'Avengers: Infinity War' branded 'gorgeous cinematic masterpiece' while 'Endgame' labeled as 'fan service'
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe debate how 'Avengers: Infinity War' had a nuanced villain and delivered several emotional punches
'Avengers Infinity War' was the first time fans saw their heroes fall, well worse than they had before. It was painful to watch, as we saw heroes stumble, lose control of their emotions at crucial moments or just not be able to match the power of Thanos (Josh Brolin). There were a few chances where we were certain that the Avengers might just win this war, for instance when Shuri (Letitia Wright) was trying to extract the stone from Vision (Paul Bettany) or when Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) destroyed the Mind Stone and maybe a brief glimpse of hope when Thor (Chis Hemsworth) struck down Thanos with Stormbreaker. Unfortunately, like Thanos said, he should have gone for the head. Thanos won that round, got the Infinity Stones, and half the universe turned to dust, including most of the Avengers, except for original six.
For a year, fans were pondering over the cliffhanger and wondered how this could be rectified in 'Avengers: Endgame'.
The 2019 film in the Marvel franchise, 'Endgame' had the most normal solution to the end of half the universe: Time travel. The Avengers traveled across different time zones to retrieve the stones, reverse the snap and finally have a showdown with Thanos, who was from a different timeline. It was a bittersweet ending, as we had to bid goodbye to Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), who died saving the universe. Captain America decided to live out the remainder of his life with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and handed his shield over to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie).
For all purposes, 'Endgame' was a cathartic conclusion to ten years worth of storytelling and a real nostalgic trip for fans as well. But, as far as nuanced storytelling goes, 'Avengers: Infinity War' does win here. In 'Infinity War', there was a balance of dark and light moments. We saw a nuanced villain, not just the uni-dimensional one that Marvel had been churning out for ages. At the end of 'Infinity War', Thanos knows that he got what he wanted, but it came at a terrible price. He had to sacrifice his daughter Gamora (Zoe Saldana).
Overall, there was a sense of pain, anguish, grief and loss in the film. Tony losing Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Wanda having to kill Vision and Gamora's death, are just some of the few moments that heightened the emotion of this film.
And so, it's not a real surprise that many fans preferred 'Infinity War' to 'Endgame'. There's an ongoing debate happening on Twitter, with fans sharing their favorite scenes from the films, explaining why they liked it. "Since infinity war's trending might as well give my input on it. definitely better than endgame, and while endgame lived up to the same level of hype and epicness, it still didn't come close to the emotional and incredibly gorgeous cinematic masterpiece that was infinity war," a fan tweeted. Of course, others rose up in defense of 'Endgame' and said that nothing could compare to it and that it was much better in terms of action. But 'Infinity War' continues to remain a fan-favorite.
"Infinity war is BETTER than Endgame. Endgame was basically all fluff just to bring back (almost) everyone in the last 20 mins and a reason to get rid of some of the original Avengers," another tweeted.
"Infinity War is way better. Endgame felt like fan service," a fan wrote.
"Infinity War was the tighter film in terms of pacing and writing but Endgame is well earned wanton fan service. Best final act in a comic book film EVER," another fan tweeted.