Avengers: Endgame is a pretty good movie, and a massive success to boot. So why can’t anyone involved with it stop explaining things about it?
Avengers: Endgame is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It tied together ten years’ worth of content and twenty movies, joining together many of our favorite superheroes for a massive battle that looked like a comic book page come to life. There was heartbreak, emotional catharsis, and closure for many characters.
Until, suddenly, there wasn’t.
In an effort to fill in some of the gaps in their narrative and, one assumes, just answer some of the many fan questions about the film, directors Joe and Anthony Russo, as well as Endgame co-writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have been constantly doing interviews since the film’s release earlier this summer.
And, in doing so, they’ve further muddied the narrative of Endgame’s story, basically confused everyone about the events they watched unfold onscreen, and undone a lot of what makes the film so enjoyable.
Seriously, they’re like J.K. Rowling on steroids.
The Harry Potter author has become rather infamous over the years for randomly editing, expanding or otherwise altering the canon of her famous series of novels via interviews, tweets and the new series of Fantastic Beasts movies. Dumbledore is gay, even though we’ve never seen this on screen! Giant snake Nagini has always actually been a human woman underneath, and it’s cool that a child killed her, I guess! Wizards used to just go to the bathroom wherever they were and erase the evidence! (Barf.)
It’s exhausting. And now it seems as though the crew behind Endgame is well on the same tiresome, irritating path.
Unhappy that it didn’t really seem like Steve and Bucky’s friendship was a thing in Infinity War/Endgame? Well, apparently all this stuff happened offscreen and you just never saw any of these apparently important conversations.
Sad Tony Stark died? Well, buck up because we almost beheaded Steve Rogers instead.
Bruce Banner managed to integrate himself with the Hulk during the gap between Infinity War and Endgame. Apparently that was because he couldn’t handle the gang’s defeat by Thanos? What?
Loved Agent Carter at any point? Well, you’re about to have some confusing feelings, because according to these guys Steve was actually her secret husband all along, and maybe that means Steve has some kids running around out there somewhere. Does this make sense? Not really. Does it actually take away from some of the poignancy of Steve and Peggy’s long-awaited dance? Kind of.
Stop telling me things, guys!
The thing is, Avengers: Endgame is what it is. And it needs to be able to stand, by itself, in the narrative it created, and be what it is. No matter how many interviews they do, it’s not going to change what they chose to put onscreen – or what they chose to leave out.
Is it unfortunate that the writers and folks behind the scenes left out so many moments that they feel the need to go on a clarifying Vix explainer-style new tour now? Yes. Do I wish that they’d done better by Black Widow, or shown me how Steve decided Sam should take up his shield, or given us a proper goodbye between Steve and Bucky before Cap decided to go live the rest of his life without the best friend he’d spent three movies fighting for? Of course.
But they didn’t. So we’ve all got to live with that. Even the guys that made the movie.