Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame ★★★★★

A fittingly simultaneously breathtakingly epic, gut-bustingly funny, and heartbreakingly powerful conclusion to the Infinity Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame sees directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely -- along with every other dedicated, multi-talented member of the cast and crew -- pouring their precious blood, sweat, and tears all over the screen and bringing everything they've got to the table to deliver what is not only arguably the best installment of this exquisitely well-oiled machine of a franchise but also its most daring, achingly human, and emotionally resonant entry to date, even moreso than last year's Infinity War.

Avengers: Endgame is a film that delivers absolutely everything you would want to see and experience in a Marvel film. But more importantly, it's a film that delivers absolutely everything you never even knew you wanted or even needed to see and experience in a Marvel film, and that makes it all the more rich and deeply satisfying. Just like with Infinity War, I shouted screams of awe. I cried tears of both joy and heartbreak. It's devastating as a longtime fan knowing we'll never see some of these characters again, and yet at the same time, it warmed my heart seeing some of them getting the endings that they royally deserved. It's been one hell of a decade, Marvel. Here's hoping the next ten years is just as thrilling. I cannot wait to see the next chapter of a new saga begin with Spider-Man: Far from Home and continue with The Eternals, Shang-Chi, Black Widow, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3.

On one last note, from this day forward, this film should be used as a template by all future comic book films for how to do fan-service the right way.

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