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Film-Avengers Endgame

This image released by Disney shows (from left), Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Karen Gillan, the character Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Paul Rudd and Scarlett Johansson in a scene from “Avengers: Endgame.”

I’m warning you that this review has spoilers, so continue to read at your own risk.

What an amazing way to end the Infinity Stone saga in the Marvel Universe. Somehow the Russo brothers managed to make a whole theater laugh, cry and sigh in unison.

When the movie started, many character deaths were expected, but Marvel fans were left with only two new ones (three technically, but we will get to that).

Tony Stark (Iron Man) is gone, but in his death so much was changed for the better. Now don’t get me wrong, it was devastating. The Marvel Universe started with him and won’t be the same without him, but his death was bittersweet.

Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) also sacrificed herself in order for Clint Bartnon (Hawkeye / Ronin — possibly?) to obtain the soul stone. While I was torn, as were Hawkeye and Black Widow, over who should be sacrificed, I feel that Natasha had to die in order for Clint to get back to his family.

One thing that helped with these two huge losses was Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) saying she felt like they both knew they had helped them win with their deaths. While this does not bring them back, it helps soften the blow.

Now to the third “death” of sorts. After all is well (somewhat, anyway) Steve Rogers (Captain America) is tasked with returning the Infinity Stones to their prior locations in time. When Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk tries to bring him back, he finds he is unable to because Captain America had gone back in time and lived his life out with Peggy Carter. He returns to a nearby spot where they’re waiting for him as an old man and gives his iconic shield to Sam Wilson (Falcon), leaving us to wonder what will happen in that character arc next.

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Then there’s Loki, the character who always dies, yet never actually dies (I’m not complaining). While Loki was officially killed in “Infinity War,” when Iron Man, Captain America and Scott Lang (Ant Man) go back to 2012 to get Infinity Stones, Loki obtains a stone and portals away. While he is not seen in the movie again, does this mean an alternate timeline for Loki? Fans have speculated that Loki will be getting a show on the upcoming Disney streaming service Disney+, so this does make it possible.

With three (basically) of the original Avengers dead, there are still three left: Hawkeye, Hulk/Banner and Thor. Hawkeye is most likely going to continue to spend time with the family he got back and is seen doing so at the end of “Endgame.” What is in store for Hulk/Banner and Thor is different.

With Natasha gone, Banner (I’m just going with it) seems unsure of what to do next, but Mark Ruffalo — Banner’s actor — still has another movie in his contract, so we will have to wait and see.

That leaves Thor. At the end of “Endgame,” we leave Thor with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Right before Thor walks in, Peter Quill is looking to see if Gamora is back. This leads fans to think that this will be the next adventure for (Thor said it, not me) the Asgardians of the Galaxy.

One more movie awaits Marvel fans for the finale of Phase 3 in the Universe — “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” With Tony Stark gone, Peter Parker has a lot to deliberate over while still being Spider-Man. After this movie, Phase 3 will be complete, leaving Marvel to start Phase 4 (one I’m very excited for).

Marvel’s more-than-a-decade-long Infinity Stones saga has come to an end. It left us with laughter and tears, but it will be forever remembered as a modern cinematic masterpiece.

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