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Avengers:Endgame - Review Avengers Assemble

The climactic movie in the Avengers series is an irresistible blend of action and comedy, guaranteeing a sugar rush of delirious enjoyment

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he previous Avengers movie, Infinity War, stunned believers and unbelievers alike with its sheer stupendous scale, and that devastating ending in which the evil Thanos appeared to have gained victory by getting hold of all six of the Infinity Stones, causing a crumbling-to-dust of many key players: a terrible cosmic loss, irreparable, irreversible, surely?

We were of course promised wild new surprises with this colossal climactic movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directed by the Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony. But would these surprises be .... new ways of coming to terms with the unchangeable disaster? Unexpected coping strategies? Novel means of simply accepting the Avengers’ stunningly permanent defeat?



Or could it be … something else? Paul Rudd, who plays Ant-Man, was challenged on TV about the possibility of his character shrinking to a tiny size, flying into some convenient orifice of the evil Thanos, and then grossly enlarging himself to make the great villain go splat like Mr. Creosote. Rudd declined to be drawn.

Well, I won’t disclose how things progress here, other than to say it allows the main players to revisit some of the scenes of their most spectacular franchise triumphs. And I have to admit, in all its surreal grandiosity, in all its delirious absurdity, there is a huge sugar rush of excitement to this mighty finale, finally interchanging with euphoric emotion and allowing us to say poignant farewells.



In chess, an “endgame” sees relatively few pieces on the board – but of course, this film is much more heavily populated. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is floating, desolately, in space, staring extinction in the face. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) confronts the loss of his family – a rather eerie, challengingly downbeat opening scene. Steve Rogers, formerly Captain America (Chris Evans) is helping others deal with their awful sense of cosmic grief. Rhodey (Don Cheadle) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are grimly getting on things. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is a vivid new presence in everyone’s lives.

And change is the keynote. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) has found a way to co-exist as a gentle human intellectual and a green monster. He is now half-man, half-hulk (mulk?) and is now reconciled to a new twilight of celebrity, accepting selfie opportunities with kids.


But Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is a worry. The great catastrophe has caused him to retreat to New Asgard, where he has put on an enormous amount of weight and morosely obsessed with beer and video games. It is a very funny performance from Hemsworth, emphasising that he is first among equals with the Avengers when it comes to comedy. Other people get funny lines as well, and the words “Mungo Jerry” gets one of the biggest laughs of the film.

Karen Gillan as Nebula in Avengers: Endgame.

But part of this movie is about how Thor comes to terms with the memory of his mother, Frigga (Rene Russo), and also in fact how Tony Stark achieves closure on the subject of his dad, Howard (John Slattery). And there are many more characters and subordinate narrative arcs to absorb. The poster is not an infallible guide. It is, as ever, a huge intricately detailed and interlocking mosaic of figures within that strange Avengers universe, which uniquely (and bizarrely) combines both the mythic and the contemporary – and which is here the stage for a Tolkienian quest.


Avengers: Endgame is entirely preposterous and, yes, the central plot device here does not, in itself, deliver the shock of the new. But the sheer enjoyment and fun that it delivers, the pure exotic spectacle, are irresistible, as is its insouciant way of combining the serious and the comic. Without the comedy, the drama would not be palatable. Yet without the earnest, almost childlike belief in the seriousness of what is at stake, the funny stuff would not work either. As an artificial creation, the Avengers have been triumphant, and as entertainment, they have been unconquerable.


Mother Shailputri, also known as Goddess Shailputri, is the first among the nine forms of Goddess Durga. She is worshiped on the first day of the Navratri festival, which is celebrated all across India with great enthusiasm and devotion. The word ‘Shailputri’ is derived from two words, ‘Shail’ meaning mountain, and ‘Putri’ meaning daughter. Thus, she is known as the daughter of the mountains.


According to Hindu mythology, Mother Shailputri is believed to be the reincarnation of Sati, the first wife of Lord Shiva. Sati had immolated herself in the holy fire as she could not bear the humiliation meted out to her husband by her own father, King Daksha. After Sati's death, Lord Shiva became detached from the world, and his anger manifested in the form of Veerabhadra, who destroyed King Daksha's yajna.


