Avengers: Endgame is almost upon us! While we simply can’t wait for this event (and yes, this is most definitely an event), at the same time there is a small amount of doubt that has been creeping into our minds lately. Will Avengers: Endgame be just as good as Infinity War?
There are a number of reasons to have these fears seeping in. For one, if you weren’t a fan of Ant-Man and the Wasp or Captain Marvel, you have every reason to be worried. Ant-Man and the Wasp introduced us to travelling in the Quantum Realm which will undoubtedly be a huge part of Endgame. And Brie Larson‘s Captain Marvel will soon be heading the Avengers and be an integral part of how the team defeats Thanos in Endgame. Considering Larson’s performance was average at best, we’re hoping this was largely due to the direction she was given and not necessarily her take on the character.
But even if you loved the last two MCU instalments, there’s just a simple fact that Infinity War was so good that expectations for Endgame are extremely high. And, anytime when you have a large hype surrounding a film, you are bound to disappoint some people. However, at the same time, Infinity War had been built up for years. It was comical watching end credit scene after end credit scene hoping one day Thanos would get off of his throne and finally wreak havoc on us all. And then he finally came and we wished he hadn’t wrecked us so bad. The second part of this story should be the same, right?
Well, not necessarily. Infinity War left us at the midpoint of the story whereas Endgame will be the very end. And if there’s anything we’ve learned from reviewing television shows, comics, and films it’s that the ending is arguable the hardest part of the writing process. If the ending doesn’t land with your audience, you’re in trouble. At least, with a franchise that’s been building up for eleven years now.
Even if Endgame ends up being just okay at best, it has the potential to completely taint Infinity War. Remember, these are essentially one film split into two parts. If part two is bad, you will never look at part one the same way again.
This is also the part of the film where characters will most likely die for real. There’s nothing wrong with characters dying, in fact, we hope some do. But it’s how they die that will matter. Loki’s death in Infinity War was probably the most underwhelming part of the film for a number of reasons. He definitely wasn’t as sneaky as he could have been when he tried to trick Thanos and people saw his death coming a mile away based solely on the trailers. If a character such as Tony Stark or Steve Rogers goes out in a similarly underwhelming fashion, it will definitely put a damper on the overall story. Loki may not have been an important character to the MCU as some Tony or Steve but he was a fan favourite. If they messed up one death, they could easily mess up another.
In all seriousness, we’re absolutely certain Avengers: Endgame will exceed our expectations just like Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Or Kingdom Hearts III. Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald?