Marvel Producer Calls 1 MCU Film More ‘Ambitious’ Than ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Ambitious is a word fans can attribute to most Marvel Cinematic Universe films. They’re of a grander scale than most films, primarily due to their budget. But the comic book material that inspires the movies allows producers to constantly challenge themselves and push the limits of what makes a good film. However, according to one producer, one movie is the most ambitious of them all, and it’s not Avengers: Endgame.

Kevin Feige, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo pose for a picture together. The seven of them hold out their fists and bring them together in front of a poster for 'Avengers: Endgame.'
Kevin Feige, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo | Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

‘Avengers: Endgame’ is the culmination of the 21 films that came before it

There’s no doubt that Avengers: Endgame is one of the biggest movies ever made in cinematic history. Not many films can claim that 21 other films led to its creation.

The fourth Avengers film seemingly completed what Marvel titled the “Infinity Saga” of the MCU, including 23 movies. Technically, Marvel counts Spider-Man: Far From Home as the final film in the saga, but Avengers: Endgame served as a more polished end to Phase Three. The movie featured the exit of three original Avengers, and it finished the story of Thanos and the Infinity Stones. Everything that came after it was a brand new story.

Avengers: Endgame is the second-highest-grossing movie of all time with a $356–400 million budget. It even frequented the first spot for almost two years before Avatar took back its place at the top. And many critics and fans worldwide highly praised the fourth Avengers film. It’s a movie that people will be talking about for a very long time.

Nate Moore reveals which MCU movie is bigger than ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Following the release of Eternals on Disney+, the streaming service added a documentary called Assembled: The Making of Eternals. The hour-long special features behind-the-scenes stories, footage from production, and interviews with the cast and crew. And toward the beginning of the documentary, executive producer Nate Moore made a big statement regarding Avengers: Endgame.

“I mean, [Eternals is], I would argue, our most ambitious film ever, and that’s in a MCU that has Endgame,” Moore said. “Almost anything you can think of. There are monsters. There are giant space gods. But there’s also a love story. It’s part of why it got us excited as filmmakers. You know, we’ve made 25 plus movies at Marvel Studios, but this does feel distinctly different than anything we’ve done before.”

According to The Direct, Moore, who is also the VP of Production & Development at Marvel Studios, said in the documentary, “By the end of this film, how we look at the MCU and the Earth itself will change.” And Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige added, “The impact the Eternals will have on the MCU will be nothing less than redefining the Cinematic Universe entirely.”

While Avengers: Endgame concluded a large portion of the MCU, it sounds like Eternals will set the stage for the next part.

Will the Eternals return for a sequel?

While Eternals doesn’t compare to Avengers: Endgame in terms of its likability among critics and fans, many people still want to see more from the Eternals. And the new superheroes likely have a bright future in the MCU.

Lia McHugh, who plays Sprite in Eternals, told that a sequel is in the plans. She said, “Yes, it’s very exciting. I can’t wait to read the scripts when it happens. It’s probably going to not be for a while, but I’m ready for it.”

McHugh is not the only cast member who has hinted at a sequel. Both Gemma Chan and Salma Hayek have teased their characters’ futures in the MCU.

Avengers: Endgame and Eternals are available to stream on Disney+.

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