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By Khaleel Hayes

It all comes down to this…after 11 years and over two dozen MCU films, the Avengers grace the big screen one last time in Avengers: Endgame.

Picking up where last year’s Infinity War left off, Thanos (Josh Brolin) succeeded in wiping out half of Earth’s population–including Black Panther, Doctor Strange, most of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and Nick Fury–just to name a few.

With the help of Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) return to Earth. The remaining Avengers (Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Don Cheadle) are at their wits end trying to think of a plan. They soon discover that Thanos is hiding on an unknown planet somewhere in the universe. Captain America, Black Widow, Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Bruce Banner, War Machine, and Nebula travel there, only to learn that the infinity stones are no more…there’s no way of saving the Earth.

Five years later Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) reappears on the scene from the Quantum Realm. He arrives to learn about Thanos’ evil deeds. He decides to pay the remaining Avengers a visit and get them to think about a time machine. They soon discover that the time machine could help in grabbing the infinity stones and possibly saving the Earth.

Endgame is what all the Marvel movies, starting from Iron Man in 2008, was leading up to. Almost every major and minor character in these MCU films appear from Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts to Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter. Endgame also reincarnates scenes from The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Doctor Strange, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

If you’re like me, there are a few MCU movies I skipped either on purpose or by accident. Endgame ties all these films together into one neat little package. It’s like a child opening all his/her Christmas presents and then finding one last surprise behind the tree or in the backyard. You didn’t see it coming, but you’re glad you made it to the end. That, along with laughter, tears, and gratitude cascade over you as the final credits roll. Sword fights, selfies, beer, and even Fortnite are also included.

Endgame, for some people, may feel like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Return of the Jedi, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, or even Logan because it’s not only the end of a franchise, but it’s the end an era. But for some people, Endgame may be the start of something new. Only time will tell.

Studio: Marvel (3hrs. 1 min)

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Brie Larson, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin,

Directors: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

Story: Following the events of Infinity War, the Avengers do everything they can to defeat Thanos and restore the Earth

Rating: PG-13

Final Score: A