Caution! This article incorporates spoilers for “Avengers: Endgame.”
Superhero sequels typically introduce delicate modifications to the characters’ costumes in order to promote extra toys, however few of these comic-book motion pictures take their makeovers so far as “Avengers: Endgame.”
Only half the forged of final yr’s “Avengers: Infinity War” survived the decimating snap of Thanos (Josh Brolin), however maybe impressed by that supervillain’s planet-spanning quest to accrue flashy jewellery, the leftover heroes in “Endgame” are emboldened to take new dangers with their appears. After all, we’re now 22 motion pictures into this cinematic saga; whose hair couldn’t use a bit of zhuzh?
Still, not all superpowered makeovers are created equal. Here are six of the most talked-about new appears, some of that are extra profitable than others.
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Viewers could also be jolted by how rapidly the Avengers dispatch their mortal enemy Thanos in the first act, however I discovered myself way more shook by Thanos rocking an off-the-cuff T. Not armor, not spandex, not even a pleasant area henley: Thanos is straight up carrying a T-shirt, one that you just or I might purchase if shops made them in Size XXXXXXXXXXL.
Is this a glance higher fitted to the cowl of Men’s Health than for hanging concern into the hearts of the Avengers? To me, Thanos turn into a contact much less intimidating once you notice he outlets for garments at Old Navy, however maybe there’s simply no stopping the Mad Titan when he sees the signal “50 percent off.”
Two-Tone Black Widow
Marvel will quickly shoot a prequel plumbing the again story of Scarlett Johansson’s superspy, however what I’d actually want to see is a stand-alone movie explaining the thought course of behind her two-tone look in “Avengers: Endgame,” the place Black Widow’s pink roots and yellow suggestions collide with all the panache of a boardwalk Popsicle.
What precisely is that this look meant to convey? Is it a careless tribute to Agnès Varda? Has Widow become so absorbed in her work that she hasn’t bothered to do away with the bit of blond left over from her “Avengers: Infinity War” hairstyle? And are we really meant to think that the radioactive red growing out of Johansson’s scalp is a natural color? Even the Marvel movies’ convoluted approach to time travel somehow makes more sense to me than Black Widow’s many hairstyles.
After several films where the adorably shambling Mark Ruffalo would transform into an inarticulate muscle monster, “Avengers: Endgame” springs one last surprise: Now that the Hulk and Banner have become better integrated, the big green guy can converse so naturally that you’ll go, “Whoa whoa whoa, is that Noah Centineo?”
When we catch up with the Hulk after a five-year time skip, he’s also ditched his frayed purple-shorts look for a more sophisticated glow-up of Warby Parkers and knit cardigans, but it’s his new personality that really completes the makeover. Hulk is no longer just a meathead hunk; now, he’s a meathead hunk with a surprisingly nimble comic touch. In other words, they turned Hulk into a Hemsworth.
Perhaps that’s a fitting trade, as Chris Hemsworth’s own Avenger has seen better days when it comes to his fitness. When Thor is reintroduced after the big time skip, the whole notion of the gratuitous Marvel shirtless scene is turned on its head: Hemsworth’s unkempt god has let himself go, trading his superhero physique for a transformational beer gut. (You can almost picture Christian Bale leaning over to his movie date and whispering, “Only amateurs use special effects.”)
But this is a new Thor, one who won’t let the occasional crack from Tony Stark get him down: The only tweak Thor sees fit to make to his new appearance is a nifty beard braid before the final battle. Thicc Thor is all about body positivity, drinking beer, and reminding everyone that he once dated Natalie Portman, and who can blame the big guy?
It’s tragic when Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) loses his family in the first few minutes of “Avengers: Endgame,” because they were clearly the only people holding him back from a full-on midlife-crisis makeover. Once Black Widow goes to find Barton in Japan after the time skip, he’s traded his arrows for a sword, inked his entire left arm like he’s about to hand you a flyer for his Dashboard Confessional cover band, and shaped his hair into an unholy faux-hawk.
I’m told that in the comics, when Clint wore this haircut, he went by the codename Ronin. To me, it seems like a missed opportunity to call him Mohawkeye.
Dual Looks for Captain Marvel
After watching Brie Larson sport a bare-face image in her stand-alone “Captain Marvel” feature earlier this year, it may be somewhat startling when she applies a dark lip and some blush for her second scene in “Avengers: Endgame.” It’s like when a castaway goes au naturel for an entire season of “Survivor,” then shows up to the live finale with a smoky eye and lip gloss. She’s well within her rights, but it just takes a little getting used to.
Far more successful, to my mind, is Captain Marvel’s five-years-later look: After the time skip, she rocks a bold, short pompadour that is the hairstyle equivalent of suddenly getting a DM from Kristen Stewart. As far as I’m concerned, it is the makeover of the film and I would follow that hair into battle any day. Even Thanos can’t resist, head-butting Captain Marvel during the final fight in a fruitless but perfectly understandable attempt to get closer to the movie’s best new haircut.
With Iron Man and Black Widow both dead and Captain America newly age-accelerated, will Captain Marvel’s hair become the new leader of the Avengers? “Endgame” may provide rare closure for this interconnected saga, but for Brie Larson’s quiff alone, I’m ready to greenlight a sequel.