17 Things We Would Change In ‘Avengers: Endgame’
Although it has been a year since Avengers: Endgame was released in theaters, Cape & Castle, as well as the majority of Marvel fans, are still, to this day, very heartbroken and unsatisfied with the epic (or not so epic) conclusion of the story involving the original six Avengers.
What is so bad about this film? Many, many things, considering that each of the original six Avengers dies either literally or figuratively; there are tons of plot holes which caused fans to leave the movie with more questions than answers; the writers and directors cannot even agree on the movie’s ending. And the list goes on. What could have easily been the best movie ever ended up being the worst to many.
Furthermore, we, here at Cape & Castle, came up with 17 things that we would change about the film. Here’s what Avengers: Endgame would have looked like if we had written it!
1. Loki Would Be Revived
Technically we got a version of Loki back, but he is not the Loki that we all grew to adore over the course of eight years. The Loki that learned to accept and respect himself rather than seek acceptance and respect from others never returned to us. The Loki that became a loyal and loving brother to Thor unjustly died from the hands of Thanos at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War. All we’re saying is that if Steve Rogers uncharacteristically time-traveled back to the 1940s to marry someone he only had a crush on for about two years, we do not see why Thor would not go back to that very scene in Infinity War to prevent his brother from being killed by the “big grape” (a name some fans use to refer to Thanos).
2. Gamora Would Be Revived
Again, we got a version of Gamora back, but not the Gamora who fell in love with Peter Quill/Star Lord and found a family that she never had in the Guardians of the Galaxy. Does Marvel really think wasting an entire movie on getting Gamora to fall in love with Peter and the Guardians all over again is a good idea? Exhausting! Listen, if Steve Rogers was allowed to be selfish for pretend love, then Peter Quill can and should rightfully time travel back to that scene in Vormir in Infinity War to save the love of his life.
3. Everyone Would Hold Hands When Tony Snaps His Fingers
Seriously, why didn’t all of the Avengers hold hands with Tony Stark/Iron Man when he snapped his fingers while wielding the Infinity Gauntlet to erase Thanos and the Black Order from existence? They literally all could have saved his life. That’s what the Guardians did for Peter Quill in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie when he held the Power Stone. If he singlehandedly touched it he would have been vaporized! Why wouldn’t the Guardians share this tidbit with the Avengers? This must either mean that they unrightfully hate Tony or that the Russo Brothers did not bother to watch Guardians of the Galaxy.
4. Captain Marvel Would Wield the Infinity Gauntlet
An alternative to number 3 would be to have Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel wield the Infinity Gauntlet instead of Tony, considering that she would have without a doubt survived, given that she is the most powerful Avenger (not to mention that she barely made any impact in Avengers: Endgame). This would have at least somewhat excused her piss-poor attitude when she refused to help Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow find a solution to the dilemma that Thanos had caused, claiming that she had other planets to help. Mmhm sure. Like anything could be worse than Thanos wiping away half of the entire universe!
In fact, Carol could have even snapped everyone back into the reality that Thanos erased in Infinity War instead of Bruce Banner/Professor Hulk – I bet you not a scratch would have been left on her, unlike Bruce!
5. Tony’s Fate Would Be Changed
Yes, a character’s arc cannot go on forever — it gets boring. However, does it really need to end in death? For a man who lost his parents at a fairly young age, was kidnapped by terrorists, and battled anxiety/PTSD, yet became a remarkable hero to not only the world but the universe, the answer is no. Tony Stark had every right to live long enough to watch his adorable daughter, Morgan Stark, as well as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, who was very much like a son to him, grow up with his beloved wife, Pepper Potts-Stark.
6. The Avengers Would Retrieve The Infinity Stones Faster
The Avengers really made this harder than it needed to be. Twitter user @starkindxstries suggested that they could have gone back to the scene in Infinity War when Spider-Man almost pulled the Infinity Gauntlet off of Thanos’s hand before Peter Quill lost his cool, chopped off Thanos’s arm right there and then – allowing them to collect four Infinity Stones at once. Better yet, they could have even simply gone back to the scene before Thanos snapped his fingers and have Thor chop off his arm or head which would enable them to immediately retrieve all six Infinity Stones.
Either method would have definitely led to a better outcome than we got. Doctor Stephen Strange is not a stupid man, so I am very sure that he would agree. I mean, did they really win? If so, at what cost?
7. SOMEONE Other Than Captain America Would Hold Thor’s Hammer
Many fans agree that it was obvious Steve Rogers/Captain America was worthy to lift Thor’s hammer (aka Mjölnir) ever since he made it twitch in Avengers: Age of Ultron. If the Russos wanted to spice things up a bit, they could have either let Peter Parker lift it —since he is young and possesses a good heart— or they could have allowed Natasha Romanoff to wield it, which would have left a beautiful mark on her major character development.
We’re not saying that we did not enjoy watching Steve fight with Mjölnir, but this scene just did not quite surprise us.
8. Professor Hulk Would Be Scrapped
This is pretty self-explanatory. While we may not be huge Bruce/Hulk fans, we still think he deserved better than this.
