After 10 years and 18 movies, it all comes down to this. Avengers: Infinity War is easily the biggest movie of the year, and one of the biggest of the decade, but now the time for all the theorising and speculation is over.
Infinity War has landed and Thanos with it, and sweet baby Groot it is good. The balancing act achieved by the Russo brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, juggling some 30 characters from across the universe, is a feat in itself. That they do it in a film with so much emotion, humour, thrills, surprises, charm, and incredible action is even better. Most of all, though, it's a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie where the sense of dread is palpable throughout; the stakes here are very real, and you will worry about your favourite heroes.
The movie, which has been heralded as the culmination of the MCU, itself culminates in suitably dramatic fashion. The final hour is an intense, breathless spectacle, and the ending packs a punch harder than an Infinity Gauntlet-wearing Thanos. But what does it all mean? With full spoilers for the movie from this point onwards, let's take a look at how Marvel's biggest movie goes out.
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