As far as the movie itself goes, it was really, really good! I liked that Hawkeye actually got to be a part of the film this time (rather than just mindcontrolled), because I think he is a fun character – but maybe that’s just my bias towards archers. The Natasha/Banner romance was weird (does this ever happen in comics? Is there a basis for this anywhere in the canon?) but I’m not against it because the lullaby gives Natasha something other than guns to contribute to the team –other than being the only female Avenger, she doesn’t have much to offer on a team of super-powered people. What I am against is what they did with Pietro. Does this have to do with licensing? Or is it just a classic Whedon moment? Because seriously, what a waste.
Another thing that took away from the movie for me was the Whedon voice. Every single character (including the AI/robotic ones) are glib, snarky, and sarcastic. Wry humor is part of the Marvel “voice” for me and I love a good sarcastic quip (in fact, it’s the foundation of why I enjoy Spiderman so much!) but every character has the exact same sense of humor. It’s less funny when every line is trying to be a one-liner, and it makes the conversations feel stilted and unnatural.
The last thing that I want to complain about is the action. The action sequences were beautiful works of CGI and choreography and incredibly fun to watch, but they just never stopped. It was either characters quipping or fighting, and nothing else. I wanted to take a nap at the end, because following all of the 5,000 person battle sequences was literally exhausting. Perhaps plot and dialog would have flowed more naturally without the insistence on constant jokes, and then we could have had more scenes that weren’t people punching each other?
Those complaints aside, the movie was visually stunning, the humor and battles were good (just incredibly overused), and seeing Scarlet Witch and Vision on screen made me super happy! I wish we had actually gotten some Black Panther instead of just dancing around Wakanda, but we’ll get there soon enough. Overall an enjoyable film and a fun addition to the MCU