Elaborating and expanding on last night's
Here's a non-spoiler version:
I told Chad that I had pretty low expectations and it exceeded it. And in the light of day, I stick by that, but only barely, now that the high of action scenes and that last shot have worn off. I suspect one main problem of the movie may have been insoluble: Avengers
couldn't even juggle six team members, and the number of characters goes up considerably here. But until now (absent Guardians of the Galaxy
and Thor: The Dark World
, which I haven't seen), I've generally felt that the MCU has done a good job of rewriting comics canon to suit itself. Not so much this time. Add that to the "include all
the things" problem, and what should have been the core of the movie felt hollow and warmed-over to me.
(Apparently there is to be a Peter Jackson-style director's cut on the DVD release, which is really something I do not wish to encourage: do it right the first time, for fuck's sake. But I admit to interest in what it might contain, I can't help it.)
Also, the levels of heteronormativity were almost literally toxic.
That said: it didn't do one thing I was dreading, in the moment I was entertained more often than not, and the very very end made me super-happy. So, on balance, exceeded low expectations.
Finally, before the spoiler cut: news articles beforehand said that there was a scene during the credits and none after, which a friend of mine stayed all the way to the end to confirm, so once you've seen the fancy credits and the extremely short scene after that, you're good to go.( all the spoilers, now, plus speculation based on information released about forthcoming movies )
But hey, on the bright side, I can catch up on the last . . . month, probably . . . on Tumblr now!