is the way of her teachings from her superior.

~She changes her uniform’s color sequence with the help of Monica. One of the color schemes was a reference to DC’s Shazam, hinting that he used to be called Captain Marvel as well. The uniform was a visual representation of her cutting off her association with the Kree.

~Find the lost Skrulls on an orbiting satellite around Earth.

~Kree invade the structure and capture everyone, including Carol in a weird device that held her unmoving, on the floor, on her knees.

~Carol’s little device on her neck is acting up and her eyes are closed. She’s visiting the Supreme Intelligence. They’ve been using her to get to the Tesseract. We all know what the Tesseract is! That’s what this movie was all about!

~It’s told to her again that her powers can be taken away. They placed that electro-sticker on the nape of her neck to try and control her. To make it seem like they are the ones that gave her the power that she possesses. She finally started to remember the events that happen the day she received her powers.

~Carol finally realizes that her powers are not from the Kree. They were given to her by the Tesseract. The fight is on.

The shocking object that was by the nape of her neck starts to static and is disactivated. All of Hell is about to break loose! Her body is aglow and intensifies second after second. Even her hair looks like white licks of fire. Her hands are pretty much non-existent because you cannot see them though the light that is eliminating from her. Her eyes were just pure light. Like looking at a holy angel that is descending from the heavens. Energy is just radiating off her, which scares the living bejesus out of everyone while they are all in an awe. She’s ready to kick some butt.

The fight scenes in the rest of the movie was her plowing from one enemy to the other. Ripping though ships and pretty much (not really looked too closely but) killing a bunch of beings from another planet. Hero movies usually gloss over that detail.

Remembering that Yon-Rogg is on Earth, Captain Marvel zooms back to the surface to find him. He knows that he would be able to beat her with her power and tries to make light of the situation. He exclaims about how proud he was of her and how her training has been a success. He also tries to get her to show off her skills of fighting without her gift. ‘Come on! Can you beat me without those power fists?’ (vaguely what he said and what I got from his shouting.)

He gets ready to try to fighter her without her powers. Last minute, she energizes and punches him to kingdom come! This had me dyin’! I’m so happy that the director had done that instead of her trying to impress her (not so superior) late superior. She doesn’t have to impress anyone anymore. It’s time for her to impress herself, and I clap for that. As short as this paragraph is, that’s how short the fight was. Amazing and well-acted!

Captain Marvel drags his rag-dolled body to the little damaged ship that was around them. He exclaims that he can’t return to their home planet with nothing. Yon-Rogg looks full of panic and he knows there’s nothing he can say to keep her from sending him back. She tells him that that isn’t her problem. Zoom! Off he goes.

The end of the movie has her offering to find the Skrull a new home to live and to find the rest of their species. She also hands Fiery a device that looked like a pager. If he ever needed her, she would come back and do whatever she can to help. She amplified the signal to spread across a couple galaxies. Very nonchalant.

The end credit that stars Captain America, Black Widow, Bruce Banner/Hulk and War Machine is super cool because it pretty much sets up for Avengers 4: Endgame! War Machine alerts the team that the “thing that was blinking” stopped blinking. Not knowing what that means, they become on their guard. What happens when whatever was being signaled shows up? They have no idea. They’ve never even been told about what that device was for.

So, for what I understand, and this is my own math…never was my strong suit, I believe that Captain Marvel was gone and away from Earth-616 for 24 years (leaving in 1995 to the year 2019), to which she returns. It seems that she doesn’t age like normal humans do because Yon-Rogg transfused his blood into her (mentioned earlier in the film as a test question). All that had seemed to change was the length of her hair.

“Where’s Fiery?”

Thank you everyone for coming to check out our site and our new post! We try to give you something fun to read each time you check in on us! I want to remind everyone and myself, that if you are excited about a movie, or not so sure, try not to take another person’s word as gospel. It can be hard to do just that. I have enjoyed my fair share of movies that others did not. Your taste in film is that of your own, so don’t get discouraged! Treat yourself out! You deserve it.

Have a Super-day!

-Kay