I fully anticipate that was the last time I’ll enjoy myself at a Marvel theatrical screening. I don’t know that for sure—I found a handful of Phase Four / Five movies somewhere between enjoyable and great (Spider-Man: Far From Home)—but there’s been something off-kilter post-Avengers: Endgame (2019) that the third and (if God is real) final Guardians of the Galaxy movie wistfully avoids. They won’t be this fun ever again.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is probably the final triumph of Marvel Studios. And that’s because it feels like it’s actually made by someone. There is vision and ambition behind the third film in the trilogy, a personal sincerity that these superhero movies have lost.
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