To pacify Lord Shiva, the Gods created a new body for Sati, which was found in the Himalayan mountains. This new form was named Shailputri, and she married Lord Shiva. She is depicted as a beautiful woman riding on a bull, with a trident in her right hand and a lotus flower in her left hand. The bull is believed to be her vehicle, which represents dharma, strength, and stability.


Mother Shailputri is also associated with the Muladhara chakra, which is located at the base of the spine. This chakra is associated with the element of earth, and it represents stability, grounding, and the physical body. It is believed that by worshiping Mother Shailputri, one can activate and balance the Muladhara chakra, which can bring stability and balance to one's life.


During Navratri, devotees worship Mother Shailputri with great devotion and offer her flowers, fruits, and sweets. They also perform various rituals, such as fasting and reciting mantras, to seek her blessings. It is believed that by worshiping her, one can overcome all obstacles and attain success in life.


Her worship during Navratri is believed to bring peace, prosperity, and happiness to the devotees. On the first day of Navratri, devotees offer special prayers and perform puja to seek the blessings of Maa Shailputri. It is also believed that worshipping Maa Shailputri can help in overcoming physical and mental ailments, and provide strength and courage to face life's challenges.


Apart from Navratri, Maa Shailputri is also worshipped on various occasions, such as weddings, childbirth, and housewarming ceremonies. She is considered to be the nurturer of the universe and the provider of abundance and blessings.


In conclusion, Maa Shailputri is an embodiment of strength, beauty, and divine power. Her worship helps us connect with nature and seek the blessings of the divine feminine. Her grace can help us overcome obstacles and lead a life filled with peace and prosperity.

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Introduction: Instagram has become one of the most effective social media platforms to promote your brand and reach a wider audience. One of the best ways to do this is by using Instagram's hashtag filter. hashtags are an excellent tool to increase the visibility of your brand, attract more followers, and boost your engagement rate. In this blog post, we will discuss how to maximize your brand's reach on Instagram using the hashtag filter and the best SEO practices to make sure your content reaches the right audience.

Table of Contents:

  1. What are Hashtags?
  2. Why are Hashtags Important for Your Brand?
  3. How to Use Hashtags on Instagram
  4. Best Practices for Using Hashtags on Instagram
  5. Tips to Optimize Your Instagram Hashtag Strategy for SEO


What are Hashtags?

Hashtags are a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters, preceded by a pound or hash symbol (#). Hashtags categorize content, making it easier for users to find posts related to a specific topic. For example, #foodie, #travel, or #fitness are hashtags used to group content related to food, travel, and fitness, respectively.

Why are Hashtags Important for Your Brand?

Using hashtags on Instagram is a great way to reach a wider audience, especially if you're just starting to build your following. When you use hashtags in your posts, your content is more likely to be discovered by people who are interested in the topics you're talking about. Additionally, using hashtags can increase engagement on your posts, since people who are interested in the same topics are more likely to interact with your content.

How to Use Hashtags on Instagram

Using hashtags on Instagram is simple. All you have to do is add the hashtag symbol (#) followed by the keyword or phrase you want to use as a hashtag. For example, if you want to post a picture of your latest meal and you want to use the hashtag #foodie, you would add the hashtag symbol followed by foodie: #foodie. You can use up to 30 hashtags on each post, but it's important to use relevant hashtags that are related to your content.

Best Practices for Using Hashtags on Instagram

Here are some best practices to follow when using hashtags on Instagram:

Use Relevant Hashtags: Make sure the hashtags you use are relevant to your content. Avoid using generic hashtags that are too broad, as they won't attract the right audience.

Research Hashtags: Do some research to find the most popular hashtags related to your niche. You can use tools like Hashtagify or Instagram's built-in search feature to find relevant hashtags.

Mix it Up: Don't use the same set of hashtags on every post. Mix it up and use different hashtags to attract new followers and keep your content fresh.

Use Branded Hashtags: Create a branded hashtag that's unique to your brand. This will make it easier for your followers to find your content and encourage user-generated content.

Hide Hashtags: To avoid cluttering your caption, you can hide your hashtags by placing them in a comment right after you publish your post.

Tips to Optimize Your Instagram Hashtag Strategy for SEO

Use Long-tail Keywords: Instead of using generic hashtags, try using long-tail keywords that are specific to your niche. This will help your content rank higher in search results and attract a more targeted audience.

Use Location-based Hashtags: If your business has a physical location, use location-based hashtags to attract local customers.

