Why ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Is Very Different From Other MCU Movies

The Avengers: Endgame opening is almost here and, while fans have been doing their best to avoid spoilers, there is some non-spoilery level of detail that gives a hint at what they can expect. In a word, Endgame is very different from other movies in the MCU.

Los Angeles World Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Endgame"
Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

How is Avengers: Endgame different?

Since there were 21 movies that came before Avengers: Endgame, it’s logical to believe that the newest MCU entry will share some similarities. According to star Don Cheadle, who pays War Machine, however, that’s not the case.

Cheadle told the Daily News that, based on the way things ended in Infinity War, with that Thanos snap that turned some of the characters to dust, there’s a different tone with Endgame.

Cheadle shared: “The tone that this film has is different than the other ones, given that we’re dealing with all this loss and grieving and people wanting to give up and really feeling hopeless.”

He added: “That’s something that you don’t usually see in the Avengers movies. They’re like, ‘We’re gonna win at all costs.’ We find a very defeated group of superheroes in this one.”

There’s a lot of sorrow coming into this one after Thanos killed off half the universe in Infinity War. How do the surviving Avengers handle the dire situation? They definitely have their work cut out for them.

Cheadle noted: “On the set, it felt like we were really bringing something special to this one and different to this one than any of the other movies had. Especially with the stakes (in the movie) being so high, with half of our people being gone, and half of the universe being gone, there’s obviously a lot to fight for.”

Endgame is very different from Infinity War, based on early reviews

Following the Avengers: Endgame world premiere event, those lucky enough to see the film took to Twitter to share their reactions, without spoiling anything.

Erik Davis, Managing Editor at Fandango explained: “Do not go in expecting Infinity War part two. The two films are so different, yet compliment each other in all the best ways. In terms of which MCU movie to watch beforehand… honestly, all of them. What an experience — what an accomplishment.”

He added: “Not going to spoil anything at all, but I will say I laughed, I cried, I cried, I cheered, I laughed, I cried again and then the entire audience gave it a massive standing ovation. And then I cried again. Be ready, kids. Be. Ready.”

Mike Ryan, senior entertainment writer at Uproxx, also shared in his Endgame review that it “is without a doubt, the most confusing and convoluted of any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, yet it’s also unbelievably satisfying — and, yes, does act as an endpoint for many major character arcs.”

Ryan also called the film “strangely sentimental,” pointing out that “Endgame really does become a film about loss, grief, and just trying your best to move on.”