“There’s no throne. There is no version of this where you come out on top. Maybe your army comes and maybe it’s too much for us, but it’s all on you. Because if we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn well sure we’ll avenge it.”
-Tony Stark, The Avengers 2012
I was broken after Avengers: Infinity War. When watching TV with my family, every time they would fast forward through a Marvel commercial, I’d shout “Wait! Stop! Rewind it! There’s 0.03 seconds of footage in this TV spot that hasn’t been in any trailers!” After Infinity War, I began to say “Keep going, fast forward over this.” I went to work and informed everyone I was a DC fan for the time being. I rocked myself to sleep, silently telling myself I was going to be okay. But worst of all, whenever I saw the Avengers A, I sighed, groaned in disgust. Because the boy that cried in 2012 when we pan out of Stark Tower and see only the A remaining, now in 2018 saw a symbol of failure. A group of super powered losers that couldn’t beat one purple bum.
The Avengers A was meaningless to me. They lost. They failed. They couldn’t stop Thanos. So why would I believe in heroes that can’t save the day? That can’t protect the Earth? Then boom. That line from the first Avengers movie hit me like Stormbreaker. They couldn’t protect the Earth. But, if Tony’s words ring true, then we can be damn well sure they’ll avenge it. Because they’re not called The Protectors, or the Guardians (who also failed) or the Defenders (who were MIA), but they’re The Avengers. And yes, they lost. Thanos beat them. He has a throne. There’s 14,000,604 versions of this where he comes out on top. His army came and it was too much for them. But now they’re mad. Now they’re ready. There’s only one thing left to do, to stop Thanos and save the universe. The Avengers must assemble. Once and for all.
All this to say I’m cool with Infinity War now. Lol.