Monitor Your Hashtags: Keep track of the performance of your hashtags using Instagram's Insights feature. This will help you identify which hashtags are generating the most engagement and adjust your strategy accordingly.

Conclusion
Remember to use relevant hashtags, do your research, mix it up, use branded hashtags, and hide your hashtags to avoid cluttering your caption. Additionally, using long-tail keywords, and location-based hashtags, and monitoring your hashtag performance can help you further optimize your Instagram hashtag strategy for SEO.

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India opened its medal account at the Commonwealth Games 2022 on Saturday with 21-year-old weightlifter Sanket Mahadev Sargar claiming a silver in the men's 55 kg category. He wanted nothing less than the gold, but two failed clean and jerk attempts spoiled his chances, and settled for a combined lift of 248 kg (113 kg+135 kg) to finish second.


Then fellow lifter Gururaja Poojary, the silver medallist in the last edition (56 kg), took the bronze in men's 61 kg. But the biggest attraction of the day was Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, who shattered Commonwealth Games records to win India's first gold medal. Later, another Tokyo Olympic Games medallist Lovlina Borgohain (boxing) started her campaign with a 5-0 win. Bindyarani Sorokhaibam, then, won India's fourth medal of the day in the women's 55 kg weightlifting. The women's hockey team also won but the women's table tennis team, the defending champions, crashed out. Catch Day 2 highlights.   

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Hello Guys,

I went for AWS Developer Associate recently and got certified with an 89% score. Here I am sharing the journey with you.

If you know a little bit about what is DB, Server, Cache, and Storage then this will be easy for you to understand AWS-verse services.

Let's see the AWS-verse services and their usage.

IAM (Identity and Access management) - 

This is the service that is responsible for what the user, any other service can do what and what can not be done.

EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) - 

EC2 is the most used service of AWS. It gives so many types of virtual as well as physical machines that can be used for different use cases. It is like a machine working on some operating system like Linux, or Windows as well as macOS also.

S3 (Simple Storage Service) - 

This is the cheapest, most durable, fault-tolerant service for storing data storage. S3 can also be used to host a static website.

RDS (Relational Database Service) - 

RDS offers 5 managed database services, that includes MySQL, MariaDB, SQL Server, Oracle SQL, and AWS' own AROURA. This provides a high-performance database in the cloud.




DynamoDB (Serverless Key-Value store) - 

A very fast key-value database. Fully managed, serverless.

Lambda (Serverless compute)-

With lambda, you can deploy the function written in Java, Python, and many more language programs in AWS without managing servers.

Elastic Beanstalk (Managed Server)-

If you don't want to manage underlying servers, just deploy your code on EBS and it will be ready to use. 

There are many more services you can read more about them here.


You will have to get at least 72% to pass the exam.


Good Luck.

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Akshay Tritiya is a special day in the Hindu calendar that is celebrated every year during the month of Vaishakha (April-May) on the third lunar day (Tithi). This day is considered to be extremely auspicious for starting new ventures, making investments, and purchasing gold or other precious items. In fact,  Akshay Tritiya is often referred to as the "Day of Infinite Blessings."

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The word "Akshay" means "infinite" or "never-ending," while "Tritiya" means "third." Thus, Akshay Tritiya is a day that is associated with never-ending prosperity and good fortune.

The origins of Akshay Tritiya can be traced back to ancient Hindu texts such as the Mahabharata and the Puranas. According to these texts, this day marks the beginning of the Treta Yuga, one of the four ages or cycles of time in Hinduism. It is believed that on this day, Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the universe, incarnated as Parashurama, a warrior sage who rid the earth of evil kings and restored order and justice

In addition to its mythological significance, Akshay Tritiya is also associated with the agricultural cycle in India. This day marks the beginning of the wheat harvest in many parts of the country, and farmers offer prayers and perform rituals to seek blessings for a bountiful harvest.

Celebrations on Akshay Tritiya typically involve the worship of Lord Vishnu, Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth and prosperity), and Kubera (the god of wealth). People also visit temples, make donations to the poor, and perform charity work on this day. Many households also perform puja (worship) at home and offer prayers for success and prosperity in their lives.

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One of the most popular traditions associated with Akshay Tritiya is the purchase of gold or other precious items. It is believed that buying gold on this day brings good luck and prosperity throughout the year. Many jewelry stores and retailers offer special discounts and promotions on Akshay Tritiya, and people flock to buy gold coins, jewelry, and other items.

