The End of the Marvel Netflix Era

Over the weekend, I re-watched Avengers: Endgame, this time with 6 extra minutes, and - it was certainly long. 3 hours and 7 minutes is a long time to sit still, not counting the ads and trailers. And while it was great to see this epic again, I wouldn’t say that the extra minutes contribute much - they really belong on the DVD/Blu-ray/VOD release, on which they will almost certainly appear as bonus features.

Now I’m heading out to see Spider-Man: Far From Home, but not before I talk about the final season of Jessica Jones, which I watched over the weekend, as well as re-watching the first 2 seasons. It’s a fitting end to the Marvel/Netflix era, in that it personifies the best and worst that the programming experiment had to offer. The show itself, like the entire Defenders experience, was decidedly mixed. The only constants were the incredible performances from the cast, particularly Krysten Ritter as Jones and Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeryn Hogarth. They, and the rest of the cast (and us viewers!) deserved a bit better. Still, it’s a bittersweet goodbye to a concept that looked great on paper.

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Don't Spoil the Endgame! (Or Game of Thrones)

I saw Avengers: Endgame, and loved it - and I consider myself very lucky, not only because it was so very great but because all of my social media and news feeds are rife with spoilers. Even the articles, essays and videos I've seen with "spoiler warning" in their title, go on to give away huge plot points in the headline, and then really hammer it home with an accompanying thumbnail. Not cool, and while we're at it why do even legitimate news websites think it's OK to start posting similarly spoiling headlines within minutes of Game of Thrones airing? 

Enough with the spoilers, please! When more of you have had a chance to see Endgame, and when I'm comfortable that I won't be contributing to the epidemic of spoiling, I'll give my full review. For tonight, I'm being very vague but I'm very happy to say it's the best of Marvel's films to date. For more details - not too many more, don't worry - listen to tonight's episode.

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Heading out to See Avengers Endgame, By-Eee

I’m heading out to go experience Avengers: Endgame, all 3 hours and 1 minute of the movie that currently has the highest Rotten Tomatoes score of any Marvel movie to date. And I haven’t read any of the guides as to when it’s safe to go to the bathroom, for fear of spoilers, but if you want to go in prepared, I certainly don’t blame you. Just do a Google search for “Avengers Endgame Bathroom Breaks,” there are tons of guides available, but be careful because they all give out some plot points, which is why I didn’t read them. No spoilers!

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Early Reviews of Avengers: Endgame Suggest a New Standard of Greatness for the MCU

The reviews are in - mostly via Twitter, but people who have seen the premiere of Avengers: Endgame are gushing with praise. Tonight I share some of the glowing praise, and as I read the tweets there are a few actual interviews showing up, from The Hollywood Reporter and The Atlantic, but those are spoiler-ish, so I pretty much stick to the tweets. The consensus seems to be that these are going to be 3 amazing hours, after which the Marvel Cinematic Universe will never be the same again. 

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Spider-Man: Far from Home Info Dump

There’s a lot of new information available about Spider-Man: Far from Home, not the least of which is that it - not Avengers: Endgame - is the last movie in Marvel Phase 3/The Infinity Saga. But that’s not all, there’s also new information about the specifics of Spidey's relationship with Nick Fury, some more speculation about Mysterio, the villains calling themselves The Elementals, and why Spider-Man’s biggest supporter/father figure appears to not be in this film.

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The Ant-Man Theory

The Ant-Man theory, like many theories born on Reddit, is an insult to both science and religion. It also involves Thanos' butt, is gross, and has spawned a song, which - sigh - you can enjoy here: https://youtu.be/p0-SmLRq4Hw

In other movie news, you need to hurry up and see Shazam and Pet Sematary, so that I can start talking about how amazing they are! Clearly I'm not the only one who saw them over the weekend, since they both raked in more than $50 million. Not too shabby, tabby!

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