With the MCU's Phase Four coming to an end with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it looks like fans will have to wait until Phases 5 & 6 before another movie can wrap up everything in a satisfying way like Avengers: Endgame did. Superhero fans have been spoiled with countless memorable endings in recent years, so it's no surprise they now have high expectations.
Outside of the MCU, the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies and Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy proved that a movie doesn't need universe-ending stakes to have an amazing conclusion. That's why when it came to the best superhero movie endings, Reddit had a lot of strong opinions.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Whilst the best movie endings are usually the most narratively satisfying, Avengers: Infinity War managed to make an impact by subverting all audience expectations in this area. Instead, the movie's choice to leave things on a cliffhanger and with the situation looking more dire than ever was the perfect way to build up anticipation for Endgame.
One Redditor emphasized how going into the movie blind made it all the more shocking, saying that seeing the movie in theatres for the first time "is something I will never ever forget." Though it may not have been a feel-good conclusion or even a conclusion at all, Infinity War rates highly for its bold approach alone.
Watchmen is one of the more famous examples of a movie where the superheroes end up losing, but it's the clever way it achieves this that makes it stand out. With the cruel twist that Nite Owl and Rorschach's efforts were futile the entire time as it's too late to stop Veidt's plan, it's Nite Owl's words that made the ending stick with Redditors like mike-wilson.
According to them, Watchmen "springs to mind" when it comes to great superhero movie endings because of the power in Nite Owl's speech to the villain where he tells him that he hasn't idealized mankind but "mutilated it!" Instead of a moment of triumph, the audience gets to see the hero in utter defeat and that helps make it a memorable ending.
M. Night Shyamalan is a director known for his fantastic twist endings and one of the movies that established this reputation was the brilliant Unbreakable. Redditor Kalse1229 explains why the ending works so well because, though the twist "makes sense when you think about it," they wouldn't have "ever expected that to happen."
Following a man who realizes he may have superpowers after surviving a car accident unscathed, the movie has gained a cult fanbase, thanks to its uniquely realistic approach to the superhero genre. However, a superbly executed ending that recontextualizes the events of the movie is really what has kept it alive in fans' memories.
The Avengers (2012)
Whilst it's been overshadowed by the overwhelming success of the Avengers series and many don't consider its conclusion on par with Endgame and Infinity War, there's one thing that it has over those movies as far as Redditor StevilOverlord is concerned. That thing is how it basically invented the lighthearted Marvel post-credits scene.
They explain that it was funny because the heroes had "destroyed most of a city and totally saved the day, and now it's all over, they are just chilling out and eating some noodles in a wrecked bar." Most superhero movies that end with such high-stakes battles wouldn't end on such a blithe note, but that's why The Avengers is so distinct.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Though the movie itself received a much more lukewarm reception from critics than The Dark Knight, there's a decent amount of fans that think The Dark Knight Rises deserves more praise because it managed to deliver a satisfying ending for one of the most conflicted and tortured Batmans to grace the screen.
Though the suggestion came up countless times, Redditor KookyGuy summed up their feelings the best by saying they simply "want closure" and that "if any character deserved a happy ending, it's Bruce Wayne." For delivering both of these despite Gotham City almost falling, fans have come to appreciate the movie's ending a lot over the years.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
In a way, the entirety of Endgame was an ending for a storyline that had been building in the MCU for a long time. Resolving the arcs of countless characters whilst finally bringing to an end the giant threat of Thanos was no easy task, but Redditors like BlackDogDexter thought they couldn't have done a much better job.
They point out how few fans were "disappointed with the conclusion of a 22 film series," and that's an incredible feat on its own. With epic final battles as well as the simplicity of Steve Rogers getting the happy ending he deserved, fans found a lot to praise and not a lot to fault with a movie ending that might be the MCU's best ever.
Though it's considered perhaps the best movie in the X-Men franchise, Logan is also a big departure from the other all-action entries, thanks to a slower, more heartfelt tone that is exemplified by its emotional ending to send off the iconic superhero. One Redditor sums up the powerful conclusion by saying that "the ending to Logan is one of the few times I’ve teared up in a movie."
The movie so perfectly concludes the character's arc that those who don't normally get emotional at movies and who have no prior attachment to Hugh Jackman's Wolverine will still likely be emotionally affected. On top of that, the symbolic ending is the perfect understated contrast to the usual explosive endings of superhero movies.
The Dark Knight (2008)
Both The Dark Knight Rises and Batman Begins were popular suggestions for superhero movies with great endings, but the consensus is that Nolan delivered his best with The Dark Knight. After facing off against the Joker, who seemed to have the upper hand on Batman from the very beginning, the movie had to deal with a hero forced to confront his own shortcomings in its ending.
Redditor KL2710 explained how Nolan achieved this in style with "Gordon explaining to his son why it has to be why it is" after Batman flees as a criminal along with "that Hans Zimmer score building up" and "the cut to black at the right moment." It all worked harmoniously to create an ending that's still talked about today as one of the best.
Iron Man (2008)
Whilst Iron Man is a movie that has almost been forgotten amidst the sheer number of MCU movies that have appeared since its release, its ending did one thing right that ensured it would stay with fans ever since. Redditor Dorkside summarizes this by saying "Iron Man really caught me by surprise by having Tony Stark reveal to the world that he was Iron Man."
Whilst it makes sense considering Tony Stark's personality, it's something that completely defied superhero movie conventions back in 2008. In not just revealing his identity but doing so in a triumphant fashion, Iron Man provided an unexpected and most importantly crowd-pleasing ending that's hard not to like.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 2 is one of the most widely beloved superhero movies ever made, so it's no surprise its ending is also considered one of the best. Redditor Calhalen explains why it's so perfect as Spider-Man is being "defeated in every aspect of his life" for much of the movie, but, in the end, he is helped by the civilians he worked so hard to save.
They consider this to be "powerful stuff I don’t really see in today’s superhero movies," as it showed that people truly were grateful to have a hero in the form of Spider-man. Along with his final confrontation with Octavius and his reunion with MJ, the ending of the movie satisfied every single plot line it set up and finally resolved the issues that had led to Spider-Man being in such bad shape. That's why few superhero movie endings have been able to live up to it.
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