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Akshay Tritiya is a day that is filled with positivity, hope, and blessings. It is a time to reflect on our goals and aspirations and to take steps toward achieving them. Whether it is starting a new business, making an investment, or simply seeking blessings for a happy and prosperous life,  Akshay Tritiya is a day that inspires us to pursue our dreams with passion and determination.

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Serverless computing has revolutionized the way developers build, deploy, and scale applications. With serverless computing, developers no longer need to manage servers, infrastructure, or the operating system. Instead, they can focus on writing code and building applications that are scalable, efficient, and cost-effective.

AWS Lambda and API Gateway are two of the most popular serverless computing services provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this blog, we will discuss the basics of serverless computing, AWS Lambda, and API Gateway, and how to use them to build a serverless web application.

Basics of Serverless Computing

Serverless computing is a cloud computing model in which the cloud provider manages the infrastructure and automatically allocates computing resources as needed. The key benefits of serverless computing are scalability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda is a serverless computing service provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS). It allows developers to run code without provisioning or managing servers. AWS Lambda functions can be used to process data, respond to events, and more. AWS Lambda supports a wide range of programming languages, including Node.js, Python, Java, Go, and Ruby.

API Gateway

AWS API Gateway is a fully managed service that makes it easy for developers to create, publish, and manage RESTful APIs. It integrates with AWS Lambda, allowing developers to create serverless APIs that can be used to build scalable web applications. API Gateway provides features such as authentication, authorization, and rate limiting, making it a powerful tool for building secure and efficient APIs.

Building a Serverless Web Application with AWS Lambda and API Gateway Now that we have a basic understanding of serverless computing, AWS Lambda, and API Gateway, let's dive into building a serverless web application.

Step 1: Design your application architecture

The first step in building a serverless web application is to design your application architecture. This involves identifying the components of your application, such as the user interface, data storage, and API endpoints.

Step 2: Create AWS Lambda functions

The next step is to create AWS Lambda functions that will handle the logic of your application. AWS Lambda functions can be created using the AWS Management Console, AWS CLI, or a serverless framework such as Serverless or AWS SAM.

Step 3: Create API endpoints using API Gateway

Once your AWS Lambda functions are created, you can create API endpoints using API Gateway. API Gateway provides a web-based interface for creating, publishing, and managing RESTful APIs. You can use API Gateway to create API methods that map to your Lambda functions, define request and response models, and configure authentication and authorization.

Step 4: Deploy your application

After you have created your AWS Lambda functions and API endpoints, you can deploy your application to AWS. This involves creating a deployment package that includes your Lambda functions and API Gateway configuration and deploying it to AWS using the AWS Management Console or AWS CLI.

Best Practices for Serverless App Development

When developing serverless web applications with AWS Lambda and API Gateway, it is important to follow best practices to ensure that your application is scalable, efficient, and cost-effective. Here are some best practices to keep in mind:

  1. Use the right tool for the job: AWS Lambda and API Gateway are powerful tools, but they may not be the best fit for every use case. Make sure to choose the right tool for the job.

  2. Design for scalability: Design your application with scalability in mind. This includes using asynchronous programming, breaking your application into small, reusable functions, and using auto-scaling groups to handle traffic spikes.

  3. Optimize for cost: Serverless computing can be cost-effective, but it's important to optimize your application for cost.

  4. Use caching: Use caching to reduce the number of requests made to your application and improve performance. API Gateway supports caching, and you can also use services like Amazon ElastiCache or Amazon CloudFront to cache data.

  5. Monitor and log: Serverless computing can make it more challenging to monitor and debug your application, so it's important to implement logging and monitoring. AWS CloudWatch can be used to monitor your Lambda functions and API Gateway, and you can also use third-party tools like New Relic or Datadog.

  6. Secure your application: Security is important in any application, and serverless applications are no exception. Use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to control access to your Lambda functions and API Gateway, and implement encryption to protect sensitive data.

Conclusion

Serverless computing has made it easier than ever for developers to build, deploy, and scale applications. AWS Lambda and API Gateway are two powerful tools that can be used to build serverless web applications. By following best practices and designing your application with scalability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness in mind, you can build serverless applications that are highly performant and secure.

