'Avengers: Endgame' is a spectacular tour de force

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“Avengers: Endgame” is the real deal. It’s the grand finale that lives up to all of the hype and excitement, and then delivers even more.

As the final chapter in a decade’s worth of Marvel superhero movies, “Avengers: Endgame” is pretty much perfect. If you have been enjoying all of the Iron Man and Avengers movies in the past, then “Endgame” is sure to impress and satisfy.

Movies just don’t get much bigger and better than this.

At the end of last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War”, the super-villain Thanos used the mystical Infinity Stones to wipe out half of all life in the universe. In this direct sequel, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and their surviving friends must recover from the trauma and take the fight back to Thanos.

And maybe, just maybe, figure out a way to bring everybody back.

“Avengers: Endgame” is being hailed as the finale to more than a decade’s worth of Avengers movies, and it is definitely made with finality in mind. This movie has serious stakes and isn’t looking ahead to what comes next. Disney and Marvel are going to keep making superhero movies, but “Endgame” really is the end of a story that’s been building since Robert Downey Jr. donned his suit of armor as Iron Man in 2008.

And 22 movies later, Disney and Marvel still know how to put on a good show. “Endgame” is a blast, filled to the brim with everything that has made these movies such billion dollar success stories. The characters are hugely entertaining, the drama is real and heartfelt and the humor is perfectly crafted to lighten the mood and keep the audience engaged.

Since this is the grand finale, the action, humor, characters and drama are pushed even further for Marvel’s biggest spectacle yet. The filmmakers clearly knew to pull out all the stops when making “Endgame”.

The only drawback is that “Avengers: Endgame” is clearly made with the fans in mind, which might keep those who are out of the loop way out of the loop. The new film is stuffed full of characters, callbacks, references and tributes to the previous movies. If you’re already a fan of those films and have been following along, this adds an extra layer of enjoyment to “Endgame”.

But if you’ve been ignoring all of these superhero movies, “Endgame” is not the best place to come on board. The new film expects the audience to know the difference between Ant-Man and Rocket Raccoon. It also expects the audience to know what happened in the earlier Ant-Man and Rocket Raccoon movies.

“Avengers: Endgame” is a thoroughly enjoyable and immensely satisfying conclusion to the hugely popular Marvel superhero franchise. If you’re already a fan, the movie delivers. If you’re not yet a fan, it’s never too late to get started.

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