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Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans in Avengers: Endgame

'Avengers: Endgame' puts a capstone on 11 years of filmmaking 

Only one spoiler in this review

Spoiler alert: Nothing – not even Ant-Man – goes up Thanos’ ass in Avengers: Endgame. That’s the only spoiler we’re allowed to give you, however. The highly anticipated three-hour finale to more than a decade of episodic filmmaking set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has reviewers sworn to secrecy. Disney has even asked general audiences to keep things under wraps after it opens so as not to ruin the experience for those who weren’t able to get tickets before the pre-sale literally crashed Fandango’s servers.

What we can tell you – we think – is that fans will find it wholly satisfying. There are a few problems with the script that those who love to uncover plot holes will delight in pointing out. But for the most part, Endgame delivers on the unique brand of humor, action and drama that Marvel has down to a science at this point. Be forewarned, though, that if you are new to the Marvel films – if you’ve for some reason picked Endgame to be your first foray into the MCU – you have made a poor decision. There’s a good chunk of plot that requires the audience to be at least passingly familiar with the general history of the Avengers story.

From the very first scene of Endgame, there’s a focus on youth – not as a focus group or marketing demographic or anything so cynical, but as the receivers of legacy, the torchbearers of the future, and an inherently optimistic hope. The end of the film has a finality about it that honors that feeling, that even though this particular story has reached its end, there will still be more to come, even if they’ll be necessarily different. Fans who stay till the end of the credits will certainly have that sense of an ending reinforced.

All in all, though, Avengers: Endgame is what we often call “review-proof.” No matter what, the movie is going to make billions of dollars. It’s less of a film than a shared cultural touchstone. Embrace that, and you’ll be satisfied with the end result.

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