In conclusion, building a serverless web application with AWS Lambda and API Gateway is a great way to take advantage of the benefits of serverless computing. With these powerful tools, developers can focus on building great applications without the hassle of managing infrastructure or servers. By following best practices and designing your application with scalability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness in mind, you can build highly performant and secure serverless applications that meet the needs of your users.

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Read - How I got certified as AWS Developer AssociateGet Hands-On with AWS: Learn and Apply with these Practical Applications

 

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Happy Krishna Janmashtami 2022: Wishes, Messages, Quotes and WhatsApp Greetings in English and Hindi to Share on Janmashtami

HAPPY KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI 2022 WISHES QUOTES, STATUS, MESSAGES: Krishna Janmashtami, an auspicious Hindu festival, is celebrated every year with great fervour across the nation. The day marks the birthday of Lord Krishna, who is said to be the Purna Avatar or complete manifestation of the supreme cosmic energy. Janmashtami celebrations are incomplete without Dahi Handi, an earthen pot filled with dahi (curd) or makhan (butter), which is hung at a height.

People compete with one another to break this earthen pot on the holy day. Besides organising puja, you can also greet your loved ones on this special occasion by sending these wishes and quotes.

To help you send the best wishes to your loved ones, we have curated a list of heartwarming wishes and quotes. Check it out:

Krishna Janmashtami 2022 : Quotes and Wishes :


श्री कृष्ण गोविन्द हरे मुरारी,

हे नाथ नारायण वासुदेवा।

कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी की शुभकामनाएं!


एक मात्र स्वामी तुम सखा हमारे

हे नाथ नारायण वासुदेवा।

कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी की शुभकामनाएं!


गोविंद जय जय, गोपाल जय जय
राधा रमण हरी, गोविंद जय जय।

कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी की शुभकामनाएं!


नंद के घर आनंद भयो, जय कन्हैया लाल की

हाथी घोड़ा पालकी, जय कन्हैया लाल की।

कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी की शुभकामनाएं!


हरे कृष्ण, हरे कृष्ण, कृष्ण कृष्ण, हरे हरे।
हरे राम, हरे राम, राम राम, हरे हरे।।

कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी की शुभकामनाएं!


1. May all the paths lead home and all your worries are taken care of by Lord Krishna. Happy Krishna Janmashtami wishes to you and your family!

2. May Lord Krishna steal all your tensions and worries on this Janmashtmi! And give you all the love, peace and happiness! Happy Krishna Janmashtami.

3. May Lord Krishna rid you of all your worries on this day. Happy Janmashtami!

4. It is the day when Makhan chor is born. May this day he steals all your worries and bless you with the sweetness of Makhan and mishri in life. A very Happy Janmashtami to you!

5. May da Natkhat Nandlal always give you many reasons to be Happy and you find peace in Krishna’s consciousness. Happy Janmashtami.

Also Read : More Quotes ....

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Chaitra Navratri is a Hindu festival that is celebrated for nine days during the Hindu month of Chaitra, which usually falls in March or April. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion by Hindus all over the world, and it marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year.


Navratri means 'nine nights' in Sanskrit, and during this festival, devotees worship the nine forms of the goddess Durga, also known as Navadurga. The nine forms of Durga are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri. Each form of Durga represents a particular attribute or quality and is worshipped accordingly.


The first day of Navratri is known as Ghatasthapana, which marks the beginning of the nine-day festival. On this day, a pot filled with water is placed in the puja room and decorated with mango leaves and a coconut. This post is considered to be a symbol of the goddess Durga, and it is worshiped throughout the nine days of the festival.


The first three days of Chaitra Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga, who is worshipped as the embodiment of power and energy. The next three days are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. The last three days are dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge and wisdom.


During Navratri, devotees observe fasts, perform pujas, and offer prayers to the goddess Durga. Many people also choose to refrain from consuming alcohol and non-vegetarian food during this period. It is believed that by observing these rituals, devotees can attain spiritual purification and can receive blessings from the goddess.


Apart from its religious significance, Chaitra Navratri also holds cultural and social importance. People decorate their houses with flowers and lights, and women wear new clothes and jewelry. Many communities organize Garba and Dandiya Raas dances during Navratri, where people dance to the beat of traditional music and celebrate the festival with great zeal and enthusiasm.


On the eighth day of Navratri, which is known as Ashtami, young girls are worshiped as embodiments of the goddess Durga. This day is also known as "Kanya Pujan," and it is believed that by worshiping young girls, one can receive the blessings of the goddess Durga.


