For our first matchup of the Sweet 16 in the MCU Madness Tournament , we decided to start off with the #1 overall seed, Avengers: Endgame. The biggest movie of all-time takes on the smallest hero to ever hit theaters. We have many great matchups in the Sweet 16, yet this is not expected to be one of them. But let’s see if Ant-Man can take down the giant. Vote Down Below
Directors: Joe and Anthony Russo
Box Office: $2,797,800,564
Synopsis: Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) sends a message to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers -- Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America (Chris Evans), and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) -- must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos (Josh Brolin) -- the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.
Pros: What is there to be said that hasn’t been said about the highest-grossing movie of all time. One of the strongest teams in the tournament, Avengers: Endgame has the best offense (heroes), the best defense (villains) and the best coaching staff (Russo Bros.). This movie acts as the grand finale of the MCU thus far and the epic introduction into its future. Victory for this film seems… inevitable.
Cons: While this movie is by far the biggest accomplishment not only in the MCU but possibly in all of cinema, it is not without flaw. The inherent issue with a movie like Endgame is the base knowledge of the universe needed to really get the full effect. But many would argue that with a spectacle like Endgame was and continues to be, you’re more likely to go back and do the homework in order to experience at least some of its full effect.
Director: Peyton Reed
Box Office: $ 519,311,965
Synopsis: Forced out of his own company by former protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) recruits the talents of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a master thief just released from prison. Lang becomes the new Ant-Man, being trained by Pym and armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size, possess superhuman strength and control an army of ants. The miniature hero must use his new skills to prevent Cross, also known as Yellowjacket, from perfecting the same technology and using it as a weapon for evil.
Pros: After the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the MCU gives us its first palate cleanser with the small-scare heist comedy. Ant-Man tests Marvels Studios’ ability to dive outside the norm with tales to astonish. We also get another home-run casting as Paul Rudd immediately cements himself as a fan favorite everyman-turned-hero. One of the biggest accomplishments of this movie is how it is able to remain a boots-on-the-ground story while still feeling relevant after succeeding the big ensemble that was Age of Ultron . And we cannot forget one of, if not the most, incredible supporting cast in the universe to date led by Michael Peña.
Cons: While this movie is not your typical origin story (Scott Lang is technically the second Ant-Man), it does encounter pitfalls that many other introductory movies face. Not only do we get a villain who is the quintessential “anti-hero”, but a portion of this movie is slowed by exposition scenes that don't push the plot forward. That, along with some awkward tension between the core characters, leaves this film asking for more in the grand scheme of things.