Fans are counting down the hours until the blockbuster phenomenon Avengers: Endgame hits theaters. Over the last decade (2008–2019), Marvel Studios produced a vast network of films and characters within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU, all of which culminate to this moment of the “Infinity Saga”—the release of Endgame.
To prepare for the finale, some fans, like myself, are watching all the films in chronological order (not order of release) to refresh our memories, relive the journey, and celebrate the end of this epic adventure. It’s like world-renowned author and storyteller C. S. Lewis once put it: “We do not enjoy a story fully at the first reading. Not till the curiosity, the sheer narrative lust, has been given its sop and laid asleep, are we at leisure to savour the real beauties. Till then, it is like wasting great wine on a ravenous natural thirst which merely wants cold wetness.”
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The most impressionable takeaway from the 2,868-minute MCU movie-watching marathon is the string tying the stories together: the infamous Infinity Stones. If you don’t know by now, the Infinity Stones—six singularities that existed before the universe began—contain distinct powers that villains in the MCU films are desperate to get their hands on for varying, but mostly destructive, purposes. In this ongoing “good versus evil” cosmic war, all the characters, even the heroes, are beautifully flawed (yes, even the noble Captain America himself) and are affected by the villainous crusades for these stones.
Hidden in the shadows of these movies are cosmic truths worth unearthing and revisiting as they help us understand our culture and what we can uniquely contribute to it.
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We see the culmination of these stories tied together in the 2018 movie Avengers: Infinity War, where one, virtually unstoppable villain, Thanos, completes his universal quest for all five Infinity Stones....
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