My sister nagged me to see this movie as soon as possible -- I ended up going BY MYSELF! -- and yet she is not off work yet to discuss it with me at length.
So, please, discuss it with me! The big:
A. I think they're going to time-turn away that ending by stealing back the Time Stone, as telegraphed by the way Thanos used it to get Vision's stone. Of course, I was hoping for time-turning from about minute two, because I am NOT okay with all the people we love from Thor: Ragnarok -- with Asgard Which Is A People -- being fridged offscreen before the next movie even revs up. I didn't like it in Alien 3, I don't like it here! The other option is of course that Thanos banished those people to other dimensions and they'll need to be, cough, reassembled...but while that seems like a very comics crossover* thing to do, it would be another layer of logistical challenge on top of the amazing hundred-heroes feat this movie had to pull off. Time-turning is simpler. Also, Thanos isn't that imaginative or humane.
b. YOU HAD A SWORD, NEBULA. CUT. OFF. THE. GLOVE.
and for the same scene:
c. the Poe Dameron Prize for passionately fubaring everything goes to Peter Quill!
d. I can accept that Thor can hold that thing open, but why were there HANDLES FOR THIS PURPOSE in the HOLE OF CERTAIN DEATH? It's horrible interface design, and obviously the Nibelungen weren't expecting a god to come along and want to do that!
e. The schwarma, with cars crashing for want of a driver and all, really reminded me of the Leftovers! I guess that's what happens when Carrie Coon is involved, even via motion-cap and voiceover, in your movie? :) (The Leftovers, an excellent show she starred in, is about an apparently random 2% of Earth's population simultaneously disappearing. That's not a spoiler, that happened years before the show starts.)
And the glorious:
f. ANGEL-PIRATE. Not to mention the fact that Rocket never corrected him about the rabbit thing. I mean, Thor is depending on you, are you really going to tell him he has your name wrong? All of the stuff with the Guardians and Thor together was just splendid.
g. That Alan Silvestri score!
Nerdy threadpicking aside, I really enjoyed the movie. It made me laugh and make glee faces OFTEN, and it actually had some heart and emotion, which is hard to do, even with characters we're already invested in, under these circumstances. That many characters in that many subplots, and I actually cared? I cared about a MEGALOMANIACAL SPACE-BRICK villain? I used to *read* comics and I can scarcely keep all those guys straight.
And it is incredibly bold to end a movie of this budget and studio importance on a COLOSSAL DOWNER.
*I was mostly a DC reader, pre-New 52, but I have spotty knowledge of other stuff, and a lot of 70's-80's X-Men continuity. So I'm not familiar with how Thanos stuff played out in the books. :)