Avengers: Endgame was both a box office triumph and a major critical success. The long-awaited, final installment in the MCU’s Avengers saga was emotionally stirring, suspenseful, nostalgiac, and action-packed. From Tony Stark’s monumental sacrifice to Steve Rogers’ bittersweet relinquishing of the mantle, the movie certainly pulled at the heartstrings.
Long-gestating character arcs came to a glorious close. The Avengers — all united in epic fashion — defeated Thanos and his army of henchman once and for all. And the movie, at three hours and two minutes long, was over in a flash. Audiences who held their pee the first time around even came back for more when the film was re-released with special footage. So, in the end, the film was perfect, right? Not quite.
While Avengers: Endgame boasts a 94% critics score and a 91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was not without its flaws (few as they may be). One of the main gripes surrounding the film: a few major scenes felt forced. Whether for humor purposes or sentimental impact, MCU fans found certain scenes to be a little bit over the top; meaning, you could feel those behind the project “trying too hard.”
When browsing through forums discussing the worst moment in Avengers: Endgame or the weakest scene in the movie, a few trends quickly emerge. One: fans tend to point to scenes that feel forced. Two: fans tend to agree on those scenes.
3. Thor playing Fortnite
While showing fans just how psychologically traumatized and emotionally stunted Thor was following the events of Infinity War, this moment felt a little bit over the top. Fans agree that this scene — in an attempt to establish a degree of relatability between everyday humans and the god of thunder himself — felt like too much icing on an already solid cake.
Fat Thor, the nickname the Asgardian attained following Endgame, was a controversial character decision, to begin with; thus, showing the hammer-wielding savior playing the most popular video game of the times sat very poorly with fans who didn’t accept the change.
2. The Hulk dabbing
Similar to the complaint above, fans noted that this scene was a failed attempt at comedy, and the movie didn’t need to force comedy where it didn’t fit. One fan explained:
Worst moments would have to be the Hulk dabbing and Thor playing fortnite. A lot of the comedy was forced and unfunny…Reddit User
Overall, many MCU fans agree that the Hulk was stripped of his dignity in the final moments, and the writers — whether intentionally or not — mocked the character for the length of the film. Professor Hulk wasn’t a bad decision; however, utterly stripping away Hulk’s stomp and smash style left something to be desired.
1. All the female Avengers standing together to fight as a united front
Many MCU fans argue that this scene would have been a great addition to the movie, had it been handled better. Avengers viewers felt that seeing all the women take on Thanos, or watching them pass the gauntlet from one to the next, would have made for a more effective and believable scene, as opposed to showing them all standing together in the middle of a battle.
Though the scene was emotionally satisfying, many feel that it was forced due to how narratively unrealistic it was — a cheap way to include an empowering moment. In the case of this scene, fans were upset because it wasn’t better, not because it existed! Fans expected more from the Russo Brothers here. However, it’s important to note that others will argue this was one of, if not the, best scene in the movie. Thus, this scene’s place on this list is easily the most controversial.