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Avengers: Infinity War Vs. Avengers: Endgame

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.

Today I bring you the Vs. series. In this series, I bring to movies that I believe are similar, or in this case 2 parts of one story and compare the two to find out which one I believe is the better of the two movies. I will break the movies down into categories and then I will give a point to the film that I believe is better of the two in said category. For example, if I think the soundtrack is better in Avengers: Infinity War over Avengers: Endgame. The winner gets 1 point towards the tally at the end.

The soundtrack of both movies was composed by Alan Silvestri and he had a phenomenal challenge in Avengers: Infinity War of changing the soundtrack to introduce each character whilst they were appearing on the screen. I think he did this exceptionally well with a few beats of the score coming in slightly before the story cut to a new character/world for me a particular moment is when Captain America is talking to Vision about that he ‘might know a place’ faded in with the drum beats that we previously heard in Black Panther the audience knows where he means and I think this is a great bit of audio storytelling.

Avengers: Endgame had a different approach to its soundtrack as I felt it was more well-rounded than Avengers: Infinity War, the soundtrack of endgame was so beautifully circular from beginning to end and one particular bit that I noticed was that when we first see Tony Stark isolated and falling asleep on a spaceship the music is the same as when it is his funeral at the end. This shows that his life has gone full circle and I think it is a beautiful moment of storytelling. It is for this reason that I have to give the point to Avengers: Endgame.

Both films coexist in the same story and Avengers: Infinity War serves as the set up to Avengers: Endgame. I will try and look at each of the films individual scripts and which one I think worked better as one solo film without serving the other. Avengers: Infinity War had a very simple premise, Thanos was going to get all the infinity stones and get rid of half of all life in the universe. Simple concise and left me on the edge of my seat thinking will he actually do it. This was Thanos’ movie and it was great to watch unfold because as much as I didn’t want him to win. He did. It left an element of satisfaction but also confusion as I didn’t know where the story would go next.

Avengers: Endgame was a time travel heist film that had an amazing task of concluding 20 years of storytelling and I think it did it really well. It let the story suffer from grief like it needed to and then it got more positive and you really wanted them to win. But here is the issue I have with this script although there is a clear goal that it wants to achieve the villain, the same one from the first movie… sucks. Thanos had no element of dark demeanour like he did and I understand it was from a different time period but my goodness I felt like he was just a boss monster from a video game and they had to fight him at the end of the movie. Was the fight motivated? Yes. Was it a well-executed villain? No. However, a massive element that I have to compliment Avengers: Endgame for is its new way of dealing with time travel in a movie and I was genuinely impressed and thought the script pulled off this massive feat really well. But… for rating the script it has to go to Avengers: Infinity War as I thought the stakes were better and it came to a more satisfactory conclusion. 1 point to Infinity War.

If we were comparing box office success would you be surprised if I told you that according to, Avengers: Infinity War made just over $2billion and Avengers: Endgame (definitely the more hyped of the two in my opinion, especially after the way the first one ended) raised over $2.75billion. So, if I was to do a comparison of success in terms of business it would hands down be Avengers: Endgame but I’m looking at this from more of a film perspective. These stories touched people all over the world and achieved many great goals with a massive cast involved, smashing box office records and even made its way into the Oscar nominations list. But neither of them won their respective awards for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. It is, for this reason, I have to define its success as Avengers: Infinity War spring boarded the other to success and Endgame delivered with the success in terms of sale so this one has to be a draw and that’s a point to each of them.

As I mentioned both films were nominated for Academy Awards for their Visual Effects and I believe that Avengers: Infinity War had some lovely moments of showcasing the visual effects such as when we first see Thanos and the attention to detail that went into making his character look believable in this superhero universe. But the standout moment for me in Avengers: Infinity War was the scene where we first saw the one of Thanos’ ship come to earth to retrieve the stone and you see the circular ship pulsing the air as it hovers above New York. Another worthy mention for the Visual Effects in this movie has got to be the fight scene between Thanos and Dr Strange. When Dr Strange splits into about 100 plus versions and all attack him simultaneously it is pure eye candy.

Now onto Avengers: Endgame the awe of Visual Effects in this movie was great. The trailer made the film look like normal stakes with Tony Stark in the ship drifting through space and then we get to the movie and my goodness… they only went and thinned Robert Downey Jr. to make him super skinny and made him look like he was really starving. Now for another moment of visual effects that really caught my eye and probably went unnoticed by most people and that is when Thanos’ grey ship with a red middle goes through a green cloud and my goodness does it make for a beautiful image, and to think that that was just made up is crazy. This round was a really hard one to call but it is Avengers: Endgame that did it for me in the visual effects department so that another point to Avengers: Endgame.

Both movies had an extraordinary cast featuring loads of characters from previous movies over the whole of the MCU and this is the first time I think anything like this has ever been done. Not only are they just actors, but they are also actors with incredible CVs so this wouldn’t have come cheap. Avengers: Infinity War established the cast in a great way showing divisions between Tony Stark and Dr Strange who have different philosophical approaches and then the connection between The Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor is two worlds that married really well to make some great laugh and memorable moments.

Avengers: Endgame had that one scene where everyone came back that had previously been classed as ‘the vanished’ and it made for one epic battle sequence. Not only was it just a battle it bought together characters that we hadn’t seen before. Scarlet Witch's incredible power was finally really shown and I have to give massive credit to Marvel for having that all-female sequence in trying to return the stones to the van. I thought that bit was epic. It also played into nostalgia with the fight starting with the three characters that kind of started the whole Avengers off Iron man, Captain America and Thor. It is because of this reason that I believe Avengers: Endgame utilised the massive cast a lot better than in Avengers: Infinity War. For this reason, the final point goes to Avengers: Endgame.

This concludes another Vs. series with the winner between Infinity war on 2 points and Endgame winning with 4 points. In my opinion, I preferred Avengers: Endgame. What did you think of my comparison? Was I wrong? Comment down below.

If you have any ideas for similar films you wish for me to compare please get in touch by email which can be found on my contacts page or by my social media. Tweet @FilmsBuck and I’ll be sure to see it.

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