I really don’t get the fat shaming with Thor. As a gentleman who has struggled with my weight for most of my life - I was overweight as a kid - lost it through puberty - put it on again when I started living alone - having a harder time keeping it bay as I get into my 30s. I was bullied for it as a kid, demonic gym teachers forced me to do pressups in the mud whilst being heckled by the whole rugby team, even had strangers in cars stopping to hurl insults at me which does a number to your confidence, let me tell you - which has taken years to build back. That was fat shaming and nothing like that happens within the movie.
Not that I want to pass off any of these important criticsms that affect society at large. Part of what got me out of a rut was realising I had a problem that needed fixing. It took time, takes time, but I generally am in a better place mentally as a result of exercise. I do play a lot of video games and have often wondered whether this is related to it all. But I do try and get regular exercise every day (beat sabre and swimming hey oh).
I thought the depiction of Thor was well done, as someone who is suffering greatly affected by his own headstrong actions (chopping the head of Thanos). I think Alcoholism and PTSD are bigger issues that define Thor rather than a slightly chunkier version of the character.
What I appreciate most about everything is that Marvel even with the second part of this film find a new dimension to place each character. Captain America less so as he is more of a constant, always on, optimistic even in the grave situations (the remark about seeing Whales). Stark moved on having started a family but still restless as he has always been. Then you have Hulk, legitimately one of my favourite things about the movie, finding a way to exist as both Banner and the Hulk. I think together with Ragnorak, Infinity War and Endgame they provide a really cool arc for Banner as Hulk as a character. The film doesn’t just pick up after Infinity War and go straight into ‘the plan’ it takes the time to wallow, both in the immediate ‘avenging’ of the 50% lost and the 5 year interim before the plot picks up.
Thor as a character has always been headstrong and he always becomes anchored by being in a team. I think Ragnarok dealt with this, with him building a new team. When there is no more Avenging to be done, Thor is dealing with PTSD - I think the bit when they mention Thanos and Hemsworth goes ‘don’t mention his name’ in a really small voice is the most evident that he has yet to properly come to grips with. Thor has always been headstrong on his own. I genuinely liked that as a result of his headstrong ways, beheading Thanos so flippantly generally didn’t acheive jack shit and did more harm to him personally than good.
Also, the only time I was moved to tears in Endgame was when Ant Man came back and saw his daughter all grown up. I don’t exactly know why, Ant Man isn’t my favourite character (but he does add so much to Endgame) the movies aren’t among my favourite of the Marvel movies but I think the thing you got from those movies is that Ant Man loves his daughter and would do anything for her.
Ah… I was so meh on Infinity War but I came out of Endgame positively brimming.