We never quite know what to expect with the Marvel films. I surely did not expect to be brought to tears more times than when I saw “Titanic.”

How in the world, or galaxy, could such a turn of events happen in the most successful string of adventure fantasies of all time?

Well, at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War” Thanos snapped his fingers and half the beings in the galaxy, not just Earth, vanished in a puff of ash. He obliterated trillions of sentient beings in an instant. Many of those beings we know and love from the other 20 Marvel Universe films brought to us over the last 11 years. When they died, other characters that we know and love just as well suffered the expected emotional trauma.

And we had to watch.

Seeing a superhero in the throes of wrenching emotional loss has a certain impact. Especially when we see the faces of the hurting people 10 feet high. And more so when the actors playing the superheroes are tremendous practitioners of their craft.

By my rough count close to 20 of the actors in “Avengers: Endgame” have been nominated or have won Oscars. When Jeremy Renner, as Hawkeye, reacts to the loss of his family, we hurt right along with him.

Do not mistake this film as just a jumble of special effects, blazing guns and fast action. It has all that and more, but the actors make the characters into people we know and care about.

Director brothers Joe and Anthony Russo also helmed “Captain America” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” Great job Russos.

With three hours and one minute of screen time the film comes stuffed with all the things that make us want to rush to see the Marvel films. We have a tiny cameo by the creator Stan Lee, now passed from this stage, but also a walk on by comic Ken Jeong. The film almost demands repeated viewings. For certain I missed a good deal in the first sitting.

The movie people spent between $350 million and $400 million making the film, we still don’t know the exact totals.

For a film that involves the deaths of half of humanity it still manages a mild PG-13 rating. It has already set a new record, this for the most screens showing a single film, 4,662.

This spellbinding film rates a solid four saw blades.

It brought in $169 million on an early Wednesday opening in China and may hit a billion dollars worldwide by Sunday midnight.

Watch for a screen shot that will become an icon with a brief showing of an all female group of superheroes in the climatic battle before they disperse to fight.

The film captured me right away in the first minutes with Traffic’s Mr. Fantasy on the soundtrack and Iron Man making references to both the Rolling Stones and the Beatles in one fast screed.

You’re gonna like this one.

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