The 2 Reasons ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Is Better the Second Time Around: Fans Weigh In

Though few people saw Avengers: Endgame and left the theater with a less-than-glorious opinion — one imbued with equal parts nostalgic reflection and leftover jitters from the high-octane ride — many agree that the MCU film was better the second time around. So, how could this be? 

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ World Premiere | Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

The first time is a majestic experience, filled with answers to long-awaited questions, heart-wrenching conclusions to decade-long character arcs, and it’s an experience never to be felt again…for the first time. One would presume that the second time — when you already know the fallout of events and the answers to all of your questions  — would be less enjoyable, as the edge-of-your-seat aspect is amiss. However, many argue that the exact opposite is true.

While it may be true that watching Avengers: Endgame a second and a third time proves to be less informative, it does not prove to be less engaging. The way you experience the film shifts from a place of curiosity and concern to a place of knowledge and reflection. Fans of the series explain why this is the case, and two significant trends emerge.

1. First-time concern: What if the theory I hate most turns out to be true?

Leading up to Avengers: Endgame, several theories were circling the internet, spreading across forums, social media outlets, and digital publications like wildfire. As a result, many MCU fans grew concerned that some of their least favorite possibilities would turn out to be true. One MCU enthusiast noted:

…The first time I watched, my mind was still influenced by the Brie Larson hate train that’s been going around lately. People were talking about how Captain Marvel would probably save the day…And it made me appreciate her scenes less. I was anxious everytime she came up on screen and kept thinking please don’t let this be like Superman in Justice League.

The second time around I already knew what was gonna happen. Our original heroes are the true stars of this movie. They’ll get all the spotlight and I no longer had any anxieties and just really enjoyed the ride.

Reddit User 

The second time you watch Avengers: Endgame, all your worries are gone. If you were someone who kept up with fandom leading up to the final installment, you knew several theories and could recite your favorites and least favorites at any point. However, once you know, you can appreciate the experience, absent of all worries that your nightmare sequences will come to bear. 

2.  The first time you watch ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ it’s overwhelming; the second time, it’s understood

Avengers: Endgame was a 22-film build-up spanning over a decade. Everything rested on this movie’s success. If the film failed to live up to expectations, it would become another Game of Thrones — deemed excellent until the pivotal moment. 

If it succeeded, fans would be overcome with emotion, ecstatic to witness the conclusion to such an epic saga. Though the MCU film proved to be the latter, it was so overwhelming – the idea of this film’s legacy was so ever-present — that many failed to enjoy the movie for its narrative strengths, giving way to their emotional states instead. One fan noted:

If I’m being 1000000% honest, it was pretty overwhelming the first time I saw it.

It was the first movie I’ve got ever legitimately cried during. With the big fan service fight scene they had for the climactic battle, tears were streaming down my face, not because I was sad or anticipating anything sad, but literally because I was overwhelmed and didn’t know how to react to what I was baring witness to.

The second time was a lot better because I knew what was going to happen and I was able to process it a lot more like other marvel movies.

Reddit user 

When it comes down to it, Avengers: Endgame was such a big deal, in and of itself — separate from its storytelling and character-defining moments — that some people couldn’t keep their eyes dry long enough to watch, or they kept finding themselves in awe, missing some vital details. If you are so caught up in the glamour of something, you come to miss the very facets making it excellent. The second time, you can appreciate the little details; you can appreciate how the Russo Brothers virtually tied a bow on the whole saga.