I had not originally planned to see it, but The Ravishing Mrs. TB turned it into a family outing and, to be fair, I had stuck with portions of the series up to this point so why not finish it off.
(I will not, of course, comment on the movie plot itself to protect the 0.5% of my reading audience that will probably see the thing. Suffice it to say I did not find this to be the most compelling movie of the series).
I checked - the first Marvel movie of this cycle (Iron Man) appeared in 2008. 22 movies in 11 years. That is quite an accomplishment for any series. Mind you, it was built on 60 years of Marvel paving the way and building an audience (and the unfortunate Marvel mis-starts, for the most part, from Fox.) So perhaps in itself, a culture icon worth watching.
That said, I will not be back.
Will I miss the characters? They were, for the most part, true to their comic book roots and Robert Downey Jr's portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man has to be one of the greatest parts of acting in my life time (the only character in modern cinema that I can say "I want to be just like him!"). But they were only brief entertaining moments, not a lifestyle.
To be fair to myself, for the most part these actors and actresses. are not "my people" in the sense that they do not represent my values - which some of the remind me of as often as they can. So in that sense, leaving them is also easy. I only saw them for the characters, not for the actors and actresses. I do not follow them outside of movies. So like life insurance or home insurance we part, each having given the other fee for service.
No, the real reason I will not be back is simply that there will be nothing new.
Oh certainly, there will be new villains. And new plots. New, exciting ways to destroy the world. But really, they will be varying versions of the plots that have already existed. Like James Bond, how many different ways are there to almost destroy the world to say "This is a bit ridiculous"?
There are only so many variations of the same story before it becomes a remake (as opposed to a real remake, which we are probably due for in about 10 years). And you know - we all know - that in the end, the heroes will triumph at great cost. So how many different times can I be persuaded to see these great heroes fight great villains for great victories in CGI generated cinematography?
No more, apparently.
It was entertaining, for sure. I may still pull out Guardians of the Galaxy from time to time for the soundtrack, if nothing else. But at least for me - and I expect, for certain elements of my generation - Marvel movies came to end last Thursday. The only greatness will still remain in the old Stan Lee and Jack Kirby drawn books.
Excelsior, Stan. It was a grand run.