9. Fat/Drunk Thor Would Be Scrapped
The only director who knows how to combine Thor with comedy is Taika Waititi (director of Thor: Ragnarok). When the Russo Brothers, however, try to imitate Taika’s art, they only downgrade Thor’s character and poke fun at mental health – something that should most certainly never be taken lightly. Fortunately, Thor will be getting a fourth movie (also directed by Taika Waititi) and will also star in the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, so I have faith that it is at least not too late for Thor to meet the fate that he deserves.
10. Ronin Would be Scrapped
Did the Russos really think the only way to make Clint Barton/Hawkeye’s flat and boring character arc interesting was to turn him into a serial killer? So what Thanos killed his family! Responding to death with more death will not resolve anything. Acting out in anger will never get anyone anywhere. How tragic it must have been for Natasha to witness her best friend become the monster that he helped her no longer be! The worst part of it all was that Clint never even really seemed to regret his actions as Ronin.
11. A Different Team Would Be Sent To Vormir
Yeah, let’s send two humans who are best friends and have never been to space to retrieve the Soul Stone in Vormir. Genius.
Also, why wouldn’t Nebula tell everyone that the cost for the Soul Stone is a literal soul? After all, that was how her sister, Gamora, died — becoming the sacrifice for Thanos’s psychotic mission. Perhaps Nebula genuinely did not know how Gamora was killed? Either way, she, Rocket, and Thor should have at least accompanied Natasha and Clint in Vormir since they knew space better than any of the remaining heroes.
Heck, even Steve should have tagged along! If anyone knows how to defeat the Red Skull, it’s him.
12. Clint Would Die Instead Of Nat
If it had to be between the two of them, then absolutely Clint should have died instead of Natasha! Clint turned for the worse with no remorse. Natasha, on the other hand, started as a cold-blooded assassin who did what she was told but then became the most loving Avenger who used her own judgment to do good. While the excuse of Endgame co-writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus for Natasha’s death was that Clint had a family with his wife that he needed to live for, Tony also had a daughter with Pepper, yet he still died. The hypocrisy is real here!
Clint never had a strong arc, so it would not have made a huge difference if they killed him off. Meanwhile, Natasha’s arc has always been very complex, and it was far from finished. None of that, however, seemed to matter. Apparently, it made more sense to McFeely, Markus, and the Russos that Clint lives rather than Nat to have a Disney+ mini-series even though she is the one who has a solo film coming out.
13. Nat Would Live
No matter the circumstance, Natasha needed to live. Her story wasn’t over yet! She did not have to die for redemption that she had earned years ago. Out of everyone, in our opinion, she was the one who deserved a happy ending the most, for she was the one who truly cared the most about bringing all of the fallen heroes back and reuniting her Avengers family. Nat also most certainly did not deserve to die halfway into the movie and be absent from the “all-female fight sequence” in the final battle scene, given that she is the first female Avenger.
14. SteveNat Would Be Endgame
It is sincerely hard to believe that the same directors who gave us Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War, also brought us Avengers: Endgame. Did they forget their own movies?
The Russos once claimed that every shot in their scenes serves a purpose. Did they not see the obvious build-up to the potential romance of Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff, along with their undeniable chemistry? Did they really expect us to believe that their relationship was strictly platonic, that Steve wasn’t flirting when he sarcastically told Nat that she would look terrible in bikinis, that she wasn’t jealous of Sharon Carter, that he wasn’t jealous of Bruce, that Nat didn’t betray Tony because she loved Steve, that Steve and Nat didn’t hook up during the two to three years they were alone together on the run from the government, and that Sam didn’t say “this is awkward” in front of Bruce to insinuate that Steve and Nat were a couple?
Even the scene Steve and Natasha shared in Endgame where they discussed peanut butter sandwiches and whales in the Hudson gave off married couple vibes. We don’t know what the Russos were smoking, but we cannot simply comprehend that Steve would choose to marry a woman he only knew for two years max over the woman he knew for 11 years and had “shared life experience” with.
15. Steve Would Stay Put
Whether Steve ended up with Natasha or not, there was no need for him to return to the 1940s to spend the rest of his life with Peggy Carter. That single act completely butchered his entire character development in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From The Avengers to Infinity War, audiences witnessed Steve Rogers learn to grow accustomed to the 21st century and develop close and meaningful relationships with the Avengers. He even clearly stated in Age of Ultron that he was home.
What made him change his mind? Did his stupid picture of Peggy in that stupid compass of his possess him or something? It amazes me that he left behind everyone he knew and loved for 11 years for someone that was more or less a kindergarten-like crush.
What about Bucky? He would seriously leave his best friend whom he fought so hard for throughout the whole franchise? If Bucky was content in staying put then what was the need for Steve to go back to the past? “I’m with you till the end of the line” must have meant nothing but lies to Steve.
16. Bucky Would Be The New Captain America
Sam Wilson is already the Falcon. Bucky’s only alter ego was his villain aliases, the Winter Soldier. At the very least you would expect Steve to pass on the “Captain America” mantle to no one other than his life long best friend, right? Nah, Steve is apparently a jerk now!
17. The Title Would Be Changed
Avengers: Endgame. Sounds like someone from Riverdale came up with that. Literally, any other title would have been a lot more appealing!