On the ninth day of Chaitra Navratri, devotees worship the ninth form of Goddess Durga, known as Siddhidatri. The word "Siddhi" means "perfection" or "success," and "Datri" means "the giver." Goddess Siddhidatri is believed to be the ultimate giver of boons and blessings. She is also known as Adi Shakti, the original power or energy that created the universe.


The ninth and final day of Navratri is known as Navami, and it is considered to be the most important day of the festival. On this day, devotees offer prayers to the goddess Durga and seek her blessings. The festival culminates with the immersion of the pot, which is a symbol of the goddess Durga.


In conclusion, Chaitra Navratri is a festival that is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm by Hindus all over the world. It is a time to seek the blessings of the goddess Durga and to attain spiritual purification through fasting, prayer, and other rituals. This festival is a reminder of the power of the goddess, and of the importance of devotion and faith in our lives.

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The climactic movie in the Avengers series is an irresistible blend of action and comedy, guaranteeing a sugar rush of delirious enjoyment

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he previous Avengers movie, Infinity War, stunned believers and unbelievers alike with its sheer stupendous scale, and that devastating ending in which the evil Thanos appeared to have gained victory by getting hold of all six of the Infinity Stones, causing a crumbling-to-dust of many key players: a terrible cosmic loss, irreparable, irreversible, surely?

We were of course promised wild new surprises with this colossal climactic movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directed by the Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony. But would these surprises be .... new ways of coming to terms with the unchangeable disaster? Unexpected coping strategies? Novel means of simply accepting the Avengers’ stunningly permanent defeat?



Or could it be … something else? Paul Rudd, who plays Ant-Man, was challenged on TV about the possibility of his character shrinking to a tiny size, flying into some convenient orifice of the evil Thanos, and then grossly enlarging himself to make the great villain go splat like Mr. Creosote. Rudd declined to be drawn.

Well, I won’t disclose how things progress here, other than to say it allows the main players to revisit some of the scenes of their most spectacular franchise triumphs. And I have to admit, in all its surreal grandiosity, in all its delirious absurdity, there is a huge sugar rush of excitement to this mighty finale, finally interchanging with euphoric emotion and allowing us to say poignant farewells.



In chess, an “endgame” sees relatively few pieces on the board – but of course, this film is much more heavily populated. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is floating, desolately, in space, staring extinction in the face. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) confronts the loss of his family – a rather eerie, challengingly downbeat opening scene. Steve Rogers, formerly Captain America (Chris Evans) is helping others deal with their awful sense of cosmic grief. Rhodey (Don Cheadle) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are grimly getting on things. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is a vivid new presence in everyone’s lives.

And change is the keynote. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) has found a way to co-exist as a gentle human intellectual and a green monster. He is now half-man, half-hulk (mulk?) and is now reconciled to a new twilight of celebrity, accepting selfie opportunities with kids.


But Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is a worry. The great catastrophe has caused him to retreat to New Asgard, where he has put on an enormous amount of weight and morosely obsessed with beer and video games. It is a very funny performance from Hemsworth, emphasising that he is first among equals with the Avengers when it comes to comedy. Other people get funny lines as well, and the words “Mungo Jerry” gets one of the biggest laughs of the film.

Karen Gillan as Nebula in Avengers: Endgame.

But part of this movie is about how Thor comes to terms with the memory of his mother, Frigga (Rene Russo), and also in fact how Tony Stark achieves closure on the subject of his dad, Howard (John Slattery). And there are many more characters and subordinate narrative arcs to absorb. The poster is not an infallible guide. It is, as ever, a huge intricately detailed and interlocking mosaic of figures within that strange Avengers universe, which uniquely (and bizarrely) combines both the mythic and the contemporary – and which is here the stage for a Tolkienian quest.


Avengers: Endgame is entirely preposterous and, yes, the central plot device here does not, in itself, deliver the shock of the new. But the sheer enjoyment and fun that it delivers, the pure exotic spectacle, are irresistible, as is its insouciant way of combining the serious and the comic. Without the comedy, the drama would not be palatable. Yet without the earnest, almost childlike belief in the seriousness of what is at stake, the funny stuff would not work either. As an artificial creation, the Avengers have been triumphant, and as entertainment, they have been unconquerable.

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