It’s been over 3 years since Marvel’s biggest movie release yet, Avengers: Endgame. After the announcement at this year’s Comic-Con of the future of the MCU, it’s clear that most characters are still coming to terms with a post-Thanos world.
Fans had the opportunity to review End of Game since its original release, and many have found plot holes or other annoying and upsetting things in the film since its theatrical release.
ten Banner Hulk/Bruce
Bruce Banner spent most of the film in Hulk form, which confused many longtime fans. He had always struggled to move between Bruce Banner and The Hulk, which was explored in Thor: Ragnarok in detail.
However, by End of Game, he apparently has it under control. This is explained in a quick, throwaway scene that doesn’t go into great detail about how Bruce was able to achieve something he had spent years with and movies he struggled with.
9 Powers of Thanos
Thanos’ powers and strength have always been a bit questionable. When wielding the Infinity Stones, he was able to wipe out half the population and seemed unstoppable. During the first watch, there was so much going on that fans weren’t focusing too much on Thanos and his powers.
During reviews, however, they noticed the slight confusion surrounding what it can actually do. Some Avengers seemed to have no problem fighting him, and Thor and Wanda struggled less than their human counterparts. It seems like he should have been able to step back and make everyone disappear if he wanted to. This is one of the areas of writing that was missing, given the multiple storylines that were happening at the same time in the film.
8 The CGI
Marvel has struggled in recent years with its CGI and visual effects. This was most felt by fans of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Although Avengers: Endgame CGI is so bad, it’s always something noticeably worse in revisions
The main fight scene between Thanos and the rest of the Avengers is mostly CGI, and while it looked good when the movie was released in 2019, the last few years have aged the special effects.
seven Captain America’s catchphrase
Captain America had never said the words “Avengers Assemble” until Avengers: Endgame. In the post-credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron, he’s about to say those two words before the scene ends.
Many felt that Captain America didn’t really need to say those words, and upon reflection, most agreed that it belittled the sincerity of the scene. Especially considering where he says this in the movie, he says it right after everyone has returned through the portals. There was already so much going on at this point, and his word ruined the excitement of the moment.
6 The Time Travel Escape
This entire movie is based on the concept of time travel, and it bothers fans that it wasn’t thought out more clearly. There are several flaws in this time travel theory, especially in revisions.
Fans ran into issues with several things, including how easily time travel was accomplished and how the Avengers managed to not mess up the timeline. Time travel is always a tricky concept to tackle, and Marvel has missed the mark with End of Game.
5 Thor character arc
The character of Thor in Avengers: Endgame is one of the most debated character arcs in the MCU. It’s generally accepted that his character missed the mark and did his character as a whole a disservice.
Thor has been reduced to a fat, funny friend, and his trauma has often been turned into a joke. It was especially upsetting for fans who have followed Thor in the MCU for years. Many fans found the attempt at humor goofy and unfunny, and his character was a shadow of the thunder god he was previously known for.
4 The Death of the Black Widow
Another hotly debated character arc is Natasha Romanoff. Natasha spent years trying to make amends for her past misdeeds and crimes, only to die, seemingly needlessly, for the Soul Stone. Although the scene managed to touch the hearts of fans, given the time travel that appears, his death was marred in the grand scheme of things.
Natasha’s Solo Movie, Black Widow, also made fans even more upset during the replay. Her character was eventually given depth and growth in her solo film, only for her to be dead in the current timeline.
3 The female battle scene
Marvel has amazing female superheroes, but the battle scene in End of Game was awkward at best. Fans pointed out that it would have honored these great characters far more to let them shine and show off their abilities than to slowly walk together as a group.
Watching the film again, the scene is almost shocking compared to the pacing of the rest of the battle. It doesn’t fit the mood of the movie, it doesn’t really make sense that they all suddenly appear together, and it doesn’t really do the characters justice.
2 Steve’s end
Perhaps the biggest shake-up of all was the end of Steve Roger. Steve uses time travel one last time to return to the 1940s and live out his life with his first love, Peggy Carter.
Fans argued that this made no sense for Steve’s character arc. Steve has spent the majority of his time in the MCU adjusting to his new life and finding peace with the modern world. He also spent a lot of time caring for his best friend, Bucky Barnes, whom he dumped without a second thought. It makes no sense and ruins most of the previous movies, as it makes them nearly impossible in the current timeline.
1 The execution time
If fans want to review End of Game, they must set aside a considerable amount of time to do so. The movie’s runtime is just over 3 hours, which is incredibly longer than most MCU movies which are usually around 2 hours long.
This makes it incredibly difficult to review, as it almost becomes a chore to go through everything in one sitting. The length of the film has been felt more by fans since its release, and it’s something that makes it skippable for many fans.
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