It is nearly impossible to say anything substantive about “Avengers: Endgame” without revealing any of the plot or character details. Heaven knows that I don’t want to spoil any surprises here, nor do I want to anger the film’s zealous fan base, so let me simply state that this movie is a very satisfying conclusion to the Marvel movie series so far.

Don’t worry, there will be more movies coming soon to a theater near you. This film simply puts a big bow on the 21 previous films in the series and marks a transition to everything that will come “post-snap.”

Kudos to Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the screenwriters who had the monumental task of taming this beast of a story. They have delivered a script that has nice moments of humor, genuine emotions and plenty of opportunities for special effects laden action sequences. Perhaps most importantly, we get satisfying resolutions to some of the character storylines, as well as intriguing ideas about how Marvel plans to move forward with their film franchises.

I also appreciate that this is a difficult battle that truly tests the power and resolve of these superheroes, especially the core group of Avengers. The villain is no push over. There is no Deux ex Machina scenario where Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) waltzes in to save the say with her god-like superpowers, nor does Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) fulfill any of the internet’s wildest fan theories—thank goodness. This battle will be a difficult slog that will take a toll on the entire team. Their sweat and blood and tears is what makes the ending so satisfying.

More kudos to the directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, who keep things interesting enough to make you forget about the bladder-busting three hour run time. The showpiece action sequences are checkered in among many funny moments and some nice reunions that should keep the audience smiling.

Indeed, my only real criticism is that some of the returning characters don’t really add anything to the story. Some of these cameos feel more like a marketing stunt than genuine story development.

That’s a minor critique, and one that most audiences should be able to easily brush away. The bottom line is that “Avengers: Endgame” has everything you would hope to find in a film of this magnitude. I cheered, I laughed, and yes, I even teared up on occasion. Most importantly, I’m smiling in satisfaction at the end of this chapter, and absolutely looking forward to what comes next.

Reviews by Sean McBride, “The Movie Guy,” are published weekly in the Idaho Press and seen weekly on KFDM-TV. Sean welcomes your comments via email at smcbride@sbgtv.com.

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