‘Avengers: Endgame’: Why the Most Uncomfortable Scene Fell Flat
Avengers: Endgame was the biggest movie of all time, and it marked the end of Marvel’s Infinity Saga. This three-hour-long film did the impossible, as it gave screen time to dozens of characters and told their stories, all while giving each hero something fantastic and fun to do.
There are many great moments in Endgame, and it’s impossible to realistically list them all out. One of those awesome moments came straight out of a comic book, and it’s called the A-Force scene.
However, unfortunately for everyone involved, while that scene was cool, it also felt forced and, to some fans, even a bit uncomfortable to watch.
What is the A-Force scene?
In the movies, the A-Force doesn’t really exist yet, but still, the scene in question was clearly drawn from the A-Force comics. In the comic books, the A-Force is basically the Avengers, but all of them are women.
Since Marvel has plenty of female superheroes, the A-Force has a pretty big and diverse roster that includes the likes of Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, and more.
The A-Force scene in Endgame was when Captain Marvel arrived and Spider-Man handed the Infinity Gauntlet over to her. The camera cuts to Thanos’ army, and Spider-Man wonders how Captain Marvel will get through them. Then, surrounded by many of Marvel’s female heroes, Scarlet Witch said, “Don’t worry,” and then Okoye said, “She’s got help.”
All the women then charge and defeat their foes, and this made for an epic, though short, scene.
Why this scene was kind of uncomfortable
Visually, like many of the scenes in Endgame, the A-Force scene was extremely cool to watch. Many Marvel fans love watching their favorite comic books come to life, and this scene was a perfect example of it. That said, while this scene was simply amazing to watch, it did have problems.
Like Marvel fans on Reddit said, this scene was a bit uncomfortable to watch because the superheroes in the scene kind of didn’t really know each other. This was because, by and large, they simply didn’t have much time to interact with each other and develop their friendships with one another before this epic moment happened.
A couple of them did have a developed relationship before this scene, such as Okoye and Shuri, but by and large, as far as the MCU is concerned, most of them were strangers to each other. In fact, some fans think that the Wasp’s facial reaction when she sees her allies is a reference to that fact, since she looked a little confused when she saw who she was fighting with during this scene.
How did this happen and how Marvel is fixing it
One fan summed it up by saying that it wasn’t really the movie’s fault, “The fact that the scene in the movie could never be natural because the movies never bothered in developing any strong friendships between its female heroes.”
This is mostly true, since very few female superheroes had the opportunity to befriend one another in the other Marvel movies.
The main reason why that happened was because there simply wasn’t many women in the Marvel movies in the early phases. For example, Black Widow first showed up in Iron Man 2, but she didn’t have another female superhero to befriend until Age of Ultron.
Marvel is moving away from that pretty quickly, though. For example, like fans on Reddit said, the relationship between Gamora and her sister, Nebula, is very well-developed.
Additionally, by introducing more female superheroes, such as the Wasp, Captain Marvel, and, in the future, She-Hulk, Marvel is giving itself more opportunities to develop the relationships between its female characters.