Wow, so much to unpack here. I really enjoyed it, although I thought Infinity War was tighter and made more sense. I know it's pointless trying to logic the time travel stuff, but a few things really stick out:
- Steve's ending, for all the reasons stated. He definitely deserves his happy ending with Peggy, but it feels cheap if that means Peggy's happy life was erased because of it. I'm hoping that was an alternate timeline, although I'm not sure how that would happen.
- If Steve and Tony took the Tesseract from 1970, how did the events of the first Avengers movie still happen the same way? There wouldn't have been a Tesseract for Thanos or Loki to steal.
Otherwise, solid film. That scene with "Avengers Assemble" was just heart stopping. Talk about a culmination of years of work and dedication. It was one for the books.
I didn't see Nat or Tony's deaths coming. I feel like Nat got overshadowed by Tony's death, poor girl. We saw a lot more emotion from her this time around.
I always liked Tony Stark, and I'm glad that Pepper was with him when he died, and that she told him it was OK to go. Tony's life has led to this several times, with him being afraid of everything falling apart when he could have stopped it. Sad that he won't see Morgan grow up, but he got time with her, and she didn't get erased. RDJ really brought life into this franchise, and him saying "I am Iron Man" really meant his story was ending. That and his mention that Morgan was actually his second chance. Foreshadowing.
Thor's weight gain and alcoholism made sense, given that he was finally grieving everything that he lost. Guess it just caught up to him, and him breaking down in front of Bruce was so sad. Not thrilled about his ending though. He's already done the whole "I'd rather not be king" thing before, and the last film made him becoming king finally seem like the natural next step. Him turning over the kingship to Valkyrie was...ok? She's awesome, but it just felt so random. As for their budding romance, that was nowhere to be found, either.
Cap picking up Mjolnir was just perfect. I almost yelled "Its about time!" in the theater, lol. Even better that Thor was happy for him.