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Lo and behold, Avengers: Endgame the largest, quite literally with a massive runtime of 3 hours, and latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is here. 11 years packed with 22 movies have let to an end of an era, considering it concludes the massive storyline which has been at the center of the MCU over the last few years, in the form of this title. Fortunately, the fans could not have asked for a better and more satisfactory salute to the previous decade and final chapter of the (hulk-)smashing blockbuster saga. It is safe to say that Avengers: Endgame is nothing short of the thrilling action jammed movies Marvel fans have come to love and expect.

Avengers: Endgame has done a great job of setting itself apart from its predecessors to create a unique experience, which frankly is a feat of itself considering there have been 21 of them. The movie has a somewhat more fractured storyline than your usual superhero movie, and this has been masterfully executed to create a memorable movie in the sea of superhero releases nowadays. By ‘breaking’ the movie in multiple parts where not every focus is on the typical execution of a baddy, the movie becomes unpredictable and more thrilling than previous installments. Instead, the focus is more on delivering a well-rounded movie opposed to, for example, showcasing the heroes’ powers through grand battle scenes with the antagonist. Not to take anything away from these battle scenes as they are also present in Endgame, and more thrilling than ever, but they are less of a focal point as the movie balances them out by a great storyline and pacing. Contributing to the blockbuster feeling and overall enjoyability of the movie, the production is what you would come to expect of a Disney release. With stunning visuals, intricate costume, and props design, the movie is a true feast for your eyes. Combine this with an amazing score and soundtrack and you have got yourself a jaw-dropping movie à la Avengers: Endgame. The outer ‘package’ is not lacking on any point, but what’s maybe more important is that beneath this surface the movie encompasses a soul larger than any released MCU movie.

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The movie will very likely make you feel a stream of emotions to an extent which has not been explored yet in any superhero movie. It will make you laugh, which is not so rare anymore considering some of the last few Marvel titles relied solely on their ability to do so. Even more important and impressive is its ability to make you feel the pain and sadness the characters are feeling. In Endgame the characters are more vulnerable and more realistic than ever, which in turn allows you to be stagnated in your seat with awe (and maybe a few tissues) by breathtaking moments showcasing this realness for over 3 hours long. Furthermore, the diversity in the characters is able to take a clear form by showing the different ways in which they cope with the events that took place in Infinity War, the main prologue to Endgame, and I am here for it. No more, ‘that guy with the blonde hair’ or ‘that one Scarlett Johansson plays’, every character has multiple dimensions to their personality besides their specific set of moves, which previously have been center in MCU movies. Not only the main six (read; Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, The Hulk, Thor, and Hawkeye), but also ‘minor’ characters get their chance to shine and grow. For example, Nebula is just as interesting as any of the main six in this movie if you ask me. This newfound openness to having these characters, which started with Infinity War, getting their moment creates a more diverse and interesting atmosphere within the movie. Many characters get their moment to grow, feel and live, which is the best gift for any fan of the MCU. It is also important to acknowledge that the authenticity of these characters would not be possible without the actors who are rendering them on the big screen for us. Every one of these actors has granted the viewers with an unforgettable performance, from Chris Evans to Robert Downey Jr., and for some even their best yet.

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TLDR

The Russo Brothers have created with the largest release in the MCU yet also the most impactful and exciting one. After leaving the cinema it will be hard to think about anything else for the rest of the day. The movie is an emotionally charged one with the characters being rawer and more complete than in any of the previous 21 MCU releases. These are the factors that allow the franchise to grow to a new pinnacle, and help bring this ‘arc’ to a more than satisfactory ending. At the end of the three hours duration of the movie, I was yearning for more and believe me when I say that this is the best compliment a movie could receive from me.

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