‘Avengers: Endgame’ is proving to be a behemoth, and is fairly unstoppable at the box office. To be completely honest, the mass hysteria that accompanied ‘Endgame’ was unbelievable. Tickets were gone as soon as they were out: even with theatres choosing to run the film round the clock. Its 3 hour runtime barely seems to be hampering its victorious run, and while records are usually broken with time and new ones are made, what ‘Endgame’ has done is fairly decimated them to the extent that it will be a long, long time before another behemoth returns and is able to dethrone the culmination of eleven years of superhero storytelling for Marvel over 22 films, something that resonated with fans and non-fans alike over the globe as a resounding emotion.
To give you an idea if you haven’t already seen it as the headline of your local entertainment paper, the film grossed $1.2 Billion at the global box office over this weekend: films are considered wildly successful if they even cross that benchmark. If you still have no idea what the hell I am talking about, book a ticket (if they’re available) to the nearest theatre, and watch as people clap, cheer and cry over some fictional characters. If you don’t feel the same, you’re at least sure to be moved by the sheer spectacle that the MCU has managed to put forth on the screen as its worthy, well-earned culmination.
However, it has been only a year and it would do us well if we didn’t forget the other behemoth that caused a similar if smaller storm at the ticket windows the world over: ‘Infinity War’, the first MCU film to gross more than $2 Billion at the box office, sitting proudly atop a lot of films as one of the highest grossing films of all time, although soon to be overtaken by ‘Endgame’. The latter may come to be known over the years as the father of teamup films, what with [SPOILER] bringing in every single MCU hero in the end, ‘Infinity War’ may very well be termed the one that did it first. It is almost a law of nature that everything is to be taken over by something, but what ‘Infinity War’ did was unprecedented and unforeseen for, I daresay, even films in general. However, is it the better film? Well, this is what we are here to analyse. I will be doing this by breaking down the analysis in several parts or headers, each putting the two films under the lens. Read on.
No denying it, ‘Endgame’ had much more of a detailed plot than ‘Infinity War’, even if it was riddled with plot holes at certain points, but then again, so was ‘Infinity War’. Its three-hour runtime is completely justified in fitting in all that it does, including the time travel arc that is quite complicated if you come to think of it, even if covered in slight implausibility, with its narrative that can clearly be broken down into the traditional three act structure of films, also buoyed by its emotional heft that I will discuss later in greater depth. This one goes to ‘Endgame’.