no end game

Well, I saw Avengers Endgame. It went against my rule not to see movies which are sequels to movies that I didn’t like, but it was about to leave theaters, and it was three hours of air conditioning (it was 98 degrees out that day).

I’m glad I saw it. It was definitely better than Infinity War, which I didn’t care for at all. It’s full of fan service, but I’m not immune to that. And it’s a very good ending, which surprised me (big action movies don’t really do endings these days — there’s always another moving coming soon that needs plugging).

Now, I know that there are bazillions of Marvel movies and TV shows yet to come, but this was a nice wrap-up of all the ones which have come so far, and I’m thinking I may bail at this point.

I realized, while watching Infinity War, that I don’t care about these characters — not as much as I’m clearly supposed to. I do like the Guardians of the Galaxy, because they’re funny. Not just heroic and somewhat quippy — they’re crooked and rather dysfunctional, and some of them are, more or less, morons. This is apparently right in my wheelhouse for entertainment purposes.

So, I do think I’ll probably see the third Guardians movie, which is coming out a very long time from now.

A lot of the characters who died in Infinity War came back in this movie, as everybody expected. Some of the characters who are still “dead” have movies or TV shows coming up. I think that’s one reason I’m losing interest — there’s no reason to care about what happens to characters if even death is temporary.

I can accept people who can master the mystic arts, or get huge or tiny with “Pym particles,” or have romantic relationships with androids, but if death doesn’t matter…

Maybe that’s why I like mysteries. It’s different if somebody dies in a mystery. They’re either actually dead (which can be a mystery to solve), or they’re not actually dead (ditto). This was articulated in Inherent Vice, when Doc Sportello has seen a sax player walking around who everybody thinks is dead and he reports this to his cop friend Bigfoot:

“Another case of apparent resurrection,” Bigfoot shrugged, “not, at first glance, a matter for Homicide.”

“So . . . who around here would handle resurrections, man?”

“Bunco Squad, usually.”

“Does that mean LAPD officially believes that every return from the dead is some kind of a con?”

“Not always. Could be a mistaken or false ID type of problem.”

“But not—”

“You’re dead, you’re dead. Are we talking philosophy?”

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