Bengaluru: The direct sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, the upcoming Avengers: Endgame is set to hit cinema screens on April 26. Ahead of its official release, Marvel held an exclusive premiere on Monday night and the early reviews have started coming in. Some reports say that the movie is the "perfect culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe."

Avengers: Endgame is one of the highly-anticipated superhero movies of all time. Movie ticket sales opened earlier this week and instantly the first weekend was sold out in most of the major cities around the globe. Marvel fans are finding themselves in a virtual queue to grab tickets for the highly anticipated superhero film Avengers: Endgame with BookMyShow witnessing a record advance ticket sale with one million tickets sold in just over a day.

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The booking site witnessed a peak of 18 tickets per second even before the film releases in cinemas on April 26 in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The movie has debuted at a 96% score on review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, based on 99 reviews.

Now comes the reviews from the big foreign media houses:
Movie expert Brandon Davis wrote on his Twitter that he "cried so hard" during the film. As of now, we can only assume at what point he cried — Captain America died saving Pepper Potts or Tony Stark sacrificed himself? Well, we have to wait for a couple of days to find out more.

Chicago Tribune has called it an "extravagant and very gratifying" experience. "The Marvels behind Avengers: Endgame apparently misheard Thanos’ one-liner. The new film goes straight for the heart, not the head. It dwells at considerable length in tearful reunions and farewells."

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"#AvengersEndgame is a masterful epic - a true culmination of 22 films that not only concludes the story but expands upon it. You'll learn more about the other movies while this one unfolds. If Infinity War is the brawn, Endgame is the brains. And wow, what an ending!" wrote Fandango managing editor.

The New York Times said the film is as "good as it gets". "Endgame is a monument to the adequacy, a fitting capstone to an enterprise that figured out how to be good enough for enough people enough of the time. The Russos do provide the sense of an ending, a chance to appreciate what has been done before the timelines reset and we all get back to work," said the review.

"Imagine the best possible version of #AvengersEndgame and somehow the film still surpasses all expectations. I cried 5-6 times. It's the most emotional, most epic, MCU film. A tribute to ten years of this universe and holy shit the great fan service in this movie. Soooo good," write Slash Film's Peter Sciretta.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Although there's loads of action and confrontations, what's distinctive here in contrast to most of the earlier Marvel films are the moments of doubt, regret and uncertainty, along with the desire of some characters to move on. Granted, this is almost always undercut, and/or cut short, by some emergency that pulls them right back in, and decisive action always remains paramount. But there is growth here."

"So I just saw #AvengersEndgame, and you guys aren't ready for sh**t. All the theorizing didn't prepare you for this. I cried a lot, I flung my hands in the air and screamed out loud. It's incredible. #EndgamePremiereLA #Avengers #Endgame" wrote The Wrap's senior reporter.

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The Polygon writes, "There are times when Endgame drops back into the bleakness of Infinity War, then rescues itself. There is still no getting around the fact that three hours is too long to spend in a theatre, and as with most superhero movies, the final confrontation is a bit of a mess of punching and yelling. But Endgame knows what its audience wants, and delivers that without feeling like quote-unquote fan service."

"#AvengersEndgame is a fantastic way to close out this 22-film saga. Great action, great dramatic moments, and one helluva way to bring it all home. Truly moving and lots of awesome geek out moments. Make mine Marvel," wrote another critic.

The film stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson among others. The anticipation is running extremely high, and fans from around the world cannot wait to see Avengers: Endgame on April 26.

( Inputs from News Agencies)