Slight spoiler warning: I’ll be discussing some high‐level plot points of Avengers: Endgame (now at the Box!) in this post. Steer clear if you haven’t seen it already or want to be surprised by absolutely everything.

When I was at San Diego Comic‐Con this year, there was A LOT of Fat Thor — or Big Lebowski Thor — cosplay, based on the god of thunder’s lettin’‐it‐all‐hang‐out persona when we catch up with him in Endgame. While I’ll admit I loved that twist at first, by the end of the film I was ready for old Thor to return. Alas, that didn’t happen. But here are 5 characters whose stories I was thrilled with:

Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow – At the start of the film, it’s clear that Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is unsure of what to do now that the world might not really need the Avengers anymore. She’s the one trying to keep the remaining superheroes together — or at least keep tabs on their whereabouts. She’s a good fit for this leadership role, but it’s weighing heavily on her. As is the fact that she fears her close friend Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) has taken a turn for the worse ever since The Snap. Natasha’s arc later in Endgame surprised many, but not me. I loved where her story went (being intentionally vague here), because it finally gave her closure on her past demons and allowed her to pay Clint back for not killing her way back when.

Rocket – Perhaps I’ve just got the “Build‐a‐Bear” raccoon on my mind because I was recently at Disney’s California Adventure theme park, where Rocket plays a starring role in the Guardians of the Galaxy: Breakout ride. But I truly loved seeing another side of him in Endgame. Sure, he kept his ability for sarcastic one‐liners and tellin’ it like it is, but after losing ALL of his Guardians family, Rocket has had no choice but to adapt and become more selfless when dealing with the team that remains.

Scott Lang / Ant‐Man – In my Endgame theatrical review, I pointed out how pleasantly surprised I was by Paul Rudd’s dramatic performance in the film, since we’re so used to him always being the funny guy. Make no mistake, he’s still the funny guy in this climactic installment — but because Ant Man was the only one to totally miss the events of The Snap and the five years of fallout afterward, he has no choice but to reckon with the time he lost.

Tony Stark / Iron Man – Another thing I mentioned in my theatrical review was that I really felt like Robert Downey Jr. gave an Oscar‐worthy performance in Endgame as his character struggled with the realization that what might be best for him personally was not necessarily the same as what would be best for millions of others around the world. Everything about Stark’s arc in this film was heart‐wrenching and bittersweet.

Loki – And then… there’s Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Yep, he died in Avengers: Infinity War. But we do see him again in Endgame thanks to the time‐twisted nature of the storyline, and it is glorious.

There are over 50 characters in Avengers: Endgame. Which ones are your favorites?

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