Oda portrayed the SHs' situation as totally fucked since the beginning (Sanji must marry Pudding, or else ! And he was barely capable of taking down the third strongest commander). Which raised my expectations about an original way to unravel this mess (like Togashi would do I guess, even though sometimes he can come up with ass-pulled ideas like "the old geezer had a nuke in his ass all along").
What's even more bad is how long the escape is taking.
Oh, I see. What series did Togashi do again? The name sounds familiar.
1/ Luffy's awakening helps to actually escape and not just beat Katakuri (maybe he will though)
Well, I can't see how his awakening would help them to escape, since I am betting it might end up changing things to rubber like Katakuri and Doflamingo. Can you go more into detail about this?
2/ The Fishman pirates do something with the sea. Seriously, why the fuck aren't they just sinking Bigmom's entire fleet ??? This is what the Sun Pirates were doing back then
Well, Big Mom's fleet is huge, so they might sink a bunch, but eventually they will get caught; seems like a risky move to do honestly, but it would be cool if the Sun Pirates sunk every ship; but it is not realistic in a sense. There also might be other fishmen that would be part of mom's fleet, so that might be another risk as well.
3/ Luffy needs help to protect his relatives, and his relatives' relatives (like Zeff for instance). He either manages to do something with his fleet, or relies on either his daddy or the redhead guy for a moment. I'm not really okay for the latter, because it'd bring up all the things about Luffy not being able to protect his own friends.
Well, that happens in the past, and it be nice to go for a more unique way for this arc; plus we can't forget the fact that Big Mom will chase them still if they run away. So, obviously, having a truce will help the Strawhats more; as it is already enough that others are after them, like the Marines; and I believe Kaido's crew. It would be nice to lighten the load.
4/ Sanji actually redeems himself instead of baking a fucking cake
I have to disagree with you on this. I actually like how he is making the cake and showing off his talent. Plus, I do feel like he has to defend the cake as well. Also, if there was no cake, Big Mom would still go on a rampage, and probably die. So, of course with what I said earlier, it would not be a good idea to have an entire fleet after the Strawhats. Big Mom's crew is like a giant army in my opinion.
5/ The Marines intervene. Someone like Fujitora, because he's just chasing down Luffy (which wouldn't be ass-pulled) and was waiting all along on his ship at the "frontier" because it's Bigmom's territory (or at least, he waits for him and the SHs are caught in a clusterfuck between Bigmom and Fujitora). Now he can get in because the fishman pirates did something to the seaslugs. And how does he know Luffy is there ? because he knows what Sanji marrying Pudding involves, and he knows Luffy's personality–-> Luffy wouldn't abandon one of his friends.
But now it's too late I guess
Well, he still would want to catch Luffy, plus it would be risky for me to go into Big Mom's territory; unless he has an entire army like it was in the Marineford arc. Plus, again, by the Strawhats escaping, the Big Mom Pirates will still pursue them since from your suggestions if there was no cake then –-> Big Mom would die ----> Big Mom's crew will get revenge at the Strawhats, since they were the ones to destroy the cake in the first place.
6/ They do something goofy, like passing the Sunny through a giant mirror lol
That would be interesting to see, but from what we have seen; there is no water in the Mirror World.
Also let's not forget about Zeff and Iva's lives being threatened. That's actually the reason why people believe the cake will turn Bigmom into an ally or something.
I mean, at this point just give a cake to Kaido and Sakazuki. And Sanji ends the plot on his own. Ami right ? Also, a very good pie for Teach, and it should do it
Um, what? Expect there was already a plan to take down Kaido for example. Also, he does not have a eating disorder like Big Mom does. The point of this arc was to save Sanji; and not kick Big Mom's ass. Hence why there was just a small number to go and rescue Sanji. Also, what is wrong in having Big Mom as an ally or be at peace after this arc?
I feel like you are overthinking this whole cake thing. Not everything has to be solve with fighting; plus this is a very original and unique way for an arc to end, instead of the same old routine.